Atlanta, Georgia (PRWEB) April 22, 2014
Dr. Ayanna Howard has a heart for people with motor limitations, particularly children with disabilities. So when a National Science Foundation grant led to development of an input device that would allow kids with disabilities to operate tablet computers, she wanted to commercialize the technology to get it into the hands of the children. Dr. Howard founded Zyrobotics to commercialize this device, and a suite of innovative products, to help disabled children do what all kids want to do: play video games and interact with computers.
"The demand for assistive technology among people with motor limitations continues to grow significantly and is much bigger than we originally imagined," said Dr. Ayanna Howard, founder and Chief Technology Officer of Zyrobotics. "Our technologies provide access to play opportunities for children in particular, which is so important for their social, cognitive and physical development goals, as well as extending to adults with disabilities including Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and stroke.”
Zyrobotics was founded in 2013 by Ayanna Howard, a well-known American roboticist and the Motorola Foundation Professor in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology. She is also the founder of the Human-Automation Systems (HumAnS) Laboratory. Previously, Dr. Howard was at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, where she led research efforts on various robotic projects utilizing vision, fuzzy logic, and neural network methodologies. She was named to the MIT Technology Review TR100 as one of the top 100 innovators in the world under the age of 35. Dr. Howard received worldwide attention for her SnoMote robots, designed to study the impact of global warming on the Antarctic ice shelves. Her participation in the National Science Foundation I-Corps program led to the founding of Zyrobotics.
Zyrobotics , LLC provides technology-based enabling solutions for persons with mild to severe motor limitations. Our mission is to enable freedom through technology by developing products that are adaptive to each individual’s capabilities. For children, our products uniquely focus on accessible play. Zyrobotics’ first product offerings include switch-to-tablet interactive toys, interactive robots, and a suite of gaming apps that are specially designed to enable accessible play.
Zyrobotics LLC was founded in 2013 as a Venturelab startup company. Venturelab is the University business incubator affiliated with the Georgia Institute of Technology. To learn more, visit http://www.zyrobotics.com. Follow us on Facebook.