The iGlasses™ Ultrasonic Mobility Aid is a head-mounted device which enables more informed, confident, and efficient pedestrian travel. Objects in your path are detected by the ultrasonic sensors and communicated via gentle vibrations. As obstacles get nearer the frequency of the vibration will increase. The device is intended as a secondary mobility device to complement the traditional long cane or guide dog.
This video was taken of Professor Roger Clarke delivering his address at the IEEE Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) held at the University of Wollongong 7-10 June 2010. Professor Clarke's talk on "Cyborg Rights" argued that the first generation of cyborgs are already among us, so accordingly, professional engineers have an obligation to anticipate new developments, and to brief political, social and economic institutions on their nature, impact and implications. Professor Clarke is the Director of Xamax Consultancy and also a Visiting Professor at the Australian National University. The theme of the conference was "The Social Implications of Emerging Technologies" and Professor Clarke acted to stimulate a discussion on human enhancement, and the challenging questions surrounding the additional rights of 'cyborgs'. An extended paper written by Professor Clarke was published in a special issue of IEEE Technology and Society in 2011.
"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects -- a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet -- that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail.