Winter Quarter 2020

Perspectives in Assistive Technology


David L. Jaffe, MS
Lathrop Library Classroom 282
Tuesdays & Thursdays from 4:30pm to 5:50pm

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Thursday, February 20th

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Assistive Technology Faire

Abstract: This 8th annual event provides an opportunity for students and community members to get an up-close look at a variety of devices and learn about available programs from product vendors and service agencies. Please browse to the Call for Assistive Technology Faire Participants webpage if you would like to participate in this event as a vendor of assistive technology products or services. Everyone is welcome to attend the faire.

2020 Vendor Participants:

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911Finder Cellular Watch for People with Alzheimer's
911 Tracker - Chuck Roedel
"The 911Finder provides peace of mind for the caregiver that the wearer is safe. The wearer and caregiver can call each other with the touch of a button. The caregiver's 911Finder App receives an alert if wearer is outside Safe Zone, falls down, or removes Finder. If the caregiver believes the wearer is having an emergency, they can tap the App commanding Finder to use our patented method to call 911-Operator nearest the wearer. The Finder speaks the caregiver's name and phone number and the wearer's real-time GPS location."

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Celebrate Wellness - A Therapy Game
Abigayil Tamara, MA, MSW
Celebrate Wellness is a therapy game for inpatient psychiatric units. It is a non-threatening, humorous way to engage patients who have difficulty expressing their thoughts and feelings. Each player picks a character and plays the game as if they were that character. The leader of the game (a therapist, social worker, nurse, or counselor) tailors the interventions built into the game to meet the needs of the individual patient. The game is not a competition. The value of playing the game is derived by the therapeutic interventions in a group experience.

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Smart White Cane for the Blind
Intellisight - Brian Higgins
The Smart White Cane for the Blind is a sensor and smart vision enriched white cane for the blind and visually impaired. It incorporates a state of the art Lidar laser rangefinder, an ultrasonic sensor for object detection and avoidance, illumination for dimly lit areas, and an iPhone running Talking GPS and AIRA personal sighted assistance apps. The wheeled white cane provides contact with the surface and future guidance assistance.

2019 Vendor Participants:

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Digital Accelerator Ring and the Main Hand Brake
Kempf - Martine Kempf
The Digital Accelerator Ring and the Main Hand Brake (DARIOS) are hand controls that can be installed on most cars with automatic transmissions to allow a person who has lost the use of both legs to drive with both hands on the steering wheel.

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Project Invent Club
East Palo Alto Academy - Aaron Ragsdale & James M. Wang
East Palo Alto Academy (EPAA) is collaborating with Project Invent and StreetCode Academy to explore engineering and design thinking for social good. Students will be demonstrating a prototype of a solution they created for their community partner, Abigayil Tamara, a mobility-impaired Mountain View resident who requires an eight-foot wheelchair ramp to get in and out of her Toyota van. The proximity sensing sign beeps and lights up when an object comes within a certain distance, discouraging drivers from parking too close to the side of her van and consequently blocking her van access.

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Camanio Care - Agneta Rosenberg
Camanio Care BikeAround is a memory-care therapy program which consists of a stationary bike paired with Google Street View, benefitting older adults with cognitive disabilities and those who just want to stay active. BikeAround is an aid for cognitive, physical, and mental activity for people experiencing dementia and brain injury. It’s used for rehabilitation, memory care, and reminiscence therapy.

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The Easy Easel
The Easy Easel - Danny & Stanford Stickney
The Easy Easel was a team project in last year's course that explored ways to enhance creative expression for Danny.

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Travonde - Tina Choi
Travonde is a leisure and entertainment platform built to connect older adults and their families. We enable better living by creating a community to serve the habits and desires of baby boomers, personalized through AI and machine learning. We believe everyone deserves a rich and fulfilling life, no matter the age or ability.

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Humm Edge
Humm - Ahmud Auleear
The Edge headband uses transcranial alternating current stimulation (tACS) to improve working memory by 19%. We believe that Edge would enable older adults to increase their quality of life and improve their memory.

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Ogo Evolution 1
Ogo Technology - Walter Delson
"The Evolution 1 is the first Ogo in the Evolution series. Designed and built with the best safety and the most unique features of any self-balancing personal transportation device. The powerful two-wheeled self-balancing platform means you travel over uneven terrain, scale inclines and navigate troughs, while always remaining level in your seat – giving you access to places such as beaches, forests, tracks and pathways that would be impossible for most other personal mobility devices. It comes in a standard set up that fits through standard doorways and will take you most places, but by changing to the additional Off-Road Kit, you can go almost anywhere - tackling soft sand, gravel, and rough terrains and inclines with minimal impact on the flora and delicate surfaces. It is smaller, lighter, and faster than most other powered mobility devices."

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Eatwell Tableware Set
Sha Design - Sha Yao
Eatwell is an assistive tableware set for people with special needs. It's universal, user-centric design can benefit those with cognitive (such as Alzheimer's and other dementia conditions), motor (Parkinson's disease and various scleroses), and physical impairments.

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Assistive Gripping Wrist Brace
Kevin Supakkul
The Assistive Gripping Wrist Brace was an independent study student project that addressed the gripping challenges affecting over 3 million US citizens who have hand and and wrist ailments including, but not limited to carpal tunnel syndrome.

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ADAPTS Portable Transfer Sling
ADAPTS - Robin Wearley & Krystina Jackson
ADAPTS is a portable transfer sling for use during travel or for emergency evacuations. It is flame-retardant and water-resistant, folds into an 11"x 11" travel tote, and weighs less than a pound. Learn about our #WhyWait campaign for disaster preparedness through our spokesperson, Krystina Jackson, Ms Wheelchair California 2018.

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BeeLine Reader
BeeLine Reader, Inc - Nick Lum
BeeLine Reader is a software tool that improves reading ability by displaying text using a color gradient that wraps from the end of one line to the beginning of the next. This gradient pulls the reader’s eyes through the text, making reading easier. This approach is especially helpful for readers with dyslexia, ADHD, and various vision impairments.

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Dance4Healing Tele-exercise Live Video Platform
Dance4Healing - Amy Li
Dance4Healing is a tele-exercise live video platform leading telehealth into physical rehabilitation, bringing community support, exercise, and fun to home care. Inspired by founder Amy Li's stage IV cancer journey, our mission is to alleviate mental and physical pain and reduce medical costs. Rooted in neuroscience and published medical studies, our social platform connects dance teachers, clinicians, chronic patients, care-partners, elders, and healthy users. We use artificial intelligence and behavior design to provide and recommend personalized music, dance, buddies, and groups; use feedback from patient monitoring to record progress; and suggest follow-on therapies.

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Ability Tools Device Lending Library
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center - Joe Escalante
Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC) is a cross-disability, intergenerational, and multicultural disability justice organization that creates fully inclusive communities that value the dignity, equality, freedom and worth of every human being. SVILC maintains a lending library of assistive technology so consumers may borrow a device free of charge and try it before buying it, use it to compare similar devices, or to use while a personal device is being repaired.

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ROTA Mobility - Michelle Koller
ROTA Mobility creates innovative exercise mobility products which their riders “ro-to-go” for better health and well-being. The RoScooter uses a self-propelling PSM (Power Steering Module) featuring CLD (Central Lever Drive) bicycle- style steering, gearing, and braking, enabling riders to exercise by simply going places. The RoChair has the same PSM as the RoScooter, but in a lightweight chair frame, allowing those who cannot use RoScooter, the same efficient manual propulsion to very quickly and easily get around, indoors and out.

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IndeeLift - The Human Floor Lift
Al Corce & Weldon Moreland COO
IndeeLift has developed a line of human floor lifts that are specifically designed to pick people up safely from the floor. The products address the growing need to help people up from the floor, avoiding further injury to the fallen or those who care for them. They are designed to lift people to a normal chair height allowing them to stand or transfer with the least amount of effort.

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Summer Si, Liftware Associate Program Manager and Michael Magdaleno
Liftware's selection of stabilizing and leveling handles and utensil attachments are designed to help people with hand tremor or limited hand and arm mobility retain dignity, confidence, and independence. Liftware Steady is designed to help people with hand tremor, which may be related to Parkinson's disease or essential tremor, while Liftware Level is designed to help people with limited hand and arm mobility, which may be related to cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, Huntington's disease, or post-stroke deficits.

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Disrupt Disability
Rachael Wallach, Founder and CEO
Disrupt Disability created Wheelwear, a modular wheelchair that can be continually customized to its user's changing body, environment, and individual style.

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Krystina Jackson
GUSTO designs and sells accessories for manual and power wheelchairs. The company seeks to elevate the wheelchair experience by creating fresh, gorgeous accessories that give users options to express their individual style.

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Canine Partners for Life
Abigayil Tamara & Service Dog Nathan and
Edward Crane & Service Dog Alepo
Canine Partners for Life (CPL) of Cochranville, PA trains and places service dogs with individuals with disabilities - including those who require alerts due to diabetic, cardiac, or seizure conditions - to increase their independence and quality of life. CPL is a non-profit organization, operating completely on donations, and charges recipients only a small fraction of the actual cost ($30,000) of training a dog (2 years).

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Service Dog Training
Service Dog Tutor - Jean Cary and Service Dog Flicka
Service Dog Tutor teaches clients' own dogs to perform specific service tasks for their owners. Clients include older adults and children who have mobility and balance challenges as well as cognitive disabilities.

Cancelled 2019 Vendor Participant:

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Siena Conde, MS OTR/L & Lauren Sheehan, OTD
Neofect creates biofeedback training devices that, through repetition and motor learning, encourage improvements in upper extremity range of motion, coordination, and timing. Product offerings include the Rapael smart rehabilitation software used with the Smart Glove, Smart Board, and Smart Kids devices.

2018 Vendor Participant:

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Powered Clothing™
Seismic - Avery Herron and Paudie Walsh
Seismic strives to shape human potential through a new integration of apparel and robotics we call Powered Clothing™. Our mission is to create apparel that improves the lives of everyone – no matter their age, health, or fitness goals. Seismic’s Wearable Strength™ is changing how technology can improve life.

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