I really wish to write about a non profit organization that is invaluable to my Heart.
I am part of an Assistive Technology Team working on an universal access to tablet and smartphone for highly disable people.
We won a grant last year at the MIT IDEAS Competition, part of the Global Challenge that aims to make the world a better place. Now we just won for a Da Vinci Award for Accessibility and Universal Design which is an Assistive Technology competition held by the National MS Society. As you may know, Multiple Sclerosis is a chronic disease usually diagnosed in young adults and this award was created to foster innovation and hope by recognizing the latest developments and research in adaptive and assistive technologies, which play an important role in helping people overcome physical limitations.
Please be part of this technological progress by supporting us online: like us on facebook , follow us on twitter @MITAssistivTech and spread the World!
Thank you all for you help and support!
(More photo coming soon)
Posted by Claire on September 22, 2011
According to Fox News, our smartphone is ruining our creativity. And it is true that for some people a smartphone can be a huge barrier between someone and his inner Artist, because of the numerous distractions that the device provides.
However I believe that a smartphone can be valuable for the people who are willing to open themselves to their inner Artist. Indeed, new technologies allow us to walk with an amazing amount of artistic tools in our pocket.
First, the music: with any smartphone we can keep with us our music library, and therefore cutting ourselves from the disturbing noises around (peoples speakings, cars, TV etc.) and this way we can daydream with Beyonce or Mozart as a background which is, one must confess, far more quiet that the garbage truck or the yells in the street.
And last but not least several smartphone applications help the inner artist to express himself at anytime and keep track of everything. We can keep written notes and even drawings (Adobe Idea
) wherever we are and whatever we are doing.Then we always have a camera within easy reach. Who never regrets a beautiful picture of a pink cloud at the sunset
, or a couple kissing
because of a missing camera? And for the artists-beginners there is a wide range of applications devoted to artistic photography, adding some filter, helping with the exposure, or even adding frames to create real artwork.In conclusion I would just say that smartphone can be a distraction which ruins our creativity but also in the meantime an asset to express it. Just choose what you want to do with it!
Posted by Claire on September 20, 2011