Watch app identifies sounds for deaf and hard-of-hearing people

A smartwatch app called SoundWatch, sends people who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing an alert when sounds—such as alarms, bird song, or a microwave beep—occur.

Sarah McQuate-Washington • futurity
Oct. 29, 2020 ~8 min

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A wearable sensor to help ALS patients communicate

Researchers have designed a skin-like device that can measure small facial movements in patients who have lost the ability to speak.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office • mit
Oct. 22, 2020 ~8 min

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New US postage stamp highlights MIT research

For the robotics category in a new series celebrating innovation, the USPS chose the bionic prosthesis designed and built by the Media Lab's Biomechatronics group.

Alexandra Kahn | MIT Media Lab • mit
Aug. 2, 2020 ~5 min

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Masks and distancing make it tough for the hard-of-hearing, but here's how to help

Audiologists recommend enhanced communication strategies in the time of coronavirus to help the nearly 60 million Americans living with hearing loss in one or both ears.

Nicole Marrone, Associate Professor in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences, University of Arizona • conversation
April 30, 2020 ~7 min

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Low-cost “smart” diaper can notify caregiver when it’s wet

Design combines a common diaper material with RFID technology.

Jennifer Chu | MIT News Office • mit
Feb. 13, 2020 ~8 min

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Phones still aren’t quite right for people with disabilities

Most phones offered through the federally subsidized Lifeline program for low-income people still fall far short when it comes to accessibility.

John Toon-Georgia Tech • futurity
Feb. 18, 2019 ~4 min

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