App Factory

Shepherd Center

Project Summary

BEST is currently working on its third App Factory-funded project. The current project was funded to migrate the BEST Suite app to the Android platform. This will make the BEST Suite app and all of its tools available to many Android users including those with Android phones, tablets, and Chromebook users.

Project Details

App Factory 2020-2021 Award

App Factory granted funds for the following updates and enhancements to tailor the BEST Suite app:

  1. The Android BEST Suite will be developed and tested for approximately 85% of the phones in service today and/or those devices that support 6.0 and later.

The Android version of the BEST Suite is projected to be released late Summer 2021.

App Factory 2019-2020 Award

App Factory granted funds for the following updates and enhancements to tailor the BEST Suite app for a younger audience :

  1. integrating a rewards system to help motivate young users
  2. creating a library of templates provided by school and medical professionals, specifically for younger users, for each of the BEST Suite apps
  3. allowing for customization of settings for younger users
  4. establishing an online dashboard for access to app-related information by authorized individuals.

“Development of this application was supported in part by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function (LiveWell RERC) funded by a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under (grant no. 90RE5028).”

App Factory 2018-2019 Award

App Factory granted funds for the following updates and enhancements to the BEST Suite app:

  • Develop and integrate CompleteMyTasks app
  • Complete general BEST Suite enhancements
  • Complete enhancements for PaceMyDay, ReachMyGoals, and MyReminders tools

“Development of this application was supported in part by the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and Function (LiveWell RERC) funded by a grant from thee National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under (grant no. 90RE5023.)”

Through a grant from the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation
Research (NIDILRR), the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center for Community Living, Health and
Function (LiveWell RERC) provides funding to develop mobile information and communication
technology (ICT) applications to improve health and function of people with disabilities. “App Factory” projects are funded through this endeavor.