Paralympic innovations - Headshot – Students in London have designed some novel solutions to improve sports participation for disabled athletes. This prototype is called "Headshot" and lets severely disabled athletes compete with the able-bodied in clay-pigeon shooting. Aiming and firing is controlled by a specially designed headset.
Ghost – British parathlete Iain Dawson (right) tries out the "Ghost," which has been designed to help athletes train better. Vibrations and sound alert the wearer when a specific movement has been achieved. Students think it could help visually-impaired athletes like Dawson hone a swimming stroke. The idea was awarded £5,000 ($8,000) by exhibition sponsor Rio Tinto.
Cannonball – Some of the students thought about team sports which might form part of the program at Paralympics far in the future. "Cannonball" is a "fast and furious wheelchair team sport."
Rainbow Touch – Other ideas were simpler, but just as interesting. "Rainbow Touch" uses patterns of texture and color to create team vests which are easily identifiable to teammates.
Mind Surfer – Using nanobots to control waves of sand, "Mind Surfer" is an idea to create a new desert sport.
Brainsled – "Brainsled" is another idea which allows the disabled and able-bodied to compete against each other. Competitors would use brainwaves to control the bobsleigh testing powers of concentration and skill on a level playing field.
Endura – "Endura" is a knee socket for a prosthetic limb which could provide a more flexible fit for athletes during competition.