Design by: Chelsey Pon, Lane Stith, Nellie Talbot, Peter Yoo
Following Michael’s accident, he sustained a brain injury which left him with permanent hearing loss. Though most of his injuries are improving, hearing loss is a disability which will affect him for the rest of his life. We feel that targeting this problem in an adequate solution to most of the difficulties Michael is currently overcoming.
Based on our research, we chose to design a pair of glasses embedded with bone conduction technology and an app which will work as its remote control. We chose glasses over any other form of products because...
The glasses are connected to Michael’s phone through Bluetooth technology. With NuWave, Michael’s life has improved. He can communicate with anyone at anytime and anywhere without a problem. He can stay organized without drawing attention to himself.
Michael is a 16 year old student who sustained a brain injury from a car accident. He has significant hearing loss that now seems permanent, but his difficulties with memory, attention, and completing complex tasks are easing somewhat. He is continuing with speech therapy, but he still struggles to be understood by those who don’t know him.
Phone conversations are frustrating for Michael. This isn’t much of a barrier in communicating with his friends, who prefer text messaging anyway. But his parents prefer to talk to him directly. He doesn’t answer their calls, so they often leave him detailed voicemail messages, which he ignores.
In the controlled environment of home, Michael is fairly independent. But sometimes even simple, familiar tasks can confuse him. His parents worry about his abilities to handle large and busy public locations where he’s spending more time with his friends. They have bought him an HTC MyTouch smartphone, hoping it might help him communicate, use public transportation, and navigate around the community on his own.
Substantial numbers of wireless customers still need or prefer voice telecommunication. However, voice call quality has become less effective in mobile wireless devices as form factors evolve and features and functions expand.
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The Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Wireless Technologies is sponsored by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) of the U.S. Department of Education under grant number H133E110002. The opinions contained in this website are those of the Wireless RERC and do not necessarily reflect those of the U.S. Department of Education or NIDRR.