When he was about age nine, Alex Knoll of Post Falls, Washington saw a man in a wheelchair struggle to open a door to his grandparents’ store. Alex looked for an app that would give people information about access before they left their homes. He found none, so he decided to create one.
Ability App will include information on:
Locations of wheelchair ramps
Accessible boat launches
Accessible hiking trails
Locations friendly to service animals
Restaurants with Braille menus
Transportation and mobility
Alex wants to include voice-activation and eye-tracking features in his app. The Ability App will spark straightforward success for people who have difficulty participating in the world.
Spotlights for Alex Knoll’s standout success include:
Won best in show at Invent Idaho
Explained his app To Governor Butch Otter, first lady Lori Otter, and state lawmakers in Boise, Idaho.
Won Grand Champion at I Cubed
Gave presentation to Think Big Festival in Coeur d/Alene
Gave presentation to University of Idaho computer sciences students and faculty in Moscow, Idaho.
Addressed teachers at the North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum, Idaho
Shared Ability App at Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland
Marc Boudria of Chaotic Moon Studios gave Knoll insights on improving the user experience.
Guy Fraker of Senndex in Illinois offered to partner with Knoll to provide background checks on service providers included in the app.
Met with Christine Fox of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland.
Appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where Ellen presented Alex with a $25,000 check to help
him launch his app.
The spotlights for Alexander Knoll will likely increase as people use it and participate more frequently in the world around them.
“Young inventor’s Ability App gains traction”
October 14, 2015
“Young Post Falls inventor meets his hero, Ellen DeGeneres, leaves with $25,000”
May 25, 2017
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