Digital technologies continue to help improve the lives of stroke victims and others. O'Brien Technologies is finalizing design of a speech-generating device that will assist those who can't speak. The handheld devices are designed to assist speech language pathologists and other health care professionals who treat individuals with severe communication disabilities. The devices can be customized to supplement communication for many users. O'Brien is working closely with the Kessler Foundation, a public charity dedicated to improving the lives of people with physical disabilities caused by stroke and brain or spinal cord injuries. The Advance Micro Power Research Technology Incubator (AMP-RTI) helped design the system it produces in conjunction with 1-Source Electronics.
With a better understanding of materials’ response to load and temperature, researchers could potentially use the knowledge to improve design. The research could even help geologists studying plate tectonics.
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