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Technologies that will change special education

Augmented reality

Brain Power is a digital coach that empowers children and adults with autism to teach themselves social and cognitive skills. http://www.brain-power.com/  

NuEyes is a lightweight, wireless, head-worn, voice activated device for the visually impaired https://nueyes.com/  


Link to main story: Edtech equalizers in special education 


RightHear is an accessibility solution for the blind and visually impaired. https://www.right-hear.com/  

ViTAL translates visual content into content that can be seen, heard and felt on touchscreens. https://www.vital.education/  

Communications 

Tippy Talk allows a nonverbal person to communicate by translating pictures into text messages. http://www.tippy-talk.com/   

Proloquo2Go is a picture-based communication system; when a student taps a picture of “home,” the device verbalizes the word, “home.” http://www.assistiveware.com/product/proloquo2go

Read & Write, a Chrome extension, reads text from any website aloud https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/readwrite-for-google-chro/inoe...

SnapType, an app, scans and enlarges worksheets, which students can then type on http://www.snaptypeapp.com/

UbiDuo 2 bridges the face-to-face communication gap for individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing https://www.scomm.com

Eye-gaze technology

Eyegaze Edge, an eye-operated communications system, allows students to generate speech by “typing” or selecting pre-programmed phrases http://www.eyegaze.com/tag/eyegaze-edge/

EyeMobile Plus combines eye tracking, speech recognition and IR for hands-free access to WIN 10. https://www.tobiidynavox.com/en-US/devices/eye-gaze-devices/eye-mobile-p...   

Robotics

Leka is an interactive robotic companion designed specifically for children with special needs, autism and other developmental disabilities. https://leka.io/    

Robots4Autism (Milo & Jett) and Nao are other examples of robots used in the special education market. https://robots4autism.com/, https://asknao.aldebaran.com/    

Wonder Workshop’s CleverBots can be programmed by children to mimic human behaviors. https://www.makewonder.com/

Wearables

CareRing is a wireless wearable technology that increases the safety and well-being of persons suffering from cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Autism. http://integrated-tracking.com/  

Wearable Therapeutics provides high quality, effective and safe solutions for rapid anxiety relief. Snug Vest delivers “deep pressure therapy”—a firm, hugging sensation that has a proven calming and relaxing effect. http://snugvest.com   

GlassOuse is a lightweight wearable that lets users navigate devices by using their head as a mouse. https://www.schoolhealth.com/glassouse-assistive-device    

Sources: Kevin Custer, Arc Capital Development; Melissa Corto, Education Modified