Background

Assistive technology (AT) is an afterthought when designing inclusive products or digital experiences.

Problem

As a result, people with disabilities have to face several barriers through doctors and insurance to get an AT in order to use everyday devices.

Approach

Make a device using open source code to make assistive technology readily available and inexpensive to the masses.

Solution

Push. An Arduino based keyboard that allows the person to use their computer without the constraints of a medical acquisition.

A chart highlighting Oxo flex's waterproof material, nylon band, and sleek design.
A chart highlighting Oxo flex's waterproof material, nylon band, and sleek design.

People with disabilities have to face several barriers through doctors and insurance to get an AT in order to use everyday devices.

1.
It can take 3+ months to receive an AT.
2. Multiple medical professionals have to approve before anything is sent.
3. AT alternatives acquired outside of insurance can cost +$900 out of pocket.

How It Works

People with disabilities have to face several barriers through doctors and insurance to get an AT in order to use everyday devices.

1.
It can take 3+ months to receive an AT.
2. Multiple medical professionals have to approve before anything is sent.
3. AT alternatives acquired outside of insurance can cost +$900 out of pocket.

Prototype of Push using Arduino Leonardo

User Journey

People with disabilities have to face several barriers through doctors and insurance to get an AT in order to use everyday devices.

1.
It can take 3+ months to receive an AT.
2. Multiple medical professionals have to approve before anything is sent.
3. AT alternatives acquired outside of insurance can cost +$900 out of pocket.

Why This Works

It can be difficult for people with disabilities to use a traditional keyboard. Fine motor skills or hand deformations can vary and Push's large, soft buttons are easy for anyone to use.

I showed the design and prototype to Hannah Brown, an Occupational Therapist at VCU Rehabilitation and she loved the idea.

Next Steps

At the moment I'm working on making a physical prototype of the product I've modeled below.

Stay tuned! 

Role: 3D Modeling, Concept, Product Design, UX

Toolkit: Arduino, Cinema 4D, Fritzing