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12 JUNE 2014

REX: independent mobility through hands-free robotic exoskeleton

"Rex Bionics Plc (The Rex Bionics Group) is the global technology leader in robotic exoskeletons (REX). Uniquely, REX® provides independent mobility to wheelchair users and other mobility impaired persons using advanced robotic technology, custom–designed electromechanical actuators, precision engineering, and specialised networking systems.

The key differentiator of REX is the fact that it has been designed from the outset to provide mobility to non–ambulatory wheelchair users rather than as a means to enable otherwise fit individuals to lift supra–physiological loads, enhance endurance or aid mobility of those able to walk with crutches.

The device is designed to enable all users to stand and walk, and REX Personal™ users to scale stairs and navigate slopes."

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ambulatory disability • Aotearoa New Zealandapplied researchartificial limbbionicsbodycyborgdesign for disabilitydisability • electromechanical actuators • engineeringexoskeletonfuturistic machines • hands-free robotic exoskeleton • human body • independent mobility • intimate interfaceskiwi ingenuitylegslocomotionman machinemechanical engineeringmitigating impairmentmobility • mobility aid • mobility impaired • movingnew ways of being • paraplegic • physical engagementphysiologyproduct designprosthesisprosthetic leg • REX • Rex Bionics • Rex Bionics Group • Rex Bionics Plc • Richard Little • Robert Irving • robotic exoskeleton • robotic systemsrobotic technologyrobotics • Sophie Morgan • spinal cord injury • supraphysiological • thoracic vertebrae • walk • walkingwalking machine • wheelchair users

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Simon Perkins
10 FEBRUARY 2012

YikeBike: super light folding electric bike

"YikeBike is a statement about using smart technology to solve the problems of our increasingly congested, polluted, stressful cities. It is the first commercial expression of the mini–farthing concept, created up by a bunch of successful entrepreneurs, engineers and dreamers."

(YikeBike Ltd)

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Aotearoa New Zealandapplied researchbicyclebikeChristchurchdesign innovationdesign solution • electric • electric bicycle • electric motorcycle • entrepreneurshipergonomic designfolding • folding bicycle • folding electric bike • industrial designinnovationinventionkiwi ingenuitylight weightproduct designprotoduction • small • smart technology • solutionSouth IslandtechnologytransportUniversity of Canterburyusability • YikeBike • YikeBike Ltd

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Simon Perkins
02 NOVEMBER 2011

You can have a garden: Edible Island Planters

"Eliza Donald couldn't find a large enough planter that suited her purposes, so decided to make her own. 'It took two years, working with plant specialists, and industrial designers, also asking a lot of people questions. It's important that a design functions well but it's equally important to ask why a person would want to use it in the first place,' she says. Eliza is now director of Edible Islands – handy aesthetically lovely planters the size of a small bathtub. You can plant out your veggies and a small tree, or once all your herbs die (if you have my touch) you can pop a lid on and just sit under your tree. Ingenious.

As Eliza points out, the potential benefits are plentiful, 'Sometimes people don't have an easy access to fresh veg. The planters help with Transition Towns – educating people on how to grow their own food and prevention of depression as people swap seeds, plants and recipes, and grow plants with their grandchildren. They increase flight pathways across cities for birds, bees and butterflies as more Edible Island Planters are put on roof tops, back yards, and schools.' The planters are all made in Pakenham, Australia."

(Lou Pardi, (small)LUST, 02 August 2011)

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Australia • backyard • bathtubbetter-functioning productsbusiness women • domestic furniture • ecodesign • Edible Island Planters • Edible Islands • Eliza Donald • entrepreneurshipenvironmentally conscious design • fresh food • gardeninggreen design • grow your own food • herbs • industrial designkiwi ingenuity • Little Veggie Patch Company • Pakenham • planter • plantsproduct designproduct designerprotoductionresearch and developmentrooftopseedself-sufficientsustainable agriculture • sustainable cities • sustainable landscape and garden design • swappingtransition towns • veggies • women designers

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Simon Perkins
24 DECEMBER 2008

Ergonomic and Innovative Mouse Design

"Although the Swiftpoint device looks very unlike a traditional pen, it employs a familiar 'pen grip' offering increased accuracy and ergonomics.
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The Swftipoint Slider™ is the perfect solution to the challenges of new and emerging technologies and operating environments: offering full mouse functionality and more, in a compact and ergonomic package, without the need for the additional "mousing surface" that mobile environments often lack."

(Swiftpoint, 2008, http://www.futuremouse.com/?q=slider#panels–tabs–0–2)

Fig.1 Uploaded by TypeLog on 11 Mar 2008
Fig.2 Uploaded by swiftpointglobal on 16 Jun 2010
Fig.3 March 2008 "gliding–slider" [http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2008/03/gliding–slider/].

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Simon Perkins
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