Projects

Some of our latest projects, activities and events.

AT: 2030 - Assistive Technology Scoping Exercise

AT: 2030 - Assistive Technology Scoping Exercise

Partners:

  • World Health Organisation (WHO)
  • Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI)
  • Leonard Cheshire and Motivation

Description:

Funded by DFID this focused on mapping and analysis of the innovation landscape around Assistive Technology globally with a focus on low and middle-income countries to highlight potential market failures and to scope out possible solutions.

Download a PDF of the Assistive Technology Scoping Research Executive Summary

Iain McKinnon from the GDI Hub presenting to partners in Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020

Partners:

  • British Council Japan
  • British Embassy Japan
  • British Paralympic Association (BPA)
  • UCL

Description:

We are sharing our knowledge and experience with partners in Tokyo as they prepare to host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This ranges from the inclusive design of infrastructure to the implantation of a permanent legacy from the Paralympic Games.

Enable Makeathon 2.0

Enable Makeathon 2.0

Partners:

  • International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
  • UCL
  • LLDC

Description:

Partnering with UCL and the International Committee of the Red Cross, the GDI Hub hosted the Enable Makeathon 2.0 in London. Five teams were selected to come to London to further develop their disability innovation ideas into new products and services over the course of a 16-day intensive ‘bootcamp’.

The winning teams were:

1. Bleetech – A low-cost version of an encyclopaedia for people with a hearing impairment. Users can ask questions on a mobile platform (either in sign language or English), where they receive answers to their queries in Indian sign language

2. GameAble – As solution to help disabled video gamers play video games on a level playing felid with their non-disabled peers. It features gesture recognition-based control software and a wearable hardware device.

3. NonSpec – A below knee prosthetic system that is dynamic, affordable, lightweight, adjustable, and mass producible. The pylon material used can be fitted to any patient of any age and at low cost.

enablemakeathon.org

Upper Limb Prostheses in Uganda and Jordan

Upper Limb Prostheses in Uganda and Jordan

Partners:

  • University of Salford (lead)
  • UCL
  • University of Southampton
  • University of Greenwich
  • Makere University in Uganda
  • University of Jordan

Description:

This EPSRC funded project aims to improve upper limb prostheses in low and middle-income countries, focusing on Uganda and Jordan. The project is led by the university of Salford and will work with Makere University in Uganda and the University of Jordan to design prosthetics which are fit for purpose and affordable.

Visit the EPSRC website

Mural On The Wall In An Inclusive School In Uganda

Inclusive Education in Uganda: The Impact of Assistive Technology

Partners:

  • UNICEF
  • UNESCO
  • Makerere University
  • Kyambogo University
  • Makerere University Kampala
  • Uganda Technology of Management University (UTAMU);

Description:

The project focuses on the impact of assistive technology and accessible learning materials in promoting participation of children with disabilities in Uganda. This project aims to provide support to overcome barriers to education through assistive technology and to develop the evidence base for how technology helps inclusion in the classroom.

A group of people using a section of mobility aids from adapted motorised scooters to three-wheel tricycles in India

Street Rehab in India

Partners:

  • UCL
  • Leonard Cheshire
  • LLDC

Description:

An EPSRC GCRF project the project tested a new methodology for creating accessible maps for fast changing cities like Delhi. Using embedded sensors attached to wheelchairs, we mapped accessible and difficult to access routes. Initially the project also aimed to capture rehabilitation metrics whilst pushing a wheelchair beyond a clinical environment, but instead the community of wheelchair users we worked with preferred to use the tool as an advocacy tool.

More information can be found in this paper.

digital image of a wheelchair on blue checkered ground

Power-up! - Fuelling the next generation of assistive technologies

Partners:

  • UCL
  • LLDC

Description:

A research project to understand how and when manual wheelchair users need and use power assistance and to determine if fuel cell technology is suitable for the power requirements of assistive technology, specifically wheelchairs.

More information from the funders website.

Body 2.0 - Extending ability through 3D printing technology

Body 2.0 - Extending ability through 3D printing technology

Partners:

  • Helen Hamlyn Centre for Design at the RCA
  • London Legacy Development Corporation

Description:

This project looked at identity and the changing perception of disabled people and disability. The primary focus was prosthetics and the use of new technologies including 3D printing to democratise prosthetics and allow individuals to customise their assistive devices in a timely and affordable way.

Founding Partners