The LiveWell RERC sponsored an app development competition for middle, high school, and college students, as well as non-professional developers interested in building applications to be used within the assistive and accessibility spaces. Students were required to consult with clinical specialists and complete a quiz on basic mobile application accessibility to gain a better understanding of the clinical populations and mobile accessibility challenges.
Winners were selected from a panel of judges from various clinical backgrounds and experience levels. Judges included members from speech pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, seating and mobility, and nutrition. Judging was facilitated by Leighanne Davis, BS and Kevin Caves, ME, RET, ATP of the LiveWell RERC.
Francesca Monachino, OTR/L; Melissa Wertz, OTR/L; Meredith Nye, SLP-CCC; Susan Steves, RD, LDN; Dan Harrison, ATP; Robyn Wilson, DPT
Note: If you are interested in contacting one of the student teams, please email the LiveWell Development Team at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
1st Place: One Thing Straight
Developer: Jack Livingston, Duke University
Clinical Support: Darcy Cooper, PT, Durham, NC
Description: One Thing Straight was developed as a posture coach for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease. The user’s posture is determined via a wearable sensor. This sensor wirelessly sends data to the user’s mobile device, if a bad posture is determined, a discrete notification is sent to the user indicating for them to correct their posture.
Additional Information: 1TS was developed in partnership with the Duke Institute for Health Innovation, Duke University, Durham, NC and based on prior work done by Duke University students Katherine Lee, Zoe Roecker, and Alex Kanaris.
2nd Place: Loro
Developers: David Hojah, Harvard University, Krithika Swaminathan, Harvard University,
Frank (Yiran) Gao, Northeastern University, Johae Song, Harvard University, Lin Zhu, Harvard University
Vanessa Cunha, MIT-Portugal Program
Clinical Support: Don Fredette, The Boston Home, Boston, MA, Steve Saling, Adaptive Equipment Specialist at ALS Residence Initiative (ALSRI), Boston, MA, Alice Ly, Associate Director of Harvard Innovation Labs & Program Director of Life Sciences & Healthcare, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, Dexter Ang, CEO of Pison, Boston, MA
Platform: Windows, iOS, Android
Description: Loro aims to aid individuals in wheelchairs, specifically those with ALS, via software that allows the user to control a mounted smart companion robot via a joystick, eye-tracking, a head- mouse, or direct selection. In its current iteration, Loro utilizes a 360 camera and a user-friendly interface to aid users in navigation and social interaction. Loro hopes to decrease physical barriers, social exclusion, and health / safety concerns for their users.
3rd Place: ARSpaceDraw
Developer: Lucy Zhang, Duke University
Clinical Support: Linda Cates, PT, Duke University; Laura Juel, OT, Duke University
Description: ARSpaceDraw utilizes augmented reality to promote and encourage exercise through gamification. Users virtually place targets in their environment and collect points based on hitting the targets. The faster the target is hit, the more points received.
Honorable Mention: My Cherished Memories
Developer: Robert Mwaniki, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
Clinical Support: Kristine Lundgren, Sc.D., CCC-SLP, UNCG, Greensboro, NC; Chris Doss, PhD, North Carolina A&T State University, Greensboro, NC
Platform: iOS, Android, Website
Description: My Cherished Memories is a multi-platform application designed for suffers of dementia. The application helps users organize their cherished memories to share with loved ones. A user can make a video recording of a past memory, then let the application save, organize, and share with people one cherishes. My Cherished Memories utilizes artificial intelligence to organize memories in a meaningful way for both the user and loved ones.
Additional Information: Learn more about My Cherished Memories at https://mycherishedmemory.com/