Challenge: Using his devices so that he can go back to school

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Meet Todd:

Todd served in the Army from 1987 to 1993. Last January, he lost his fingers to frostbite after having what he called a “PTSD day” that led him out in the snow for over 11 hours. Having been faced with the two choices of death and losing his fingers, he is incredibly grateful that he went with the latter.

He is now motivated to turn over a new leaf and really wants to go back to school. To do so, he’ll need to be able to use his phone and computer more effectively. He has difficulty easily accessing his cell phone before missing calls, accidentally hanging up on people or having a private conversation. He lacked the ability to hold the phone to his ear so all calls were on speaker. Additionally, he could not easily take notes required for class participation. Voice to text software is not always accurate and is frustrating to Todd. Todd also wanted to be capable of taking notes like any other student. He also stated that he hasn’t checked his email for over a year out of frustration.

Meet the Team:

Jack Newman (Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism), Paul Leimkuehler (Leimkuehler Orthotic & Prosthetic Center), Todd Feemster (Veteran participant), Barbara Milliken (Cleveland State Univeristy), Chuck Orzechowski (Team Red, White, and Blue), Pete Whitworth (SmartShape)

Not pictured: Brian Anglin (Northeast Ohio Foundation for Patriotism), Ben Kracker (Acumen Solutions), Dan Lastoria (Acumen Solutions), Stephen Weers (Acumen Solutions), Art Davis (VA)

The Solution: A suite of devices

  • magnetic lanyard to carry the iPhone around the neck

  • magnetic wristband to hold the iPhone to the ear (and therefore enable private conversations)

  • fingers for him to type on the keyboard with a capacitive finger tip to use the iPhone touch

  • stylus gloves and a plug adapter