100% Funded


Target: €1200


€1,200 Raised


14 Funders

ClearCall Accessibility App

By Maurice And Simon


Have you ever been frustrated using a phone? Pressed the wrong button? Called someone by mistake? Well ClearCall is here to help!  Never again will you be stuck on predictive text or take three tries to enter the right number. Our primary aim however is to make it as simple as possible for the elderly and disabled to contact others.

What is ClearCall?
ClearCall is an app to make it simple and intuitive to use smartphones as PHONES! It’s in the name!

But these days it’s all about processing power and screen resolution – developers can sometimes forget that not every phone user has a degree in computing.
ClearCall is an Android app that will replace the normal – often hard to use - mechanics of a smartphone with intuitive and simple to follow buttons and screens. So users can call and text in the quickest and simplest way possible. Our aim is to make it super easy to use smartphones; they are phones first and foremost. Once you have become comfortable with using the phone then; you can explore all the other wonderful benefits that modern smartphones have to offer!

But why?
ClearCall’s goal is to help people. Some find using smartphones to call and text slow or difficult, we know we do. Some have fancy phones from work yet keep their reliable Nokia to make calls with.

The motivation of ClearCall is to let everyone use smartphones with ease! Specifically people who may be unfamiliar with technology or find it difficult because the original design doesn’t cater for their access needs.

We believe ClearCall will help. By nature smartphones have the potential to be easier to use. Boasting bigger colour screens, higher contrast with the option for larger more sensitive buttons than ordinary phones.  We want to use these to make contact with friends and family effortless.

What started it all?
Our original plan was a range of accessibility applications (fall detector, panic buttons and the like) for smartphones. We didn’t like how obvious it is that you are using a safety device. We wanted to make it as inconspicuous and discrete as possible. After all why should you advertise your weaknesses when they needn’t be an issue? But we hit a stumbling block. You guessed it - the people who could benefit didn’t used smartphones; can you guess why? Got it in one – they’re hard to use as phones!
So here’s the first step – ClearCall – to introduce these people to smartphones and set up a platform from which we can start making our accessibility apps!

Who is behind ClearCall?
Maurice and Simon! We are two final year Trinity students with a passion for helping people and technology.

Why Pledge?
To help us help others!
We will do all of the nitty gritty programming ourselves, we just need some start up capital to register the business, purchase licences and hardware. The app will cost €5 upon release in spring 2012.

Many thanks for your support,

Maurice and Simon



March Newsletter

Clear Call newsletter. Good morning dear funders, Its been a while but we have been busy! We have some good and bad news for you this month, and as the optimist I am – I'll start with the good – we have a working ClearCall demo! Much credit must go to the technical operations manager Maurice. (Its just Maurice when I'm not congratulating him), who battled through some very difficult coding problems to get the calling mechanics working. So what does it do? What have we been doing? Currently we have our UI (use interface – what is displayed on the phone) with our clear navigational menus and the mechanics to tap into the phones calling mechanics. Ie we cn make calls! From our user tests we have had some valuable feedback. The current back button (the physical button next to the home key) is apparently hard to see and reach. Therefore we have incorporated a big back button in the UI. This cuts down on the space for the menu options but has bemm recieved positively in the user tests. This is one of the great things about this user-centric design, to tailor make the app to our consumer base (those who are unfamiliar with smartphones,) we keep finding problems and designs that would never have occurred to us. On a personal note it has been a successful month for both of the ClearCall team - in anticipation of leaving the copnfortable bubble of third level education and joining the much feared “real world” (I believe it's called) – have got jobs at their first placed companies! However now we have the bad news – due to problems with different librarys it is a lot harder than expected to access the stored numbers. (contacts numbers stored in your phone). This is because we have to build our own display mechanisms (an entirely new adress book) to hold the numbers. This is a large task and will take a long time. Following the mantra “if its worth doing something it's worth doing it well” we have taken lengths to design the best possible User interface, that is a simple and intuitive to use as possible. In keeping with the values of ClearCall. This will be the last newsletter until the end of may unfortunately. As final year students we have to balance the important ClearCall work with our studies. In the next month we have thesis' to hand in in addition to 9 exams so will have our hands full! Hope everyone is well and enjoying the magnificent may weather! Simon and Maurice ClearCall

Newsletter 2

Dear Funders, Hoping everyone is having a great 2012, we know we are! In this newsletter we will be taking an basic overview of android applications, much like ClearCall. This will be particularly interested to the technically minded among you, but we wont be going into too much detail (honest!) so everyone should be able to understand and take some meaning from it. What is an android application? Well basically applications are programs designed to work on smartphone devices. Like programs work on a computer (eg Word or Google chrome web browser.) They perform tasks – be it fetching and putting information on the web (facebook or youtube apps) or running logic and showing related graphics (like the ever favourite Angry birds game.) What is the difference between android and Iphone? This is a question that I'm often asked, and people seem unsure about. Many wonder why you can't run android applications on Iphones and vica versa. The easiest way to compare the difference is the difference between Apple and Windows computers. The IOS and android are different operating systems, governing how software uses the hardware available. A simple test is how apple and Windows computers use external hardware like printers. Windows are far more reliant with specific drivers than apples. The way they are built up from the processor and kernel (reminder: must not get too technical,) are different. IOS (used in iphones,) is specific to the hardware in the Iphone, much like mountain lion (an apple operating system) and apple desktops and laptops. So you can't use apple operation systems (phone or copmuter) on other systems. This means Apple can make their OS very specific as they know exactly what processor etc they'll be dealign with. Android – like windows for computers, works on loads of phones. Like Windows 7 works on a dell laptop and a HP desktop, Android will work on the Samsung Galaxy S2 and a HTC Wildfire phone. Versions of android are like versions of Windows, just with more interesting names. For Ice Cream sandwich read windows 7, Gingerbread – Windows Vista etc. But why won't my android app (like clearCall) work on an IPhone? Its like the difference between a mountain and Road bike. Both have the same general purpose but use different parts and specialise in different fields. And you can't really use the tires off a mountain bike on a road bike. So the reason that Ipone apps won't work on android is that, while they do the same thing, the processor and other hardware is accessed in different ways by the applications. Why do we care about this stuff? Well there is backwards comparability issues with different iterations of operating systems – as mentioned in the last newsletter we have chosen a development platform to aim at the most user possible. Thats a quick overview of the basics, If there are any questions or feedback, please get in touch, these newsletters are for you, our dear funders after all! We'd love to now if you enjoyed this type of information based newsletter, or prefered a more hands on approach like the last one. Feedback to: simon@clearcallIreland.com Thanks Simon and Maurice


Thank you very much to all of our funders! The money arrived on Friday and we are going to start putting it to good use this week. To keep up to date with the latest updates please find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

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