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PyCon 2011 Atlanta

March 9th–17th

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Using a Kinect to improve accessibility

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I will be demonstrating how to use Python and a Kinect to enhance accessibility with an easily configurable exercise program for people with disabilities.


Over the last few years assistive technology has improved dramatically with better voice recognition software and new input devices, but there are still many barriers to overcome. One problem is that each individual has different physical capabilities and sometimes need custom equipment which can be very expensive. However with a relatively low cost 3D sensor and Python any movement that individual is able to perform can be turned into user input. This makes for a highly customizable input device that can be used to assist people with a wide range of physical disabilities.