A smart watch-type gadget that replaces finger swiping and mouse clicking
The wristband allows people who cannot use their hands to operate any phone, laptop or tablet.
It translates the user’s movements into commands for any paired Bluetooth device, replacing swiping a finger on a touch screen, clicking on a keyboard and clicking on a mouse.
With a flick of the wrist, users with cerebral palsy can digitally draw a picture for the first time. Infected veterans can write emails and text messages, play games, and crop photos.
The watch-type gadget gives them complete mastery of whatever device they are using, allowing them to control every function on the screen.
Even if an individual has tremors, the device will display a pointer that moves smoothly on the screen.
It can be worn on the wrist, upper arm or upper leg – wherever the user moves – and adapts to any form of movement after just 10 minutes of calibration.
In addition to daily use, the $1,000 MyMove device rehabilitates amputees with phantom pain, and helps people with disabilities find employment.
The company behind the device is based in Tel Aviv 6 degreesIt aims to give people with disabilities full access to technology.
“Our vision is to allow anyone to control smart devices or the digital world using their existing mobility and capabilities,” said Meri Berger, CEO and Co-Founder.
MyMove constantly collects data and adapts to each user’s unique movements.
There are many inclusive technologies for people with disabilities. It caters to many users who have no movement at all, such as devices that track eye movements or respond to brain commands.
“We don’t ask you to install a device because all the calibration is in the device,” Berger tells NoCamels. “This is how we differ – we do it in real time, and we do it in a user-customized way.”
Berger met her now-husband Aryeh Katz (Co-Founder and CTO) shortly after he was injured while serving in the IDF as a paratrooper. During his physical rehabilitation, she noticed how people with limb injuries lacked independence.
She encountered the problem again while studying at Pratt Institute in New York, where her teacher, who was an amputee, was unable to use his prosthetic hand with his computer when teaching computer modeling.
“We wanted to help people who had lost their fine motor skills regain their independence,” she told NoCamels.
The couple moved to Israel in 2017 and founded 6 degrees in the same year. They started selling MyMove worldwide last April.
The company takes its name from the physical term “six degrees of freedom” which refers to the free movement of a solid object in three-dimensional space.
Persons with disabilities can access the device across the United States Assistive Technology The Act (AT), which provides federal funding for each state to support.
One of its services allows users to borrow an AT for up to six weeks, see how it’s improving their independence in everyday life, and decide if they want to buy it, with federal funding.
This technology is also being implemented in two US universities to help students, as well as two companies to improve the ability of employees to work.
“We want to offer more than digital independence, and work towards economic independence for people with disabilities,” Berger says.
Football has been developed as a therapy that patients play with two virtual complete limbs to reduce their phantom pain as an alternative to the current treatment, the mirror therapy.
“Your body doesn’t know you’ve lost your leg. It keeps sending you signals to activate the limb, for example to shake your toes, says Berger.
Phantom pains originate in the spinal cord and brain, and experts believe they occur because a lack of input from the missing limb sends the body a key message that something is wrong: pain.
6Degrees also recently partnered with the Tel Aviv municipality to help people with disabilities return to work. He wants to show how devices like MyMove benefit employees and businesses.
The company plans to expand its research by rehabilitating phantom pain in the United States, and to distribute its products more widely in the United States.