Hi, I am Derek Riemer. I was born blind due to an eye deformity (I really don't have any sort of diagnosis, it was just a chance event with a less than 100,000 odds of happening to any random individual). I grew up in beautiful Arvada Colorado, with my older sister Alicia, mom Stacy and dad Scott, and many other family members close by. My family is verry active in the outdoors. At the age of 3, my family taught me how to ski, and it was history from there. I attended Anchor center for Blind Children (a preschool for the blind) until the age of 5. In grade school, I joined the Cub Scouts, and continued with that through out school. I participated in Judo, a Japanese marshal art, for several years, where I learned many valuable lessons. I also learned about self defense and self respect there, which are both lessons that I feel all people should learn. I joined band in 5th grade, which helped me appreciate classical music. Band was an integral part of my development and self-confidence. In high school, I joined the Ralston Valley high school marching band, and marched for my entire high school career. The marching band made state all 4 years, and I have performed in marching band at many highschool stadiums including the csu football stadium, and the Airforce academy stadium. Click here to find links of marching band shows I participated in. I also participated in restling for 1 year of high school. Throughout my childhood, I attended many boy scout camps, the most noteworthy of which included:
- Big Horn leadership Trainin,
- A canoe trip to the Boundery Waters of Minisota.
- A week long backpacking trip in the Windy Peaks wilderness of Colorado.
- Several summer camps and other camps.
TheTactile book project.
This project aimed to use 3d printing to produce tactile books for blind children, to see if we could lower the cost of producing images for blind children. We produced a version of Goodnight Moon, and a version of Harold and the Purple Crayon
UIST 2014 Student Inovation Conference.
Me and 2 other students attended the Student inovation conference at the ACM UIST (user interface, software, and technology) conference in Hawaii. We presented an application we developed for the Kinoma Create, which used light sensors to detect whether a light was left on in any room in a house. While this was a crude prototype, it could be marketed towards blind people who wished to know if a sighted person left a light on anywhere in a house. Other applications include a network administrator diagnosing a router problem by querying the light sensor to see if an LED light is turned on. Really, anywhere where lights are on, and someone would like to know if that light is still on could use this technology to remotely check the status of the lights.
PHET simulations for blind or visually impaired people.
I worked with Professor Clayton Lewis and a team of researchers to design sound based simulations to complement the phet simulations for physics. The Phet Simulations are an innovative way of teaching science to people, and allowing people to experiment with science in a way that doesn't exist with plain paper diagrams. Unfortunately, most of these simulations are visual in nature. The work I did with Clayton, helped establish a way for making simulations be accessible to people with visual impairments.
- a weather app, which opperates from the web, requiring nothing but a web browser.
- a utility to generate command line based ui's driven by menus, with an emphasis on being easy for the programmer to use, and which could be easily extended to present the ui in a gui format.
- an address book organizer, which helps remove duplicate entries from address books in table based formats.
- A clock that chimes each fifteen minutes, and chimes out the hour, which scilently runs in the backround on the users computer.
- A program that presents flash cards to a user and allows the user to reveal a card if need be. I use it for studying a lot.
- an app that generates words to help the user type. It learns the users most mistyped letters and generates a word that makes the user type there worst performing letters.
- A game that emulates whack a mole for blind people.
- A guessing game which uses tones to represent numbers between 1 and 100.