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Project Update


We had over 25 ideas added to our brainstorm of everyday problems or challenges people who are blind or have low vision would like solved by new assistive technology. We put forward 19 of these ideas to our partners TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) for their consideration

We are excited to announce that two of the challenges we submitted were included in the top ten worked on at TOM's design make-a-thon held in December!

The two ideas selected by TOM were:

The two people who submitted the ideas were invited to participate in the December workshop.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our brainstorm! More information about the project and all the problems or challenges submitted can be found below, along with a final update on results for the event.


Background


Vision Australia is partnering with TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers), a global movement where people with disability and ‘Makers’ work together to develop open source assistive technology that addresses everyday challenges.

In a 72 hour make-a-thon, TOM will bring together engineers, designers, developers and makers to create prototypes of products that help people with disability overcome a problem they have faced. A video recapping the TOM Melbourne 2016 event is available here (not audio-described).

This year, Vision Australia submitted a number of potential projects to the TOM make-a-thon team that are relevant to people who are blind or have low vision. These challenges were ones where we thought a new bit of assistive technology could be the solution.

In August 2017, we asked our community to add a challenge or problem they have experienced to our brainstorm below. All suggestions entered were in the running to be chosen as part of our submission.


Project Update


We had over 25 ideas added to our brainstorm of everyday problems or challenges people who are blind or have low vision would like solved by new assistive technology. We put forward 19 of these ideas to our partners TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) for their consideration

We are excited to announce that two of the challenges we submitted were included in the top ten worked on at TOM's design make-a-thon held in December!

The two ideas selected by TOM were:

The two people who submitted the ideas were invited to participate in the December workshop.

A big thank you to everyone who contributed to our brainstorm! More information about the project and all the problems or challenges submitted can be found below, along with a final update on results for the event.


Background


Vision Australia is partnering with TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers), a global movement where people with disability and ‘Makers’ work together to develop open source assistive technology that addresses everyday challenges.

In a 72 hour make-a-thon, TOM will bring together engineers, designers, developers and makers to create prototypes of products that help people with disability overcome a problem they have faced. A video recapping the TOM Melbourne 2016 event is available here (not audio-described).

This year, Vision Australia submitted a number of potential projects to the TOM make-a-thon team that are relevant to people who are blind or have low vision. These challenges were ones where we thought a new bit of assistive technology could be the solution.

In August 2017, we asked our community to add a challenge or problem they have experienced to our brainstorm below. All suggestions entered were in the running to be chosen as part of our submission.

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  • What happened at TOM last weekend?

    by Cass, Vision Australia, almost 2 years ago

    Earlier this year, the Vision Australia community contributed to our brainstorm for the second annual TOM Melbourne Makeathon. Thanks again for suggesting some great ideas of new bits of assistive technology that would make a difference to the lives of people who are blind or have low vision. Of the 19 ideas we submitted, 2 were chosen to go through to the final event.

    Over three days last weekend, more than 100 engineers, designers, developers and makers came together to help solve the challenges put forward by people with disabilities. We are now excited to let you know the results!

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    Earlier this year, the Vision Australia community contributed to our brainstorm for the second annual TOM Melbourne Makeathon. Thanks again for suggesting some great ideas of new bits of assistive technology that would make a difference to the lives of people who are blind or have low vision. Of the 19 ideas we submitted, 2 were chosen to go through to the final event.

    Over three days last weekend, more than 100 engineers, designers, developers and makers came together to help solve the challenges put forward by people with disabilities. We are now excited to let you know the results!

    A new liquid level measure

    As a proficient cook, Alison wanted a way to know if she had reduced something she was cooking by a particular amount e.g. 50%.

    Team 8 at TOM Melbourne designed an ultrasonic sensor that sits on the bottom of a pan connected to a float that measures the distance between the two. Information from the saucepan is sent via Bluetooth to a device that announces the level of the liquid. Alison can then tell the device how much change she wants in her liquid (10% reduction for example) and it will advise her when change has been made.

    Not only does it solve Alison's problem, the team were presented with the Most Adaptive Award with the judges seeing applicability to everyone!

    An adjustable dog guide harness

    Vision Australia client Sif was in attendance to pose the challenge of an adjustable dog guide handle that will work for people of different heights.

    Team 7 designed an adjustable harness for Sif that can both be lengthened and shortened, and also has a spring to allow for more movement. The team also incorporated a button to the harness for single click activation of a specifically designed App. The App called 'Mate Locate' assists people who are blind or have low vision to find each other indoors or in places that are hard to describe. The phone vibrates and changes colour as you get closer to the person you’re trying to locate.

    What's next?

    Both teams are going to keep working on their prototypes, which will be added to the TOM website for anyone across the world to replicate and modify for themselves.

    You can also listen to our Talking Vision episode to hear more about the TOM event here.

    Congratulations to everyone involved and thanks again to our community members for their input that made this project possible!