Technical.ly Philly

START.STAY.GROW. SUMMIT
Meet college entrepreneurs and get to know local leaders.
Sept. 9 @ CityCoHo

Jun. 28, 2012 9:00 am

VisAssist: these apps from Drexel seniors help visually impaired teens read [VIDEO]

Seven Drexel University seniors recently won the university’s top design honor for their set of apps to help the visually impaired. The project, called VisAssist, was chosen out of 135 entries. Created by computer science students Trevor Adams, Nate Bomberger, Tom Burdak, Shawn Busolits, Andrew Scott, Matt Staniewicz, Nate Vecchiarelli after speaking to students, teachers […]

Seven Drexel University seniors recently won the university’s top design honor for their set of apps to help the visually impaired.

The project, called VisAssist, was chosen out of 135 entries. Created by computer science students Trevor Adams, Nate Bomberger, Tom Burdak, Shawn Busolits, Andrew Scott, Matt Staniewicz, Nate Vecchiarelli after speaking to students, teachers and administrators at Overbrook School for the Blind, the apps aim to make tasks like typing on a phone and reading easier. The project was part of Drexel’s capstone senior design program.


Check out the apps HERE.

Staff from Overbrook School for the Blind championed the apps because they helped students read or type but were still inconspicuous.

“Students tend to shy away from using anything that makes them look different than others,” teacher Stephanie Hayes told Drexel.

The apps are free and currently only available for Android , but the team is working on Windows Mobile and iOS versions.

 

-30-
Juliana Reyes

Juliana Reyes began as lead reporter at Technically Philly in July 2012. Previously, she was a city services beat reporter for the Philadelphia Daily News, as part of a project called β€œIt’s Our Money.” She is learning to drive, learning to bike (in the city) but is an expert at taking SEPTA. She grew up in North Jersey and Manila, Philippines but she left the tropics for Bryn Mawr College, where she majored in linguistics. She now lives in West Philly.

Advertisement
  • http://www.pattan.net Monica Maiese

    My work includes the needs of students with Low Incidence Disabilities and I was very excited to hear about your Apps for the blind. I plan to try them out as well as share this with my daughter who teaches for The Maryland School for the Blind. Thank you for your work to enhance assistive technology.