Months of nominating, judging and YouTube video viewing culminated with finalists from across the U.S, France, India, Italy, Switzerland and England coming together at the Ford Conference and Event Center in Dearborn, Michigan, for the announcement of the 2014 da Vinci Award winners.
And ABILITY Magazine wins!
ABILITY Magazine — ‘print you can hear’; Winning in the communications and education aids category. ABILITY Magazine is the first publication to embed VOICEYE (High Density code) to improve accessibility for people with reading challenges, language learners and anyone else who wants to listen to content instead of reading it from the page. By downloading the free VOICEYE app on any smartphone, iPhone or droid, readers are able to hear the print—and in over 58 languages with its text-to-speech feature. Also readers can enlarge the font with 10 zoom levels and five high contrast view modes.
The other four category winners included a fashion watch that everyone can touch to tell time, an App that can be found online or on any smartphone that reveals wheelchair accessible places to visit, an off road wheelchair that enables people to explore the great outdoors, and a company that is providing polyurethane prosthetic limbs to thousands of people in India were winners of this year’s awards .
Benefiting the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society’s Michigan Chapter, the da Vinci Awards is an international forum recognizing the latest, most impactful developments and research in all fields of assistive and adaptive technology.