UX Spotlight: Best Accessibility Innovation
The 2013 UX Awards prized VIRGINIA TECH with a SILVER PRIZE for BEST ACCESSIBILITY INNOVATION for ACTIV.
When given the prompt: create a universal design solution for a person with one arm, the Virginia Tech student UX team: Cole Smith, Michelle Murgia, and Conor Brown, invented Activ as a part of their annual sophomore wireless project. Activ allows a user to interact with their phone without using their hand, while reducing the intrusiveness of current voice-activated technologies. Using electromyography technology, commonly used in prosthetics, the bluetooth headset detects intentional muscle movements in the jaw and uses these signals to interact with their phone without even having to remove it from their pocket.
To learn more about this project, check out their UX Awards submission: CMCbookF.