VisAssist: these apps from Drexel seniors help visually impaired teens read [VIDEO] - Technical.ly Philly

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.

 

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