Pictures from Hackaday MakeItNYC’s Autumn Meetup with @diyability @enablehands_ecf @NeilSquireSoc & More! @hackaday
It’s a great week for makers in NYC! In the run up to World Maker Faire today and this weekend in Queens, NYC, Hackaday held a meetup last night in Manhattan. The focus was on the topic of ‘assistive technologies,’ one of their Hackaday Prize 2016 categories. Presentations were given by DIYAbility, the Enable Community Foundation, and the Neil Squire Society. Additional presentations were given by Wazer, and Microchip (discussing their acquisition of Atmel and the future of PIC & AVR), and community announcements were also told.
Here’s a look at some of the things we saw:
DIYAbility told some wonderful success stories, and concluded with three simple rules:
Chad Leaman from the Neil Squire Society showed some iterations of their ‘sip & puff’ devices for disabled users to interface with various screen designs and form factors, including this early prototype with custom electronics, seen on the projection screen.
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