Blue Orb Inc.
Blue Orb is a technology company that develops computer technology for persons with disabilities. Blue Orb created and now markets and sells the orbiTouch Keyless Keyboard. The orbiTouch is a patented computer keyboard and mouse that requires no finger or wrist motion to operate. It was developed for people who do not have the finger or hand dexterity to use a regular keyboard or mouse. It is used by people who have arm or hand prostheses or who have limited hand and finger use due to injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke, cerebral palsy and many other physical conditions. It is also being successfully used by people who are visually impaired, blind, have autism, or have traumatic brain injury.
The orbiTouch has received numerous positive industry reviews, the prestigious daVinci award for design, and the top honor for accessible technology at the Consumer Electronics Show. Through Blue Orb, Dr. McAlindon has successfully secured three sequential rounds of funding from the National Science Foundation’s SBIR program and more than $5,000,000 in angel investor funding. Dr. McAlindon is in the process of completing a three-year National Science Foundation grant to help people with disabilities become entrepreneurs. Additionally, he is a co-founder of venVelo, Florida’s newest business accelerator and seed capital fund.