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Innovation Lab in Austin: Meet the Teams!

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On Sunday, September 27, Life Labs held an innovation lab in Austin, Texas during  USBLN’s 18th Annual National Conference & Biz2Biz Expo. Innovation Lab teams consist of participants of the Career Link Mentoring Program. The program is a collaboration of USBLN and Cornell University’s Employment and Disability Institute, which provides a 6-month career mentoring opportunity to college students and recent graduates with disabilities through linkages to business professionals from USBLN member companies. All of them are working on great ideas. Meet some of the teams and see their ideas below:

The Teams

9’s Design: Promoting employee independence, accessibility, and safety via a wearable device.

Abilitas:  Wants to build an app that provides self-empowerment and education with the direct experience of people with disabilities.

Able One: The accessible job marketplace.

Freewheeler: An employee and client feedback model for development of modular diversity and disability training.

My Ears, Inc.: A digital CART (Communication Access Realtime Translation) application for smart phones.

Project Chameleon: Training trainers on training people with disabilities.

The teams will continue to work throughout the next two days, with two team finalists announced September 30, and the winning team being crowned October 1.

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Life Labs Visits the Human Computer Interaction Lab

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On Monday, UCP’s Life Labs team visited the Human Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) at the University of Maryland – College Park to find out more about its work on discovering how people interact with their computers. Our hosts at HCIL, Leah Findlater (@leahfindlater) and Jon Froehlich (@jonfroehlich) focus substantially on accessibility issues for people with disabilities.

At the moment, they are concentrating on a mapping project that identifies accessible/inaccessible public spaces and a glove that uses small cameras to help people with vision impairment identify their surroundings. They are also collecting online data on how people use touch screens and computer mice to navigate their computers.Human Computer

The HCIL has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs, to developing and evaluating those technologies, the lab’s faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching.

Check out their innovative work at http://www.cs.umd.edu/hcil/.The HCIL has a long, rich history of transforming the experience people have with new technologies. From understanding user needs, to developing and evaluating those technologies, the lab’s faculty, staff, and students have been leading the way in HCI research and teaching.
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