Intel® Software Innovators: Developmental Disability Month Projects & Events

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March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month which seeks to raise awareness about the inclusion of people with developmental disabilities in all facets of community life, as well as awareness of the barriers that people with disabilities face in connecting to the communities in which they live.

We have several innovators that are developing wearables and other devices and technology to help people with disabilities to be able to access and be a part of their communities. To celebrate these initiatives, we want to promote the work that the Intel® Software Innovator and Intel® Software Developer Black Belt communities are doing to make technology accessible and to enhance the lives of everyone.

Spring Break Game Jam
March 27 & 28, 2017, 12:00 – 4:00pm, Newberg, Oregon

Soma Games is proud to partner with Fidgetech on their upcoming Game Jam. Fidgetech provides job-placement and training tools to adults on the autism spectrum and Soma Games is pleased to introduce these men and women to the world of video game development and the myriad of job opportunities in the field. Young adults on the autism spectrum (17 or older) will learn Unity 3D game design with FIDGETECH and Soma Games talented team. Intel Software will also be there to support and to present on technology opportunities at Intel. 

Learn More & Register Today

Innovator Collaboration Opportunity with SmartNotify

SmartNotify specializes in the communication layer with a focus on better safety and communication tools at home, in the office, or when traveling. We would love to collaborate with innovators and teams from Intel during Disabilities Awareness Month. We know that several innovators work in computer vision or have produced prototypes targeting different disability groups, the idea would be to push this further and include the communication part in the workflow.

Watch a Video and Learn More & Collaborate Today

Below is a selection of projects currently on Intel® Developer Mesh and are designed to do things like help blind people to see, maintain health or moods with wearables, or use gestures to navigate wheel chairs, and more. If you have a project that can help disabled people to improve their lives, become more mobile, and be a bigger part of their communities you should add it to Mesh to share with us.  

Adams Hand

A trans-radial prosthesis to send data into the cloud and help orthopedics to follow the user’s progress


A sensory device for the hearing impaired so they can detect objects coming behind them

EEG Mood Light

Control an LED strip with your mind via brain-computer interface using EEG waves and an Intel® Edison board

Facelock Deadbolts

Facelock uses for facial recognition to automatically open the deadbolt when a user is detected

Foot Gesture Entry System

A solution for people with upper body motor disability, this device recognizes foot gestures and converts them to text


A commercial grade software for real-time American Sign Language translation

Hack My Health

Tele-health monitoring platform to diagnose, monitor, and communicate between the patient’s body and the doctor


This visual aid provides a series of accessibility features for visually impaired individuals

Helpman Clock

A medical device that measures your heart rate and alerts you when to take your pill or insulin

Local Sense

To help keep people safe & know their location, this project uses BLTE to track the location of people and their devices

Memocare Concept

This wearable tracks physiological and daily activities and also reminds the user to be compliant with their treatments

Mood Captain Wearable

This discreet device responds to your mood and surroundings throughout the day 

Omniscient Bus

Help blind people to have a better experience when they need to get a bus and help drivers to improve their services

See4Me IoT

Wearable device for visually impaired people that can “see” the environment and “translate” it into speech to the user


A proactive tool for caregivers to stop Alzheimer’s patients, and other vulnerable people, from wandering

Smart Hat

A hat that offers collision detection and provides real-time vibration feedback and a feature to text a friend for help

Treating Phobia Through VR

Detect and treat phobias using a virtual reality environment and sensors to monitor heart rate, body temp, and sweat

Two Way Panic Button

A communication tool to alert when someone needs help, just push the button to alert the other person

Ultrasonic Sight

A tool for blind or visually impaired people that uses ultrasonic technology to monitor and advise of obstacles


Commercial grade software that allows you to control applications and games by hand gestures


Drive a robotic wheelchair using facial expressions, head movement, or speech recognition

Zshield Smart T-shirt

This compression shirt and interactive mobile app help to alleviate the pain caused by rheumatic diseases 

Want to learn more about the Intel® Software Innovator Program?

You can read about our innovator updates, get the full program overview, meet the innovators and learn more about innovator benefits. We also encourage you to check out Developer Mesh to learn more about the various projects that our community of innovators are working on.

Interested in more information? Contact Wendy Boswell on Twitter