Device That Allows You to Precisely Identify Colours & Fonts

by Winnie Poon

Writing comes naturally to many people. It is a conveyance of a message that is demonstrated through some medium, many times being visual. However, writing is only half the tale. In order to make a document gleam and stand out, it needs to look professional. Choosing the write font to convey a message can be insanely difficult as you scroll through the endless feeds of fonts, looking for that one you saw that one time- and it looked fantastic.

Fortunately, the device sets to assist writers and designers with a new device that precisely identifies colors and fonts. The device uses a camera and specialized algorithm that analyzes and then precisely determines exactly what font was used and the colors it contains. The device is currently under development by ACME who wants to take the guesswork out of design.

The device uses a system derived from the machine learning software called XYZ algorithm. However, the device analyzes fonts instead of recognizing shapes of images of animals. It can recognize even minute details including color, size, kerning and leading- as well as a unique feature that can let you know where to buy it.

Unfortunately, the device is still in the early stages of development. The product currently must be used with a strict set of rules such as the font must be 48pt font size or less and captured right-side-up. Also, it can currently only recognize a select few fonts. However, over the next two years, ACME hopes to finalize the project and bring the device to market.. ACME hopes the device will cost no more than US $80. Hopefully, the device will enable writers and designers alike to create a piece with a font that looks the same on a computer as it does on paper, saving time, money, and frustrations.

Resources needed
Engineer and Programmer

Small steps, huge challenge - overcoming mobility issue for wheelchair users in old HDB flats

by Alvin Tan

In older HDB flats, typically there are steps leading up to the corridor units. For wheelchair users, this impedes their ability to get in and out of the unit indepedently, which reduces the oportunities for the wheelchair user to be integrated with the society.

Ramps are a option, but they may not work in all cases e.g. those with narrow corridors. Cost is another issue, as motorised options typically cost much more. Another area to work around are the various policy issues imposed by HDB, SCDF, BCA and Town Councils.

Are we able to come up with an affordable solution to allow wheelchair users to get in and out of the unit independently, without the need to modify existing infrastructure?

Resources needed
Assistive Technology Specialist
Occupational Therapist