Our Story — The Hueyify® Origins
A Bold Vision — The Next Era of the World Wide Web
You have no doubt stumbled onto this page to learn more about the people behind Hueyify® and to perhaps seek answers to why are we doing this? What is our purpose? Or perhaps you are thinking that what you have understood so far from the Hueyify Website and what we are proposing to do sounds like "magic" and even impossible?
I wish I could show you how I envision the future of the World Wide Web and how this will change lives so that you can appreciate why we are pushing to reach our goal. At the moment it is not the endless challenges or the possibility of failing that I fear the most. But rather: it's the fear of not daring to tackle the opportunities when it leads me towards a path where none will go.
Let me share our journey with you. Perhaps then you can understand our purpose, our vision and mission better.
My name is Kenneth Springer and I'm from the state of Victoria in Australia where I live and am the father of a legally blind / hearing impaired child. I don't seek pity or sympathy by sharing our story with you. Instead, through sharing I hope to show you another prospective on disabilities and our mission. Our objective goes deeper than what may just be perceived as a father simply wanting to help his blind son.
Perhaps in many ways the beginning began with me as I am also disabled. I was born with an extremely rare condition called Craniometaphyseal Dysplasia (CMD) which is a generalised skeletal disorder. Those afflicted may develop mixed hearing loss, vision impairments, facial alterations due to bone thickening and a long list of other things the condition brings. In some extreme cases a shortened lifespan is expected. I have profound hearing loss since birth and am now legally deaf and yes – my face also shows evidence of the condition. My children have also inherited the condition from me.
My condition means that my daily life is filled with challenges and struggles. Early in my life I began to recognise that I rather enjoyed problem solving activities. Naturally, this also meant from an early age I found my calling to become an Engineer and set out to achieve my goal eventually graduating from The University of Melbourne as a Computer Engineer as I wanted to help others and tackle challenges. Things became more exciting once entering the workforce and becoming a professional lost in the world of software development and all things IT.
It has been a humbling journey and in many ways a privilege as it has enabled me to be connected to the world of disabilities whilst working in the technology driven industry that has the power to change lives. It never ceases to amaze when seeing the impact on how technology has the power to enhance and improve lifestyles on others around me including at times myself that would have otherwise been different without the technology.
Huey becoming Legally Blind
My son wasn't always blind. At the age of 4, Huey became extremely ill and almost lost his life as a result of fluid build-up inside his head from our rare condition. Although doctors saved his life — they couldn't save Huey's eyesight as the excessive pressure had damaged his optical nerve. He is now completely blind in one eye and legally blind in the other.
It's truly a blessing that my family remained whole despite Huey being legally blind as well as hearing impaired. Eventually, Huey's usual bubbly and cheerful self gradually returned helping us to accept the situation and move forward. It was during this time we understood the significance of technology and the potential help it could offer to change lives.
The World Wide Web Problem
In today's society there is no doubt that the integration of technology and computers into our lives has influenced education and changed the way we work and live. About four years ago Huey was influenced by his older sister to explore the Web. It quickly became apparent that Huey struggles as there is a bombardment of information presented to him.
Sighted people generally develop skills to skim over information of little value and quickly extract what is relevant from a website. This improves with the familiarity of the web page layout and the ability to ignore and classify information becomes easier. I searched for tools to assist Huey with processing information from the Web easier and found none.
The Founding of the Hueyify® Concept
When Huey was browsing the Web and was stuck on a page and frustrated he came up with his Web idea. In reality Huey was suggesting an impossible idea: the ability to be able to instantly display websites in such a way that is most closely aligned to your personal preferences in how you want information displayed and how you wish to interact with the website. This would make web browsing easier, smarter and fun with you in control.
After doing investigations and corresponding with others in our community and learning about their struggles on the Web it became apparent that Huey wasn't alone. The scope of the problem was bigger than what I initially had thought as it affected everyone and was not limited to just those with disabilities.
It bothered me given that the Web is a vital part of our daily lives and there were people struggling to use the Internet. Being an Engineer I began to constantly ask myself: How can technology make a difference? How to solve this problem? Can the Web be improved? If yes – then how? How do we validate it? What's the next step?
Inspired by the challenge I coined a new word called “Hueyify”, a verb which means “the ability to transform Web content and display it in any way possible that aids your web browsing experience”. Shortly after the Hueyify logo was designed to capture our inspiration and remind us the roots of why the project was formed.
Improving Web Browsing Experiences
Imagine viewing your favourite website using your preferred web browser and having the ability to control anything you see on the screen? No more griping about how appallingly poor a website was designed as through Hueyify you will be able to control exactly how the information is presented to you. Watch the Hueyify Explainer Video to learn more.
It is in my opinion that Web Designers do take care and thought when designing the websites for their targeted audience. Realistically it is impossible to produce a final design that ultimately suits every individual as each individual has different ideas on what works best for them. This is where Hueyify comes to play and is dedicated to overcoming these limitations.
A perfect website can only be one that is most closely aligned to our personal preferences. This concept will not only aid those who are vision impaired but will support access and equity for people with learning differences, those with autism and other disabilities.
Given the importance of the Web and Hueyify's innovative way to potentially change lives we want to make the Hueyify Platform free for anyone in the world who is legally blind / blind or has autism.
At this point today...
The prototype has already been completed & international patent-applied-for (PCT/AU2016/050860). We've already done the hard work researching, investigating, designing and proving that the concept is viable. Now we are working hard to complete the platform to bring it to you to use.
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