Life Labs is an initiative of United Cerebral Palsy dedicated to fostering design and technology ideas that will make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities.
Recently Life Labs posted a 2 day design challenge to create something that would improve autonomy and self reliance for people of all ability levels. Microsoft hosted the event, and there were attendees who were visiting from all over the world.
It was incredible to see the 8 teams brain storm, collaborate, and prototype their products with such a short turnaround. There were ideas for smart luggage, a shopping cart that follows you while you shop using a Kinect to track movements, a roll-up table for people who need a temporary place to put things, a web-based information resource that’s navigated via imagery as opposed to words or menus, haptic feedback sensors that will help you navigate unfamiliar cities and provide guidance, as well as several other great ideas.
Big thank you to Marc Irlandez and Life Labs for allowing A Life Well Designed to attend the event and watch the whole process. It’s great to know there are folks out there who genuinely care about improving the quality of life for people of all ability levels. It’s incredibly valuable work, and I encourage you to check out what they’re doing.