Sunday, June 7, 2009

Technology redefining the meaning of 'disabled'

Posted on Thursday, Jun. 04, 2009

Technology redefining the meaning of 'disabled'
By James H. Burnett III

Before last month, Erik Weihenmayer, 40, had never
seen his young daughter.

But through technology once limited to the imagination

of science fiction writers, Weihenmayer, born

sight-impaired, now catches glimpses of people

and things he previously had only been able

to touch or hear.

The technology is called BrainPort, and this

weekend it will be one of several jaw-dropping

devices on display in Miami at the No Barriers

Festival, an international gathering of physically

limited athletes, wounded soldiers, disabled

kids and hopeful parents, and the scientists

and doctors who develop the technology that

lets them match the able-bodied step for step.

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