Hífí: Design of Assistive Technologies for Tetraplexes

In this project of Initiation in Technological Development and Innovation we seek to work the social inclusion of disabled people from the development of an Interaction Design project applied to the area of Assistive Technology. An interface has been developed to assist people with limitation of movement in order to provide means for them to become more independent in their daily actions.

From a series of interviews with records in field journals, it was identified the need to develop equipment that enables the physically handicapped to perform ordinary household tasks such as operating a TV set and controlling the lighting of the environment, taking in account its movement restrictions. And so, it was developed as proof of concept an interface that, through the use of electronic sensors, allows the quadriplegic to operate a TV set through the movements of his shoulders and his head.

The Project for Scientific Initiation in Technological Development (PIBIT) has been developed since August of 2015 with the support of CNPQ, and the report of the first phase of the project can be accessed at the link.

By Beatrice Catarine

Motion sensor connected to an Arduino board

Infrared sensor connected to an Arduino board

Motion sensor test with user