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25 Accessible Design Innovations

From Braille Art Galleries to Silent Dinner Performances

— December 22, 2016 — Art & Design
These accessible design innovations range from braille art galleries to silent dinner party performances that are acted out using sign language. Standouts range from accessible transit signals to facial recognition wheelchairs like the one designed by FEEC/Unicamp in Brazil. The wheelchair is easily controlled with just a small movement of the face, head and iris and aims to make day to day life easier for paralyzed or injured individuals.

Additional examples to note range from accessible prefab houses that are designed to accommodate those with physical disabilities along with disabled runner apps like the ones created by visually impaired athlete Simon Wheatcroft and tech giant IBM.

Affordable exoskeletons, stair-climbing wheelchairs and underwater disability pods round off this accessible design list and make movement possible for those recovering from a leg or back injury or those with other mobility issues.
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Ergonomic Wheelchair Wheels
Ergonomic Wheelchair Wheels
The Rowheels REV-LX Wheels Engage Bigger Muscles For Reduced Fatigue
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24
Accessible Nature Path Initiatives
Accessible Nature Path Initiatives
Ian Mackay Raises Awareness For Wheelchair Friendly Trails
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23
Sign Language Music Videos
Sign Language Music Videos
This ASL Music Video Covers Adele's Hit Single 'Hello'
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22
Automated Wheelchair Training Systems
Automated Wheelchair Training Systems
BAE Systems' Novel Indoor System Helps Paralympians Train
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21
Pain-Free Crutches
Pain-Free Crutches
KMINA Introduces a Comfortable Alternative to Conventional Crutches
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20
Facial Recognition Wheelchairs
Facial Recognition Wheelchairs
This Special Wheelchair Can Be Controlled By Facial Expressions
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19
Mobility-Impaired Scales
Mobility-Impaired Scales
This New Weighing Technology Helps the Disabled Monitor Their Fitness
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18
Wearable Navigation Devices
Wearable Navigation Devices
This Horseshoe-Shaped Gadget Helps Visually Impaired People Get Around
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17
Hearing Impaired Wearables
Hearing Impaired Wearables
The Live Time Closed Captioning System Attaches Directly to Eyewear
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16
Disabled Runner Apps
Disabled Runner Apps
Simon Wheatcroft Partners with IBM to Use Technology to Run Solo
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15
Extra-Sensory Vests
Extra-Sensory Vests
The 'Vest' is a Form of Wearable Technology for Those with Hearing Impairments
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14
Swimming Aide Pods
Swimming Aide Pods
The PoolPod Helps Those with Injuries or Disabilities Enter and Exit Pools
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13
Hearing Impairment Safety Devices
Hearing Impairment Safety Devices
The SoundSense Alerts the Hearing Impaired in Emergencies
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12
Restrained Supper Performances
Restrained Supper Performances
Progress Festival's Silent Dinner Relies on Active Communication
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11
Disability-Aiding Scooters
Disability-Aiding Scooters
This Three-Wheeler Concept is Designed for Those With Mobility Issues
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10
Tactile Graphic Novels
Tactile Graphic Novels
This Comic Book Artist Created Tactile Graphics for the Visually Impaired
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9
Sign Language-Translating Wearables
Sign Language-Translating Wearables
The SignAloud Gloves Translates Gestures into Audio
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8
Accessible Transit Signals
Accessible Transit Signals
The Bus Bell Alerts Drivers When Special Needs Passengers Are Exiting
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7
Tactile Art Collections
Tactile Art Collections
This Company Creates Touchable Reproductions of Famous Paintings
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6
Braille Art Galleries
Braille Art Galleries
This Gallery Helps The Visually Impaired to Experience Famous Works
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5
Mobility-Adding Exoskeletons
Mobility-Adding Exoskeletons
The Unplugged Power Suit Changes the Face of Healthcare
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4
Musical Vibration Collars
Musical Vibration Collars
This Collar Allows People with Hearing Impairments to Experience Music
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3
Stair-Climbing Wheelchairs
Stair-Climbing Wheelchairs
The iBot Mobile Wheelchair Utilizes Two Wheels to Climb Up Steps
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2
Affordable Wearable Exoskeletons
Affordable Wearable Exoskeletons
The Phoenix Exoskeleton Costs About As Much As a Mid-Range Car
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1
Accessible Prefab Houses
Accessible Prefab Houses
FabCab's Houses are Accessible Without Looking Too Sterile
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