Google started “Google Impact Challenge for Disabilities” last year, to award non-profit organizations which are working for one billion disable people of the World through innovation in rehabilitation technologies by developing 3D printed, crowdsourced, data-driven, and other technological solutions.
More than 1000 submission were received by Google from 88 countries from which 29 most innovative were selected for $20 million grants to help in developing and scale up their projects. Most of the winning organizations were using the power of 3D printing to create meaningful change in people’s lives.
Enabling the Future, or e-NABLE is one of the low-cost 3D printed prosthetics. They have a large global network of volunteers who are working in designing and creating custom, open source, 3D printed prosthetic hands for children and others in need.
“From creating 3D printed superhero hands for kids to allowing a mother to care for her newborn baby, to pledging to donate 6,000 3D printed prosthetics by 2017, e-NABLE is making its mark on the world, one 3D printed hand at a time.”
e-NABLE win $600,000 from Google.org which will advance their design, distribution and delivery of open-source 3D printed upper-limb prosthetics.
Motivation is UK-based non-profit organization, developing 3D printed solutions for disabled people with mobility problems.
To develop these solutions, Motivation is developing and testing innovative designs for customizable 3D printed PSDs that could reduce users’ risk of injury while moving independently.
Motivation won $800,000 (£573,737) grant from Google. Company plans to share the designs with 3D printing service providers via an open database to make it locally accessible for the World.
3. The Arc of the United States
They are developing a search and recommendation tool to help people with cognitive disabilities. This platform will be open to the public.
The Arc will deliver more than 100,000 targeted and personalized technology recommendations over the next two and a half years as per promised in the Project.
4. Royal National Institute for Blind People | Smart Glasses
To empowering the blind people, RNIB is developing smart glasses to regain their independence and confidence.
Researchers of University of Oxford developing smart glasses that turn low vision into easy-to-recognize shapes and silhouettes.
5. Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled | University of Washington
SAFOD won a grant of $717,728 Google.org, the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) is working with the University of Washington and AfriNEAD to establish AT-Info-Map, a system that will map the location and availability of AT in Sub-Saharan Africa.
In the next three years, they will reach 10 Sub-Saharan African countries.
7. My Human Kit
My Human Kit was launched by Nicolas Huchet who developed ‘Bionicohand’ 3D printed robotic prosthetic for just $250. Huchet’s My Human Kit (MHK) developed an online platform that connects those in need to low-cost, open source 3D printed prosthetics.
With this award, MHK will develop five new 3D printed prosthetic prototypes, each designed for a different physical disability.
Benetech is scaling the books and making them accessible for visually impaired. Using an $800,000 grant from Google.org, Benetech is going to scale access to their online, accessible library, and work with publishers to automate content conversion.
Through partnerships with local service providers, Benetech is also expanding its library to include local language books accessible via country-specific websites. They aim to add over 80,000 books to their library while expanding their bookshare program to over 27,000 schools and libraries globally.
9. Beit Issie Shapiro | Sesame
Beit Issie Shapiro and Sesame are joining to pilot a solution for people with limited mobility to operate smartphones by moving their head. They won $1,000,000 award from Google.
10. Nia Technologies
Nia Technologies is a Canadian nonprofit organization received a $400,000 grant from Google.org to develop 3D PrintAbility, a system to significantly reduce the cost and production times associated with prosthetic and orthotic devices.
This will help local technicians to help more people with disabilities.
11. Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust
Ratna Nidhi is working in India to bring comfortable, easy-to-produce prosthetic sockets to rural areas by using 3D scanning and printing. Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust gets $350,000 grant from Google.org to develop 3D scanning software to scan residual limbs and print proper-fitting sockets.
12. Perkins School for the Blind
Perkins is providing crowdsource data from sighted individuals that will allow the visually impaired to navigate the gap between GPS and the real world. They won $750,000 grant from Google.org to build up these tools.