Parents will do some pretty whacky things to make life better for their children, but Kenneth Springer is taking it one step further: he wants to change the internet. More specifically, he wants to give people control over exactly how they view the internet by making it possible to customize their view of webpages.
Springer started, as most parents do, by wanting to make it easier for his son Huey, who is legally blind and hearing impaired, to access information on the internet. So he set about creating a way for users to customize a page to their viewing preferences. Far beyond changing colors and font sizes, Springer’s product allows the user to screen out distractions and reconfigure any webpage to a layout that suits them.
He calls the product Hueyify, and while it was started to make the web accessible to those who are blind, hearing impaired or autistic, Springer realized it could be useful to everyone. He has spent the last several years developing the software – he’s an engineer out of Australia – and recently presented it to the South Pacific Educators in Vision Impairment 2015 Biennial Conference. So it’s real and it’s ready to go.
But Springer still needs funds to make this happen. Anyone who is interested in making the internet customizable and accessible to everyone is encouraged to donate. It’s an ambitious project but one that could have far-reaching impact.
No matter what, Hueyify is a pretty cool concept, by a pretty cool dad who clearly loves his very cool kid.