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Open Source Assistive Technology Software Project

Judge, Simon (2006) Open Source Assistive Technology Software Project. In: BCS Disability Specialist Group , 8th August 2006, London, UK.

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Simon discussed the aims of assistive technology in general and demonstrated the state of the art using illustrative videos demonstrating some of the assistive technology devices that he helps to deploy in his work. The OATS project was then introduced and the various facilities offered by the project including the Forge, the academic resources, discussion forums and most importantly the list of Open Source assistive technology systems. Much of the floor discussion during the presentation revolved around the input problems experienced by users of assistive technology systems. Though innovative systems are available, they are often not widely adopted due to issues such as the initial learning curve, the availablity of support and the cost of any specialist hardware required.

The floor were also interested in the possibilities offered by using commodity hardware such as old mice and commodity computing devices in place of expensive dedicated devices. Coupled with the Open Source assistive technology components offered by OATS, this could provide a new route to better assistive technology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2006 Judge et al.
Keywords: open source assistive technology
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health (Sheffield) > School of Health and Related Research (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Mr Simon Judge
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2010 15:11
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 16:17
Published Version: http://ossg.bcs.org/2006/08/11/oats-meeting-afterm...
Status: Published
Refereed: No
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/10301

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