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Project Vive aims to provide low cost communication devices

Shared by Projectvive on 2016-06-27 23:19

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Project Vive is a humanitarian effort to help improve the lives of people with complex communication needs(CCNs). In doing so, we are utilizing technology to develop, manufacture, and distribute a low-cost, wearable speech generation device(SGD). The range of pertinent diagnoses that can benefit from our technology include cerebral palsy(CP), amyotrophic lateral sclerosis(ALS), anoxic brain injury, and others. For those with a more serious lack of body movement or muscle control, these devices are not only overpriced, but also exceedingly impractical for their needs. For this reason, many continue to live with very limited communication. In less developed countries, and even in the United States, the number of affected individuals is high, while the ability to pay for assistance devices is low. Current devices can cost anywhere from $5,000 to $60,000 plus maintenance fees. It is estimated that globally 3.4 million people worldwide have a form of cerebral palsy that prevents them from communicating through speech and this statistic doesn’t include other conditions.

Project Vive is now a team of engineers and programmers with a mission to give a voice to the voiceless, by making our patent-pending technology accessible to everyone. Our devices include wearable technology that allows users to navigate through a simple menu structure to construct sentences using a variety of body movements. Project Vive is currently in pilot testing and looking for children and adults in Pennsylvania to try out our products and provide feedback to assist development. Learn more at Projectvive.com or contact us at http://www.projectvive.com/contact.

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Project Vive was created in response to the founder and CEO, Mary Elizabeth McCulloch, spending time in an Ecuadorian orphanage working with children and adults with cerebral palsy. After her exchange year, she studied Biomedical Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University. She graduated May 2016 and now is working full time with the Vive team of programmers and engineers.

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