Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI

System for improving accessibility in learning platforms by using push buttons, for people with motor disabilities.

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Summary of the technology

Researchers from the Automation Department of the University of Alcalá present a system that improves the accessibility to learning platforms, through an automatic or manual scanning controlled by push buttons, very useful in the education sector, specifically for people with motor disabilities.

The researchers are looking for companies in electronic engineering, telecommunications, audiovisual technology and computing, companies that develop learning platforms, companies that develop computer peripherals and adapted devices, academies or training centers, interested in reaching collaboration agreements, licensing agreements or commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI
Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI

Description of the technology

The object of the invention is to provide a technical solution for the improvement of accessibility in online education.

At present, students with mobility problems can’t access the teaching material published on the learning platforms, due to their inability to move the computer mouse and / or conventional keyboards.

The present invention therefore relates to a hardware and software system, ergonomic and adapted to the needs of people with reduced motor functional capacity, consisting of the creation and control of a scanning applied to a learning platform, which allows them to access to the information provided by a learning platform through a push button system.

The adapter receives the information from the push buttons and adapts it to the computer interface. The software part generates an automatic or manual scanning managed by the pushbuttons, whose speed and sound are configurable.

This system provides students access to the menu offered by the platform, allowing them to reach the information by using two different types of virtual buttons or push buttons:

- Virtual buttons: they appear on the computer screen and offer the settings of the scanning speed and the activation or deactivation of the sound.

- The physical buttons form the access adapted to the ergonomics of the student since they can be easily pressed.

INNOVATIVE ASPECTS

- Creation and control of a scanning applied to a learning platform.

- Joint action of a system of push buttons for interaction with the computer in the learning platforms and the possibility of adaptation for any application. Web for people with disabilities of motor origin.

COMPETITIVE ADVANTAGES

- The system offers the possibility of executing the scanning in automatic or manual mode.

- It uses large ergonomic push-buttons so that they can be used by people who present a high level of difficulty in the movement of hands or upper extremities.

- It implements energy saving by automatically detecting the ambient light level and conveniently switching the buttons off or on. In addition, the way of working of the microcontroller entails an energy saving to maintain usually in sleep, waking up periodically for the completion of their tasks.

- Its final development for the subsequent commercial exploitation should be low

Current development status

Laboratory prototypes

Applications

Learning platforms, computer peripherals and adapted devices, academies or training centers

Desired business relationship

Technology selling

Patent licensing

Technology development

New technology applications

The researchers are looking for companies in electronic engineering, telecommunications, audiovisual technology and computing, companies that develop learning platforms, companies that develop computer peripherals and adapted devices, academies or training centers, interested in reaching collaboration agreements, licensing agreements or commercial agreements with technical assistance.

Intellectual property status

Patent already applied for
The patent has been requested with reference P201700320
OEPM Spain

Technology Owner

Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI

Research & Technology Organization

Related keywords

  • Electronics, IT and Telecomms
  • IT and Telematics Applications
  • Multimedia
  • E-Learning
  • Social and Economics concerns
  • Education and Training
  • Computer related
  • Electronics Related Market
  • Electronic Components
  • Some other electronics related
  • disabled people
  • accessible education
  • accessibility
  • accessible push buttons
  • automatic scanning
  • motor disability

About Universidad de Alcalá-OTRI

Research & Technology Organization from Spain

The Technology Transfer Office at Alcalá University serves as a liaison between the University and its socioeconomic environment in terms of research and innovation. It encorages collaboration between research groups from universities and companies/institutions, with the objective to promote and commercialize research results and scientific capabilities.

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- Promotion of R & D and improvement of the relationships with companies.
- Promote the participation in R & D projects applicants to public calls (regional, national and European).
- Advising, processing and monitoring of patents and other forms of industrial protection.
- Support in the negotiation of contracts and agreements for R&D&i

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