Electronic devices make our lives easier and more fun. But what if you have a disability, some condition that makes using such a device impossible? Just because you have a disability doesn't mean you don't have a desire to read on a Kindle, use a computer, or change channels on your TV. There exists a painful lack of adaptive devices for modern electronic equipment, meaning that your disability will often render such devices unusuable.
My sister has Cerebral Palsy. I have a degree in Electrical Engineering, and I find the current market for adaptive electronic devices unacceptable. I'm working to design such interfaces, but I need your help!
The device above is called the "Frankenkindle". It uses large buttons from a kid's eReader and uses them to control a 3rd-generation Kindle. This was a functional prototype, so "pretty" wasn't a major goal. A new housing is being designed now, and a custom circuit board is next on the list.
Your donation gets us a little closer to our goal: helping people with disabilities use modern electronic devices. Imagine if someone with Cerebral Palsy could read a book on a Kindle, a quadriplegic was able to use an iPad, or someone with Parkinson's could type an e-mail.
People with disabilities have a hard enough time just dealing with their specific condition. Many things you and I take for granted are either difficult or impossible for a disabled individual.
The goal of this project is to enable them to live their lives with a little more freedom to be creative, productive, and interactive.
What We Need & What You Get
Research and Development is an exciting, if expensive, process. Ideas are cheap (and we have lots of them), but implementing them requires testing, which requires money. Time, tools, custom electronics, not to mention the electronic device itself (Kindle, iPad, etc).
Your donation will help purchase all the parts and services required to design these interfaces. Currently our sole funding source is a PayPal link on the website. This campaign is all about spreading the word and seeking individuals who want to make a difference in someone's life.
Other Ways You Can Help
Can't spare the cash for a donation? No problem! A project like this depends on emotional support just as much as cash infusions. Leave a supportive comment, tell a friend, tell a hundred friends. Share a link on Facebook, Reddit, your own website, etc.
It's true what they say: every little bit helps. Your support is appreciated.