24 02, 2020

A Brain Implant That Can Bypass A Damaged Eye And Send Images To The Mind (Cool Weird Awesome 244)

By |2020-02-24T09:41:09-05:00February 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

The technology I like best is the technology that helps people do what they couldn’t do before, like a new brain implant that can put images from a camera in front of blind people. Plus: Rita Ebel is making the German town of Hanau more accessible for wheelchair uses, by using LEGO.

31 01, 2020

If You Like Hockey, You’ll Like Blind Hockey (Cool Weird Awesome 228)

By |2020-02-01T20:21:19-05:00January 31st, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

A growing number of hockey fans are paying attention to blind hockey, where players have either full blindness or 10 percent vision or less. That puts the emphasis on sound. Plus: introducing the Telecaster guitar that's been signed by 16 Navajo code talkers!

25 09, 2019

I See What You Did There, Brain Implant (Cool Weird Awesome 135)

By |2019-09-25T06:39:21-04:00September 25th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

UCLA is testing a brain implant that takes the images captured by a tiny camera and converts them into electrical impulses that stimulate the part of the brain responsible for sight. It helps blind people detect darkness and lightness, as well as sensing motion.

20 09, 2019

Bah Gawd It’s A Smart Cane (Cool Weird Awesome 132)

By |2020-02-24T09:50:35-05:00September 20th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

The weWALK is a smart cane for blind pedestrians, with ultrasonic sensors to detect obstacles ahead and Google Maps connections to navigate through and describe the surrounding area. Plus: if you like pickles, the Big Dill festival is back this weekend in Baltimore.