British assistive technology company Claro Software is delighted with the news that they have been shortlisted for the prestigious 2011 American Da Vinci Awards. These global awards honour products and services which enhance mobility and make life better for people with disabilities.
Claro FaceMouse® is the latest tool for PC screen navigation. It is a solution for people who cannot use a mouse. Now, with just a standard webcam and the Claro FaceMouse software, computer users can move the mouse pointer around the screen simply by moving their head.
Claro FaceMouse® will make a real difference to people with disabilities, especially those with degenerative conditions such as MND, muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis. It will allow them to play computer games, send an email or open a program without expensive and cumbersome access devices.
Claro is one of only three finalists selected from an international field of nominees in the Environmental Adaptation/Daily Living/Work Aids category. The results will be announced at an ‘Academy Awards style’ presentation in Michigan on 22 September.
The International da Vinci Awards da Vinci awards are now ten years old and proceeds go to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Michigan Chapter. The organisers say, “Assistive and adaptive technologies play an important role in helping people overcome physical limitations. Each year, the Da Vinci Awards® recognizes the most innovative developments in this field. By supporting the awards, you will help many of those with multiple sclerosis increase access to everyday life through assistive and adaptive technologies.”
Dave Stevens, commercial director at Claro, said, “We are delighted that Claro FaceMouse has been shortlisted for this prestigious American award. This nomination follows the recent release of the product, so to get early American appreciation for the innovative work of the Claro team helps drive us forward.”
SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Sept. 22, 2011 – Claro FaceMouse® of Claro Interfaces in the United Kingdom is one of 16 innovations selected as 2011 da Vinci Awards® finalists.
The da Vinci Awards is a prestigious international forum recognizing the latest developments and research in adaptive and assistive technologies that enable equal access and opportunity for all people, regardless of ability. The awards were created by and benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s Michigan Chapter, and is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
A finalist in the Environmental Adaptation / Daily Living / Work Aids category, Claro FaceMouse® is the latest tool for PC screen navigation. It is a solution for people who cannot use a mouse. Now, with just a standard webcam and the Claro FaceMouse software, computer users can move the mouse pointer around the screen simply by moving their head. Additional finalists in the category include Freedom Chair-A-Table and Super EZ Work Tool.
Finalists representing the United States, Canada, United Kingdom and Sweden were chosen from entries received from around the world. U.S. finalists are from 10 states with three from Michigan.
Many technologies that help improve the quality of life, independence and sense of control of individuals with disabilities are among this year’s da Vinci Awards finalists. These include an iPad application that provides users without fine motor skills the ability to send emails and text messages; a fully automated push-button or “sip and puff” machine that gives severely disabled people the ability to go fishing with family and friends; an ankle joint prosthetic that enables lower limb amputees to participate in aquatic and equestrian activities; and a smartphone “Universal Access Hub” allowing people with physical impairments to use today’s latest mobile technology.
Videos submissions for each finalist are featured at www.youtube.com/davinciawardswith a special people’s choice award called ‘The Leo’ presented to the finalist receiving the highest number of “thumbs up” votes.
Entries were submitted in five categories including:
Environmental Adaptation/Daily Living or Work Aids
Transportation and Mobility
Recreation and Leisure
Finalists and their innovative technologies will be honored Sept. 22, 2011, at a special awards event at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., with the 2011 da Vinci Award winners announced live that evening. Tickets and additional information are available at www.davinciawards.org.
About MS and the da Vinci Awards
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic disease usually diagnosed in young adults and the National MS Society understands the difficulties people experience when faced with physical disabilities.
The Michigan Chapter of the National MS Society (www.nationalmssociety.org/mig) created the da Vinci Awards® in 2001 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.
The da Vinci Awards were named after Leonardo da Vinci because of his documented talents as an inventor, philosopher, engineer, architect and artist. The name itself captures the spirit in which the awards are given.
Proceeds from the awards benefit the National MS Society’s Michigan Chapter. Michigan has one of the highest incident rates of MS in the U.S., with more than 18,000 residents living with multiple sclerosis.
An impartial panel of judges representing the technology and disability communities selected the finalists and da Vinci Award winners in each of five categories.
A complete list of past award winners can be found at www.davinciawards.org.