Go Baby Go! Project

The video above shows James Galloway's adapted kids electric vehicles at the University of Delaware Physical Therapy Department. The Go Baby Go! project aims to bring affordable mobility technology to children around the world.

For D.I.Y. types, there's a brilliant PDF manual at the Go Baby Go web-site. For ideas, see their Facebook page. Liked the giant painted wheels over huge sheets of paper idea.

Many thanks to Will Wade for the original link. To see more posts on accessible wheelchairs click-here.

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Tangible Media: Deaf-Blind Gaming Possibilities

"At the MIT Media Lab, the Tangible Media Group believes the future of computing is tactile. Unveiled today, the inFORM is MIT's new scrying pool for imagining the interfaces of tomorrow. Almost like a table of living clay, the inFORM is a surface that three-dimensionally changes shape, allowing users to not only interact with digital content in meatspace, but even hold hands with a person hundreds of miles away. And that's only the beginning.

Created by Daniel Leithinger and Sean Follmer and overseen by Professor Hiroshi Ishii, the technology behind the inFORM isn't that hard to understand. It's basically a fancy Pinscreen, one of those executive desk toys that allows you to create a rough 3-D model of an object by pressing it into a bed of flattened pins. With inFORM, each of those "pins" is connected to a motor controlled by a nearby laptop, which can not only move the pins to render digital content physically, but can also register real-life objects interacting with its surface thanks to the sensors of a hacked Microsoft Kinect."

Via: YouTube


WADSA Accessible Sports

"A camp held be the West Australia Disabled Sports Association at the Hills Forrest Discovery Campsite saw participants trying out their skills racing remonte control cars and Nerf target shooting with adapted/modified equipment." - found via YouTube.

Chequered Flag Slot-Cars sounds great too out in Australia if it's not the same thing. A nice accessible R/C car solution here at CanAssist in Canada. Also the one I knew of first, Mark Heath's UK Wii Nunchuk adaptation here as showcased by Gavin at SpecialEffect. Nerf Gun info here from the first person I'm aware of doing this, Gavin Philips.

If anyone out there is aware of a wheelchair joystick being used to blue-tooth to a R/C hand-set, please do get in touch with me via OneSwitch.org.uk as I've been contacted by a man looking for this kind of solution.

Edit: Many thanks to Will Wade for suggesting looking into these possibilities: My Robot Lab's Control a Robot with Blue-tooth Tutorial, The Dension WiFi RC allowing control of most R/C toys using an iOS or Android device, and the very interesting looking Bleduino wireless board.




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