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dbGLOVE (presentation at Silicon Valley Personal Health Technology)

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This is an excerpt from the presentation given by Nicholas Caporusso at Silicon Valley Personal Health Technology on May, 26, 2011.

This is an excerpt from the presentation given by Nicholas Caporusso at Silicon Valley Personal Health Technology on May, 26, 2011.

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  • 1. QIRIS.orgNicholas Caporusso
  • 2. Deaf-blindness• Multi-sensorial handicap (deafness + blindness)• Per se disability (yet not recognized in several countries)• Communication through the tactile channel• Need of an assistant-interpret
  • 3. Cost (UK pounds)• 2.14 bln: direct cost• 4.34 bln: indirect cost (assistance)• niche market (0.00003% of population)• social cost
  • 4. open-source wearable technologybidirectional input/output peripheral (keyboard + display)
  • 5. software• wraps the O.S. to provide users with: – simplified, Tactile User Interface (TUI) • with text-to-tactile™ technology – complete control of the host device • PC or smartphone – large, yet-not-infinite set of applications
  • 6. touch & pinch™ alphabet• simple tactile alphabet – invented by a deaf-blind• used by the deaf-blind• requires interpret
  • 7. how does work?1
  • 8. how does work?2 “open file”
  • 9. how does work?2 “hi there!”
  • 10. how does work?2 “I need help!”
  • 11. how does work?3
  • 12. Features (portability)• PC (Windows, Linux or Mac)• smartphone (Android, iPhone)• stand-alone device
  • 13. Features (connectivity)• wired connectivity – serial (deprecated) – USB (host-based)• wireless connectivity – Bluetooth (host-based) – Wi-Fi (stand-alone)
  • 14. Features (apps & plug-ins)• standard applications• marketplace of dedicated applications – e.g., training system, chat, conference system• hardware plug-ins – GPS, ad hoc social network
  • 15. why is better?
  • 16. …open-source• you can build your own device some user-contributed designs• participative development process – engaging paper-based manufacturing
  • 17. ...low-cost • it is based on inexpensive technology € 1.500 (2.100 $)* € 100 (140 $) * Braille display dbGLOVE*bill of material
  • 18. ...appropriate• dedicated to deaf-blindness• uses alphabet designed by a deafblind – binary/ternary system• can be learned easily – can be learned faster than a keyboard – can type as fast as a keyboard
  • 19. ...extensible• a plethora of applications• dedicated marketplace• hardware plug-ins• community of developers
  • 20. ...it is your• wearable, natural, personal, comfortable• it can be utilized by the sighted• it is a metaphor of social inclusion
  • 21. Status• Started by MiNiBeCa in 2008 – funded with 25000 €• Acquired by QIRIS in 2009 – strategic change • open-source, development process – v 1.0 developed and tested – v 2.0 developed and tested – v 3.0 under development• Launched as an independent start-up in 2011 – looking for investors
  • 22. QIRIS• non-profit organization for scientific research – human-computer interaction – hospital risk management• since 2009 (Q2): – 5 research areas – 8 research projects – 13 publications – 2 start-ups
  • 23. What we are looking for• Advice• Contacts• Partners – research institutes – investors – companies – developers• Grants/donations
  • 24. quality research safety QIRIS instruction innovationNicholas Caporusso (n.caporusso@qiris.org) www.qiris.org - www.dbglove.com