The ALS Association and Prize4Life have announced the winners of the First Phase of The ALS Assistive Technology Challenge, a challenge grant program to accelerate development of improved communication technologies for people with ALS. Each of the winning teams will receive a $50,000 grant to further develop the technology.
The winning teams include BlueSky Designs from Minneapolis, MN, for a powered mounting and positioning system for communication devices, LusoSpace from Lisbon, Portugal, for ARTERFACE, an augmented reality interface, a team from Boston Children’s Hospital, in Boston, MA, developing a message bank conversion and storage software, and a team from The Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) in Hertzliya, Israel, for BeSeeEye, a low cost communication device using facial gestures.
The challenge now enters its Prize Phase, which will culminate in a $400,000 prize for the development of flexible, accessible communication technology for people with ALS. The Prize Phase is open to groups that participated in the first phase, as well as to new participants from academia and industry.