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Could Virtual Guide Dogs Replace the Real Thing?

About 285 million people around the world are blind or visually impaired, according to the World Health Organization.

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Chip, Implanted in Brain, Helps Paralyzed Man Regain Control of Hand

Five years ago, a college freshman named Ian Burkhart dived into a wave at a beach off the Outer Banks in North Carolina and, in a freakish accident, broke his neck on the sandy floor, permanently losing the feeling in his hands and legs.

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"Even Though People Didn't Mean To, They Were Really Excluding Me"

We scroll through Facebook every day, looking at pictures and videos, commenting and liking. Now, imagine that experience without actually being able to see all those photos and videos. How would you know what people were talking about? How would you know what to say to join in on the conversation?

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Using Data To Help Home Health Workers Manage Patients’ Conditions

There is little in Ruby’s life that is easy. Nearly blind and unable to walk more than a step or two, the 39-year-old struggles to raise three sons while dealing with a daunting array of health conditions, from diabetes that recently landed her in the hospital to pain from bulging spinal disks. ...

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Google Cardboard may look like a cheap toy, but it just saved this baby's life

Google Cardboard looks like the packing material, but the gadget was just used by doctors at Nicklaus Children's Hospital in Miami to save the life of a baby who had been sent home to die.  Teegan Lexcen was born in August with heart and lung defects so rare that doctors had never before seen a...

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Jan 20, 2016

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Emily S

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Can Virtual Reality Be the Next Thing in Curing Blindness?

What affects 20 million people, robs the global economy of billions of dollars and can be fixed with a five-minute procedure?  The answer is cataract blindness. The disease, which begins with clouding of the eyes and can lead to loss of vision without treatment, will probably afflict 12 million...

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Hello Navi - An App to Help Blind Students by Middle Schoolers Who Won the 2014 Verizon Innovative App Challenge - has been acquired by Visus Technology

Visus Technology, Inc. ("Visus" or "VisusTech") has acquired and begun expansion of Hello Navi®, an app developed by six middle school girls from Los Fresnos, Texas to help their blind friend navigate their school campus, so he can find his classes. New capabilities of the Hello Navi® app will...

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Technology: Catalyst for a New Era of Aging in Place

In Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” Hal, the defiant onboard computer, foreshadows a future of runaway artificial intelligence. More recently, fears about machines making work obsolete and apocalyptic visions of robot revolts have been subjects of discussion in think tanks,...

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Oct 16, 2015

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Emily S

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Phones Might Help Blind New Yorkers Navigate the Subway

Navigating New York’s subway system is a challenge—even more so if you’re blind. But a recent project, Lantern, could help blind New Yorkers get around underground with a little more ease. Dreamed up by New York-based copywriter Eugene Gao as part of a class on mobile advertising, Lantern would...

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Sep 18, 2015

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Emily S

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Uber Unveils App Updates to Help Its Deaf Driver

Uber has updated its partner app with features designed for its deaf and hard-of-hearing drivers.

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