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RIT hosts third annual Effective Access Technology Conference

By Vienna McGrain, Rochester Institute of Technology University News
summarized by Ryan Datus Anderson, Staff Writer

Maria Shoaib is just one of exhibitors to enter RIT's third annual Effective Access Technology Conference, with her designs aimed to help those in need live life just a little bit easier. Shoaib is a student from Pakistan who, along with her team of fellow students, has created a wheelchair fitted with multiple sensors and is even capable of accepting voice commands.

RIT has a rich history of combining the talents of students with local companies in an aim to enrich numerous areas of life.

Numerous kinds of applications come from this RIT program. Another student, Lauren Harradine, has been working to create an audio-centric tablet game, aiming for the game to be fun, but also develop critical thinking skills. She hopes that the game can be used for advanced therapy trauma, along with numerous other possible outlets.

Greyson Watkins hopes to improve life for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community. Watkins and the other students working with him created a sound-capturing unit that runs throughout an entire home. The unit picks up any sound deemed important to the homeowner, such as a fire alarm, door bell and many others. Once the sound is detected, an alert is sent to the home owner wirelessly.

"This is the end game for the fabulous work you do at RIT," said Jim Gibbons, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries International and a man whom recently served a two-year term on the White House Council for Community Solutions. "It's not technology for technology's sake; it's access to opportunity. Access technology is such an instrumental part of the game plan for all of us."

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