Category : Innovation

Digital Outcasts at World Future 2013

July 24th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts at World Future 2013

Promoting a book can be an exhausting series of lows and highs. I experienced both within the span of one hour at World Future 2013 in Chicago last weekend. My session was scheduled to start at 6:30 PM on Saturday, with a “Meet the Author” book signing immediately following at 7:45 in the conference bookstore. […]

Digital Outcasts on Technical.ly

May 16th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts on Technical.ly

The fine folks at Technically Philly have graciously allowed me a Guest Editor slot to speak about the book. It is always an honor to share touching, amusing and insightful stories of people with disabilities: a teenage music prodigy with a traumatic brain injury, a successful stand-up comedian with cerebral palsy, an employment agency that […]

Digital Outcasts at SXSW Interactive

March 2nd, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Outcasts at SXSW Interactive

If you’re one of approximately 25,000 interactive professionals who annually descend upon Austin for SXSW, this year I’ll be joining you. The session takes place on Tuesday, March 12 at 3:30 PM and is located at the Austin Convention Center. My presentation will explore “bootstrapping” topics related to the book, as well as a few […]

Accessibility Leads to Innovation

January 20th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Accessibility Leads to Innovation

AT&T’s first Chief Accessibility Officer, Christopher Rice, has publicly endorsed the company’s link between accessibility and innovation.

The End of “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”

December 14th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on The End of “I’ve Fallen and I Can’t Get Up”

A call-to-action for nursing homes, assisted-living facilities and senior residences to explore alternatives to the “panic button” in the form of passive environments.

The Future of Remote Patient Monitoring

June 5th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on The Future of Remote Patient Monitoring

For all the wonderful technology that’s out there, much of it is inaccessible from the standpoint of cost, availability or awareness. How do we best utilize mobile apps and personal devices to improve health outcomes for the homebound patient?

Mind-Controlled Video Games

May 30th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Mind-Controlled Video Games

Timothy Hay of the Wall Street Journal yesterday released a great piece on the emerging prevalence of mind-controlled video games.

Kinetix Academy Begins at Lakeside Center for Autism

May 20th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Kinetix Academy Begins at Lakeside Center for Autism

A great new development is the creation of Kinetix Academy, the result of LCA winning the “Innovation in Issaquah” award for their use of the Kinect in therapy.

Using the Kinect for Children with Behavioral Disorders

May 9th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Using the Kinect for Children with Behavioral Disorders

An automated system that keeps watch over children could spot the telltale signs of autism and lead to earlier diagnoses, according to an article in New Scientist.

The Blind Reinvent the iPhone

May 3rd, 2012 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

Nice piece in The Atlantic on how blind people have embraced the iPhone, a device that offers surprising accessibility features despite its flat screen and visual interface.