Hands-On Ideas Webcast 9 - Gestural Messaging


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Chad Ruble doesn't consider himself a technology person. But after a stroke that left Chad's mom partially physically impaired, his mom had a hard time using phones and other devices. Not one to ignore a challenge, Chad figured out how to combine an Arduino controller, Processing libraries, a Microsoft X Box Kinect and some of his own code to make a gestural-based messaging system. These hacks keep Chad Ruble's mom in her house living independently. Now Chad is a maker who is creating interfaces for people with disabilities to interact with others via technology.

In this webcast Chad shares how he as a 'non tech' person took to 'hacking' his way through a lot of homemade projects and learned from trial and error. In the end he though he created a system which translates large motions into messages, meaning that Mom is less isolated while maintaining her independence. Chad shares how he built his first version of a solution, how it has evolved into a web-based system that you can use, and how you can make or hack your own assistive solutions.

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Hands-On Ideas Webcast 9 - Gestural Messaging

  1. 1. Assistive MessagingChad RubleA part of the Hands-On Ideas seriesApril 17, 2013
  2. 2. About me• Background in televisionnews, but was always drawnto get "under the hood" with Relevant image heretechnology. My momscommunication difficultiesand a dissatisfaction with thecost and design of solutionsled me to create my own.So, I ended up collaborating Mom and her iPadwith her on a bunch ofdifferent technologicalsolutions.
  3. 3. Arduino Openly Disruptive
  4. 4. Kinecticate Openly Disruptive
  5. 5. Web-based - Iconicate Openly Disruptive
  6. 6. Email
  7. 7. Exploration in non-traditionalinterfaces for messaging Openly Disruptive
  8. 8. Some big themesDemographics are shifting. Aging boomers and anincrease of care.Technology is increasingly easy to create andcustomize: Arduino, Processing, 3D printing, Web2.0 (HTML5, CSS3, Javascript, Libraries, 3rdParties),Tinkers - assistive tech is a great place wheresimple things can have a huge impact.(Prosthetics, cups, handles). Openly Disruptive
  9. 9. What I learnedHuge range of comfort with technology.Rapid prototyping was a great way to get real learning.Building Tapgram as a Web-based application madeiterations very easy. But some fuction/speed/and UIdesign would benefit from native iOS and Android.Small things might be "simple tech" can be supereffective.
  10. 10. How you can build off my workIve posted a lot on my blog.If you are looking for any code or schematics that arentthere, please email me and Im happy to provide.
  11. 11. Question and Answers