At ATMakers, we use lots of AT Jacks. Every switch-adapted toy, every interface device, almost everything we make requires a 3.5mm jack or plug.
Because of this, we ask STEM programs and Robotics teams to make us jacks and plugs as their first soldering project, and we’re always making them here. Therefore we have lots of jacks, and we need to do lots of testing! This project makes that simple!
Continue reading Automated Testing of 3.5mm AT Jacks
This year, ATMakers.org was thrilled to host the first annual ATIA Maker Day at the ATIA Annual Conference!
STEM Students and Makers from around the country shared their experiences working with AT Users as well as the amazing technology and skills they bring to bear. ATIA attendees learned to solder, adapt toys, and make custom AT solutions using InstaMorph and corrugated plastic. Everyone had a fantastic time and the exhibit hall was filled with incredible energy! Continue reading #ATIAMakerDay 2018 was a huge hit!
A few months ago, we asked our friend Kyleigh Kramlich what would help her most in dealing with her mobility and muscle challenges due to Cerebral Palsy… first on her list: a door opener for her bedroom.
Fast forward and she’s now our first Beta Tester for this Low Cost Door Opener designed by FTC veterans Ryan and Jim Olson and ATMakers founder Bill Binko.
Continue reading Low-Cost Door Opener Preview
ATMakers.org is delighted to have partnered with the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) to present the ATIA Maker Day at the 2018 ATIA Annual Conference. Join us Saturday, February 3 at the Caribe Royale Resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL for a day of fun and learning for both Makers and AT Professionals alike!
Continue reading Join us for ATIA Maker Day
On Wednesday, November 27, 2017 ATMakers Founder Bill Binko was the guest on Adafruit Industries’ weekly YouTube program, “Ask an Engineer”. Check out this video of Bill sharing how Makers can help rescue AT!
Continue reading ATMakers Founder Bill Binko joins Adafruit Live!
How do you switch-adapt over 100 toys for kids in a single day? Over 40 volunteers working over 8 hours of controlled chaos certainly helps!
Thank you to our two FRC Teams (Roaring Riptide #4118 & GRA-V #5816), FACTUR for the use of their event space & equipment, U.F. Engineering’s B.O.T.S. team, LessonPix.com for financial support (and Pizza!) and everyone who gave their Sunday to help out the kids F.A.A.S.T. serves!
Continue reading Christmas Toy Adapt-A-Thon for F.A.A.S.T.
Great News! Ablenet has open-sourced the IntelliKeys drivers!
Thousands of people use the IntelliKeys programmable USB keyboards to access their computers, communicate, and even speak with text-to-speech. Recently Ablenet (who now owns the IntelliTools products) decided not to continue producing them.
Thankfully, they have chosen to Open Source the drivers. This is a huge decision, and we want to do everything we can to make that decision a winning one. So, we’re looking for some Makers to help port the drivers to Windows 10 & the latest OS/X and perhaps rework the firmware to make the devices more flexible and cross-platform
Continue reading IntelliKeys Open Source Rescue
Thank you to all the Assistive Technology vendors out there: the devices you create make everyday activities possible for AT Users every day!
We’d love to work with you to make your products and policies more Maker-Friendly. To that end, we’ve asked our community of AT Users, Practitioners, Makers and Care-Givers to share their challenges using Assistive Technology products.
Continue reading How to be a (More) Maker-Friendly AT Vendor
Miss Ella Hunt (5yo SMA type-1) is a bit of a celebrity in her Indiana town–she’s on the news quite a bit, and even went to Washington to testify before the FDA fighting to get the first effective SMA drug (Spinraza) for everyone who needs it.
But for us, she’s just a kid who need to get mobile, and we’re delighted with the progress this week! Here’s Ella’s first attempt at using her power chair with just two switches. More information about links to our in-progress follows the video:
Continue reading Ella’s first project: driving her power chair!
Recently we’ve started getting requests from AT professionals, SLPs, and parents who really want to make one of our projects, but don’t have a 3D Printer. Well, we have good news: you don’t need one!
We’ve got three great ways for you to get your 3D Printed parts so your project will rock.
Continue reading What if I don’t have a 3D Printer?