LOS ANGELES, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Solve For One today launched Dustin's Words, a product to help nonverbal people communicate at the push of a button. Using the power of open-source technology and crowd-funding, the Dustin's Words Indiegogo campaign will allow 100 people who can't speak to receive the tool necessary to communicate to their loved ones and caregivers for the first time.
The initiative is a product of Solve For One, a corporation formed to inspire and invent products that make the world more accessible, one person at a time. Solve For One co-founders Rob Edwards, Donnie Plumly, Matt Reamer, Mary Toves, and Charlene Zvolanek are Team One employees. Team One is partnering with Solve For One to guide and support the Indiegogo launch.
The device, Dustin's Words, uses simple, easy-to-understand icons to help individuals convey basic wants and needs. When the users push a button, the device sends a text message to a family member or caregiver with information, including "I'm hungry," "I have a headache," or simply, "I love you."
Dustin's Words was inspired and created to help co-founder Matt Reamer's brother Dustin — who is nonverbal and autistic — communicate his basic needs to their mother. Solve For One aims to transform Dustin's Words from a prototype designed for one into a mass-produced product to help many.
"Dustin's Words is for people who can't speak and the family members, caregivers and teachers who help them every day," stated Matt Reamer, co-founder of Solve For One. "We're also going to open source everything we do—from our code, to the 3-D models, to the platform itself, so that in addition to being able to purchase a preassembled device, anyone can print and assemble a device of their own."
Over the past few months, Solve For One has been refining the Dustin's Words prototype using more advanced parts and technologies. Many professionals have also backed the project, donating their skills and time to help. These include numerous employees from advertising agencies Team One and Saatchi LA, as well as Emmanuel Carrillo, an industrial designer from Cinco Design. Additional partners of Dustin's Words include The Noun Project, Shapeways and WeTransfer.
For more information on Dustin's Words and to donate to the Indiegogo campaign, please visit: www.dustinswords.com/indiegogo
About Solve For One, LLC
Solve For One, LLC, is a corporation formed to inspire and invent products that make the world more accessible, one person at a time.
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