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2 008 P roduct D escriptions
Skulptek, Inc.
Automatic Sync Technologies
Compass Evaluation Software
Koester Performance Research
RERC on Technology Transfer, Center for Assistive Technology, University at Buffalo
Products transferred from 2003 through 2008
1) AeroFlex - The versatility of AeroFlex, a geodynamic liner system, opens the door to creative new design options for your products. AeroFlex provides exceptional air circulation and
comfort in a lightweight composite structure with the flexibility to suit any application. From
sporting goods to the medical applications (i.e. wheelchair cushions or bed padding), personal comfort to wearable electronics - AeroFlex offers new and creative possibilities to your
2) CaptionSync - CaptionSync was designed by Automatic Sync technologies using SBIR
funds. It offers automated captioning of audio and video material that is fast, reliable, and
less expensive than the alternatives options available on the market. It operates through a
web portal that allows customers to upload content and transcripts and return results in
approximately 10 minutes.
3) Compass Evaluation Software - Compass© Evaluation Software, developed by Koester
Performance Research, efficiently collects and helps evaluators interpret quantitative assessment data. The software measures skills needed for computer interaction, such as keyboard
and mouse use, navigating through menus, and switch use. Compass© software is ideal for
“front-line” use by practitioners in schools, universities, employment settings, and assistive
technology clinics as a means of enhancing the objectivity and accuracy of computer access
assessments as well as the efficiency and quality of associated reports.
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Surfboard Voice Interactive
Universal Remote Control
4) Surfboard Voice Interactive Universal Remote Control - Innotech Systems, Inc. The
Surfboard is a hands free universal, programmable, interactive television remote control with
a built in help system. Easy to setup and use, the Surfboard has talking buttons (voice feedback) and hands free voice control. It can be programmed to recognize voice commands
from multiple users so that a person with low vision or a cognitive impairment can operate
their television easily.
Innotech Systems, Inc.
90 Series Premium Thermostat
5) 90 Series Premium Thermostat - The White Rodgers 90 Series Blue residential thermostat
has large and easy to see characters for heat and cool options, large intuitive red/blue temperature keys, a large 12 square inch touch screen display, audio prompting to ensure program change confirmation, menu driven program change, a keypad lockout, a limited temperature range, change furnace filter and humidifier pad alert, ability to copy programming,
a 5 year warranty, a backlit display to improve display contrast in low lighting and multiple
other features to benefit the elderly and people with low vision.
White Rodgers
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Easyshare Photo Printer 500
Eastman Kodak
Automated Pill Crusher
6) Easyshare Photo Printer 500 - Eastman Kodak Kodak incorporated design and functional features the T2RERC provided for improving consumer usability and accessibility in
viewing, editing, storage, and portability. The large 3.5 in. (8.9 cm) LCD screen makes viewing and editing simple so that you can zoom and crop to get the picture you want. The LCD
closes when not in use for easy storing and protection when transporting. Reduces red-eye at
the touch of a button. Lamination for pictures that are waterproof, stain-resistant and last a
lifetime. The Photo Printer 500 is Wi-Fi ready, so you can wirelessly connect and print from
anywhere in your home.
7) Automated Pill Crusher - First Wave Technologies - The Automated Pill Crusher is an
electrically operated appliance designed to assist individuals with the task of crushing pills.
The prototype, which is approximately the size of a coffee maker, utilizes a linear actuator to
propel a ram into a small container that contains the pill(s). The force from the ram crushes
the pill(s) into a fine powder for easier ingestion. The Automated Pill Crusher is designed to
make crushing pills easier for both consumers who may have difficulty swallowing pills and
their caretakers.
First Wave Technologies
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Lids Off Open-It-All Jar,
Can, & Bottle Opener
8) Lids Off Open-It-All Jar, Can, & Bottle Opener - (New version of Lids Off Jar Opener) Black & Decker The Open-It-All Jar, Can, & Bottle Opener is an electrically operated,
household kitchen appliance designed to assist all individuals with the task of opening jars,
cans and bottles. The device is easy to use and ideal for those needing a stronger grip for
opening jars. It has large activation buttons, an adjustable height; is a collapsible unit for
compact storage; and has a dishwasher safe can opener blade assembly. The design is
unique in that it features a minimal effort approach to opening jars. The Open-It-All is
designed to significantly reduce the amount of effort expended by all consumers especially
children, disabled individuals, and the elderly in the opening of jars.
Black & Decker
Gizmo Can Opener Redesign
9) Gizmo Can Opener Redesign - (New Version of Gizmo Can Opener) - Black & Decker
incorporated design and functional features the T2RERC provided for improving consumer
usability and accessibility in mounting, storage, recharging and portability of the Gizmo can
Black & Decker
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Digital Advantage
Toaster/Convection Oven
Black & Decker
10) Black & Decker Digital Advantage Toaster/Convection Oven - Black and DeckerTM
incorporated the design and functional features requested by our consumers into the design
of the CTO8500 and CTO9500 ovens. The elderly and people with disabilities wanted a
mistake proof toaster oven that could be used to cook small, complete meals for just 1 or 2
people. Features of these new ovens include pressure sensitive button controls; an electronic
toast control (no more burnt toast); accurate digital settings from 200 to 450 degrees F for
precise baking or cooking and 1-7 for toasting; a 90 minute auto off timer; a signal bell that
chimes when the door is left open or the oven has completed a function; B&D partnered
with Mirro Bakeware to offer bakeware specially sized for the new CTO8500 and CTO9500
ovens; large non slip handles; a Thermal Guard outer shell; a large crumb tray with a large
easy to grip handle for removal; and a non stick baking chamber for easier cleaning.
PDA Line Text Isolator/Magnifier 11) PDA Line Text Isolator/Magnifier - Turning Point Technology - The PDA Magnifier
and Line Text Isolator is an add-on accessory compatible with most personal digital assistants. This device allows a person to be able to read lines of text on a PDA screen one line at
a time, while also enlarging the text so that it can be read more easily. It mounts to the front
of most PDA’s using Velcro so that it can be attached and removed with ease, helping to
maintain the compactness and convenience of a PDA.
Turning Point Technology
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Kelvin - Interactive Voice
Controlled Thermostat
Independent Living Aids/
Action Talking Products
Family Toilet Seat
(Multi-Level Toilet Seat)
12) Kelvin - Interactive Voice Controlled Thermostat - Independent Living Aids/Action
Talking Products - KELVIN is a fully programmable voice-interactive talking thermostat.
This patented technology enables temperature in the home to be adjusted by either pushing
the large tactually marked “up” or “down” buttons, or by speaking to the thermostat and
saying “raise” or “lower”. KELVIN will then verbally confirm the new temperature level to
which it has been set. KELVIN is fully programmable for automatic temperature adjustments for morning, daytime, evening and night. Heating or air conditioning settings can be
programmed individually for each day of the week, resulting in energy savings during days,
such as weekends or vacations, when the home is unoccupied. It benefits the elderly, disabled, blind and the visually impaired. Endorsed by the National Federation of the Blind.
13) Family Toilet Seat (Multi-Level Toilet Seat) - Maddak Inc. Ideal for children of varied
ages, grandparents with visiting grandchildren and facilities catering to clients of all ages.
Fits all standard toilets and the center seat can be removed for easy cleaning or storing when
not needed. Rubber bumpers under the bottom seat grip the toilet to secure the seats and
eliminate “wobbling”. In addition the Family Toilet Seat possesses the appearance of a variation of a standard toilet seat rather than an appearance of assistive technology.
Maddak Inc.
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Adjustable Bathroom Suites
Lasco Bathware, Inc.
14) Adjustable Bathroom Suites - Lasco Bathware, Inc. - The suite consists of fixtures with
flexible mountings and connections, which are readily adjusted to meet the demands of various users, achieving the best “fit” between the user and the environment. The sink and
shower roll along the wall on runners and wall-mounted horizontal bars to create larger toileting, grooming, or showering areas, essentially providing any of three different “large”
bathrooms in one small space. It opens up on demand for a variety of conditions, such as
comfortable operation, simultaneous utilization by couples, easy use by large persons, or for
caregivers to assist children or dependent adults. The fixtures also adjust in height for standing and sitting users and variations in stature or usage, locking securely in place to prevent
unplanned movement. The Adjustable Bathroom design provides its users with comfort,
choice, safety, and flexibility. The Adjustable Bathroom allows users to modify the fixture and
spatial designs on demand as their needs change over time. They are able to personalize
their bathroom environment. These bathrooms adjust with ease in order to meet the needs
of a diverse population within a single location.
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PowerCheq (battery string equalizer) 15) PowerCheq™ - The PowerCheq™ battery string equalizer from PowerDesigners
Corporation approximately doubles the lifespan of batteries used on power wheelechairs
and scooters while maintaining a higher level of performance over the life of the batteries.
Battery replacement generally costs in excess of $200 and may not be covered by 3rd-party
reimbursement. Improved battery performance (range, power delivery) should increase the
user's sense of safety, independence, access to challenging environments while decreasing the
rate of in-use failures.
PowerDesigners Corporation
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Power Wheelechair Products
16) Power Wheelechair Products - The Power Wheelechair Products from Wavecrest Motors
Corporation offers significantly improved range, power delivery and performance relative to
the current generation of power wheelchair and scooter products (including products such
as power assists). Improved motor performance (high efficiency over ‘all’ torques and
speeds, efficient torque delivery at startup and over difficult terrain) increases the user’s
sense of safety, independence and access to challenging environments. In addition, high
motor efficiency over all torques and speeds should dramatically increase battery life, time
between charge and range.
Wavecrest Motors
Lever Driven Manual Wheelchair
17) Lever Driven Manual Wheelchair - The Lever Driven Manual Wheelchair from
Helixsphere Inc. improves the ergonomics of manual wheelchair propulsion. This reduces
the incidence of stress related injury to the user’s hands, wrist, and shoulder; delay transitioning from manual wheelchair to power wheelchair; help maintain upper body strength
and long-term cardiovascular health; and improve the user's self-image, access to difficult
environments and independence.
HelixSphere Technologies Inc.
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Kinetic Seating System or KSS
Uplift Technologies
Easy Seat
18) Kinetic Seating System or KSS - The Kinetic Seating System is a dynamic posture system that seeks to extend the capabilities of a current wheelchair seating system by addressing the need for constant articulated motion. It is a modular design consisting of a seat
base, seat back and leg rests. The K S seat base moves as the wheelchair occupant makes
slight postural changes thus reducing the pressure in areas prone to decubitus ulcers. The
modular seat back of the KSS functions similar to an adjustable office chair because the user
can flex their seat back and change their positioning. The retractable foot rests have a locking mechanism that permits them to be held in place at various angles relative to the seat
19) Easy Seat - The Easy Seat is installed where there is insufficient space to place a regular
chair. This device is anchored to a wall and can be easily folded down when needed. People
who need to rest frequently, such as the elderly, will find the Easy Seat especially useful. The
chair frame and armrests are made from poplar wood, and the 16-inch square seat contains
a plastic insert. Easy Seat is easy to install and comes with all necessary hardware and
Dynamic Living, Inc.
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Easy Pump
20) Easy Pump - The Easy Pump is designed to assist the elderly and/or disabled in pumping gas. One roller pushes the pump lever up, while the other roller sits on top of the handle.
This enables the user to pump gas by pressing down on the Easy Pump handle. This device
simulates the action of an individual pumping gas by hand, making it possible for a person
with limited fine motor control and/or hand strength to independently operate the gas pump
nozzle. When not in use, the Easy Pump can be easily stored in the car. The handle is made
out of wood and the rollers are nylon.
Dynamic Living, Inc.
Refrigerator Door Opener
21) Refrigerator Door Opener - The Refrigerator Door Opener helps people who do not have
the strength to independently open a refrigerator door. This device provides leverage by
allowing the user to pull the handle, which forces a nylon piece to push against the refrigerator. The magnetic seal holding the door shut is then released with little effort on the part of
the user. It easily attaches to the door of any standard refrigerator with urethane tape (provided). The Opener works with both side-by-side and top-bottom refrigerator units.
Dynamic Living, Inc.
VCR Loading Guide
Dynamic Living, Inc.
22) VCR Loading Guide - The VCR Videotape Guide is designed to assist a person with limited fine motor control and/or hand strength to insert a videotape into a VCR. The device
consists of a metal cover with a chute, which guides the videotape into the VCR. Once the
videotape is inserted, the chute can swing upward and rest on top of the cover, allowing easy
access to the VCR controls. This device can be easily installed onto any standard VCR. The
surface is non-toxic and has been treated with a baked-on finish to resist chipping and
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Little Fingers Keyboard
DataDesk Technologies
Little Fingers Key Guard
23) Little Fingers Keyboard - LittleFingers® is a fully functioning keyboard that has been
scaled down to a 12.5-inch width to enhance young people's ability to learn proper computing and keyboarding skills, and which also is appropriate for long-term use by some individuals with short stature. Already patented, it has won awards as the first keyboard designed
especially for children's hands, featuring key caps with lower case letters that are sized and
spaced for kids' keyboarding, user-definable function keys, and dual-purpose keys for
enhanced usefulness. LittleFingers® comes in two versions, the Standard model with a number pad, and the Deluxe with a built-in three-button trackball.
24) Little Fingers Keyboard Keyguard - The Little Fingers Keyboard Keyguard is an overlay,
placed over the top surface of the Little Fingers Keyboard to protect against damage from liquid spills, food, dust, dirt, & paperclips. The keyguard can be wiped with antibacterial spray
to prevent transmission of germs. A non-glare, matte finish provides clear visibility of keyboard markings. In addition, keyguards help maximize access to computer equipment by
providing physical access for those with limited or developing fine motor skills.
Turning Point Technologies, Inc.
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Magic Motion Lockset
25) Magic Motion Lockset - The Magic Motion DoorknobTM lets you open the door without
being required to twist the knob. It maintains the appearance and operation of a regular
doorknob, but the knob can be pushed, pulled, or twisted to allow opening of a door. It was
designed as an alternative for people with arthritis or people who have trouble opening the
door. The knob can be pulled, pushed (or twisted) to release the bolt from the strike plate,
allowing you to open the door. You can even bump the knob with your hip or knee.
Baker & Associates, Dynamic Living, Inc.
Bumpa Color Coloring Book
26) BumpaColor Coloring Book - The Bumpa Coloring Book is a coloring book that contains a set of raised line drawings. The raised lines allow children to “feel” the picture on the
page, essentially helping them to color within the lines. A person with fine motor control difficulties or a child who is just learning to color will benefit from use of this product.
Tactile Vision, Inc.
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Lids Off Automated Jar Opener
27) Lids Off Automated Jar Opener - The Automated Jar Opener is an electrically operated, household
kitchen appliance designed to assist all individuals with the task of opening jars. The device utilizes a moto
driven gear system and a lid engaging unit to break the vacuum seal on a jar and unscrew the jar lid. The
design is unique in that it features a minimal effort approach to opening jars. The Automated Jar Opener is
designed to significantly reduce the amount of effort expended by all consumers especially children, disabled
individuals, and the elderly in the opening of jars.
Black & Decker
UpStop Wheelchair
Braking System
Alimed, Inc.
28) UpStop Wheelchair Braking System - The UpStop is a newly patented braking system
for manual wheelchairs. The UpStop automatically engages a set of brakes separate from the
wheelchair's standard wheel locks when the occupant begins to exit, thus preventing the
wheelchair from rolling forwards or backwards. When entering the wheelchair, the occupant's weight is applied to a release arm located just under the wheelchair seat causing the
braking system to disengage. This allows the wheelchair to move freely. When the occupant
begins to exit the wheelchair, the weight is relieved from the release arm, causing the brake
arm to engage. The brake arm provides a frictional force to the wheelchair tire that resists
forward and backward motion. Falls and injuries by the elderly lacking the strength to fully
engage wheelchair lever locks or those who just forget to do so are minimized.
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29) Accenda - The Accenda is a universal, programmable, interactive television remote control. Features include: hands free voice control or hand-held push button operation; EZ find
sculpted buttons; voice prompts to talk you through set-up and operation; and backlit keys
with large high contrast lettering. When a button is pushed, the Accenda will provide auditory feedback confirming the button that was pushed. It can be programmed to recognize
voice commands from multiple users so that a person with low vision or a cognitive impairment can operate their television.
Innotech, Inc.
Attainment Co.
30) MedVox - The MEDVOX is an Electronic Prescription Label Device that has been
designed to provide the same information as the printed label but through auditory feedback. The MEDVOX device can easily be programmed and reprogrammed by a care provider
or pharmacist. The MEDVOX can be attached to a variety of products including pill bottles,
vitamin containers and other health care product containers. The MEDVOX consists of a
programming base and one or more labels. The labels are attached to the containers and
provide auditory feedback to the user with the press of a button on the label. The labels can
only be programmed and reprogrammed by persons with a programming base, so fear of
tampering with the message is eliminated.
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Halo Cups
31) Halo Cups - The Halo Cup is a standard tumbler glass with additional support wrapping
around the entire circumference of the base. It has been designed with wide-based stability
to reduce the occurrence of accidental spills, as well as a nesting feature for stackable convenience. This halo-based design provides the same stability as a large based coffee mug,
while the unique handles eliminate the need for gripping power. This product has been
designed to fit well in small hands, those with grip strength problems, or tremors.
Grail Enterprises
Wheel Whiskers
32) Wheel Whiskers - The Wheel Whiskers are an economical solution to eliminating the
problem of debris collection on the hands of a manual wheelchair user. The “whiskers” are a
set of abrasive brushes that slip over and attach to the wheel locks of any manual wheelchair. By wrapping around the top surface of a wheelchair wheel, they continuously clean the
wheelchair wheels as they rotate. The brushes wipe off dirt, gravel, snow, or other debris one
may encounter in their home, on the street, or in a public facility. The Wheel Whiskers are
easily disengaged when not required.
Lenjoy Medical Engineering, Inc.
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ParentBanc, PCI
SABAH Ice Skates
33) Coin-u-lator - The Coin-u-lator is a hand-held, coin-counting calculator that makes
counting money fun and easy. This breakthrough invention in counting coins was patented
by a special education teacher for students of all ages. The Coin-u-lator allows individuals of
all abilities to add and subtract various denominations of coins while it teaches the different
values of each coin. It can add or subtract any combination of coins and bills up to $99.99,
and it has two different coin games. The battery operated device weighs approximately sixtenths of a pound and is specifically designed to fit comfortably into the palms of two hands
or sit securely on a table top. A sturdy, high-quality plastic casing features the realistic coin
and dollar buttons. An easy-to-read LCD screen clearly displays the status of the counting
while unique sounds and an animated voice send immediate auditory feedback to the user.
Users benefit significantly through visual, auditory, and tactile stimulation.
34) SABAH Ice Skates - Riedell Shoes, Inc. Ice skates designed for people with Down
Syndrome, clubbed feet or other structural abnormalities. Skates designed for skaters who
wear ankle foot orthoses (AFO’s) or supra-malleolar orthoses (SMO’s) or reciprocating gait
orthoses (RGO’s).
Riedell Shoes, Inc.
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35) PointSmart - PointSmart, by Infogrip, is the first mouse driver enhancement software
that makes any mouse, trackball, touchpad, joystick or any other pointing device accessible
for users with physical limitations. PointSmart allows you to slow down the speed of the cursor to a snails pace - great for users with poor motor control. PointSmart also includes
Automatic Direction Control. This feature allows the user to touch or bump their pointing
device in the direction they wish the cursor to move and PointSmart does the rest. The cursor
will continue to move until the mouse is touched again and then it will stop. This feature is
excellent for users that have very limited movement. With PointSmart you can even turn any
mouse into a switch interface. Program your mouse clicks to do things like left, right and
middle clicks, scroll up or down, click and drag, double click, space bar, tab, arrow keys and
many more. You can even turn your mouse clicks off!