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System for improving accessibility in learning platforms by using push buttons for people with different motor capacities

Country of Origin: Spain
Reference Number: TOES20190918003
Publication Date: 30 September 2019

Summary

A computer engineering research group from a Spanish university presents a system that improves the accessibility to learning platforms, through an automatic or manual scanning controlled by push buttons, very useful in the education sector, specifically for people with different motor capacities. 
They are looking for partners, with no preferred location, to establish technical cooperation agreements, license agreements or commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Description

At present, students with mobility problems can’t access the teaching material published on the learning platforms, due to their inability to move the computer mouse and / or conventional keyboards. 
The object of the invention developed by a computer engineering research group from a Spanish university is to provide a technical solution for the improvement of accessibility in online education.
The present invention therefore relates to a hardware and software system, ergonomic and adapted to the needs of people with reduced motor functional capacity, consisting of the creation and control of a scanning applied to a learning platform, which allows them to access to the information provided by a learning platform through a push button system.
The adapter receives the information from the push buttons and adapts it to the computer interface. The software part generates an automatic or manual scanning managed by the pushbuttons, whose speed and sound are configurable.
This system provides students access to the menu offered by the platform, allowing them to reach the information by using two different types of virtual buttons or push buttons:
- Virtual buttons: they appear on the computer screen and offer the settings of the scanning speed and the activation or deactivation of the sound.
- The physical buttons form the access adapted to the ergonomics of the student since they can be easily pressed.
The researchers are looking for companies in electronic engineering, telecommunications, audiovisual technology and computing, companies that develop learning platforms, companies that develop computer peripherals and adapted devices, academies or training centers, interested in reaching technical cooperation agreements, license agreements or commercial agreements with technical assistance.
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Advantages and Innovations

- Creation and control of a scanning applied to a learning platform.
- Joint action of a scanner and a system of push buttons for interaction with the computer in the learning platforms and the possibility of adaptation for any Web application for people with different capacities of motor origin.
- The system offers the possibility of executing the scanning in automatic or manual mode.
- It uses large ergonomic push-buttons so that they can be used by people who present a high level of difficulty in the movement of hands or upper extremities.
- It implements energy saving by automatically detecting the ambient light level and conveniently switching the buttons off or on. In addition, the way of working of the microcontroller entails an energy saving to maintain usually in sleep, waking up periodically for the tasks completion.
- The cost of the final development and the subsequent commercial exploitation will be low.

Stage Of Development

Already on the market

Requested partner

The researchers are looking for companies in electronic engineering, telecommunications, audiovisual technology and computing, companies that develop learning platforms, companies that develop computer peripherals and adapted devices, academies or training centers, interested in reaching technical cooperation agreements, license agreements or commercial agreements with technical assistance.

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