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A Wearable Personal Communication and Assistance Device for Special Needs Students

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000247220D
Publication Date: 2016-Aug-17
Document File: 2 page(s) / 22K

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Abstract

The system provides a small, discreet wearable device that can be worn by a student as either a watch or a necklace. The device enables simple teacher-to-student and student-to-teacher communication.

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A Wearable Personal Communication and Assistance Device for Special Needs Students

In K-12 educational settings, students with special education needs often require special accommodations and assistance from educational staff both with the classroom and on the campus. A key goal of the individualized education plans for these students is to reduce the friction involved in providing such services while reducing the likelihood of drawing unwanted negative attention towards the child's disabilities or special needs.

Most of the time, communication and monitoring of students is overt, requiring a teacher to speak out and draw attention to a student, or requiring a student to draw attention to themselves. Monitoring typically involves having aide or staff physically in a room with a student.

The system provides a small, discreet wearable device that can be worn by a student as either a watch or a necklace. The device is built around a small, core microprocessor with Bluetooth Low Energy, WiFi, GPS, haptic feedback, sensors and a RGB LED built in. Power is provided by a standard watch battery. The device is encased as a small, circular container about the size of a typical child's watch. The device can be fitted with a band to be worn on the wrist like a watch, or attached to a lanyard to be worn as a necklace. The specific color and design of the casing can be customized to meet the individual needs and preferences of each student.

The device can be paired to multiple receiving devices using Bluetooth Low Energy. Examples of receiving devices can be any smartphone or smartwatch enabled with BLE. An application running on the receiving devices can provide necessary functionality to interact with a student's device.

On the external casing of the device, there is a single pus...