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This Device Allows People with Disabilities to Connect with Tech

Kelsey Davis, Manager, Digital Media, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
New technologies like gaming consoles and smart home devices should be accessible to everyone. That’s why the team at Bansen Labs created Xogo, a software and hardware platform that allows people with disabilities to connect with technology.
We had a chance to speak with Ray Abel from Bansen Labs about how the technology works and what is next for their team.
How did you first form Bansen Labs?
We formed the Bansen Labs team in 2015 with Noam Eisen and Dalton Banks, who worked on Xogo in college at the University of Pennsylvania. Dalton grew up close to someone with a disability and was frustrated that there weren’t many quality options in assistive technology.
Noam and Dalton partnered together to create the hardware and software needed to create solutions for people with disabilities, and I brought a background in business to help spread the word. Throughout my time with different organizations and companies, they have all focused on helping others, so it was a perfect fit for me to join Bansen Labs where our goal is to create inclusion.
We believe that everyone should have access to the social, recreational and vocational experiences that bring people together. Our vision is to provide elegant, scalable technological solutions to people of all abilities, empowering them to lead more fulfilling and connected lives.
What is the Xogo and how does it work?
Xogo is a software and hardware platform that allows people with disabilities to connect with consumer technology. People can use wheelchair controls, standard consumer technology (like Bluetooth and USB devices) or other accessible devices and hook them into Xogo. They then connect Xogo to their consumer technology of choice, such as cable boxes, gaming consoles, smart homes and more.
People with disabilities can now interact with consumer technology on their own terms. The goal of Xogo is to allow all input devices to become controllers for all consumer technology in an easy-to-use and highly customizable way.

What is next for Bansen Labs?
We are now finalizing the engineering to get Xogo into the hands of our consumers. We want to continue to use technology for good by creating solutions for needs that are not often addressed in the disability community, and we truly believe that when you design products that work well for people with disabilities, you can make beautiful software interfaces for all users.
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