Last week we continued to develop our collaborations with outside partners in gaming, protyping and production, product development and communication. Through them, we can serve our movement efficiently, as they bring industry leading expertise that we do not have to develop in-house. By utilizing them, we can focus on what we do well.
We also met with a new pilot participant who had sought us out for assistance with labeling of important items in their daily lives. And we had a helpful meeting at NEW INC.
Protoyping and Fabrication
Through Emily Sauer, of Ohnut, we met Andrew Brase. He helped Emily prototype and produce her product. He is helping us to prototype our keyboard overlay. To do so, he has been collaborating with our engineering team and Jon Bobrow, of Move38, who last year helped us prototype a keyboard overlay for iPads. We are sharing design files so that Andrew can create a product which cleanly overlays on Apple keyboards.
Labeling for Tom
Through our community consultant Adam Linn, we were introduced to Tom DeRosa, the captain of Adam’s blind baseball team (the NY Rockers). Tom wanted assistance labeling every day items. He sent us a list of labels and we produced them with the TouchPrinter. We used 3M adhesive to make the labels.
Tom had lost his vision in his teens and as such, has visual experience with the standard roman alphabet. In the space of two hours, we taught him ELIA Frames and he began reading. We then shared the labels for his critique. He will be using them and will advise us on their format, feel, durability, etc. He may also join us as a pilot reader, practicing ELIA Frames and learning to become a faster reader.
We meet regularly with the NEW INC incubator staff to share our progess and challenges. They often suggest contacts within the NEW INC community who could be helpful. This past week we met with Rasu about having too many balls in the air and about how to build community. He had a number of suggestions that we are following up on.
We continue to collaborate with Simplexity. This week we reviewed four TouchPrinter designs, each with a different configurations of the core components of the TouchPrinter. It was fun talking with the Simplexity team as they are the most experienced inkjet printer engineers on the planet and have a nuanced understanding and appreciation of how a printer takes a blank sheet of paper and turns it into a document. They certainly love their work and as such, it is a pleasure collaborating with them.
Christian and ELIA Life Technology, PBC began working together for the Kickstarter. He organized, filmed and edited the entire video. As it was a pleasure working with him on that initiative, we reached out to him to begin discussions of how we might work together to develop a series of testimonial and instructional videos centered on the ELIA Frames Font. He expressed enthusiasm for further collaboration and as such, we will work with him to plan our video presence.
At ELIA Life, we believe that games can be a powerful way for people to learn the ELIA Frames Font, that games can also be a tool to teach people skills using the font (e.g. touch typing on a keyboard), and that they can be used to test and optimize the font for other alphabets (e.g. Cyrillic, Greek, Hebrew or Persian).
Nicholas Fortugno is a founder of Playmatics, a leader in educational game development. His team is capable of designing a game that is engaging, generates useful data and improves training outcomes. We plan to work with them to load our toolbox with a number of helpful instructional, fun and enable us to better serve our target and impact audiences.