The search for a solution to a family problem resulted in the design of an application that facilitates the communication of people with different types and degrees of disability. Three young people from this province created OTTAA Project which, in less than a year, and still in the stage of development, has about 1100 users.
The working group is composed of Hector Costa, 27, graduated in Biomedical Engineering from the National University of Cordoba; Cristian Gutiérrez, 25, who finished Computer Engineering and Carlos Costa, 24, received a degree in Social Communication at the Blas Pascal.
The Costa brothers started development to help communicate with their Alzheimer’s grandmother. Because of Hector’s training in disability technology, he knew about the instruments on the market, he knew about the existence of pictograms (drawings) and their application for the alternative communication of people with different disabilities.
The basic pictograms of Arasaac (Aragonese Portal of Increasing and Alternative Communication born in 2007) are those that use patients with Alzheimer’s, aphasia, cerebral palsy and autism among other problems. They learn to communicate with images of actions or objects they look for in the pages of the booklet and point them out.
“We think: they already have a code of communication, we give a twist that is not just their digitization”, explains to the NATION Carlos Costa. So they started using the sensors of mobile phones to understand the environment (time, day, appointment schedule, weather). “The connection between the image and the context is the key,” he adds.