Nike’s Sneakers for Differently-Abled People

When Nike’s first-ever employee suffered a stroke, CEO Mark Parker directed the design department to create a one-of-a-kind, easy-on and easy-off shoe to aid the company’s old friend. Now, Nike is revisiting sneaker design for the differently-abled after seeing a social media post from 16-year-old Matthew Walzer, who suffers from cerebral palsy. The result is the Zoom Soldier 8 FLYEASE, a basketball shoe that easily …

A Helpful App for Blind Subway Riders

A mobile app and guidance system concept called Lantern may one day help blind New Yorkers navigate the city’s convoluted subway system. The app works by communicating with bottle cap-sized beacons located around a subway platform, directing users to nearby turnstiles and notifying them if they come too close to a platform’s edge. The idea was conceived by Eugene Gao, a New York-based copywriter who …