Tecla-e

Tecla-e takes being mobile to a new level of breaking boundaries for assistive technology. The Tecla-e empowers individuals with disabilities who cannot independently use smart phones, tablets, computers or smart home technology with touchscreens and keyboard. The Tecla-e is a great device for anyone who has limited upper-body mobility resulting from spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries, or stroke. Tecla-e is a light touch adaptive button switch that can be used to control your devices, it requires about 200 gr of force for activation. Due to the built in radios, it should not be positioned close to the user’s head. Tecla-e can also be connected to eight different Bluetooth devices both ISO and Android base, which the user can switch between. With the Tecla-e it has sensors that gather information which is updated to the cloud and accessed through the Tecla-e apps for iOS and Android. The information gathered include location, temperature, motion and ambient light sensors. Tecla-e also has a 48 hour battery life which can be recharge by USB. For wheelchairs, Tecla-e can be set up with the driving control if it’s equipped with an environment control or Input/output module.

To learn more about Tecla-e you can visit Tecla-e Assistive Tech

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Tactile Text to Braille Convertor

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Tactile was developed by Five Young aspiring Women in MIT who wanted to make a difference in the field of Engineering. Their goal were to make books and texts more accessible to those who are visually impaired or legally blind, while encouraging other girls to make differences in the world of Engineering as well. Tactile is the first device dedicated Text-to-Braille converter. Their aim is to help those who are visually impaired by increasing access to printed text information at a lower price range. This would allow all books and printed text documents to be more available and accessible to everyone.Image shows a text document is being scan by the Tactile device as the device is placed on top of the document

To learn more about the Tactile you can visit Team Tactile

Lost Voice Guy – Mute Comedian

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Lee Ridley a BBC Radio New Comedy award winner, also known as, Lost Voice Guy. Lee was born in the town of Consett in County Durham, England. He earned his nickname and stage name, the Lost Voice Guy, due to his disability. Lee was born with cerebral palsy and is unable to speak. Lee began performing stand-up comedy in 2012, performing all over the UK at local places like The Stand, Manford’s Comedy Club, and The Comedy Store as well as many independent clubs. In 2013, Lee had his first solo debut show at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and has performed there every year. In addition to stand up, Lee has also acted and made several appearances on different radio and television shows, for example, BBC Ones’s “The One Show”. When he is on stage performing he programs his routine within a voice synthesizer on his tablet called Speak It. He then selects different jokes based on the audience reaction. From time to time Lee improvises new jokes on stage, entering the joke into the synthesizer in real time. As for day to day, Lee uses a Lightwriter to speak. You can view some of Lost Voice Guy work on his Showreel page.

OrCam My Eye 2.0

OrCam My Eye 2.0

OrCam My Eye 2.0 is a small device that sits on the side of a pair of glasses. It’s light in weight and about the length of a stick of gum, with easy connection to the frame of the glasses. The OrCam My Eye 2.0 is meant for anyone who is blind or visibly impaired. It has a 13-megapixel camera that takes a picture and relays the information back to the user. The device can read text from books, documents, or even a menu for users. It can also recognize known and unknown faces for the user. For example, if it’s someone you know, it will let say the person’s name. If it’s someone you do not know, it will either say a “man” or “woman” is in front of you.  My Eye 2.0 can also identify products and read barcodes for users when shopping. A few other features of the OrCam include color detection and the ability to recognize money. My Eye 2.0 can connect to your phone securely; it does not save any information onto your phone, and forgets the information after it’s been relayed.

Shows an older gentalmen sitting down, as he is holding up his book and pointing to the page to show the OrCam where to start reading. the OrCam is already placed on the side of his glasses.

To learn more about the OrCam My Eye 2.0 ,you can visit OrCam.