Better Living Through Technology: Dispatches from the Connect Ability Hackathon

A young man sits on a stool at the front of a crowded room with a wire dangling from between his closed lips. In his mouth is Pallette, a device he and his members designed and built over the weekend for the AT&T NYU Connect Ability Challenge. His tongue controls the pointer on-screen projected beside him as he navigates between slides for his group’s presentation. As the demonstrations ran late into Sunday evening, the room was still buzzing with energy: 15 groups, one after another, each demonstrating their technology to help make the lives of people living with disabilities easier, and to directly address the isolation the same people often face.

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