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"The secret to staying young is to live honestly,
and lie about your age."
Watch: Real Time Control of Wheelchair With Brain Waves
BSI-TOYOTA Collaboration Center
has succeeded in developing a system
which uses one of the fastest
technologies in the world,
controlling a wheelchair using brain
waves in as little as 125
milliseconds (one millisecond, or
ms, is equal to 1/1000 seconds).
Commands for smooth left and right
turns and forward motion of the
wheelchair are processed every 125
milliseconds by analyzing brain
waves using signal processing
technology. Brain-wave analysis data
are displayed on a screen in real
time, giving neuro-feedback to the
driver for efficient operation.
This technology is expected to be
useful in the field of
rehabilitation, and for physical and
psychological support of wheelchair
Recently technological developments
in the area of brain machine
interface (BMI) have received much
attention. Such systems allow
elderly or handicapped people to
interact with the world through
signals from their brains, without
having to give voice commands.
Plans are underway to utilize this
technology in a wide range of
applications centered on medicine
and nursing care management.
So far the research has centered on
brain waves related to imaginary
hand and foot control. However,
through further measurement and
analysis it is anticipated that this
system may be applied to other types
of brain waves generated by various
mental states and emotions.
Click here to watch the wheelchair in action.
The Ronald L. Mace Universal Design Institute
Center: Step Safely
And Enjoy Your Outdoor Deck
Outdoor lighting can be a low-cost, energy efficient, safety feature for your
The cool of the evening is welcome relief from a scorching summer day –
especially when you can step into your outdoor living space without stumbling on a step or
catching a heel between the deck boards. And, having light while the sun
descends - without attracting battalions of bugs that chase you back
into the house - is an added attraction.
There are multiple ways you can light up your outdoor living
space without spending a
fortune installing or operating operating a lighting system - either for your
outdoor area in general or deck specifically.
Some systems feature LED lights, others solar
lights or rope lights while other are wired like indoor fixtures. Of these
LED lights have great appeal because they are low energy, long lasting and
inexpensive to operate. Proper installation of your outdoor and/or deck lighting
will insure your evening's enjoyment with the LED's soft luminescence
and without hovering winged pests.
Outdoor and deck lighting can be:
- A safety feature
- Low cost and energy efficient
- Easy to Install
- Long lasting
- Virtually maintenance free
- Adaptable to most any setting
- Automatically turned on and off
- Available in different styles and systems
- A way to get the most enjoyment from your outdoor deck
- And, last – or maybe first- it can add beauty to your life and home!
By Scott Holland, President of
Stairlighting System, LLC
Ahead: Signature Series
Industry Experts from Design,
Construction and Technology to Present Their "Favorite Things" that Help
People Age in Place
AIPatHome.com is launching a special
Signature series of
Showcases and Exhibits presented by experts from Universal and
Accessible Design, building industry Pros and the technology side of
aging in place.
Internationally known accessibility
expert and consultant Adam Fine will kick-off the series. Adam will show his
favorite products - using photographs (video when available) - discuss
their features and why he recommends them. Adam will draw upon his many
years experience that includes being physically in 350-400 homes a year,
speaking to hundreds of medical industry professionals and others about
how to live safer and more accessible, and be more independent in their
"Keeping up on the latest products can be difficult for anybody today
because there are so many of them," said Fine. "We're also seeing
some crossover among these new products. Items that were originally
developed for people with mobility issues have been modified slightly to
work for everybody, regardless of ability. The Showcases will be a
terrific way to introduce these products to people who want to have a
more livable, home".
here to read the full announcement.
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