Innovation for Independence

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Handheld, Fully Expressive and Controllable Text-to-Speech Synthesis

Speech is one of the defining traits that make us human. It is something people take for granted every day. Not being able to speak or completely express oneself is in itself a crippling symptom of many disabilities.

by speaklikeyoumeanit | 0


My group’s idea is a wristband which helps people with visual and hearing impairments know when they have an incoming phone call, a text or a notification etc on their mobile phone.

by jonelearn | 0

Commercial development and testing of a retro fit device for independent use of wheelchairs by partially paralysed users.

Estimates of wheelchair users in England and Wales vary considerably but are estimated to be about 1 million, or 2% of the population.

by Anne Mandy | 0

The Haynes Disabled Man's Manual

For almost a hundred years Haynes manuals have provided common sense advice for those wanting to do it themselves. In recent years this common sense approach has extended this approach to all areas of life.

by Lawriejones1 | 0

THEIA. New language for motion.

THEIA uses a wireless network of sensors attached to athletes and equipment, combined with a translation engine that transforms every jump, goal, and race finish into musical and tactile expressions.

by Katarzyna Zmyslona | 0
Gravity Sketch: Inclusive 3D creation

Gravity Sketch: Inclusive 3D creation

Gravity is an innovative tool that allows people with dyslexia to create in three dimensions (3D) using a simple set of rules with a pen and a tablet.

by Gravity Sketch | 0

AzuleJoe: the first open source communication aid.

My little brother Richard has never been able to speak. Until he was 19, my family managed to communicate with him on fewer than 100 signs. At 19 he received a Voice Output Communication Aid (VOCA) like the one used by Stephen Hawking.

by joereddington | 3

App template demonstrating inclusivity features accompanied with actual code samples

A number of resources, online in textual form, already exist detailing guidelines for creating inclusive and accessible apps, both on mobile and desktop, but I have not found a code repository specifically aimed at demonstrating these with actual working examples. Th

by miner2049er | 0

Internet Safety Portal for People with a Learning Disability, Parents & Carers

A ‘one stop shop’ online community for people with a learning disability, parents and carers to seek advice, share experiences and improve their skills and knowledge of online safety.The aim will be to provide the platform to create an engaging community to support youn

by InternetSafety | 0

Una Tickets; Improving access to online ticketing for differently abled users.

Una is a start-up ticket agency developing a game-changing system for the major live events industry. Our system abolishes ticket touting, counterfeit tickets and admin fees whilst providing the most inclusive ticketing system on the market.

by GeorginaHollis | 0