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update: alterpodium
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update: alterpodium

There’s a full report coming about students’ work on the alterpodium, along with images of the final prototype (in carbon fiber!), but I’m just sharing with you this gif so you get a sense for the interaction, assembly and disassembly. Read more about this project here. We’re shipping the newest one out this week; more info … Continue reading

exoskel urban climber
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exoskel urban climber

The Exoskel Urban Climber caught my eye, via @bldgblog. It’s another story in military/defense gear that has all kinds of potential prosthetic applications—a strap-on set of shin guards that have 4 horizontal rows of big “teeth” across the front of the lower leg, allowing the user to grasp and brace against edges or rough surfaces. … Continue reading

beyond alt-text: the new “chief accessibility officer”
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beyond alt-text: the new “chief accessibility officer”

In the last 2 years, at least four big tech companies have created positions in accessible technology — a move that seems to signal a serious commitment to making products and services usable by people with all kinds of abilities and needs. AT&T named Christopher Rice as “Chief Accessibility Officer” in early 2013. Since then, others have … Continue reading

unintended consequences
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unintended consequences

  Poking around online for a good interview with Natalie Jeremijenko, I came across her unusual deployment of the term “unintended consequences,” which is so often associated with negative byproducts. As ever, Jeremijenko alerts us to opportunities: Jeremijenko: As a rule of thumb, we should think of technology as a profoundly conservative social source. By definition, it … Continue reading