In a world of similar packaging, enjoy organization in a blink
With the ever expanding capabilities being established within technology, cubbi aims at bridging just one of the gaps in accessibility. Designed with VoiceOver and other accessibility settings in mind, cubbi utilizes a user’s camera to recognize a barcode, scan it, retrieve the product information and display it in a clean, concise format. Users can then save the item into a “cubbi” of their choosing and update information however they see fit. For instance, if a user only uses a particular item for a certain recipe, they can save that recipe in the notes section of that item. This same thought process can be applied to a myriad of scenarios. Users looking to get more organized can utilize the expiration date feature to keep track of their various items. Other users who care for people in their household could utilize several features to help keep track of details about items. No matter the user, the desire to create a clean, usable interface is cubbi’s key.
The idea for cubbi was thought up by the project’s sole member, Kathleen R McKiernan the first week of Holberton Foundations. A few years back, after a myriad of doctors appointments, cubbi’s creator, Katie, received the news that her vision was deteriorating, and would continue to do so. In many ways this helped ignite an air of inventive problem solving and a curiosity to expand the possibilities for day to day life. With the desire to create accessible technology for both the current world and the world to come, cubbi was born.
For this project, it helped teach even more about accessibility and coding to accommodate all users as well as some social takeaways. Working independently can be quite the double edged sword, so it was eye opening to see where the right choice was made and where it’s glaringly obvious things could have benefitted from a larger team. As far as research is concerned, this project was a huge confidence boost to show that no matter what happens, the tools are there to find solutions. It also solidified a love for HTML/CSS and the accessibility that is available just within their basic functionality.
With such a large percentage of the world considered visually impaired or blind, it is a duty to developers to consider how to see all the communities that could utilize their technology. From Cosmetologist to Coder, Katie hopes to see a world open up to the visually impaired community through this application in so many different ways.