The world has gotten smaller and smaller by the day, and with the Internet, plenty of things in our lives have changed in the way they operate. Access4Kids, the brainchild of Ayanna Howard, professor of electrical and computer engineering at Georgia Tech, and graduate student Hae Won Park, has been specially described as a “wireless input device that uses a sensor system to translate physical movements into fine-motor gestures to control a tablet.”
In a nutshell, Access4Kids will be able to help those who have limited mobility to pinch and swipe, in an effort to offer greater accessibility to flagship programs such as Facebook and YouTube that are mainstays of any Internet connected device. Apart from that, there is also the ability for custom-built apps to see action in therapy and science education sectors, where the current prototype will make use of a trio of force-sensitive resistors which are capable of measuring pressure and converting it into a signal which will then be translated to the tablet.
A child can wear the Access4Kids device around the forearm, or opt to place it on the arm of a wheelchair while hitting the corresponding sensors or swiping across the sensors with one’s fist, resulting in a totally new level of interaction, especially for folks who have cerebral palsy, traumatic brain injury, spina bifida and muscular dystrophy. [Press Release]
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