• New Tablet Device Helps Kids with Learning Disabilities

    Find out how a new technology developed in the U.S. helps children with learning impairments activate and control a tablet.
  • tabletsWith technological advances, it will no longer be a problem for children with learning difficulties to be able to use gadgets with ease. 

    In fact, a new device developed by Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), one of the leading universities in the U.S., called Access4Kids, makes use of pressure sensors in order for children to use touch-based tablets. Three kinds of these sensors allow kids with fine motor impairments to create various commands to activate and control the tablet. They can use certain “hits” or “swipes” for the device to decode their language.

    The sensor gadget allows children with limited mobility will be greatly helped in communicating, browsing the Internet and operating regular computer functions. They’ll be able to enjoy social media sites such as Facebook and YouTube, for instance. 

    “It doesn’t matter if it’s pressed by a thumb, a wrist, a hand—you still get that active signal,” explains Ayanna Howard, one of the developers of Access4Kids and a professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering. 

    Particular children targeted by this device are those with neurological orders such as spina bifida, muscular dystrophy, brain injury, cerebral palsy and the like. 

    Howard and co-developer Hae Won are already planning their second prototype for Access4Kids, which will involve other movements such as moving the head or the leg.

     

    Sources:

    March 6, 2012. “How Tablets Can Help Your Child’s Learning Disability” hufftingtonpost.com 

    December 12, 2012. “Access 4Kids lets disabled children control touch-based tablets” rappler.com 

    December 13, 2012. “Devices to help Disabled Children to Operate Tablets: Access 4Kids Prototype” buyatabletpc.net

     

    Photo by Arne Kuilman via flickr creative commons < http://www.flickr.com/photos/arne/5835855777/sizes/z/in/photostream/ >

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