The Breakthrough

Researchers from the Imperial College London together with engineers from the Shadow Robot Company have developed a device that will allow a disabled person to ride a horse without assistance. The device that they have made is a prototype sensor made from various parts off the shelf. It mainly consists of a small console that is connected wirelessly to a mobile phone app. It works by having a volunteer on the ground send wireless directions to the rider via the phone and to their console.

The Implications

One of the best features that this technology has to offer is that it is very simple and inexpensive to produce. The team spent only £40 to get a device like this working. Although the research is still at an early stage, the team at the Imperial College London believes that such assistive technology nowadays can be made affordable to people in need.

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