To help his son communicate, Richard devoted his energies to creating a kid-friendly form of speech technology he named Tango. The gadget prerecords a wide variety of colorful pictures and symbols depicting commonly used actions, questions and emotions.
His son, Thomas, can use the device to quickly select a thought and the little computer speaks for him, in a voice much like his own that expresses emotions with frases.
Since 2004, though, he's experienced color through sound via a device he calls the "eyeborg". It's a cybernetic third eye of sorts that he keeps strapped to his head at all times. The device translates the wavelengths of different colors into audible tones, then sends them to Harbisson's inner ears via bone conduction. The eyeborg can detect 360 different hues — not nearly as many as the normal human eye is capable of detecting, but still a lot better than no color at all.
He didn't have to look far to find a test subject. Rembrand's son, Yankele, finds comfort in his BioHug and even wears it for fun, not just when he’s in an agitated state.
The vest provides the best of both worlds for people like Yankele – the comfort of being wrapped in an embrace without the human contact. The vest is lined with air pockets that expand to create a hug-like sensation, and wearers can program the vest to deliver random or on-demand squeezes.
When Rachel Hyche was just a toddler, during the treat search teachers would guide her to the location of the egg and hold her hand over it. With her being an independent child, David decided to come up with his own method for her to join in the festivities. The father created a simple beeping egg that allowed Rachel to locate her eggs by sound rather than by sight.
The technology detects stuttering in real time on a mobile phone and notifies users via an alert on a bracelet. NiNiSpeech provides people who stutter with feedback and tips on their speech fluency (like “start softly”) and gives them goals to work toward based on their therapy program. Speech therapists also can monitor their patients from an online dashboard, gaining insight into their speech in daily life. They can even listen to recordings of the stuttering.
The key to "Talk Different," Spitz says, is the ease and accessibility that allows lost travellers, the vocally- or hearing-impaired or other verbally isolated users to construct messages on smartphones or pads that virtually anyone else will understand.
Users select drawings and photos of various figures, situations, emotions or ideas, and combine them with colour, sound, text and other evocative content to construct what become easily identifiable messages or questions.
For children who have special vision needs, some computer programs or an iPad can be too visually complex. A mother noticed that her daughter who is blind was drawn to basic lights and she invented a learning tool that has had global impact.
Bibs weren’t solving anything, and she knew that older children and adults with disabilities wouldn’t want to wear bibs anyway. So she got to work, researching different types of fabrics and the processes that she could use to put together garments that were essentially their own bibs, but better. Called DribbleDry, her clothing line is absorbent, minimizes the odor and bacteria left behind by saliva, and just as importantly, looks like regular clothing.
For her, paradise had always been sitting on the beach in a comfortable beach chair with a good book and nothing but the sounds of the ocean to relax her. As a child, she spent summers in Cape May – a tradition she continued throughout her life. The Bahamas are only a couple hours away so every spring, she was on the beach soaking up the rays and just so she was sure she had every sun angle covered, she had a pool put in her backyard. Unfortunately, she was unaware that her favorite pastimes could cause cancer.
After taking some time off school, Brian returned to UC-Denver, while still continuing therapy. He graduated in 2011 with a degree in psychology, but his life experiences living with spinal cord injury, led him to pursue a different career path.
Dyslexie is a typeface font designed to mitigate some of the issues that dyslexics experience when reading. Christian Boer developed it while in college to help fight his own dyslexia.
With a heavy base line, alternating stick/tail lengths, larger-than-normal openings, and semi-curve slant, the dyslexia font ensures that each character has a unique form. When reading a text in the dyslexia font, people with dyslexia have a lot less trouble and fewer errors are made.
The app allows the user to set the total number of positions on the patient’s body where the treatment must occur, the number of minutes that the tapping action must be performed per position and a time period for resting in between each position. An alert displays on the phone to let the user know when it’s time to change positions, which can also be customizable.
To engage the child, animal sounds and graphics with a celebration screen appears that incorporates the patient’s name when a treatment is complete.
Created with the help of FundedApps, Share My ABCs allows children to trace letters and shapes and write words, as well as sharing them with loved ones. It features pictures of animals to represent upper and lower case letters and an option to write the whole name of the animal. It also allows a word and message to be traced in different colours, and what was written by the child could be saved by the adult on to a E-card to send to relatives.
Magniglass uses a camera, micro-computer, and media glasses to give the user control over the brightness, saturation, and zoom of the world around them. The micro-computer is running an advanced algorithm that delivers a smooth yet responsive user interface. The glasses are currently in the late prototyping phases and will hit the market as soon as possible.
Christopher was an 8th grade student. He launched a Kickstarter campaign, and raised $4,726 for his invention, Magniglass.
For many years, Debra used the traditional body-powered prosthesis, which is activated by a figure-of-eight or figure-of-nine harness system, using the opposite shoulder as the power source. Many users of this system complain of discomfort from the harness, typically the rubbing on the skin by the harness, asymmetry of the shoulders, pain in the opposite shoulder area, difficulty while performing tasks with both limbs, and diminished physical appearance.
A few days after her surgery, Maryanne met another patient in the hospital who was carrying her drains around in a brown bag. Despite recovering from her own surgery, Maryanne quickly decided brown bagging it wasn’t sufficient — and thus an idea was born. She invented Pretty Pockets — a discreet and spirited way to secure post-surgical drains. Her own family got involved in making them, and now the pockets are donated to St. Joseph Medical Center and cancer patients everywhere.
The Wishbone thermometer, likely named after its "Y" shape, attaches to any Android or iOS smartphone to report temperature reading back to its companion apps.
Users need only hold the smartphone attachment near the child for a second or two in order to get a temperature reading. Wishbone users can also take the temperature of their babies' bottles, the weather outside or inside, bathtub or of themselves.
Today, Cadence mobility and speech have been limited by her condition. But with some help from her innovative dad, Darren Flaata, she can now be able to do a number of things that she couldn’t do earlier, for instance sledding, fishing, gardening and many more.
Speaks4me allows the user to choose images in order to communicate needs or thoughts. And while it's a pretty simple system, it might make quite a difference in the life of someone who was previously unable to express himself in a manner that could be understood by those around him.
Speaks4me® is easy to learn and use, simply “drag & drop” the required picture image(s) from the main window to the “virtual” sentence strip to create a single or correctly structured multiple word sentence, then press “Speak” and Speaks4me® will speak the words.
The bright two-toned green color palette for the ADHD T-shirt is meant to represent the “energetic and hyperactive persona” of someone with ADHD. The module represents an ADHD person’s distracted train of thought and the tendency to bounce around from one thing to another. It is a visual deviation in thought and action: the color shifts, the size changes, and the bigger circle is left unfinished. The pattern is a slightly skewed repetition of the module, which creates the bigger picture of an energized, unfocused, and lively mass.