Asher’s Eyeglasses – the 2014 Hackathon
Inspired by our beloved friend Asher Shemesh, diagnosed with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, we’ve initiated the Asher’s Glasses Hackathon, a software development prize competition to enhance the Eyewriter functionality range.
The competition was held in partnership with MILBAT, Little Steps, ISRALS, and Prize4Life, and took place in Hub TLV on the 2-3 May 2014.
The competition yielded a number of computer functionalities and website accessing solutions, utilizing the Eyewriter prototype.
The Eyewriter device allows patients to use computers by using their eye movements as a desktop mouse: Following the eye’s pupil movements using a webcam mounted on an eyewear frame, a bespoke software package translates the motion into cursor movements.
Further information on the competition winners, sponsors and Hackathon images are available here.
HP Software- Milbat NPO
In these days, Milbat promotes the Oragnomedia- A multimedia system for users with special needs. The system allows activation of therapeutic apps, playing movies in a variety of therapeutic possibilities, and playing on an organ using music notes. Different parts of the system were developed by HP Software engineers from the R&D site in Yehud, Israel, using WPF technology - Media player, App store, Reports modules and more.
The system's prototype was completed in the first quarter of 2013.
To the great HP volunteers, Vika Milgrom, Ziv Birer, Tzafrir Lantner, Oded Debbie, Guy Hivrony, and others, who find the time to contribute some of their knowledge and creativity to a such important cause
To Eti Nathan and Efrat Altman- Community relations HP Software R&D, in the past and present - for the help and the faith in the idea.
To Zionut 2000 - for connecting us with Milbat.
To Milbat - For the great things they do here and generally.
HP Software R&D - Seeing hands (Yadaim Ro'ot) - Ben Gurion University
Seeing Hands (Yadaim Ro’ot) is a social business that employs blind masseuses in clinics and organizational events.
The system was developed by Hanoch Ginner, a student in his 4th year of telecommunications engineering studies from Ben Gurion University, guided by Lilo Elia, a software engineer from HP software R&D.
Up until this point, Idit and Miri, the managers of Seeing Hands, used the app that synchronizes with Google Calendar to manage appointments' orders, reminders, payments and more.
This app didn't allow the flexibility in making appointments and managing resources of this business in different places around the country, under constraints that are unique for this business.
Hanoch, that greatly impressed us in the interviews that were held in the R&D site of HP Software in Yehud, started learning technologies he wasn't familiar with, with the help of Lilo, an experienced programmer and a big hearted volunteer, that uses said technologies in his daily work.
At the beginning of April 2014 Miri and Idit got an initial and partial version of the software, which includes the features chosen by them in the highest priority.
This kind of development methodology (Agile) that involves the client in the development process, and allows a progressive delivery of the product is the most popular methodology in the High Tech industry as of today. The possibility of a customized software, that's built through constant dialog of the client with the developer, allows an accurate solution for the need and allows Seeing Hands to focus on what's important to the company - creating job places for blind masseuses.
Aside from the technical consultation, HP Software Also donated a scholarship for developing the software.
Great thanks to Eti Nathan, Liron Triber, Yael Banado, Miri Hrontman, Idit Pitkovski, Lilo Elia and Hanoch Ginner!
The EyeControl (Prize4Life)
Prize4Life is a non-profit organization offering significant financial rewards to research groups demonstrating quantifiable advancements in diagnosing and treating ALS patients.
It was founded in 2006 by a group of Harvard Business School students when one of them was diagnosed with ALS. Avichai Kremer was 29 years old when he was diagnosed with the disease and subsequently decided to pilot an innovative new way to accelerate ALS research.
To bring independence back to ALS (and other locked-in) patients, via a cheap, mobile, easily calibrated communication device, with sound indication which makes a screen unnecessary.
This project follows directly from an earlier project, the 2014 “Asher’s Glasses” Hackathon - a software development competition to enhance the notimpossiblelabs’ Eyewriter functionality range (for further information about the Hackathon, see below).
A working prototype – starting a pilot with 15 patients
The Social Program of the 8200 Alumni Association
The Microsoft Vertical ISV Partnership Program
One of the selected projects for “Good Deeds Day” in March 2015
Scholarship for a student that will develop windows phone app, donated by SAP
Application to the Ministry of Economy Chief Scientist