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The total invasion of wearable devices in everyday life is expanding into research in the field of disabilities.

In the world, beyond who is using a smartwatch to check his performance in runs or to browse email from his wrist, there are thousands of people who can benefit greatly from the use of these devices.

2014 has been a spotlight regarding the field of “wearable” research: who remembers the twelve year old paraplegic in a robotic suit that kicked off the World Cup in Brazil?

The exoskeleton he was wearing was the first famous project of Miguel Nicolelis, a Brazilian neuroscientist who, two years later, published studies on mobility and sensory recover of eight paraplegic patients with severe spinal damage.

Through the use of virtual reality and training with neural interfaces one of the patients regained motor skills in such a way to decide to give birth to a son at last being able to feel the contractions.

No less important, this summer a video proliferated greatly on the web: people suffering from color blindness discover the world in a new range of colors thanks to appropriate lenses .

Designed to offset the anomaly of the retinal cones, cause of color blindness itself, the glasses EnChroma are today the most effective way to correct these color defects.

There are technological devices that can be worn, that are suitable to face even disabilities such as blindness, deafness and muteness, for example Horus, The Sound Shirt and DbGlove.

But among the most interesting researches we find certainly the experiment of intelligent lenses.

The patents speak of micro-sensors and micro-cameras for a more natural augmented reality, but especially micro-technologies to combat glaucoma or control glucose levels in diabetic subjects.

Once again we read the names Samsung and Google, along with Novartis and Sensimed.

The creators of wearable devices try to blend human needs with hi-tech, revolutionizing the concept of leisure and learning with more and more futuristic devices.

But what happens when technology can completely revolutionize the life of a person with difficulties and whoever is next to them?



Horus is a wearable device developed to assist blind and partially sighted people in everyday life.

The invisible made audible“: Horus allows the person to “see” the world around them thanks to audio descriptions of scenes, faces, objects and texts.

Thanks to sensors that it is equipped with, it is a trusted assistant in mobility and a life partner.




Let’s start by saying that today Reveal is still a prototype and the adult version is being developed.

Thanks to the algorithm and sensors which it is fitted with, Reveal monitors the

responses of the body during the day, noting the particular changes in states of anxiety.

Connecting to the dedicated app, the caregivers of the person with autism spectrum disorders can understand what is happening.

The objective is to identify the triggering phenomena so as to avoid or learn to manage them in order to improve the quality of life of the child.



A gorgeous watch designed to save lives.” The short and meaningful motto of Empathic leaves you speechless.

To perform tests on stress, usually you have to go to a medical facility, but a person suffering from attacks, in particular an epileptic, 

an instantaneous monitoring of these symptoms is necessary.

From this need Embrace was born, a smartwatch with all the sensors needed to follow the daily life of the wearer, by monitoring sleep,

nervous, respiratory and motor activity to automatically warn loved ones in case of emergency. Embrace is surprisingly affordable ($ 199) and can make a real difference.