Flying hairdresser dreams of freedom in Chinese skies

Buzzing like an oversized electric razor, hairdresser Wang Qiang's home-made airplane skids over grassland before soaring into a vast blue sky, in a rare flight allowed by Chinese authorities.

Greater convenience and safety for wheelchair users

With modern communication aids, users of electric powered wheelchairs can operate a PC and cellphone without human assistance. A new module is set to transform electric powered wheelchairs into communication hubs.

Wearable robots getting lighter, more portable

When Michael Gore stands, it's a triumph of science and engineering. Eleven years ago, Gore was paralyzed from the waist down in a workplace accident, yet he rises from his wheelchair and walks across the room with help from ...

Curtiss-Wright buying Spirent unit for $64 million

(AP)—Aerospace and defense supplier Curtiss-Wright is buying a division of Britain's Spirent Communications PLC that makes controllers and drives for electric-powered vehicles for $64 million in cash.

Medicare auction will face severe difficulties, research shows

Medicare's new method for buying medical supplies and equipment -- everything from wheelchairs and hospital beds to insulin shots and oxygen tanks -- is doomed to face severe difficulties, according to a new study by Caltech ...

For ASU student group, good bikes do grow on trees

(Phys.org) -- Imagine being unable to attend work or school, simply because mobility and rugged terrain prohibits you from leaving your front door. A student group, BooGood Bicycles, is seeking to find an end this problem ...

Kyoto prof rolls out omnidirectional wheelchair

(PhysOrg.com) -- A mechanical engineering professor has taken the wraps off his vehicle that is designed to become a next-generation wheelchair. As its formal name suggests, this is the Personal Mobile Vehicle, or Permoveh ...

RF transmitter and receiver modules for wheelchair

Inventions can help physically-challenged people lead life with fewer difficulties. Mohd Thamrin, Rosman R. and Sarmawi D. S. of UiTM Shah Alam Malaysia studied the use of inexpensive RF transmitters and receiver modules ...

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