Elia Life Week 1: Kelvin Yu

On the 16th of July I started my summer apprenticeship at Elia Life and within 4 hours of working I managed to learn a completely new alphabet! Right at the start of the internship Andrew Chepaitis and Monique Alofs, our coordinators, introduced us to their reinvented version of Braille, the Elia alphabet, and talked about the benefits it has over Braille, the current system of writing/reading for people with visual disabilities. Some of these advantages being easier to learn and in the future when they’re finished with the printer, much easier and cheaper to acquire products with the Elia Alphabet. We were also given a rundown of what they expected us to do during our apprenticeship, and that is to create a database for them that has information on potential crowd funders, because they are still a tech. start-up and in order for the product/idea to become an actual product, they need money and grants. We were also tasked with testing out their current printings of the Elia alphabet on a keyboard cover, which was created with a printer that can melt wax and create the grooves and shapes of the Elia alphabet. Oh and awesome news, we get to work with Chromebooks which were bought specifically just for us to create the databases, woohoo!


On our second day of work, we essentially continued with the product testing of their current Elia alphabet printings on keyboard covers, and I began recording and taking measurements of each keyboard that was printed out, with Google Spreadsheet and a Caliper measuring tool. I also helped in creating a legend for Scrabble that would incorporate the Elia alphabet, which would be sent to a mother who has two kids with visual disabilities, and this would be their way of spending time with each other.


So far, it has been a great experience working with the guys at Elia Life, it is a super chill environment, nice and helpful coordinators, and I can’t wait to get back to work next week.



The Final Product: Super Saiyan Scientists

PROJECT NAME: Game-Ability

+ An easy to use controller for people with limited mobility.

DESIGN TEAM: Super Saiyan Scientists: Jaquan Lacy, Julian Quinonez, Jose Gonzalez, Zaheer Coovadia, Amanda PeralesKelvin Yu


joystick numbers

  1. 3D Printed top for joystick
  2. Joystick
  3. PCB
  4. 3D Printed Arduino box
  5. Arduino
  6. Jumper wires

joystick box numbers

1) The Arduino Joystick box

2) Lid for Arduino Leonardo Box


  • Printed Circuit Board (PCB)
  • Jumper wires


  • : Acquire an arduino, breadboard, jumper wires and joystick/printed circuit board (pcb)

  • : Follow these steps to connecting the wires to the arduino to the breadboard to the joystick

//Setting up the joystick and arduino
1) Gather jumper wires, arduino leonardo, breadboard and a joystick
2) Connect a wire to the ground (GND) port of the Arduino Leondardo to a pin on the ground rail of the breadboard
3) Connect a wire from the power rail of the breadboard to the 5V port on the Arduino leonardo
4)Connect a wire from row 58 and row 59 to A-1 and A-0 respectively on the arduino
5) Connect a jumper wire from the ground rail of the breadboard (be sure it’s along the same column as the wire you already attached to the ground rail) to row 56
6) Connect a jumper wire from the power rail of the breadboard (same column as the wire already connecting the power rail to the 5V port on the arduino) to row 60 of the breadboard
7) Connect a wire from the VCC port on the joystick to row 60 on the breadboard
8) Connect a wire from the Vertical port (VERT) on the joystick to row 59 (Joystick)
9) Connect a wire from the Horizontal port (Horz) on the joystick to row 58 (Joystick)
10) Connect a wire from the (SEL) port on the joystick to row 57 (Joystick)
11) Connect a wire from the (GND) port on the joystick to row 56 (Joystick)
  • : 3d print the chassis/arduino leonardo box, box lid, joystick holder and joystick extension

  • : Place Arduino Leonardo into the box bottom, close it up with the box lid. Slide joystick in long way into the joystick holder and attach the joystick extension on top of the joystick.

  1. :Plug arduino into your personal computer and upload code.

Ideas for the future/improving things?

In the future the Super Saiyan Scientist would like to create a video game made specifically for GAME ABILITY, We would also like to create a different variety of  controllers that could be used for people who have disabilities in different parts of their bodies.



UCP Interview – Super Saiyan Scientists

  • OUR TEAM NAME: Super Saiyan Scientists

  • Team Motto: Spirit bomb the competition!
  • Team Members: Amanda Perales, Jose Gonzalez, Kelvin Yu, Julian Quinonez, Zaheer Coovaeia, Jaquan Lacy
  • What role will each team member fill?

    • interviewer (1-2): Jose Gonzalez, Julian Quinonez

    • note takers (2 at least) : Kelvin Yu, Zaheer Coovaeia

    • photos/sketches: Amanda Perales

    • video (flip cam operator) : Jaquan Lacy

  • UCP Interview topic: Work/ School / Life

  • Our questions:
  • How is the daily life as a student for you?
  • What do you do for fun?
  • How do you take notes? Demonstrate please
  • What activities frustrate you the most?
  • Do you have any professional goals / aspirations?
  • Do you have any hobbies?
  • Are you in any clubs?
  • If so how do you contribute?
  • How do you organize your time?
  • What would you like to do but can’t?
  • Do you have any difficulties using a computer?
  • If so, what difficulties are you experiencing?

Asistive Technology Blog

  • What device or tool did you choose?
    • Sip and Puff Device
  • Add a photo!
  • Who does it serve? – IT serves those who are not able to use a computer with their hands
  • How does it work? – Translates movements of the head to cursor movements
  • What design opportunities does it address? – Allows people without hands or function in their hands to use a computer
  • Why is it awesome? – You get to surf the web and watch youtube videos with that
  • How can you imagine this device evolving in the next 10 years? – Bluetooth technology connected to head movements

Mentor/Mentee Interview

My name is Kelvin Yu and my mentee is Malcolm.

Our Team mascot is: Unidragasus (your combined spirit animal with shared interests!)

Our Start up / non profit idea is healthy food drive for the unhealthy(something you both love / something you both care about)

If I could describe my mentee in three words, they would be:

1. Intelligent

2. Persistent

3. Interesting

If I could describe MYSELF as a mentor, I am:

1. Amazing

2. Phenomenal

3. Humble

Mentee/Mentor interview/Observation — Theres are all questions for YOU to ask your MENTOR/MENTEE:

  • TELL ME: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? College doing something technology related
  • SHOW ME: How do work towards your goals now? (get creative!) Mouse Corps.! Programming on his spare time and tech programs in school
  • DRAW IT: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Draw a picture of your life in 2020. 
  • THINK ALOUD: How do you imagine you will get there? Graduate from High School and get accepted into a prestigious college 
  • WHY? What would be your absolute dream job? and why? Working at a video game company making video games
    • WHY? He loves videogames
      • WHY? They are very fun
        • WHY? Offer an oppurtunity to be a virtual character that can have experiences different from his own
          • WHY? He gets to try things that he can never do in real life


Group members:

Kelvin, Isabela, Sarah



Why do you think someone invented of apple headphones?

Somebody invented headphones because someone probably wanted to listen to their music in peace without annoying other people.

Intended users:

People who don’t want to annoy other people by blasting their music/ podcasts.

How are these iterations different?

They are different because different headphones have different purposes. Like gaming, listening music, and video chatting.