Innovation for Independence

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We want YOU to capture OUR imagination with YOUR innovation! You can also check out the Wishlist page and see if your idea relates to people's needs. 

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The Digest: the curated Internet for the visually impaired

Visually impaired people often have problems easily accessing the digital world through a screen.

by mark.holden@are... | 0

Touch id doorbell and entry system

If you rely on tactile communication and the doorbell rings how do you identify the visitor and know whether or not it's safe to open the door? If you think you heard something outside how do you know someone is there or not?

by Joff McGill_Sense | 0

Safe Haven / Safe space

Safe Haven / safe space Helping those with special emotional needs, The project recognizes the special requirements of children with conditions such as Autism and ADHD and aims to develop products, which address these needs. For example in the case of autism th

by Julia Tiesteel | 0


PlanHub is a completely new way of enabling a disabled person to link their plans and administration into a single online location and decide who they want to be able to see the information it holds.

by Simon Howard | 1

Saving lives of stroke victims by showing what to do.

After my surprise stroke I learned of the nead for immediate action by people ‘on the scene’ as the first minutes are critical.

by poddy | 0

Smart Glasses

Several of the successors to Google Glass have auto-focus cameras of reasonable resolution. We have developed novel methods to read text in photographs and would apply this in the Smart Glasses project.

by legentisdave | 0

‘Switched On’

‘Switched On’ is a communication bracelet that is swiped over programmed RFID/NFC tags or stickers to activate a voice on a smart phone or similar device. This simple, easy to use audio technology is unique because it is not screen or symbol based.

by Kate Spenceley | 0

Easy TV: Access to Television for people living with Dementia

Our idea is to create a TV system that is easy to use for people living with Dementia. This is important, Dementia affects around 850,000 people in the UK and 40% of older people say the television is their main source of company.

by nigelharris | 0

Voice/Text/Tone – bringing emotions to telephone calls for the hard of hearing.

Often the most life-changing innovations are the simplest. And the simple phone call – an everyday necessity and taken for granted by so many of us – can be extremely challenging for the hard of hearing, either making them feel isolated or vulnerable.

by Keano81 | 0


COGS represents many people who have learning and other disabilities, very few are able to read or transpose the written word. This is both embarrassing and debilitating.

by COGS-Gardening | 2