Research

CreateAbility strives to be at the forefront of progressive evidence-based research so we can create products that that continually open possibilities for the people we have a heart for.

The projects below summarize a portion of the emerging research and development that CreateAbility has been cultivating alongside some of the best minds at major universities, companies, and organizations. They have been funded by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Institute on Disability Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR).

Each research project follows the same process before being brought to market.

  • Phase 0 (zero): This is where preliminary research on the idea takes place. We get an understanding of the problem we are trying to solve and how our solution could improve the lives of the people that use it.
  • Phase I (one): Here is where we determine the technical feasibility of the idea. This phase answers the questions: Do we have the technology at our disposal to even do this? Will people want this?
  • Phase II (two): This phase is the heavy lifting of production such as building the software and hardware needed to accomplish our goals.
  • Phase III (three): Commercialization is the final step in the process. Projects with this label are available as a product either through CreateAbility or a trusted partner.

A large portion of our research is already being used in our own products and some will be made accessible over time. If you are interested in research that has not yet been made commercially available, click the button below the project and you will be added to our early adopter list and made aware when the product is available.

We will only use this information to make you aware of when the product is on the market. You will not be added to an ongoing mailing list.

HomePortal

HomePortal is a universal home environment for individuals with little or no eyesight. It simplifies the complexity of electronics and appliances by enabling the consumer to control and monitor their home by simply using their voice. Phase II was extremely well received by people with a wide range of visual impairments and also resulted in an Amazon Echo-controlled microwave oven.

Funded by: NIDILRR
Phase III

PUMPED

This project is designed to help people manage their Type 2 diabetes by engaging the patient at a deeper level. This includes monitoring not only their vital signs, medication, diet and exercise, but it also notices non-specific pains and even takes into account their emotions.

An avatar asks the patient a different set of questions each day, records their responses, and sends results to the cloud. This product, consisting of apps and cloud services, is available for purchase while it is running with Qsource/Atom Alliance.

Funded by: USDA 8.6: Rural and Community Development
Phase III

My Emotional Compass

The ability to control your own emotions is something people often take for granted. For some, like those with a traumatic brain injury or autism, this is more difficult. The first step to controlling emotions is understanding and labeling them which is what My Emotional Compass is designed to do.

The initial project, funded by NIH, helped people better recognize and label their emotions with a traditional workbook and laminated pages that were used in therapy sessions.

The findings were then made more interactive through an app to help patients with a brain injury improve their ability to recognize and label their emotions as they recall a situation. This matures their ‘emotional IQ’ and accelerates the healing process.

This product is available for purchase through Google Play and the Apple Store.  It is also being used for ongoing research, such as at Rehabilitation Hospital Inc. (RHI), Indianapolis, Indiana.

Funded by: NIH, RHI
Phase III

Rural-Health-Mate

Although rural seniors are living longer, they frequently require ongoing support from caregivers and medical professionals to make that possible. However, this is often difficult due to their low-proximity to healthcare, and the frequency of having sons and daughters who don’t live close enough to provide care.

Rural-Health-Mate supplies solutions to these problems and extended the capabilities of our Independence Keeper system to support older adults in rural settings.

Funded by: USDA 8.6: Rural and Community Development
Phase III

MEMBRAIN

CreateAbility’s MEMBRAIN is a low-cost remote monitoring system for parents of adults with autism who wish to live independently. It can also be used for individuals with autism transitioning into a group home or independent living.

The MEMBRAIN system creates a safety net around the person by monitoring their consumption of water, electricity, and internet activity, and compares this to their typical baseline. If an activity is outside the normal range, the system reminds them with respectful prompts on their TV or cell phone. It can also let others, such as concerned parents, know that they are safe or alert them if they are not. Study participant testing will be led by Assistive Technology Partners, Denver, Colorado.

Funded by: NIDILRR
Phase II (under review)

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WhenWear Advisor

The WhenWear Advisor helps supervisors of people with an intellectual disability (ID) in job settings. While people with ID have shown success using prompting technology, an obstacle for their supervisor is often the complex process of recording and adjusting the prompts and instructions. WhenWear Advisor dramatically simplifies this task by helping these supervisors search a nationwide source of pre-built instructions and tailor or adjust selections for specific needs.

The prompter and cloud services, called MeMinder, are available now from CreateAbilty. The WhenWear prompter is available through SourceAmerica.

Funded by: SourceAmerica, NIDILRR
Phase II (under review)

Mobility Coach

The Mobility Coach assists patients after an orthopedic surgery return to mobility and function through a comprehensive tele-rehabilitation system. This research and development led to physical therapy companies assisting rural patients with their remote exercise tracking where proximity to physical therapy is a challenge.

CreateAbility has teamed with orthopedic surgeons and physical therapists to continue the research and development aimed at advancing how technology could help people accurately perform their exercise therapy after knee or hip replacement.

Funded by: USDA 8.6: Rural and Community Development
Phase: II

HEADLAMP

To ensure that people who cannot use their hands are able to maintain their independence, CreateAbility designed and developed HEADLAMP, a central control unit that connects and syncs existing technologies, controls devices and performs commands using voice commands, a tablet, or smart glasses. For these individuals, tasks that require fine motor skills and precise use of hands and digits, like adjusting a thermostat, using remote controls or appliances, often require support. Additionally, severe physical disabilities may reduce mobility within the home.

HEADLAMP will help users seamlessly interact with electronics, home systems, participate in everyday activities, communicate with caregivers, and live more independently.

While awaiting future funding, many of the voice-controlled aspects have been integrated into the Independence Builder system, and are available. HEADLAMP will also enable the user to wear Augmented Reality glasses to better understand and interact with their environment.

Funded by: NIDILRR Phase I
Phase II (under review)

NGAGE

Exercises can significantly slow the symptoms of degenerative neurological diseases, but if done incorrectly, you might risk injury. NGAGE is a system for people with Parkinson’s or other degenerative neurological diseases designed for neurological guidance, assessment, goals, and engagement.

A series of wireless 9-axis accelerometers track precise movements by the patient as they follow on-screen exercises and prompts them if they need to adjust their motions.

Funded by: NIDILRR
Phase I

My Skills Coach

My Skills Coach is a mobile and cloud-based tool to help individuals with an intellectual disability (ID) who also have behavioral health problems. They interact with an avatar of their choice as they engage in exercises defined by their therapist or clinical staff. This creates a strong foundation by allowing the individual to practice skills while they are in a calm state.

The preliminary research and development for this project led to enhancing the Mobile Avatar Coach project and is currently under review.

Funded by: NIDILRR
Phase I (under review)

 

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