EdTech startup Inspired Futures AI launches Mytaptrack to help special needs children succeed
Educational technologies have been around for over four decades. A lot has changed since then. We are now at the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), mobile apps and robotics. AI is transforming and revolutionizing educational technologies, especially for children with special needs. AI technologies have started to open new ways of interacting with students with children with special needs. The goal is to enhance the way by which children interact with their environment to promote learning and to enrich their lives. One startup working in this area is a Seattle-based Inspired Futures AI.
Founded by Nikody Keating, Inspired Futures AI helps special needs children succeed using its IoT device and platform, mytaptrack, to track symptoms and counts the moments that shape special needs children, and shares data in real time with teachers, parents and doctors. mytaptrack helps to ensure that special needs children have the best opportunity to succeed in their educational experience and life.
mytaptrack is a click-touch button and online platform for tracking the symptoms and behaviors of special needs children. mytaptrack® is easy to use, and gives parents, schools and doctors a smart way to share knowledge in real time. The device is poised to revolutionize special education through innovation that promotes inclusion, progress and understanding. Inspired Futures AI is committed to providing private, secure, HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act) and FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) compliant solutions for children worldwide.
The idea behind started when Nikody Keating’s son was diagnosed with autism. “My son Owen has autism, and sometimes experiences absence seizures. During a recent school evaluation, my wife and I were told Owen had been having bathroom accidents, which are a symptom of absence seizures,” Nikody said. The current system only allowed for this information to be relayed about a month after the incidents had occurred. “During that month, my wife and I had been working with Owen’s neurologist to treat his absence seizures without the data necessary to track the frequency of his seizures. After receiving the data, Owen’s neurologist was able to prescribe the best medication to treat Owen’s seizures. I knew there had to be a better way…,” Nikody said.
Today, Inspired Futures AI, announced it has developed a better way to access the broad array of artificial intelligence algorithms provided by Amazon Web Services (“AWS”), and they’ve made it open source. The solution has been integrated into their launch product, mytaptrack, an IoT device that tracks the behaviors and symptoms of special needs children. mytaptrack is powered by AWS. The mytaptrack solution promotes inclusion, progress and understanding. Inspired Futures AI is committed to providing private, secure solutions for children worldwide.
mytaptrack uses Amazon Web Services and Logicworks to ensure sensitive, regulated, medical and educational data in the cloud meets the highest security standards. A complete history of data can be managed and shared in the online mytaptrack platform with accessibility controlled by the main account subscriber. Enterprise subscriptions for mytaptrack are available for schools and medical facilities. Parents of special needs children can request a trial kit through the mytaptrack.com.
Inspired Futures AI founder, Nikody Keating, created mytaptrack® after a miscommunication concerning his own special needs child resulted in delayed treatment. mytaptrack does more than just track data — it uses artificial intelligence to look for patterns and changes in patterns, and reports these changes in real time to parents, teachers and doctors of special needs children for faster diagnoses and treatment.
Keating shared, “One of the biggest challenges software developers face when accessing AWS AI algorithms is that in order to use them you need to know Python. Developers must use large libraries and they learn pretty quickly how time-consuming and expensive this can be.”
Keating’s serverless computing approach to Al for mytaptrack has eliminated these costs. The solution opens the door for any language, not just Python, to interface with the capabilities and possibilities AWS AI brings. The solution is fully open source and available to developers at: https://bitbucket.org/inspiredfuturesai/csv-protobuf-pipeline/src/master/