USA: Walking Robot Legs Made to Reproduce Human Gait
Engineers at University of Arizona have developed a pair of robotic legs that they claim are the world’s most accurate representations of the real things. Though they don’t actually walk on their own and are suspended with a harness, the motion of the various parts of the machine was meticulously modeled on the neuromuscular anatomy of human legs.
From http://medgadget.com/2012/07/walking-robot-legs-made-to-reproduce-human-gait.html, July 12, 2012
Government of Canada Improves Accessibility in London
Three organizations in London are increasing accessibility for people with disabilities to enable them to participate more fully in their community through investments by the federal government. The Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development, Regional Minister for Southwestern Ontario and Member of Parliament for Haldimand–Norfolk made the announcement today.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2012/07/06/government-of-canada-improves-accessibility-in-london/, July 12, 2012
UK: Vodafone Smart Accessibility Workshop in London
Hopefully you will already have heard about the Vodafone Foundation Smart Accessibility Awards 2012, the competition that calls for developers across Europe to design smartphone applications which take into consideration the needs of older people and people with disabilities. In support of the competition we wanted to let you know about a series of Smart Accessibility workshops being run in conjunction with Mobile Mondays. At the first workshop, which will take place in London on 19th July, you will be able to learn about user perspective and personal experience, follow a technical session with demonstrations of tools and applications, simulate living with a disability and watch user testing videos.
From http://developer.vodafone.com/blog/2012/07/02/vodafone-smart-accessibility-workshop-london/, July 12, 2012
USA: President Obama Paves Way for FDA's Mobile App Guidelines
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration hopes to release guidelines by the end of the year on how it would govern certain mobile medical apps. The FDA's path was cleared this past week when President Barack Obama signed the bipartisan Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (S. 3187), which was approved by Congress last month after some wrangling. The law allows the FDA to move ahead with plans to regulate mobile medical apps while the Department of Health and Human Services develops a report on an "appropriate, risk-based regulatory framework pertaining to health information technology, including mobile medical applications, that promotes innovation, protects patient safety and avoids regular duplication."
From http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/obama-paves-way-fdas-mobile-app-guidelines?goback=.gde_2181454_member_134175269, July 12, 2012
USA: Disability Rights Fund Releases Second 2012 Request for Proposals
The Disability Rights Fund (DRF) – a grantmaking collaborative between donors and the global disability community which supports the human rights of persons with disabilities – today announced its second 2012 grants round, “Implementing Our Rights.” Grantmaking in this round will be targeted to disabled persons’ organizations (DPOs) in Bangladesh, 14 Pacific Island countries, Ghana, Uganda, Nicaragua and Peru. The broad objective of the Fund—which was officially launched in March 2008—is to empower DPOs in the developing world, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe/former Soviet Union to participate in ratification, implementation and monitoring of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CPRD).
From http://www.disabilityrightsfund.org/grantmaking, July 11, 2012
USA: 'Most Wired' Hospitals Named for 2012
The 2012 installment of the "Health Care’s Most Wired" survey finds hospitals nationwide leveraging health information technology in new and envelope-pushing ways. As they deploy IT to improve care and address inefficiencies, hospitals are also concerned with protecting patient data, optimizing patient flow and improving staff communications, according to Hospitals & Health Networks, which polled some 1,570 hospitals for the survey, conducted in partnership with McKesson, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives (CHIME) and the American Hospital Association.
From http://www.healthcareitnews.com/news/most-wired-hospitals-named-2012, July 11, 2012
Feature: Wireless Opportunities in Medical Devices
It is a classic image: a critically ill patient in a hospital bed connected to various medical devices by wires and IV tubing for monitoring and treatment. These devices are attached to the wall beside the bed and wired into the hospital infrastructure. While this is certainly still a real and necessary role for medical devices, the needs have expanded to include many other locations, roles in patient care, types of devices and connections to patients and devices. At the same time that the needs for electronic health records (EHR) and increased operating efficiency demand increased device connectivity, the expanded roles and scenarios demand mobility and new types of connections. Wireless technologies have a very clear role in fulfilling these needs now and in the future.
From http://bit.ly/N2Qac3, July 11, 2012
Australia: Ukraine’s Team QuadSquad Wins Microsoft’s Imagine Cup With Its Sign Language-To-Speech Translation Gloves
During an awards ceremony in Sydney today, Ukraine’s team quadSquad just won this year’s Microsoft Imagine Cup student technology competition thanks to its gloves that can translate sign language into speech. The team beat out 75 other groups that made it to the worldwide finals in Australia where they had to present their projects in front of a group of judges. This was Microsoft’s 10th Imagine Cup and the event, which combines the energy of a soccer World Cup with a pitch competition for students. This year’s Imagine Cup’s theme was “Imagine a world where technology helps solve the toughest problems” and most teams focused on healthcare and the environment.
From http://techcrunch.com/2012/07/10/imagine-cup-winners-quadsquad-enabletalk/, July 10, 2012
Australia: Researcher Wins Telecom Prize for Disability Paper
Dr Katie Ellis, a lecturer at Murdoch University has been awarded a share of $15000 for her paper, “It means inclusion: a creative approach to disability and telecommunications policy in Australia.”
From http://www.sciencewa.net.au/topics/item/1548-wa-researcher-wins-telecom-prize-for-disability-paper, July 10, 2012
Video: DEEP 2012 Conference Diary by Accessible Media Inc
n May 2012 G3ict and OCAD University hosted several international attendees at the DEEP Conference on Digital Inclusion in Toronto. Discussions focused on the Convention of Rights for Person's with Disabilities (CRPD) and the event was highlighted by the opening of the Inclusive Design Institute at OCAD. Kelly MacDonald reports.
From http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3McBgnE0RI, July 09, 2012