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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.