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. 

As your ideas are submitted, they will be published here.

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VISOR – Vision Impairment Support: Optical Reader

With so much information in our world displayed in printed form, you can imagine the challenge facing a visually impaired (VI) person in accessing services and participating in everyday life.

by Neil Polwart | 0

Picture-It: a digital tool to support living with autism

Picture-it is a new, secure digital tool designed in collaboration with autistic adults with learning disabilities and their support staff. Autism is a lifelong and complex neurodevelopmental condition that affects the way a person communicates and relates to other p

by katiegaudion | 0


supportspace is a multi-platform application that connects Personal Care Budget recipients with support workers and the Social Services agency that administers funding.

by Max Zadow | 0

Portable smart anti-hand tremor device “Shake Off” (working name).

A tremor is an involuntary, somewhat rhythmic, muscle contraction and relaxation involving to-and-fro movements (oscillations or twitching) of one or more body parts.

by Jeff Francis | 1

Friendly SMART technology in the home for Deaf People

Today's products incorporate SMART technology but these confuse Deaf People whose first language is British Sign Language. They are not able to utilise fully the ease of control via their smartphones.

by David Jackson | 2

Keeping it Simple – Easy communications

These days technology is very clever and designers make products more and more sophisticated. With regard to communication for the disabled and for those who are elderly and less tech savvy, SIMPLEST IS BEST.

by Pauline Lomax | 0

Monitoring equipment for elderly and home care and monitoring using existing infrastructure.

With the advent of Wireless Sensor Networks monitoring of vital health information of patients, home-based care has become possible. Patients are monitored for a variety of vital life signs in real time using existing infrastructure in the comfort of their home.

by John Woods | 0

Voice controlled assistive system for visually impaired users

A voice-controlled assistive system offering visually impaired users an intuitive and unified way of controlling home appliances/utilities and communicating with friends/family, with one simple form of interaction, to be used in and out of the home.

by James Miles | 0

Easy to Use Gloves/Mittens

To design a pair of gloves\mittens which are not just easy to get on and off, are extremely warm and allow the wearer to use manual wheelchairs, joysticks on electric wheelchairs, mobility scooter controls, walkers and operate things like keys, keypads and doors.

by Jazzy Jayne | 0

FES free gait walking (rehabilitation and exercise) aid

Functional electrical stimulation (FES) is a technique that uses small electrical charges to improve mobility for individuals with paralysis resulting from a spinal cord injury (SCI), head injury, stroke and other neurological disorders.

by Active Design | 0