Wheelchair users around the planet long have experienced issues with availability of equipment, repair, manufacture and oversight. In fact, even standards and professionalism across the United States vary dramatically.
Now a group of University of Pittsburgh scientists will be attempting to unify the wheelchair world – thanks to a two-year, $2.3 million sub-award from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Advancing Partners and Communities. (more…)
Two years ago, the world saw Jan Scheuermann, a woman with quadriplegia, feed herself chocolate using a robot arm she controlled with her thoughts. Last night, a University of Pittsburgh research team published their latest findings in the Journal of Neural Engineering: Scheuermann was able to shape the robot hand into several positions to pick up a variety of objects, achieving what it is believed to be the highest degree of control of a prosthetic arm to date. (more…)
Vapor stores are popping up around the country as the subculture of “vaping” grows. The term refers to e-cigarettes that emit a vapor–like mist instead of smoke. Some non-smokers and smokers looking to quit have adopted the e-cigarette habit as an alternative to smoking.
It remains unclear whether or not e-cigarettes are safe when used properly, but they have significant risks when the liquid nicotine is accidentally ingested or exposed to the skin. The recent death of a child in New York after drinking the fluid from an e-cigarette highlights the dangers of e-cigarettes to children. (more…)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – the biggest movie opening of all time when it was released in 2011 – made $90 million in its first day. Sounds pretty impressive. Until you learn that the video game Grand Theft Auto made $800 million in its first day.
Video gaming is an incredibly powerful tool to influence human behavior – between 1 and 2 billion people worldwide play video games for a combined 3 billion hours every week. (more…)