Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA (4/14/2017)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
The Perkins School for the Blind in Watertown has adopted assistive technology created right here in Cape Ann. Mark Robert Henderson, local inventor and owner of local technology firm MRH.io, created an “internet of things” product called ⠙⠙⠙. The product is simple: it is a button that rings a phone, texts a phone, or sends an email on-demand.
“A friend of mine in Rockport came up with the idea as a bit of a joke - press the button, ring your phone, and escape an awkward conversation. Once our intern Dan brought the button to life we realized it had many more functions. My wife uses it as a phone finder, and Perkins obviously finds it extremely useful now.” said Mark.
Internships at MRH.io allow high school and college students full autonomy over a real-world technology problems, In the past, students from Manchester-Essex, Hamilton-Wenham, North Shore Community College, and Endicott have all launched ideas into the real world.
⠙⠙⠙, as an example, comes at a time when assistive technology tends to be prohibitively expensive for a lot of people. MRH.io is able to combat this by offering the buttons on a “pay for what you use” model: a one time fee for installation, and then pennies per press.
“It’s not fair that people with disabilities have to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars to get their needs met, or even just to communicate. This product is the least I can do to change that for some people” said Mark.
This partnership is the beginning of a regional trend in the local innovation economy. Cape Ann is and the 2nd Annual Hack for the Sea event