Writing a blog is a hit-or-miss proposition these days.  Some blogs have die-hard followers and thousands upon thousands of shares. Others? Well, you’ve never heard of them and likely never will.

I’m betting that this blog will be the former. Here’s why.

Assistive technology touches just about all aspects of life as we know it today. How many of us know someone who is elderly, or who has a disability? Or someone who has been hospitalized, has utilized products made by automated systems, has a prosthetic, uses products that are 3D printed, or has had surgery? Just about all of us have experience with one or more of those, and assistive technology impacts every single one of those experiences – and much, much more. More than you’ve probably ever thought possible.

At the University of Texas at Arlington Research Institute – or UTARI – we dedicate ourselves to the research and development of assistive technologies to help humanity. It’s a lofty goal, and one that we feel passionateabout. In particular, we work to provide affordable solutions to complex problems in the areas of Advanced Manufacturing, Biomedical Technologies and Robotics. Assistive technology is at the heart of each of those three divisions and is the driving force of the work we do at UTARI.

I suppose “Assistive Technology” can mean a lot of things to a lot of people. But here at UTARI, we’ve come to define it as advanced, affordable technology to help humanity perform dirty, dull, dangerous, or difficult tasks in the home, workplace, or community. Our assistive technology work encompasses everything from addressing manufacturing needs to helping the elderly and our wounded warriors live more independent lives.

In the coming weeks and months, this blog will look at some our work at UTARI and how it impacts and influences the larger scope of assistive technology. Among the topics we will discuss are:

  • 3D printing material and system development
  • Robotic skin technology
  • Real-time targeted wound healing
  • Automated assembly systems
  • Orthoscopic surgical simulators
  • Robotic partners to interface with children on the Autism Spectrum

Our researchers and staff at UTARI will be contributing blogs along the way and letting you know about the projects they’re working on and the assistive technology topics they find noteworthy.

Your thoughts and input will be the largest part of the blog, and I have a feeling that the discussion will be as dynamic and inventive as the topics we put forth.

I hope that you’ll join us for the discussion and discovery of the things assistive technology can and will do in the future.  – Rick

Lt. General Rick Lynch, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Executive Director


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