Today’s Solutions: January 16, 2022

While the rapid advent of future technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Internet of Things (IoT) devices represents an exciting development in our modern society,  these technologies are often not adapted to everyone’s needs, leaving people with disabilities behind.

Enter Dots, an inclusive body movement-recognition system that empowers amputees and people with disabilities to interact with gesture-controlled smart devices more effectively.

The project was developed by Valentin Gong, Xiaohui Wang, and Lan Xiao, three designers from the Royal College of Art and Imperial College London, with the aim of making technology more inclusive.

Using two white, silicone discs containing inertial measurement unit (IMU) sensors, which detect movement between any body parts, people with disabilities can control spatial interfaces in mixed reality and the Internet of Things, reports Dezeen.

As explained by the designers, when tech developers come up with new mixed reality and internet-of-things devices, these often don’t cater to people with disabilities due to a lack of relative datasets.

“While we may use thousands of people’s hand-motion videos to train one model, it is almost impossible to find two people with exactly the same form of disabilities,” the designers said. “Disability is often highly individual, which is not reflected in machine learning.”

Dots, on the other hand, enables people to freely interact with gesture-controlled technology based on their individual body conditions to best suit their unique disability.

Designed for maximum convenience, each of the system’s two dots can be attached to any two moveable body parts to detect the motion between them, allowing users to perform the four basic manipulations in 3D interfaces: selection, positioning, scaling, and rotation.

Even better, with additional adaptable design, Dots could also be used to control 2D interfaces like smartphones and laptops. To see the system in action, watch Dots’ explainer video by following the source article.

Solutions News Source Print this article
More of Today's Solutions

Science Moms are on a mission to spread science-based climate optimism

When we feel overwhelmed and hopeless, many of us turn to our mothers or the mother figures we have in our lives for comfort and encouragement. As adults the challenges we face are much bigger ... Read More

Study: laughter is common among more than 65 species of animals

While laughter may seem like a trait exclusive to human behavior, nothing could be further from the truth. That’s at least according to a recent study which has found that the phenomenon of laughter is ... Read More

An EMADE autonomous drone helps save the life of cardiac arrest patient

Last month in Sweden, an elderly man experienced a cardiac arrest while shoveling snow. Today, this man is still alive thanks in large part to Everdrone’s Emergency Medical Aerial Delivery  (EMADE) service, a dispatch service ... Read More

Maya Angelou becomes first Black woman featured on a US coin

Earlier last week, US quarters with the image of poet and writer Maya Angelou went into circulation, making her the first Black woman in the nation’s history to be featured on a coin. Angelou’s quarter ... Read More

‘Strange metal’ may be the future for a more energy efficient world

Strange metal behavior was first noticed around 30 years ago. These materials are composed of copper-oxides and carry the properties of being high-temperature superconductors. This means they can transfer electricity very efficiently, withstanding much higher ... Read More

Key ingredient in cat litter could help reduce methane emissions

In recent years, carbon capture technologies have started playing an increasingly important role in our global quest to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the atmosphere. Now, researchers at MIT have started working on solving another ... Read More