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- Build an inclusive community by developing infrastructure products including a voice assistance hub, a tech connect hub, and a Smart Tech for Independence Hackathon event.
- Smart speakers/displays are becoming prevalent, but the usability and discoveries remain to be a problem.
- Accessibility and usability issues with wireless products limit inclusivity, despite many existing guidelines and development tools.
- People with disabilities are often not included in the mainstream product development and evaluation.
- Voice Assistance Hub: Develop a web portal that supports people with disabilities, families and caregivers, and professionals to share, choose, test, and provide feedback on smart speaker functions and voice apps. Develop a conversational interface using conversational artificial intelligence (AI) to support discovery and retention of functions and voice apps curated in the web portal.
- Tech Connect Hub: Develop a web portal that helps connect mainstream wireless tech companies/developers to people with disabilities and service professionals to facilitate inclusive design and evaluation of their products.
- Smart Tech for Independence Hackathon: Engage people with disabilities and students from diverse backgrounds in wireless innovation using a co-design and interdisciplinary teaming approach.
- Two web-portals including a voice assistance hub and a tech connect hub that help build a community of users with disabilities, families and caregivers, and professionals who not only benefit from wireless tech but also contribute to wireless product development and evaluation.
- A number of innovative wireless prototypes from the Smart Tech for Independence Hackathon.