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Accessibility Innovation Showcases Innovative Assistive Devices

Aug 10th, 2015 | Posted In : News and Initiatives

Accessibility Innovation Showcase on August 10, 2015

From Saturday, August 8 to Monday, August 10, 2015 Ontario hosted the first ever Accessibility Innovation Showcase at the MaRS Discovery District. Over 50 companies showcased their innovative accessibility technology and assistive devices for people with disabilities, their families and employers.

Premier Kathleen Wynne attended the showcase where a number of University of Toronto students featured their innovations. To name a few, from the Impact Centre, iMerciv strives to empower people living with vision loss through new wearable assistive technology. A BuzzClip uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in ones path and then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibration. BreqLabs builds hand tracking products to enable individuals, especially those with disabilities, to access computers in new ways for work or for communication purposes. Gloves track movement of hands with applications for various wearable technologies.