The Next Big (or Little) Thing?By HomeCare Magazine,
Publication Date: March 1, 2011
Article describes devices of interest to home care providers that were award nominees of the 2010 da Vinci Awards. The annual competition, which was begun by the Michigan Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, awards technologies that enable equal access for all people, regardless of ability. Products described include (1) the Doorknob Twister, a soft silicon sleeve that stretches over doorknobs, bathroom faucets, and shower knobs to enable people with arthritis or weak hands to open doors with elbows, forearms, and closed fists; (2) the ZoomText 9.1, a software package that allows computer users to better see and hear computer content via its Xfont magnification high definition text display and NeoSpeech synthesizers reading applications and documents; (3) products from Sure Foot, including Sure Foot and Sure Step canes and Sure Foot Strutters, which support walkers’ weight under their arms without causing nerve injury; and (4) the Automated Transport and Retrieval System (ATRS), which can be used without structurally modifying a vehicle. The ATRS enables wheelchair users to transfer from the wheelchair to the system’s Freedom Seat, then remotely direct the wheelchair to dock a platform lift at the rear of the vehicle.
Assistive Products Discussed: SURE FOOT
ZOOMTEXT MAGNIFIER / SCREEN READER
Published by: Penton Media, Inc. (Website:http://www.penton.com)
Link to text: http://homecaremag.com/mag/da-vinci-awards-201103/