Wearable Tech for the Disabled

Wearable Tech for the Disabled

We’ve noticed there are quite a lot of wearables that have been created for those people with disabilities. These companies are making products to fulfill a real need and we sincerely applaud their efforts. Here is a list of eight that have caught our eye lately.

The Sound Shirt – CuteCircuit has created a jacket for people who are deaf to feel the music. How does it work? According to Fortune: “The Sound Shirt is connected to a computer system that picks up the audio from microphones placed at various points around the orchestra’s stage. It is filled with actuators, which are little motors that vibrate in relation to the intensity of the music being played, in real time.”

The Bradley– We wrote about Eone last year and told you about their time piece for the blind. The Bradley “is a fashion timepiece, designed in collaboration with the vision impaired, that you can touch and see to check time. Instead of traditional watch hands, time is indicated by two ball bearings (connected by magnets to a watch movement beneath the watch face)–one indicating minutes (top) and one indicating hours (side). Even if the ball bearings are displaced when touched, the magnets will move the bearings back to the correct time with a gentle shake of the wrist.”

The Go – LayerLAB design studio has created a 3D printed wheelchair. Go is “a made-to-measure 3D-printed consumer wheelchair that has been designed to fit the individual needs of a wide range of disabilities and lifestyles. The custom form of the seat and foot-bay is driven by 3D digital data derived from mapping each user’s biometric information. The resulting wheelchair accurately fits the individual’s body shape, weight and disability to reduce injury and increase comfort, flexibility, and support.”

Owlet Smart Sock– This is another startup that we featured earlier this year. Owlet has “taken hospital technology—pulse oximetry—and miniaturized it into a baby sock that is designed to alert users if their baby stops breathing.”  Although this wearable was not created specifically for those babies with special needs we know that it has been and will be a great asset to parents and babies of any ability.

GlassOuse Assistive Device – GlassOuse is an assistive mouse that helps people control electronics without using their hands. According to Business Insider, “The GlassOuse is a bluetooth mouse that’s worn like glasses. Based on your head movements, it moves the cursor onscreen. You bite on a blue extension to click, and it can go a week without charging.”

Glucowear – Designed by Malvin Gonzales the Glucowear is a wearable for those who have diabetes. Yanko Designs says: “The design utilizes cutting-edge, non-invasive methods for testing glucose levels in the blood. This means no more needles or painful finger pricks to look forward to. The unit also features a handy app, accessible on any smart device, that pairs with the device to provide the user with real-time glucose readings and an easier way to manage their logbooks and analyze health patterns.”

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The BRUISE suit – This wearable is a smart injury detection suit designed by a team at the Royal College of Art. “BRUISE is a smart injury detection suit for disabled athletes with loss of sensation. It applies a recyclable pressure-sensitive film to indicate the severity of injuries. High risk areas are covered with disposable, made-to-fit film sheet inserts. If an area is excessively stressed during an accident, the film will irreversibly change color. After training or competing, injured areas can be easily spotted and effectively treated.”

Reveal – This wearable for autistic children was created by Vancouver based Awake Labs. Reveal is “a wearable for autism that measures and tracks anxiety to help you better understand behavior and prevent meltdowns.”

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Third Wave Fashion has been your fashion tech think tank since 2011. We publish the first ever printed fashion tech magazine, Third Wave.  Follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our newsletter to stay on top of the latest in fashion tech + wearables. Feature image of the Bradley from eone-time.com. Internal images of Glucowear from yankodesign.com, and Reveal image from awakelabs.com.