Smile Access – computer access through the smile

Smile Access – computer access through the smile

This campaign is based on the development of software to improve the computer access for people without mobility. The aim goal of this campaign is to have the necessary funding...

  • 1900

    raised

    119% of 1 600€

    56 backers

  • 30/04/2018

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  • Completed

    This project has been successfully funded

This campaign is based on the development of software to improve the computer access for people without mobility. The aim goal of this campaign is to have the necessary funding to make this solution a real product that can be reach as many people as possible.

It is estimated that 15% of the world's population has disability. In the European Union there are about 80 million of people affected by disabilities. With the aging of the population the number is expected to increase to 120 million in 2020. The public for this software are people with physical disabilities, people with  the most limited access to the computer, thus needing some support product to improve access to the technology.

Analyzing the market, in concrete numbers, in Portugal there are 156 246 people with physical disabilities (according to the 2001 censuses). In view of these numbers, It is important to create tools that can help access to the computer and thus contribute to the empowerment of people with disability. This brings Smile-access!

This solution consists of an automatic facial expression recognition system that enables interaction with the computer to people without mobility or low mobility. Based on an algorithm, a prototype was constructed capable of recognizing a person's facial expressions. For each expression there is an associated function that the computer needs to make. It can be a keyboard  key or a click. 
Beyond to requiring few movements, this interaction mode is a natural mode of communication, which facilitates the use and understanding.

There are many people who only use facial expressions as a way of communication with others. This solution can help to increase the quality of life for the people with disability in the moments of leisure or professional lives.

As I believe that, this solution will help people with disability, it must become a product to be accessible to all people who want to acquire it!

A minha prima a usar o Smile-Access

A minha prima a usar o Smile-Access

About the author

I’m Andreia from Vila Real. I’ve 25 years old. I have a master degree in Rehabilitation Engineering. During my master degree, I tried to specialize in programming and in human-computer interaction area. I developed several tools that help to computer access. I published 3 scientific articles, being one of them about the solution here present.

In this moment, I work at Sem Barreias in Viseu since June 2016.

The major motivation to develop this technological solution was the need to enhance life quality of my cousin that has a degenerative neuromuscular disease. She has 16 years  old and has not any solution to interact with computer. After a brief review was conclued that to use facial expressions as interaction mode can be a solution for her. After talk with special education teacher and the therapists, we all agreed that it would be a useful solution. It is concluded that can be an asset in the day-to-day people with physical disabilities.

I’m the mentor of this project. I’m being presente in all development. Beyond to the choice of algorithms used in the program, I’m responsable for programming. During the software development, this will be tested in different people with different characteristics, thus contributing to the development of more robust and reliable software.

Promotora do projeto

Promotora do projeto

Budget and due dates

Matlab license – 800€

Design and multimédia – 200€

Utility model registration - 240 €

Trademark registration - 160 €

Travels for user tests and demonstrations - 60 €

Committees for the PPL – 140€

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  • Invest with
    10€ or more

    15% discount on Smile-Access acquisition

    In the offer of this value you get a 15% discount on the purchase of the Smile-Access software

    26 backers

  • Invest with
    20€ or more

    30% discount on Smile-Access acquisition

    In the offer of this value you get a 30% discount on the purchase of the Smile-Access software

    17 backers

  • Invest with
    35€ or more

    50% discount on Smile-Access acquisition

    In the offer of this value you get a 50% discount on the purchase of the Smile-Access software

    5 backers

  • Invest with
    50€ or more

    Free trial of Smile-Access during 30 days

    If you offer this value or higher you can use the application for 30 days to test and see if it is useful

    10 backers

  • Invest with
    80€ or more

    Smile-Access Offer

    In the offer of this value or higher will have as a reward the offer of software presented here: Smile-Access

    4 backers

Wed, 26/06/2019 - 02:44

Wed, 02/05/2018 - 09:41

Payout completed

The raised funds have been transferred to the campaign owner

30/04/2018

Campaign ended

The campaign successfully raised the initial target

Campaign launched

02/03/2018

56 members of the PPL community
support this campaign

  • 38
    new backers

  • 18
    recurrent backers

  • 30
    anonymous backers

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