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

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

Where do I want to Go

'Where I want to go' aims to offer an educational and practical application (to be used on smart phones or tablets) that helps young people with learning difficulties travel independently.

by Ann Marie | 0

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

Sound Canvas II

We want to fund R&D for 'Sound Canvas II' a digital installation for public interaction particularly to engage disabled people to interact with contemporary art in gallery spaces.

by Talking Digital | 0

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