Disability

The Design of an Interactive Stroke Rehabilitation Gaming System

There is a compelling need to create an alternative and affordable home based therapy system founded on sound rehabilitative principles, that is readily available, engaging and motivational, and can be remotely monitored by therapists. In the past two years, stroke related medical costs have increased 20%, while the number of clinical treatment sessions have declined.

Festival of Wisdom and Grace: Technologies to Support Aging-in-Place

This workshop conducted at the Festival of Wisdom and Grace was intended to inform participants of the types of devices currently on the market as well as related research. During the workshop, groups of 4 participants developed a persona of someone they wished to help (real or fictional) and were to serve as that persona's advocate, determining which technological solutions might be a good fit for their needs.

Presented by Brian D. Jones
Aware Home Research Initiative Georgia Tech
Lake Junaluska, NC 
August 9-10, 2011 

Sympathetic Devices: Social Communication devices DESIGNED for older adults

OnaCom - simplified communication device

Sympathetic Devices is a project focused on designing communication devices for aging individuals across all levels of housing options in order to help these individuals maintain personal and social connections in their lifestyles. The overarching goal of the project is to address social isolation and depression by first understanding how individuals currently socialize and internalize during everyday activities, then designing devices to help them develop social relationships and support groups, as well as manage personal goals.

Aware Home Research Initiative

The Aware Home at Georgia Tech

IMTC is instrumental in enabling the research and education projects related to the The Aware Home Research Initiative (AHRI). AHRI is an interdisciplinary research effort involving numerous faculty members from several schools and other organizations at Georgia Tech. IMTC researcher, Brian D. Jones, is Director of the AHRI and manager of the Aware Home facility. Mr.

Wireless RERC

Wireless RERC logo

On November 26, 2001, The Georgia Centers for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT), Georgia Tech, and Shepherd Center received a $5 million, five-year federal grant to develop applications of wireless technologies to enhance the independence of people with physical and cognitive disabilities."To promote universal access to mobile wireless technologies and explore their innovative applications in addressing the needs of people with disabilities." 

Copycat: Teaching American Sign Language to Deaf Children through Games

90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents. Most do not know sign language or have low levels of proficiency. Unlike hearing children of English-speaking parents or deaf children of signing parents, these children often lack the serendipitous access to language at home which is necessary in developing linguistic skills during the "critical period" of language development. Often these children's only exposure to language is from signing at school.

Searchable Voice Organizer

A prototype Searchable Voice Organizer (SVO) has been developed that supports freeform storage and information recall of voice audio.  The SVO operates similarly to commercially-available mobile devices called digital voice recorders (DVORs), allowing a user to record many voice notes, as well as navigate these notes with a simple auditory menu interface.  However unlike most DVORs, the SVO supports unstructured search of voice audio.  Advanced search functionality is supported by phonetic search algorithms developed by Nexidia, Inc.  The SVO is designed to be equally us

ISWC, 2007

Maribeth Gandy gave a tutorial on Wearable Computing for Persons with Disabilities at the International Symposium for Wearable Computing (ISWC 2007) on Oct. 11, 2007 in Boston, MA.

Tutorial: Wearable Computing for Persons with Disabilities

IMTC researcher, Maribeth Gandy, will present a tutorial on Wearable Computing for individuals with disabilities on the afternoon of October 14 at the ISWC 2006 conference in Montreaux, Switzerland.

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