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UBC Okanagan LipSync Buildathon

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The University of British Columbia - Okanagan Campus

3333 University Way

Kelowna, BC V1V 1V7

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How would you use a touchscreen mobile device if you couldn’t use your hands to touch the device? With support from Google.org, the Government of Canada and the Vancouver Foundation, Makers Making Change is releasing the LipSync to enable people with little or no hand movement to operate a touchscreen device.

The LipSync is a mouth-operated joystick with ‘sip and puff’ functionality that allows individuals to control a cursor on their tablet or PC without the use of their hands. The LipSync is portable, making it perfect for wheelchair-mounted applications and allows people with disabilities to reconnect with the world.

An estimated 1,000,000 people in North America have limited or no use of their arms—meaning they are unable to use touchscreen devices that could provide access to helpful apps and services. While solutions exist for desktop computers, they can cost up to $2000 and do not work well on mobile devices.

We are releasing the project open-source, so it can be affordably made at the community level by makers, engineers, tinkerers, and hobbyists. The total cost is $250 per LipSync to source and assemble 3D printed parts, an Arduino board, and other components.

A LipSync Buildathon is an event in which local Makers build LipSyncs for people with disabilities in their own community. This event is driven by support from local organizations who are passionate about an inclusive community and the growth of an innovative program.

Learn more about the LipSync here: http://www.neilsquire.ca/category/latest-news/technology-news/

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