Pepsi RefreshEverything Multitouch Grant Proposal


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The following informational material was created to intruduce the public to my ongoing research of multitouch technology.

My research focuses on the evaluation of usability characteristics of various multitouch devices for children with physical disabilities who are unable to utilize a traditional computer or mouse.

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Pepsi RefreshEverything Multitouch Grant Proposal

  1. 1. Multitouch Technology and Children with Physical Disabilities by David M. DeProspero Project Updates -(May 21) Pepsi grant Application completed -Voting begins June 1 Grant Proposal
  2. 2. PROBLEM Being Researched <ul><li>Children with upper body physical disabilities who can not utilize a standard computer mouse or keyboard do not have equal access to computing technologies within the educational environment due to their disabilities. </li></ul>Grant Proposal
  3. 3. <ul><li>Physically challenged and disabled computer users are at a disadvantage in the modern computing climate. </li></ul><ul><li>Most existing computer interface technologies can not suitably support the specialized needs of the physically challenged or disabled community. </li></ul><ul><li>HUGE gap in the literature. This is seminal research in this topic. </li></ul>Known Problems
  4. 4. Possible Solution <ul><li>Multitouch Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive, multi-user collaborative interface device </li></ul>
  5. 5. Examples of Existing Multitouch Surface Interfaces
  6. 6. Recent Multitouch Popularity Apple iPhone Microsoft Surface & Windows7 Lenovo S-10 3T Grant funding would go toward the custom construction of 5 multitouch platforms, the purchase of 2 iPads, and 2 Lenovo S-10 3T multitouch tablets. These would be used for multitouch research initiatives for children with physical disabilities.
  7. 7. Ongoing research revolves around the possibility of multitouch technology as an equalizing technology for all demographics of computer users.
  8. 8. Computing Challenges Facing Physically Challenged Children: <ul><li>A usability study of multitouch technology and the physically challenged student </li></ul><ul><li>by David M. DeProspero, © 2010 </li></ul>Initial Dissertation Research
  9. 9. Research Methodology <ul><li>Various multitouch devices would be deployed in local school districts and educational facilities catering to students with special needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Informational Letters and Informed Consent Forms will be used to gain consent and assent for participation in the study </li></ul><ul><li>Personal observation and evaluation would be performed within the facilities to evaluate usability of various multitouch hardware devices. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Benefits to the RefreshEverything campaign and Participating Facilities <ul><li>Participation in seminal research </li></ul><ul><li>Published exposure in scholarly journals (ACM, IEEE, etc.) </li></ul>
  11. 11. Benefits to the RefreshEverything campaign and Participating Facilities <ul><li>Published exposure in educational journals </li></ul><ul><li>Local, regional, and national publicity </li></ul><ul><li>Website exposure </li></ul>
  12. 12. Milestones Achieved to Date <ul><li>Application to RefreshEverything grant program </li></ul><ul><li>Initial mobile multitouch hardware platform designed and constructed from doctoral research. </li></ul><ul><li>Initial usability software developed & tested from doctoral research. </li></ul><ul><li>Data collection plan and data analysis methods identified. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Conclusions & Outcomes <ul><li>School personnel can identify the usability characteristics and benefits of the multitouch interface users with physical challenges. </li></ul><ul><li>Better informed personnel regarding any potential limitations that these interface devices may pose for the demographic. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Identify incompatibility of existing interface technology within academic institutions relating to the students’ unique physical limitations. </li></ul><ul><li>Results of this study would serve to at least partially fill existing research gap. </li></ul><ul><li>Serve as a springboard for other related research topics. </li></ul>Conclusions & Outcomes
  15. 15. <ul><li>THANK YOU! </li></ul>Grant Proposal