Technology – a long long history!
Technology – a long long history!
Gong Life Care Solutions’ main focus is on providing quality equipment designed with both users and carers in mind. Our products are unique, and assist safety, comfort, and independence in the home. See them on our website: https://gonglcs.com.au We welcome enquiries from community members and health and allied health professionals.
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Technology – where did it all begin??
Humans have always been innovative. The definition of technology is “science or knowledge put into practical use to solve problems or invent useful tools.”
Aboriginal Australians developed and used a wide range of technology tens of thousands of years ago. They were the first people to leave Africa up to 75,000 years ago, a genetic study has found, signifying they may have the oldest continuous culture on the planet.
Aboriginal people were not one single group – the First Peoples formed constantly changing civilisations that had over 500 different cultures and language groups across the land that’s now called Australia.
The Australian Geographic states that this diversity can be seen in the wide range of technology Aboriginal people used, and like all good inventions, these were simple, elegant solutions, and made from materials close at hand. The author goes on to say that many of these inventions reveal a deep understanding of science and medicine.
“Stone and natural glass were fashioned into chisels, saws, knives, axes and spearheads. Stone tools were used for hunting, carrying food, for making ochre, nets, clothing, baskets and more. Aboriginal people are thought to be one of the first to use stone tools to grind seeds, and the first to create ground edges on stone tools. They could grind a precision edge from stone that was as sharp as any metal blade found in England in 1788.”
The First Peoples created weirs and fish traps, the woomera (a spear-throwing tool), and the aerodynamic, asymmetric-lift boomerang with controllable motion and spin (used for hunting). They also invented cooling water bags, and thermoplastic resins strong enough to bind rock to wood (used to create tools such as spears, woomeras and axes). All of these items and processes are technologies, used to assist the various nation groups to carry out the daily or seasonal activities of living, or to assist in preparations for the future.
What is assistive technology?
Assistive technology (AT) is an umbrella term for any equipment that enables people to safely increase their independence and their engagement and inclusiveness in whatever activities they choose to do – in society generally, or at work, in education, leisure and community life. AT provides practical solutions to everyday activities and situations. It’s not always “hi-tech”, either. Many low-tech items or adaptations or modifications that assist people are small, non-digital, inexpensive – eg a jar opener or pencil grips. Just the right tool for the job!
At the high-tech end, some equipment seems to have come more from the realm of science fiction! There are amazing inventions such as sophisticated eye tracking systems, which translate eye to alphabet or image, then to text and speech for those with paralysis. There are thought-controlled wheelchairs, stair-climbing wheelchairs, robotic limbs, and exo-skeletons which we’ve written about before in our blog.
Gong Life Care Solutions | At the cutting edge of new assistive technology
One of our low-tech/high-innovation solutions is the LASAL Embracer Pillow, for support and stabilization in a wheelchair, chair or bed. The Embracer is a medical chair cushion, which, as the name suggests - is a positioning cushion/pillow that looks and acts like a giant embrace! If lower back pain and spine conditions or other ailments cause discomfort when sitting, then the Embracer will help to stabilize the user’s position, and stop them falling to the side. The wings, or arms which do the embracing, support the whole length of the user’s arms and improve relaxation and comfort from the neck to the fingertips.
The perfect combo! | The Embracer Pillow with our higher-tech ergonomic design wheelchair
If you or someone you care for uses a wheelchair, then the perfect combination for comfort when getting from place to place or sitting and waiting for an appointment, is to combine the LASAL Embracer cushion, with our ergonomic wheelchair called the Strongback. Strongback was an award-winner (for the second time) in its category in the prestigious German Design Awards 2020. The Strongback has posture support built into its frame, and additional lumbar support, and the Embracer takes care of the user’s shoulders, arms and stability. https://gonglcs.com.au/collections/all/products/3-strongback-24-wheelchair-18-inch-seat-width
The technology in crutches design has come a very long way since the middle ages when they were just heavy under-arm sticks carved out of wood. They’ve been depicted in very old paintings, illustrations and reliefs going back to the 1300s and earlier.
Our revolutionary KMINA platform style adjusting elbow crutches are the first crutches designed specifically to avoid pain. They are sold exclusively in Australia by Gong Life Care Solutions. They will allow you to walk further in comfort and safety. See how, on our video. Check out the ease with which people adapt to the KMINA crutches (even if they’re not actors or sports stars!!) https://gonglcs.com.au/products/kmina-crutches
Can I get help to fund assistive technology equipment?
All programs funded by the Commonwealth such as aged care (My Aged Care: Home Care Packages and the Commonwealth Home Support Program), disability care (the National Disability Insurance Scheme) and Department of Veterans’ Affairs’ programs, allow for the purchase of assistive technology equipment to meet your individual needs. In all cases the person with the plan must be assessed by the relevant professional assessors in relation to the specific piece of equipment that has been requested or recommended. Gong Life Care Solutions is a registered NDIS provider, and all of our products are registered with the Therapeutic Goods Administration as medical devices.
Please contact your care provider to discuss funding in your plan, or ring direct to: My Aged Care: 1800 200 422, NDIS: 1800 800 110, DVA: 1800 555 254
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