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From an app that translates texting acronyms like 'BRB' and ‘G2G', to an app that scans menus at restaurants and enlarges them on a screen to better see the type, students at Pace are harnessing technology to improve the lives of others.
The Westchester Smart Mobile App Development Bowl challenges young people to create mobile apps to improve an aspect of daily life for people ages 65 and older.
"The students need to be aware that they are not developing apps for people their age. They need to develop apps for older adults who need services that they don’t have access to without these apps," said associate professor at Pace, Jean Coppola.
The contest involves more than 250 participants from nearly 50 teams presenting their apps to folks from the likes of Google and Apple.
One team includes two Pace university students who live in Mahopac and Harrison: George Samuels and Arton Mirakaj. They’ve developed a virtual reality app to help older stroke victims.
"We created like a space environment where we immerse you in this world where you have asteroids coming at you and you blow them up so it’s essentially a game," said the pair.
The game requires a slight movement of the head to gaze at asteroids and destroy them. They say it prevents geriatrics from not being able to move around and becoming lonely.
"What we're trying to do is distract them from the outside world of no one really talking to them, them being by themselves, and give them something to do," Samuels and Mirakaj continued.
The judging and awards ceremony takes place at Pace University's Kessel Student Center on April 28th.