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2016 Twelfth Annual Pace Pitch Contest - Pitch 4 MS Keyboard T13 - Brandon (7 Of 10)

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MS Keyboard T13
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With the rapid advancement of technology and practically everything is becoming digitalized, those who struggle with Multiple Sclerosis, cerebral palsy, and other physical impairing diseases find it challenging to adjust to the technology. Multiple Sclerosis makes it very challenging for people to engage in activities on the smart phones or tablets, whether it’d be texting, emailing, writing notes, or whatever the case may be. The main cause of these difficulties is the keyboard. The keys are usually thoroughly small thus making it very difficult to correctly press the key that was intended. The concept of the application is to create a keyboard with the option to choose between two different styles of design. The first design is a keyboard that simply just has larger keys.

The design would allow the user to scroll between each of the letters and correctly choose the key that they desire. This may be slower than the traditional style of keyboard, but it would ensure that the user is pressing the correct key and thus preventing the user from becoming frustrated with selecting the wrong key. The second idea is to re-create a keyboard with only slightly larger keys, but the user would have to press down on the key for a minimum amount of time. This would prevent the user from misclicking any of the keys and when they do press the right key, it would become exceptionally easy for the user to keep their finger pressed down. The application would allow the user to be able to choose between the two of these settings for which ever one they prefer. Whichever keyboard the user does prefer, it will be a lot easier to use due to the easy functionality of the keyboard. Those who suffer from physical impairing diseases like multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy would be able to type and use their smart phone or tablet very easily.

Biographies

Brandon DeLuca currently lives in Brooklyn, New York and attends Pace University full time with an expected graduation in May 2019. He is majoring in Computer Science with a minor in Information Technology. He currently work two jobs, managing the front-end of a supermarket and doing field technician work for Key Systems in midtown Manhattan. Computer Science is a world changing field, and he has been interested with and working with computers since his years of early adolescence. He continues to keep up with current technologies as in the future he would like to pursue a career in the field of cybersecurity.

Connor Magee is a full-time student at Pace University. He is only a freshman in his second semester at Pace and is expected to graduate May 2019. Currently he is majoring in computer science with a dual-minor in computer information technology and information assurance in the criminal justice system. During his free time he enjoys exercising, reading, and anything else that concerns learning more about computer science. He has known that computer science is his passion since the beginning of high school ever since his cousin introduced to. He knows for a fact that computer science will be his passion for the rest of his life.

Ivan Tang is a full time freshman Computer Science major with a minor in Information Technology, at the Seidenberg School of Computer Science and Information Systems. He has an expected graduation in May 2019. He currently lives in Brooklyn, New York. He has grown up with computers and is always constantly attempting to learn more about computers and technology. Alongside with Dr. Coppola, he hopes to make technology more efficient for the elderly. Technology is moving very fast and is very innovative and doesn't wait up for the elderly. As a side hobby, he enjoys building computers to keep up with modern advancements. He also enjoys helping his friends and family with computer related issues whenever he can. In the future, he hopes to use his knowledge in computer science to aid people and make their lives simpler. This is his first time participating in the Pace Pitch Contest alongside his classmates.

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