Thank you Marnie. We increasingly see the need to implement technology in ways that make spaces more accessible and inclusive for all. We hope to see Beacon Inclusive implemented in hospitals, schools and civic engagement. So THAT all voices are heard and everyone given a chance at contributing, at being heard and getting their best chances- leaving no one behind.
Hello Anubha. Thanks for your comment. At Beacon Inclusive, we view the limitations that come with being deaf or hard-of-hearing as the defining challenge that limits the potential of people everywhere. Addressing inequality is at the center of everything we do and as a community, we need to empower all voices. People need to feel that they have a place here, a true home, sense of belonging, then they will be able to best contribute to their future and that of their communities
Hello Kate, thanks for your feedback, Well to start, it is important to get the whole picture and factors that influenced choice of architecture upon which Beacon Chat is built upon. As of 2018, World Economic Forum reported that more than half of the world’s population remains offline, being habitants of regions marred with lack of pervasive connectivity. Most of the communities in these regions leave under $1.00 per day, Moreover, most of Persons with disabilities groups are part of these communities and the fact that they face persistent prejudice, leaves them depending on donations and charity; being unable to access education or even health care that could give them a chance to better their livelihood At the moment, there are a lot of solutions in the market, that are solving the same issue as we, including SignAll, however, their innovation depends on Network connectivity, thus being inaccessible to the communities who need it most. That’s where we come in with Beacon Chat. With emergence of internet of things, it is now possible for devices to communicate with each other, all this is made possible with mobile technologies like 5G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi. Beacon Chat is built upon Bluetooth Mesh, catalyzing this technology to relay content between users’ devices. It is evident that Bluetooth works within a certain radius, and so is sign language and most of medical diagnosis and consultation, sign language application happens in a line of sight where individuals can see each other. Bluetooth is free (no one incurs costs using it), operates regardless of network or WIFI coverage and is available in both featured phones and smartphones. At the moment cost of accessing health care through a sign language interpreter ranges from $90 to $150/hour and is unaffordable to many. Application of Beacon Chat in a health facility will cut down the costs of accessing health care by 94% from $150/hour to $9/lifetime ($9 = cost of purchasing a Bluetooth enabled phone) Simply explained: Beacon Chat is a chatroom that uses Bluetooth to relay messages from users coupled with translation feature to translate sign to text. As of now: we have Beacon Chat’s prototype without the translation feature and can only serve Deaf individuals who know how to read and write. We will further add translation feature to make it inclusive of the whole Deaf Community.
I hope my explanation captured the details you needed and am open for further clarification