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Cognixion

Cognixion

http://www.cognixion.com

Santa Barbara, CA | Toronto, Ontario

Participants:

Andreas Forsland
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Founder, CEO
Meaghan Azlein
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Marketing Coordinator
Lucas Steuber
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Clinical & Product Insights
Sally Gilmour
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Executive Assistant
Astrid McNellis
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VP of Product

The Solution

Cognixion aims to unlock speech for hundreds of millions of people worldwide that are affected by communication disabilities. For teens and adults with physical, motor, and/or verbal communication disabilities, the Cognixion ONE platform is the world’s first brain-computer interface with an augmented reality wearable speech-generating device, offering both speech and an integrated AI assistant for home automation control. Cognixion calls this technology Assisted Reality - the blending of assistive tech and augmented reality.

Evolution Devices

Evolution Devices

http://www.evolutiondevices.com

Los Angeles, CA

Participants:

Pierluigi Mantovani
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Founder, CEO
Juan Rodriguez
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Founder, CTO
Dr. Andrew Ekelem
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CPO

The Solution

For people with limited mobility due to neurological impairments and disabilities, the EvoWalk platform is a digital physical therapy solution and muscle stimulation wearable that prevents falls and restores freedom of mobility. EvoWalk delivers stimulation therapy to leg muscles at precisely the right time to lift a person’s foot while they walk. EvoWalk users and their physical therapists use data generated by the platform to set personalized goals to increase overall mobility and walking speed, and decrease injuries due to falls.

GoVoBo

GoVoBo

http://www.govobo.io

McLean, VA

Participants:

Michael Veronis
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Chief Revenue Officer
Patrick Boudreault
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Research Scientist, Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University
Christian Vogler
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Director, Technology Access Program at Gallaudet University

The Solution

For people in the deaf and hard of hearing community who lack the freedom to easily communicate through multiple online platforms that are proprietary, GoVoBo is an application for universal, platform-agnostic access to all spoken content. GoVoBo eliminates the traditional hassles of captioning for videoconferencing technologies and other audio-based services, and works with leading speech and language technology providers to offer the most optimal automated transcriptions and translations for an always available and scalable solution. 

Imanyco

Imanyco

http://www.imanyco.com

Palm Beach, FL | St. Louis, MO

Participants:

Saïda Florexil
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Co-founder, CEO
Aakriti Gupta
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Co-founder, CTO

The Solution

For deaf and hard of hearing people participating in in-person group conversations, Comunify is an app created by Imanyco that transcribes live conversation and visually color-codes each speaker's voice to identify who is saying what. Traditional captioning tools display group conversations as one large, homogenous block of text, causing difficulties to keep up with conversations and identifying speakers throughout the communication. Comunify’s assistive technology makes group conversation accessible for all.

Puffin Innovations

Puffin Innovations

http://www.puffininno.com

Boston, MA

Participants:

Adriana Mallozzi
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Founder, CEO
Elijah Tucker
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Software Engineer

The Solution

For people with complex physical disabilities, Puffin Innovations has created a mouth-operated input device that provides a seamless, hands-free connection between human and machine. The device provides axial controls as well as clicking and gesture functionality and is paired with our unique digital platform to provide users access to a multitude of technologies, connecting users to their surrounding network. The interface was designed to allow users to self-regulate the device and program, fostering independence for a group previously completely reliant on in-person assistance.

Waymap

Waymap

http://www.waymapnav.com

Washington, D.C. | London, UK

Participants:

Dr. Tom Pey
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CEO, Founder
Dr. Tim Murdoch
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CTO, Founder
Celso Zuccollo
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CFO

The Solution

Waymap is the world’s only navigation app that guides you both indoors and outdoors. Our wayfinding system is accurate up to 3 feet, with no signals or hardware required for the user outside of the app. Waymap was built for visually impaired persons and is expanding the technology to work for anyone, anywhere.

WearWorks

WearWorks

http://www.wear.works

New York, NY

Participants:

Kevin Yoo
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Founder, CEO
Keith Kirkland
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Founder, CTO
James Kiely
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Head of Software & Accessibility

The Solution

WearWorks is a haptic platform company building products and experiences that communicate information through touch. For people with visual impairments, our first product, Wayband, is a wearable that offers hands-free haptic wayfinding through vibrations that guide users to their destination. Wayband recently made history by enabling a blind ultramarathon runner to compete independently in the New York City marathon.

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