A simple modification on the Kinect opens up numerous possibilities for hands-free communication among the disabled.
Twelve years ago, Chad Ruble’s mother suffered from an unfortunate stroke that left her with aphasia, a delicate disorder that makes it impossible to use devices that require tactile motion, such as a keyboard, but does not remove intelligence or cognizance. To help his mother communicate via email, Ruble hacked a Kinect to create a virtual email interface and send emails using gestures alone; all his mother needs to do is wave her hand at the screen to select basic emotions and motion to send to a friend or family member, or delete a message received.
Ruble’s hack presents enormous possibilities for the future of communication for the disabled. Check out Ruble’s inspiring hack in the video below: