QIRIS.orgNicholas Caporusso
Deaf-blindness• Multi-sensorial handicap (deafness + blindness)• Per se disability (yet not recognized in several countrie...
Cost (UK pounds)• 2.14 bln: direct cost• 4.34 bln: indirect cost (assistance)•   niche market (0.00003% of population)•   ...
open-source wearable technologybidirectional input/output peripheral (keyboard + display)
software• wraps the O.S. to provide users with:  – simplified, Tactile User Interface (TUI)     • with text-to-tactile™ te...
touch & pinch™ alphabet• simple tactile alphabet  – invented by a deaf-blind• used by the deaf-blind• requires interpret
how does   work?1
how does                 work?2              “open file”
how does          work?2               “hi there!”
how does          work?2     “I need help!”
how does   work?3
Features (portability)• PC (Windows, Linux or Mac)• smartphone (Android, iPhone)• stand-alone device
Features (connectivity)• wired connectivity  – serial (deprecated)  – USB (host-based)• wireless connectivity  – Bluetooth...
Features (apps & plug-ins)• standard applications• marketplace of dedicated applications  – e.g., training system, chat, c...
why is   better?
…open-source• you can build your own device              some user-contributed designs• participative development process ...
...low-cost   • it is based on inexpensive technology               € 1.500 (2.100 $)*                                    ...
...appropriate• dedicated to deaf-blindness• uses alphabet designed by a deafblind  – binary/ternary system• can be learne...
...extensible• a plethora of applications• dedicated marketplace• hardware plug-ins• community of developers
...it is your• wearable, natural, personal, comfortable• it can be utilized by the sighted• it is a metaphor of social inc...
Status• Started by MiNiBeCa in 2008  – funded with 25000 €• Acquired by QIRIS in 2009  – strategic change     • open-sourc...
QIRIS• non-profit organization for scientific research  – human-computer interaction  – hospital risk management• since 20...
What we are looking for• Advice• Contacts• Partners  – research institutes  – investors  – companies  – developers• Grants...
quality            research                                               safety                   QIRIS                  ...
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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.

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dbGLOVE (presentation at Silicon Valley Personal Health Technology)

  1. 1. QIRIS.orgNicholas Caporusso
  2. 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. 3. Cost (UK pounds)• 2.14 bln: direct cost• 4.34 bln: indirect cost (assistance)• niche market (0.00003% of population)• social cost
  4. 4. open-source wearable technologybidirectional input/output peripheral (keyboard + display)
  5. 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. 6. touch & pinch™ alphabet• simple tactile alphabet – invented by a deaf-blind• used by the deaf-blind• requires interpret
  7. 7. how does work?1
  8. 8. how does work?2 “open file”
  9. 9. how does work?2 “hi there!”
  10. 10. how does work?2 “I need help!”
  11. 11. how does work?3
  12. 12. Features (portability)• PC (Windows, Linux or Mac)• smartphone (Android, iPhone)• stand-alone device
  13. 13. Features (connectivity)• wired connectivity – serial (deprecated) – USB (host-based)• wireless connectivity – Bluetooth (host-based) – Wi-Fi (stand-alone)
  14. 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. 15. why is better?
  16. 16. …open-source• you can build your own device some user-contributed designs• participative development process – engaging paper-based manufacturing
  17. 17. ...low-cost • it is based on inexpensive technology € 1.500 (2.100 $)* € 100 (140 $) * Braille display dbGLOVE*bill of material
  18. 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. 19. ...extensible• a plethora of applications• dedicated marketplace• hardware plug-ins• community of developers
  20. 20. ...it is your• wearable, natural, personal, comfortable• it can be utilized by the sighted• it is a metaphor of social inclusion
  21. 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. 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. 23. What we are looking for• Advice• Contacts• Partners – research institutes – investors – companies – developers• Grants/donations
  24. 24. quality research safety QIRIS instruction innovationNicholas Caporusso (n.caporusso@qiris.org) www.qiris.org - www.dbglove.com

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