Experience the Future of Assistive Technology at Abilities Expo on November 6-8, 2009 Georgia Tech and Shepherd Center to sponsor new Assistive Technology Pavilion

ATLANTA, Oct. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The cutting-edge of assistive technology--including both commercially available and next-generation AT products--will be showcased at the Assistive Technology Pavilion at Abilities Expo (www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta) on November 6-8, 2009 at the Cobb Galleria Convention Center.

Thousands of people with disabilities, their families, caregivers and healthcare professionals are expected to attend this free, three-day expo and conference for a taste of the latest technologies, techniques and tips for improving their physical, technological and social environs.

The following products--many of which are still in development--will impact people of all ages with a wide range of physical, sensory and intellectual disabilities.

  • Tongue Drive System (TDS): Enables people with high-level spinal cord injuries to maneuver a powered wheelchair or control a mouse-driven computer cursor using simple tongue movements.
  • Accessible Wii: Custom-designed Nintendo Wii interface for quadriplegic users.
  • Cushion Pressure Mapping: Allows for the development of more comfortable and usable wheelchairs by mapping pressure points on seat cushions of various materials.
  • Implanted Electrode Technology: Experimental technology which can actually be implanted in the body and, when used with external programmable control units, it can help provide function to paralyzed limbs.
  • Auditory Menus and Deaf911 Phone: Exciting demonstrations of experimental technology currently under development for people with visual and manual limitations (Auditory Menus) and hearing loss (Deaf911 Phone).
  • Robotics technology: Displays on robots that retrieve and deliver objects using a laser pointer.
  • Accessible Bluetooth headset options for people with manual limitations.
  • Visit www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta/pavillions.html for more.

This unique peek into the future of AT is made possible by the Shepherd Center, NeuroTech Network and Georgia Tech's Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access (CATEA), Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technology (Wireless RERC) and Aware Home Research Initiative.

"In addition to providing an exciting forum for people with disabilities to gain knowledge and view products and services, we are thrilled to present the Community with the new Assistive Technology Pavilion," said David Korse, president and CEO of Abilities Expo. "The forward-thinking scientists and professionals at Georgia Tech and the Shepherd Center are revolutionizing accessibility and, at Abilities Expo Atlanta, attendees will find out how!"

Registration for Abilities Expo is free. Preregister for priority access at www.abilitiesexpo.com/atlanta

SOURCE Abilities Expo



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