Handitech : these technologies facilitate the life of disabled


Available since 2015, the application Seeing AI can help people with visual impairments to comprehend the world around them. Developed by Microsoft, the service, currently only available on iOS is able to describe vocally a situation, text, or any other situation that is supported by the artificial intelligence through the camera of the smartphone. Present at the salon VivaTech 2019, the app also allows the user to automatically recognize the facial expression of a speaker’s voice, and even identify some familiar faces previously registered. Until now available in North America, and in some countries in Asia, Seeing AI should be available in French in the coming months.



Output in 2018, the Xbox Adaptive Microsoft aimed to mark a turning point in the accessibility of the video game. Imagined in collaboration with players with reduced mobility, the accessory incorporates two imposing buttons remapped according to the needs of the player, and more than 20 external ports to connect different devices. Available in France for 89,99€, the controller takes care of all of the games in the catalog of the firm of Mountain View.



Presented on the occasion of the last conference I/O, tools Google Live Caption and Google Live Relay. Concretely, Live Caption will soon be able to provide closed captioning for any video or audio file automatically. A tool already used by Google on YouTube, but that will now be deployed throughout the system. About Google Relay, the other tool presented by the firm of Mountain View at the beginning of the month, it will allow a hard of hearing person to call directly with his interlocutor, by converting their text messages transcripts of voice. Particularly promising, these two new features should be available in the fall, at the time of the release of Android Q.



Submitted by the company Hoobox Robotics on the occasion of THESE 2019, the wheelchair connected Wheelie allows a person with reduced mobility to move independently, using the camera located at the front of the seat to move. Thanks to the recognition of nearly a dozen facial expressions, the artificial intelligence embedded is thus capable of associating each gesture with precision movement. If this type of innovation is intended to improve the mobility of people in situation of disability is already being used in some hospitals, other projects are even more ambitious could soon become more democratic, like the one dreamed up since 2009 by Toyota.



Still in the test phase, this wheelchair is worthy of prof Xavier in the movie X-men can be fully controlled by the thought ofe, thanks to helmets non-invasive crammed with sensors. In the longer term, the researchers hope to succeed in place of implants to brain implanted directly in the neural network of the patient.



Thanks to the brain, and the stimuli sent by the latter to the muscles responsible for speech, researchers at the university of San Francisco hope to soon make their speech to persons with impaired speech. The idea is to translate the pulses in neuronal in a voice clear and intelligible. As a reminder, the solutions existing today are still very limited, require them to spell the words or type them on the keyboard, and does not have a speech rate that ten words per minute. The hope is that this innovation would allow it to reach a speed of speech fluid, of several tens of words per minute.



Less expensive to manufacture (a few hundreds of dollars only), faster to perform (50 hours) and fully customized prosthetic printed in 3D, is without a doubt one of the most likely uses of the technology in the field medical. Fruit of the collaboration between Microsoft and the association Limbitless Solutions, the most famous example of recent years is without doubt the one of Alex, a young american boy of 7 years who was offered a replica of the arms of Iron-Man in the guise of a prosthesis. Note that if the prostheses of the external members are growing in popularity more and more since a few years the manufacture of biocompatible materials also allows you to implement parts printed in 3D directly inside the body.

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