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Matt Kubota @mattkubota product designer building @vocableapp. previously @willowtreeapps. alum @ncstate. Mar. 17, 2020 1 min read

please circulate! we've just released a free app for ventilator-dependent patients to communicate with head movements.

a thread on covid-19, ventilators, communication:


data from wuhan and northern italy suggests that between 4–10% of new covid-19 cases will require ventilator support and tracheal intubation, an invasive procedure to help get oxygen to the body in the case of sudden hypoxia.


while on a ventilator, patients may have extreme difficulty communicating with medical professionals, even more so for those that have preexisting motor impairments. e.g. spinal cord injuries, tetraplegia, stoke victims, etc.


my colleagues at @willowtreeapps and I have just released a completely free app that enables those with difficulty communicating to "speak" in a care setting by using their head movements to communicate.


we've been building it for those with spinal cord injuries, strokes, and other neuro conditions, but have realized that the app may be extremely useful for intubated patients during this outbreak.


it's called Vocable AAC and you can download it immediately on the apple app store or google play store. right now, it works on most android phones/tablets and FaceID-supported ios devices.


please share with those in the #COVID19 community or anybody that you know that may benefit from a tool like this. please reach out to me with any questions.


update: some are finding it difficult to find in the app store. it COULD mean your device isn't supported (yet) but here are the links just in case. apple app store: 

google play store: 

also if you're an open source developer, here are the githubs if you're interested in contributing. ios github: 

android github: 

thank you everyone ❤️ let’s keep supporting each other in any way we know how to

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