Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Software for disabled persons

Hmm. I wonder if they'd consider doing an iPhone version of the Jaeggi working memory trainer ...

Entrepreneurial Edge - Software That Opens Worlds to the Disabled -

ONE computer program would allow vision-impaired shoppers to point their cellphones at supermarket shelves and hear descriptions of products and prices. Another would allow a physically disabled person to guide a computer mouse using brain waves and eye movements.

The two programs were among those created by eight groups of volunteers at a two-day software-writing competition this fall. The goal of the competition, sponsored by a nonprofit corporation, is to encourage new computer programs that help disabled people expand their capabilities.

The corporation, set up by computer science students and graduates at the University of Southern California, is named Project:Possibility. It grew out of an idea two years ago by Christopher Leung, then a master’s degree candidate in computer science and engineering at the university, who was working on a project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena....

I don't know what will come of this effort, but it's encouraging that many people are thinking (again) of how software can help people "be the best they can be".

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