Introducing XploR: A facial recognizing smart cane

In the past several years, there have been many breakthroughs in the field of assistive technology (e.g. the VEST for the deaf or hard of hearing, smart wheelchairs for the mobility impaired, etc.).  A more recent example was presented by some students at Birmingham City University, who have developed the XploR mobility cane. XploR is cited as being “a revolutionary ‘smart’ […]

Auditory Brainstem Implantation

According to the World Health Organization, over 5% of the world’s population experiences disabling hearing loss.  Said individuals may often receive cochlear implants, however, these implants won’t always work for everyone.  Now there is a newer technique being tested: auditory brainstem implants (or ABI). Auditory brainstem implantation can restore hearing for individuals who cannot benefit from cochlear implants.  Right now, it […]