Friday, September 27, 2019

Technology And Adaptation

Here we have a wider view of Artifact Alley at the Museum.

I paused to photograph some of the bigger equipment.

Then I photographed these tools.

A set of recreational and sporting items drew my attention. These are all examples of adaptive tech, for those who are disabled in one way or another, providing them with a chance to continue to participate or even excel in sports. It starts with this kayak, adapted to allow someone with disabled legs to get out on the water safely.

This takes things further. This rig allows for mountain climbing.

Here we have sit-skis, used by para-athletes.

And for today I finish with this handcycle, customized by a Canadian para-athlete and inventor, Christian Bagg, who broke his back in a snowboarding competition, but didn't let it stop him from carrying on with his life. That included getting out in the woods, and the Icon Explore Handcycle is the result of his designs.


  1. It has been fun touring this museum through your posts, William.

  2. I am so thankful and lucky no one in my family needs this.
    Being on the road everyday... it´s pure luck. My Brother once nearly died in an accident. Ambulance was looking for a dead body, but there he stood, intact. One of the most fearful days of my life.
    But it is certainly great these tools have been invented!!!

  3. Christian Bagg what a passion for sports and technology!
    He is a person from whom we can learn to never give up!

  4. Hello, Christian Bagg is an amazing person and inventor. Enjoy your day, wishing you a happy weekend!

  5. Is that one of those iron lungs they used to put kids in for polio?

  6. This is such an interesting collection.

  7. Very interesting. Always something to learn...

  8. Quite a museum with so much to see and explore.

  9. WOW
    So inspiring!
    I work in the disability sector and am just blown away by what you have shared here.

  10. What inspiring tools to help people with disabilities to get outdoors.

  11. Good to see that things are being developed to aid the disabled.

  12. @Beatrice: I've enjoyed showing it.

    @Iris: that is luck.

    @Ella: that is true.

    @Francisco: thanks!

    @Laurie: yes you should.

    @Eileen: thank you!

    @David: I think what you're referring to is an engine, as it was in proximity to the locomotives.

    @Marleen: it certainly is.

    @Italiafinlandia: definitely.

    @Sharon: that's certainly true.

    @Gemel: thank you!

    @DJan: very much so.

    @RedPat: I agree.

    @Marie: it does.

  13. ...adapting is what life is all about!

  14. So many information to read and interesting exhibits to see. Happy weekend!

  15. I like the old ice making tools. We had to do that before we got electricity.

  16. adapting is good. cool kayak. i enjoy mine ... need 2 get out there again, great exercise. ( ;

  17. What a wonderful musuem and exhibit.

  18. Artifacts and technology have moved on so much in the last 50 years, it makes you wonder just what will happen in the coming 50 years.

  19. @Tom: true!

    @Nancy: thanks!

    @Red: I can imagine.

    @Beth: it is a good kayak.

    @Bill: it certainly is.

    @Rosemary: I agree.

  20. I do think this is a wonderful museum.
    I've enjoyed your posts William, thank you.

    All the best Jan

  21. always glad to see something that helps people with difficulties participate in activities.

  22. So good to see that the disabled can show off their strengths too.

  23. When I was a kid "disabled" meant that differently abled were left behind. It's great to see adaptation and inclusion for everyone now.

  24. I have so much admiration for the determination of disabled sports people and the adaptations made so they can carry on competing ✨

  25. Wonderfully informative post and creative photos ~ ^_^

    Happy Day to You,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  26. I really admire museum curators and their creative thinking and planning.

  27. Those sporting items designed for people with disabilities are great.

  28. Like the different adaptations which enable people to achieve the things in life they want to do:)