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Materials for a debate on our lifes with body techniques and technologies for collective (self-)care, independent living & urban accessibility
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Teaching Blind Students with 3-D Prints

Teaching Blind Students with 3-D Prints | Technocare | Scoop.it
The technology turns abstract ideas into tactile teaching aids for the visually impaired
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Getting in Touch: Virtual Maps for the Blind

Getting in Touch: Virtual Maps for the Blind | Technocare | Scoop.it
Tactile models based on video footage could make navigating a new city easier
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Tactile Traffic Maps Could Help Blind Pedestrians Navigate

Tactile Traffic Maps Could Help Blind Pedestrians Navigate | Technocare | Scoop.it
The technology is currently being tested at a busy intersection in New York City
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Así es el ‘bastón 4.0’ para las personas ciegas

Así es el ‘bastón 4.0’ para las personas ciegas | Technocare | Scoop.it
Los dispositivos móviles y lo táctil pasan de ser el enemigo para las 70.000 españoles que se valen del tacto o el sonido a ayudarles en el día a día.
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From White Canes To Indoor Nav: A Modern History of Assistive Technology for the Blind

From White Canes To Indoor Nav: A Modern History of Assistive Technology for the Blind | Technocare | Scoop.it
Every life is defined by the unique set of challenges one must overcome, and blind folks — just like their sighted peers — often need some assistance when it comes to conquering the obstacles life…
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Les cures a Catalunya: d’on venim, com estem i on anem

Les cures a Catalunya: d’on venim, com estem i on anem | Technocare | Scoop.it
Per sort, darrerament se sent a parlar més sovint de l’àmbit de les cures. Tanmateix, hi ha qui no ha deixat de parlar-ne mai i, ara, sembla ser que l’administració pública s’ha posat mans a la feina
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Sensors per fer més accessible la ciutat

Sensors per fer més accessible la ciutat | Technocare | Scoop.it

Comerços de Creu Coberta instal·len un sistema per rebre dades sobre les botigues al mòbil i superar barreres informatives. El desenvolupa una cooperativa creada amb el suport de l'espai d'economia social Coòpolis

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The Fight

People with disabilities are among the most discriminated against in Bolivia. Fed up of being ignored, a group of them marched across the Andes to the sea
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Bridging The Exclusion Gap

Bridging The Exclusion Gap | Technocare | Scoop.it
A set of gloves and glasses which simulate common physical limitations, like age-related long-sightedness or arthritis, have been released in the hope of getting more designers to think again about the usability of their products. Researchers at the University of Cambridge's Engineering Design Centre say that millions of people around the country -- in particular the ageing, baby-boomer generation -- have unnecessary difficulty using everyday products ranging from gadgets, to packaging, to windows and doors, because of poor design. Addressing these issues would also reduce the costs of social care.
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Mine Detection Dogs

The use of dogs to detect mines (MDD) has been recognized as an efficient tool in mine action for many years. Today there are five chapters in IMA
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Projet ANR COW
(nov. 2012 / nov. 2015)

Compagnons animaux : conceptualiser les rapports des animaux au travail

Projet ANR COW<br/>(nov. 2012 / nov. 2015)<br/><br/>Compagnons animaux : conceptualiser les rapports des animaux au travail | Technocare | Scoop.it

In the Western world essentially, the “animal issue” is one of the important parameters of social relations. The theories about animal liberation imply radical new relationships with domestic animals and possibly a break with them. Criticisms about the animal production industry but also about numerous other sectors related to animals (circus, zoos, bull fighting…) undermine these activities and question their legitimacy. These criticisms weaken the professionals themselves who face new values, sensitivities and representations that they did not anticipate and are not prepared to cope with. The research done on the role of animals in our societies, irrespective of the scientific field or the country in which it’s carried out, forgets the fundamental root of our relationship with domestic animals: work. The “animal issue” study does not take into account work experience of several millennia with animals. The work dimension associated with animals is totally absent from scientific, social and ethical controversies. Our project is meant to question the status of animals at the workplace. Our strong assumption based upon our primary studies is that animals are not simply objects but are also subjective actors. In other words, our relationships with animals at the workplace are not only explained by our supposed domination, since the Neolithic Age, but are also based on interactive intelligence and negotiation with animals. Our goal is to understand how animals involve their subjectivities into working activities according to individuals, species, and working conditions. The project is under the umbrella of social sciences, especially sociology but also anthropology, psychology of work and philosophy. However, we will also find support from eco-ethology and agronomy. This is why the project is built upon multi-partnerships even though sociology is its backbone. The methods that we set up are those of the social sciences (interviews, questionnaires, observations, analysis with or without computing help). Also, small and medium-sized firms will be incorporated into our study in order to bring actual work experience to our research. The output of our research will be scientific, economic and social. They will contribute to the understanding of the human/animal relationship by introducing the working issue as a new angle in our scientific papers and books. It will help the sustainability of companies who work with animals, specifically in animal husbandry as well as in organic farming, by producing tools to transform their practices. Because communication about research is embedded in research itself, we set up partnerships to publish our work and conduct round table discussions about our findings. Agricultural education is one focus; another is the willingness to broadcast to a large audience.

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Dogs Can Benefit Families With Autistic Children, Study Says

Dogs Can Benefit Families With Autistic Children, Study Says | Technocare | Scoop.it
Recently a researcher at the University of Missouri conducted a small study of dog ownership in families of children with
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Guide dogs for the blind? PETA staffer says forget it

Guide dogs for the blind? PETA staffer says forget it | Technocare | Scoop.it
Sometimes I read something so absolutely insane that I just want to post the whole thing and point and say see? Do you see what I see? And then I remember I'm supposed to be a journalist and thus, must do commentary using words instead of facial expressions and wild gesticulations. I followed a link this evening to the blog of Karen Porreca, an editor and editorial staff manager for PETA. Porreca has a PETA logo on her blog, as well as a little disclaimer on her blog that her opinions might not match up with the organization's. On at least one point, mentioned below, they're marching in lockstep, but the distinction between the personal mindset of someone who "has been with PETA since the very beginning" and official PETA policy is duly noted. First we learn the horrifyin
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Tasting the Light: Device Lets the Blind "See" with Their Tongues

Tasting the Light: Device Lets the Blind "See" with Their Tongues | Technocare | Scoop.it
A pair of sunglasses wired to an electric "lollipop" helps the visually impaired regain optical sensations via a different pathway
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Design in crisis: Coming to our senses - ManualCAD

Design in crisis: Coming to our senses - ManualCAD | Technocare | Scoop.it
In this project, students will collectively explore what happens to architectural practice when we ‘come to our senses’. During the semester, on a weekly basis students will (a) experiment with a multi-sensorial approach to urban environments that centre-stages bodily experiences beyond the gaze and that is supported by different sensing devices, (b) reflect upon how such an approach puts many of the tools, strategies, aims and goals of architectural design in crisis; and (c) reimagine how a multi-sensorial architectural practice could look like. Accordingly, we will, first, undertake a collective exploration of sensory practices, in order to re-appreciate the city and the built environment in a different light. This exploration will involve site visits, perception experiments, documentation exercises, and collective readings and discussions. Second, using a case-scenario approach, we will learn from these critical experiences to collectively prototype a new architectural toolkit, that is, a set of devices, methods, and skills necessary to re-equip our practice and make us ‘come to our senses.’ Objective ​ Learning to develop sensory skills and capacities of designers beyond the use of the gaze, as well as learning to become affected by the multi-sensory aspect of the situations in which they design, and the people they design with.
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Barcelona suspende en la inclusión de perros guía

Barcelona suspende en la inclusión de perros guía | Technocare | Scoop.it
Barcelona suspende en la inclusión de perros guía. Algunos comercios, restaurantes y transportes públicos niegan la entrada a estos animales
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The Restaurant of Order Mistakes only employs waiters who have dementia

The Restaurant of Order Mistakes only employs waiters who have dementia | Technocare | Scoop.it
Eating out can be a stressful experience when you're cripplingly indecisive. You can't make up your mind about starters. You don't know what to have for main. And puddin
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"The Restaurant of Order Mistakes has just opened in Tokyo and it only hires waiters with dementia. The pop-up’s premise is that the staff may get your order wrong but if you go there knowing that from the start, you won’t dwell on it too much – and it might change your perception about those suffering from the illness. It also hopes to show people that dementia patients can be functioning members of society"
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Nuestro Muro

Nuestro Muro | Technocare | Scoop.it
La accesibilidad no es sólo una cuestión de personas con diversidad funcional; es una cuestión de convivencia y de repensar la manera en la que vivimos en la urbe.Una perspectiva de género unida a una mirada por la vida independiente de las personas con discapacidad son necesarias para mejorar nuestras vidas.
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Design with the blind in mind

Design with the blind in mind | Technocare | Scoop.it
What would a city designed for the blind be like? Chris Downey is an architect who went suddenly blind in 2008; he contrasts life in his beloved San Francisco before and after -- and shows how the thoughtful designs that enhance his life now might actually make everyone's life better, sighted or not.
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Your bank. Walk a mile in my shoes

To fully understand our customers, we needed to put ourselves in their shoes. In this video see what happens when we put an Age Suit on and went into
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Brace yourself: This prosthetic engineer is giving animals a leg up

Brace yourself: This prosthetic engineer is giving animals a leg up | Technocare | Scoop.it
Derrick Campana made the jump to animal prosthetics and orthotics 12 years ago -- when few, if anyone, created artificial limbs for dogs and other pets.
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How animals can help autistic children

How animals can help autistic children | Technocare | Scoop.it
Spending time with pets can lead to significantly improved social skills and motivation for learning.
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Is it Cruel to Make a Dog Work

I think most Guide Dog owners or handlers have been accused of enslavement or cruelty to animals. I could not count on both hands the amount of times i’ve been told that using a dog to help me get around is inhumane and damn right abominable. The first time I was confronted with this attitude was only a few months after qualifying with Bailey. This animal rights activist stopped me in the street and asked did i know how cruel I was being to my dog for making him guide me around all of the time? I will not say that it isn’t a responsibility on the dog’s shoulders but historically we have used dogs in working environments for centuries.

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