I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Ron Bessems, an inventor who’s created a remarkable product. I often state that inventors help improve people’s lives with products. Although this is true, few products I’ve read about and few inventors I’ve met seem so dedicated to this goal. I commend him.
Bessem has invented computer software that allows people to control their environment by simply blinking an eye. For individuals who cannot express themselves in any other way, that’s an enormous gain in independence. Instead of having to rely on assistance to raise the blinds, change the television channel, or lower the heat, an individual can do so himself or herself. When the user views the desired task on the computer screen, he or she blinks deliberately; a camera mounted above the computer screen registers the action and the computer completes the request.
Although Bessem’s first home automation software products were designed for individual use, he quickly realized that he wanted his products to do more than make life easier for the wealthy and the able.
“Home automation technology is a luxury for many people, but in the medical profession, there’s great necessity. I’m in the process of installing the Promixis technology at my first big facility, a hospital in Boston,” Bessems explained.
The number of touching thanks he’s received has overwhelmed and encouraged him.
“Some of the testimonials I’ve received have been so powerful. Gaining that bit of control over their lives means so much to people. For you and I, these tasks are trivial – hardly worth thinking about. We take completing them for granted. But for those who cannot, they’re difficult and inconvenient. I like that the software helps disabled people get back control.”
Bessems started his company in 2004 and his technology is now available for licensing. I was excited to read that one of the ways he has promoted Promixis is through a video he posted on the Internet, an avenue I recommend. What does he hope to achieve in the next five to ten years?
“I’m doing fulfilling work, and that’s really important to me. The Promixis technology is inexpensive but incredibly helpful. I’d like to focus on installing the technology in more facilities. Although the software can be used in the home, the design I’m working on is really intended for larger facilities. Hopefully with the installation, nurses will be able to focus on giving care that no automated system can,” said Bessems.
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