Able aims to push the envelope of assistive technology.
While it's still early days, I hope this project can develop into a suite of applications for Glass that help alleviate the day-to-day frustrations of living with a disability.
Through my research, I have found varied reports estimating lip reading at an accuracy somewhere between 30%-60%.
Right now, the first application in this suite provides real-time subtitles to conversations and personal interactions to assist the deaf and hard of hearing. Often, a key issue is getting the attention of the person. For most people, a simple "Hey, John" will do the trick, whereas, tricks such as flickering the lights or a physical tap on the shoulder must be employed. Glass, and other wearable technology, has the potential to close that gap by notifying the person on screen when their name is addressed -- just in the same way products like Google Now or Siri respond.
When I was in highschool, my Aunt Linda DiChiara was diagnosed with ALS. For those not familiar with this neurodegenerative disease, it effects nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord causing a slow loss of all motor function and muscle movement. Although she can no longer speak on her own, she is able to communicate with her family through the use of a computer that tracks her eye movements on an on-screen keyboard and speaks for her.
This is something most people take for granted. Most disabilities take away important facets of life and the technology available today has the ability to help. There is a bitter-sweet tech climate right now. Because of the high demand for consumer electronics, the industry has skyrocketed and innovation and research is at an all time high. Unfortunately, the focus of the majority of these efforts is on the consumer, and many of these new technologies are not being adapted in assistive applications.
I plan to post all work and research I do as open source and available for everyone to test and help. Able is my first foray into development for Glass and hopefully will provide valuable personal experience while doing work that matters.
I'd like to thank the following for their continued support on this project.
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Hi, I'm Nic DiChiara.
I'm a software engineer and MBA - both from Auburn University.
I have been an engineer since I was old enough to snap together Legos and use a screwdriver to take apart every electronic device in the house just to figure out how it worked(often to my mother's distress). I grew up with a strong interest in robotics and competed throughout gradeschool in the Alabama B.E.S.T. program. During that time I worked on countless projects ranging from solar powered autonomous robots and sunlight activated window blinds to vacuum-based hovercrafts.
During highschool I took an interest in film and competed in various film and documentary competitions placing first in the Alabama National History Day Documentary competition 4 consecutive years and was awarded Best Student Film at the Sidewalk Film Festival in Birmingham, AL. These activities helped me develop an appreciation for the visual aspect of my projects.
Highschool was also where I developed a huge interest in Android development of which I have been active in since. Based on research I did on portable EEG machines and the user interaction possibilies interpreted from the alpha and beta waves radiating from the human skull I was awarded the Ledger Enquirer Page 1 award and scholarship.
At Auburn, I began my studies in Wireless Electrical Engineering to pursue a career in mobile development. In the beginning of my junior year, I realized I was more interested in the software aspect of the curriculum and switched majors to study software engineering. Since, among other languages, I taught myself HTML, CSS, and JS which have enabled me to start a software business, Sprezzsoft, developing websites for businesses and government agencies all over the world.
Feel free to check out my projects and work and drop me a line at one of the contact buttons above!