Not Impossible Labs, the company behind life-changing initiatives such as 3D-printed prosthetic arms for children in war-torn Sudan and the "Eye Writer," which enabled graffiti artist and ALS-sufferer TemptOne to continue making his art, has now given another ALS patient the gift of voice.
This new film shows how Not Impossible Labs and volunteer engineer Javed Gangjee created a new communication system for a man named Don Moir and his family. Mr. Moir was diagnosed with ALS in the mid-'90s, gradually losing most of his motor-neurological functions and eventually, his voice, when he was fitted with a ventilator in 1999.
Since then he has communicated with his family by moving his eyes across a simple letter board, featuring the alphabet separated into four different quadrants. With an HP x360 Convertible PC, Mr. Gangjee was able to adapt that system into a digital solution that allowed Don to speak --and audibly tell his wife Lorraine "I Love You" -- for the first time in 15 years.
The effort has been incorporated into the #VoiceYourLove campaign, which reminds us to not take our loved ones for granted. For Valentine's Day, the campaign encourages people to use the hashtag #VoiceYourLove on social media to tell those close to you how much you love them, through good times and bad.