Category : Innovation

Comedy Routine Gives Voice to Man Without Speech

May 2nd, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Comedy Routine Gives Voice to Man Without Speech

Lee Ridley, born with cerebral palsy and unable to speak since birth, transforms himself as a working stand-up comedian at London’s Soho Theatre thanks to new technology.

Digital Outcasts and Food Deserts

April 7th, 2012 by Kel Smith | 3 comments

A food desert is a term given to any part of the industrialized world where healthy, affordable food is difficult for consumers to obtain. New technologies combined with community involvement may one day solve a growing health problem.

‘Soul Train’ a Model of Innovation and Inclusion

March 11th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on ‘Soul Train’ a Model of Innovation and Inclusion

The passing of Don Cornelius, the inventor and host of the ‘Soul Train’ television program, reminds us of important lessons on innovation and inclusion.

Texting for the Blind

February 21st, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Texting for the Blind

“Users who know how to type Braille well never move their hands. When users hold the phone they hold the phone with the screen facing away from them in landscape mode. It’s not like the Qwerty keyboard where you move up and down. That’s why this thing works – we can get away with only six keys.”

Interaction12 in Dublin

January 28th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Interaction12 in Dublin

Next week begins the “Digital Outcasts 2012″ speaking tour, with the first stop at Interaction12 in Dublin.

Building Innovation Teams

December 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

Why Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees present an interesting case study for hiring and developing innovation teams.

Of Bees and Chess

December 10th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

A young chess player learns a lesson applicable to the innovation cycle and people with special needs.

Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind

November 8th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind

Always seeking the new and weird, engadget reports on work being done in Japan to develop a mechanized canine using Microsoft Kinect technology. The quadrupedal robot can navigate flights of stairs, identify rough patches in a path and avoid obstacles with specially made bumper sensors. Check out these two videos of the device at work. […]

“60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

October 25th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on “60 Minutes” Segment on iPads and Autism

Last Sunday, the CBS program “60 Minutes” showed a segment on the use of iPad apps among people with autism spectrum disorders. The video is embedded above, with a full transcript available on the CBS website.

What Steve Jobs Meant to Digital Outcasts

October 8th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

As most folks undoubtedly know, this week the world lost Steve Jobs after his quasi-secretive battle with pancreatic cancer. From a consumer standpoint, Jobs was arguably the most significant business figure of the past quarter century. A number of technology and innovation pundits have already published lengthy blog posts detailing what Jobs meant to the […]