15 Feb 2018
In late January, the Neil Squire Solutions team worked with us to build some LipSyncs. Many of them were soldering for the first time, but they successfully built seven devices together. Check out some photos here.
If you’re new to making, you may shy away from taking on a project like the LipSync. To prove that it shouldn’t be intimidating at all, we put together this time-lapse of one of the Solutions team members building a device. Click the image below to open the video in a new window:
On February 3rd, Piriya and Gemma from the Solutions team were at the ATIA Maker Day in Orlando. They saw several interesting projects and learned a lot:
Above: A 3D-printed tilt-compensating wheelchair cup holder
Above: Piriya learning to build an inexpensive phone stand made of corrugated plastic
For more coverage, check out this article from ATMakers.org, the hosts of the ATIA Maker Day.
08 Feb 2018
We had a wonderful time at the Acadia University LipSync Buildathon on February 1st. It was a day of teamwork and learning as scores of students came together to build 36 LipSyncs.
Around 60 engineering students participated in building the LipSyncs. Of them, over 30 volunteered their time to help others build, including mentoring 25 Wolfville School students from Grades 7 and 8.
Above: What an amazing turnout!
Acadia University’s engineering department incorporated the LipSync Buildathon into their classes, using the device to teach students about soldering, 3D-printing, electrical components, and accessibility.
Above: A team of students working on LipSync parts
Dwayne, who has quadriplegia, works at the Kings Regional Rehabilitation Centre as IT support. He spoke to the students about the importance of assistive technology. Dwayne is looking forward to using the LipSync and providing the device to residents who may find it useful.
Above: A student focusing on soldering
For more in-depth coverage of the Buildathon, check out this article from the Annapolis County Spectator.
Kudos to these brilliant students who did such a great job grasping the technology and helping people who need it!
01 Feb 2018
The ATIA conference has been on for nearly 20 years, but this is the first time it includes an ATIA Maker Day. It’s a great opportunity for both newcomers and seasoned makers to dive into the maker community.
The ATIA Maker Day is powered by ATMakers.org, which is run by Bill Binko. Bill is a phenomenal maker – we’ve even 3D-printed some of his designs in our lab.
Click on the image below to watch a video introducing the ATIA Maker Day:
Drop by if you are able and learn about soldering, 3D-printing, switches, and a lot more (it’s free)!
When: February 3rd, 9:00am to noon
Where: Caribe Royale Hotel and Convention Center, Orlando, Florida
25 Jan 2018
On February 1st, we will be in Wolfville, Nova Scotia for the Acadia University LipSync Buildathon. This the first-ever LipSync Buildathon in Atlantic Canada, so we’re quite excited.
A West Island College student working on a LipSync during our buildathon with STEM Learning Lab in Calgary in December
Around 20 Acadia University students will build LipSyncs for people with disabilities as part of Accessibility Week at the university. Learn more and register on the Eventbrite page.
When: Thursday, February 1st, 9am - 4pm
Where: Acadia University, Sheldon L. Fountain Learning Commons, 26 Crowell Road, Wolfville, Nova Scotia B4P 2R6
21 Dec 2017
What a fantastic year it has been. We started off with the Access Makeathon, a 48-hour challenge where Makers worked together to create innovative assistive technologies for people with disabilities. And then we spent the entire year hopping around North America to meet dedicated Makers and build devices.
Above: Timothy, a 10-year-old with an anoxic brain injury, tests out an accessible Wii controller that a team built for him at the Access Makeathon
We hosted or co-hosted 17 events, of which five were in the United States. With the help of many bright Makers, students, engineers, and tinkerers, we built 320 LipSyncs this year!
Above: Jim, who has a spinal cord injury, tests out a LipSync that students made for him at a Burnaby School District Makeathon
Above: Google and Neil Squire Society staff at Google headquarters for a buildathon during Accessibility Week
Thank you to everyone for their skills, enthusiasm, and dedication towards making this happen. If you want to help in other ways, please consider making a donation this holiday season to support people with disabilities. Happy holidays and a wonderful new year!