Assistive “anti-freeze” exoskeleton keeps Parkinson’s patients walking

People with Parkinson's disease often develop a problem known as "gait freeze," in which their legs simply stop stepping forward as they're walking. A new exoskeleton, however, has proven to be very effective at keeping such individuals' legs going.

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Efficient construction system stacks self-contained modules like Legos

Erecting an entire building from scratch can be time-consuming and expensive, which is why many companies look to factory-built prefabricated structures. A new technology takes that idea further, with prefab blocks that are stacked like Lego blocks.

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Student-designed system could allow the blind to play table tennis

Table tennis is one of those sports that most people would likely assume is simply unplayable by the blind. An Australian student, however, is now using cameras and speakers to get unsighted individuals in on the ping pong action.

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Plant-fiber menstrual pads may help end “period poverty”

Women and girls in industrial countries may have ready access to inexpensive menstrual pads, but such is not always the case in developing nations. That may soon change, however, thanks to the sisal plant.

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“Semantic hearing” headphone tech keeps certain sounds from being blocked

Noise-cancelling headphones are great for blocking out the loud talkers and chaotic coffee shops of the world, but what if there are certain sounds that you want to hear? That's where the experimental new "semantic hearing" system could soon come in.

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Ingenious titanium ring aims to replace your tape measure

While everyday carry multitools are great at many things, they can fall short in the measuring department. The new titanium Tiroler ring fixes that by adding the ability to take measurements to your EDC kit, with a smart portable design.

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BrushLens tech could make touchscreen displays accessible to everyone

For people who are blind or lack fine control of their fingers, touchscreens such as those used on self-serve kiosks can be almost impossible to use. The experimental new BrushLens device, however, utilizes the user's smartphone to get the job done.

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Student-designed RoboCup keeps wheelchair users hydrated and independent

For people such as Gary Lynn, cerebral palsy makes it nearly impossible to perform tasks like getting a sip of water without human assistance. He can now get those sips on his own, however, thanks to a student-designed device known as the RoboCup.

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Adaptable airliner seat accepts passengers’ wheelchairs as needed

For wheelchair users, air travel can be a cumbersome and frustrating experience. That's where a new type of airliner seat is designed to come in, as it allows passengers to stay in their own wheelchair throughout the flight.

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