Assistive technology–including commercially available and next-generation AT products–will be showcased on November 6 to 8 at the Assistive Technology Pavilion at Abilities Expo, in Atlanta.

The event will be held at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center.

Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers, and health care professionals are expected to attend the free, 3-day expo and conference to tap into the technologies, techniques, and tips for improving their physical, technological, and social environs, says a statement from the event organizers.

The following products—many of which are still in development—are expected to impact people of all ages with a range of physical, sensory, and intellectual disabilities, says organizers:

—Tongue Drive System: Enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to maneuver a powered wheelchair or control a mouse-driven computer cursor using simple tongue movements.Accessible Wii: Custom-designed Nintendo Wii interface for quadriplegic users.
—Cushion Pressure Mapping: Allows for the development of more comfortable and usable wheelchairs by mapping pressure points on seat cushions of various materials.
—Implanted Electrode Technology: Experimental technology that can be implanted in the body and, when used with external programmable control units, it can help provide function to paralyzed limbs.
—Auditory Menus and Deaf911 Phone: Exciting demonstrations of experimental technology currently under development for people with visual and manual limitations (auditory menus) and hearing loss (Deaf911 Phone).
—Robotics technology: Displays on robots that retrieve and deliver objects using a laser pointer.Accessible Bluetooth headset options for people with manual limitations.

The glimpse into the future of AT is made possible by the Shepherd Center, NeuroTech Network, Georgia Tech’s Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technology (Wireless RERC), and Aware Home Research Initiative.

Registration for Abilities Expo is free. Click here to reregister for priority access. 

[Source: Abilities Expo]