Tralee Man To Feature On RTE’s ‘Big Life Fix’ Tonight

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Josh Garvey pictured with his family and Inventor John O’Donnell (back right) from Tralee who feature in ‘Big Life Fix’ on RTE ONE.

A TRALEE man will feature on tonight’s (Wednesday) episode of RTÉ One’s ‘Big Life Fix’ at 10.05pm.

Although from Tralee, John O’Donnell is now based in Copenhagen where he works as a game designer at a start-up.

‘Big Life Fix’ challenges a group of leading designers, engineers, computer programmers and technology experts to create inventions that will transform people’s lives. Filmed over the course of a full year, the group uses cutting edge science and technology to build practical solutions for those who need their help.

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The episode tonight features 15-year-old Josh Garvey from Rathfarnham who has Down Syndrome and is non-verbal.

He uses a tablet to speak, but it’s heavy, the volume is low, and it’s full of distractions. Can games designer John O’Donnell come up with a communication system for him that streamlines everything and allows him to express himself, at home, at school and in his all-important drama class?

John O’Donnell has a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering, and a Masters in Electronic and Computer Engineering, both from University College Dublin.

Along the way, the rugby and music aficionado has been involved in the wearables and Internet of Things space, as well as rapid and iterative prototyping for creative applications.


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