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Blind Man Runs NYC Marathon with Innovative Tech

Simon Wheatcroft, a blind runner, ran the NYC Marathon with technology he's helping to create that will allow blind athletes to run without guides.
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November 6, 2017

November 6, 2017

Beyond the Finish Line – How Technology Helped a Blind Athlete Run Free at the New York Marathon

It’s a literal road to nowhere. Stretching out from a roundabout outside the Robin Hood Airport in Doncaster, a small village in Northern England, it’s a wholly unremarkable stretch of slowly cracking pavement, bushes, and weeds, an idle strip of asphalt near long-term parking and a bland business park.
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November 5, 2017

November 5, 2017

Blind Runner’s Wearable Technology Gets Off to Complicated Start

As Simon Wheatcroft walked onto the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to start the New York City Marathon, he could sense other runners moving around him but could see them only as one smudged shape.
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October 26, 2017

October 26, 2017

Keith Kirkland, Accessories Design ’10, Created a Vibrating Wristband that Guides the Blind

On November 5, a blind man named Simon Wheatcroft will run the New York City Marathon without a guide. He will be aided in this feat by the WAYBAND™, a wearable navigation device that uses haptic feedback—touch—to communicate directions to the blind and visually impaired. 
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Innovation By Design Awards 2017

Fast Company’s sixth annual Innovation By Design Awards drew more than 2,500 submissions. The 299 honorees, chosen by expert judges in 13 categories, represent the best products, services, interfaces, and ideas of 2017. Read on and get inspired.
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June 26, 2017

June 26, 2017

Can These Startups Change the Way We Live in Cities?

Founded by MINI with joint venture partner Urban.usURBAN-X forges meaningful connections with leaders in the public and private sectors, helping its startups turn compelling ideas into viable, scalable solutions for urban life.
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May 31, 2017

May 31, 2017

Meet Urban Manufacturers Leading the “Made in New York” Charge

In 2017, urban manufacturing is invigorating cities, with entrepreneurs building market-tested smart technologies and investors seeing the promise, and efficiency, of building locally.
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May 25, 2017

May 25, 2017

Sensors, Sensors Everywhere

The team at WearWorks is developing the WAYBAND™, a haptic device designed as a tool to assist the blind and visually impaired to navigate via vibration.
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May 24, 2017

May 24, 2017

Futureworks Incubator Launches with 32 Market Validation Startups

On Wednesday, May 17, we launched NYCEDC’s Futureworks Incubator with a kickoff event at A/D/O in Greenpoint. The Incubator champions and supports the growth of hardware startups across NYC and builds on the success of the New York’s Next Top Makers program.
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May 6, 2017

May 6, 2017

Urban-X’s Investors Showcase Features High-tech Face Masks, Navigation for the Blind...

The Urban-X buyers showcase is a closed-door occasion that reveals off eight completely different incubated startups to potential buyers and press.
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April 17, 2017

April 17, 2017

Visual Aids

Based out of the Urban-X startup accelerator in Brooklyn, WearWorks is producing the latest in the ever-growing realm of wearable technology—a haptic wristband to help those with visual impairments with directions.
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March 9, 2017

March 9, 2017

Meet the Latest Cohort of Urban-X Startups

They're out to improve city living. Among the highlights: a trash can that makes a game out of throwing away garbage and a vibrating version of Google Maps for the blind.
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March 3, 2017

March 3, 2017

A Haptic Wristband Could Help the Blind 'See' the World

Technology to help the blind navigate usually focuses on replacing the sight they're missing or by adding auditory cues to an already cluttered soundscape.
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April 13, 2016

April 13, 2016

Greater Newark Mini Maker Faire

The world around us is too beautiful to overlook – it’s time to free our eyes from screen based devices and focus on what’s truly important. Look up and see what you’ve been missing.
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