Nesta, an innovation-focused charity, has announced the finalists for their Inclusive Technology Prize. The competition aims to incentivize technological innovation that creates or improves upon adaptive products and systems that aid individuals with disabilities and long-term illnesses. Nesta is especially interested in supporting ideas from innovators with disabilities, who truly understand the urgency for developing certain technologies.
Selected from over 200 entries, ten finalists are currently tweaking and testing their prototypes over six months. Among the finalists are:
- OpenBionics is the winner of the UK James Dyson Award for innovative engineering for Bionic Hands. Their team is focused on developing bionics for children, spending some time with doctors and prosthetists Brazil.
- Supportspace is an app to help disabled and older people to more effectively spend their personal budgets.
- HandyClix has been tweaking the design of their one-handed wheelchair seatbelt to consider differences in user strength, dexterity, and tremor. At HandyClix they’re also designing different attachment methods to clip the belt to the wheelchair so that it requires minimal technical knowledge.
Read more about the competition and the other finalists on Nesta’s website.