Sunday, October 26, 2014

Bionic hand and barcode reader, new technologies … – The Cross

Entrepreneurs, associations and large companies mobilized around issues of disability were found Thursday 9 and Friday 10 October in Paris at the “Tour of solutions” of Mouves.

On stage, when Nicolas Huchet grabs the mic, nobody notices anything. And yet, the right hand grasps the object is naturally a robot hand, the mechanic of 30 years designed and built himself.

The young Breton presented his project to the sixty association leaders , social entrepreneurs and representatives of major companies gathered at the Paris headquarters of Dawn Association as part of the “Tour of solutions”, organized by the Movement for Social Entrepreneurs (Mouves)

= & gt;. Bionicohand, a bionic hand for less than € 1000

At the age of 18, the young man was amputated forearm after an accident. He can not afford to buy a classic robotic prosthesis, which cost more than € 60,000 and decides to launch itself in the construction of a bionic hand.

For this, the Breton pushes the door Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) to Rennes. The place is an exchange and self-space equipped with 3D printers and other electronic machines, mark “makers”, hackers these artisans who share their knowledge on the Internet. “They welcomed me and said that my crazy project was feasible. I discovered the world of open source (FOSS) and I was able to contact and work with specialists in robotics, prosthetics, encoders … “, demonstrates Nicolas Huchet. After a year and a half, it appears from the laboratory with a lively prosthesis.

Nicolas Huchet just look at the “Tour Solutions” advice and possibly financial partners to proceed to step Next:. improve, and his bionic hand on a larger scale, at a cost not exceeding € 1,000

“The goal is not to create a business for profit says the young man, who has just returned from New York, Rome and St. Petersburg, where he was invited to present his project. I am looking for a model that allows me to try and possibly planting me. One thing is for sure, I want to be part of change. “

” Neither the state nor the market alone can not address the complex social issues such as disability , confirms Jacques Dasnoy, general delegate of Mouves to initiative of the event, solutions can only be collective. “

= & gt; Eticode use barcodes serving visually impaired

Neighbors Nicolas Huchet seat on the stage, Marie-Laure Martin and Olivier Jacques are both visually impaired. Is her attendant, she is physiotherapist. Since 2005, they are working to develop the Eticode program (2).

“The products have barcodes for years. Why not use the service for the visually impaired? “, asked the couple.Grâce a small scanner – the same as those used by supermarket cashiers – the computer program reads the barcode and provides product information to users via oral a synthesized voice

One way for 1.2 million visually impaired people in France to distinguish the two products in comparable form. – a can of insecticide or hairspray, for example – or even know the expiry date of certain products, including medicines. “Eticode for example, allowed a friend visually impaired can continue to care for her sick mother” , cites Marie-Laure Martin.

The project was awarded the Handitech price in 2010. 450 products listed at the beginning, we are today more than 35 000 Connected to a small printer, the system can generate its own barcode to stick to objects used in everyday life.

“We’re not particularly good at computers, explains Olivier in public. We just met people who have similar needs, and we help us to find a simple and collaborative solution. “

= & gt; RogerVoice, the start-up to allow the deaf to call

Another application, still in draft form, RogerVoice aims to transcribe written form calls made from Skype. No application for hearing today will allow a fine automatic transcription, and live in different languages, explains Olivier Jeannel, founder of the start-up bringing the project itself and hard of hearing.

The project collected in one week € 16,000 (US $ 20,000) on a platform of participatory financing, the amount required to program an application for the Android operating system. “We hope to collect the same amount next week, which would allow us to develop the same application on iOS” , Olivier Jeannel smiled.


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