North Aurora resident Lloyd Roin can hear what you say but the rest of his family cannot. His parents and siblings are deaf, but he isn't. Their disability has led him to make inroads working with the deaf and hearing-impaired community, including with the International Center on Deafness and the Arts. But his major initiative so far has been the startup he founded with other partners and investors called E-View Connections in Des Plaines. The company has launched its first smartphone app for the deaf and hearing-impaired and has had more than 1,200 downloads to date.
"I saw that the technology could easily fit in with the deaf and hard of hearing community," Roin said.
Besides his mother, Judy Roin of Wheeling, and his sisters, he owes a lot of his inspiration to his father, Dennis Roin, who passed away in 2006, Roin said.
Dennis had earned a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Bradley University in Champaign, which was unusual at the time because he was deaf and support programs were uncommon at mainstream universities, Roin said.
His father's career was in architectural engineering. Dennis also resold surplus military Teletype machines to supplement the family income. Over the years, this interest expanded into early home computers and, later, texting. He was captivated by how technology could help him communicate more effectively and offered him more independence. He never engineered new technology, but he was an early adapter and always sought how to use available technology to improve communication avenues for the deaf community, Roin said.
The inspiration, in may ways, led to the new app called Engage by E-View.
E-View Connections holds patents for Engage related to its digital content distribution system for delivering location-specific content to an ad hoc group of mobile subscribers. It's patent-pending in Canada, the United Kingdom, and Europe, and the company has applied for additional U.S. patents.
The app is available for iPhone, Android and Blackberry platforms, he said.
The key element on the patent and the app is that it provides location-specific content based on the GPS coordinates of the subscribing member. In this way, the text messaging can be tailored to the specific needs of those individuals, especially when an Emergency Alert is issued for something like a Gulf Coast hurricane or a Chicago-area blizzard. No one outside of the affected area will receive that alert. The news and event content also is being tailored to be location specific, allowing for communication about events and activities that are important to the people receiving the messages and allowing others to receive something tailored to their location, he said.
Roin likes to refer to the individuals, who download the Engage app, as members rather than subscribers because E-View relies on those members to share news and activities that they think other members would appreciate or want to know about.
Offering you 5D experience
Palatine resident Anand Shanmugan, CEO and founder of V9 Service LLC, is the owner and operator of the new Pix 5D Cinema at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg. It's slated to open on Friday, Nov. 9, and combines 3-D with physical and environmental effects for an ultimate theater experience.
Launching new supplement
Larry Klesman, CEO of Riverwoods-based Microceutical Scientific LLC, is launching a patented nutritional supplement with vitamins, minerals, coenzymes and amino acids called Synergenics Workout Mode. The liquid can be taken under the tongue before a workout.
Bermans mark 100 years
Sam Berman was a door-to-door furniture salesman who turned his passion for furnishings into a full-time business by opening his first furniture store in 1912, which would later become Lombard-based The RoomPlace. Now Bruce Berman continues his family's legacy as the chairman and owner of the The RoomPlace. Berman attributes the success of The RoomPlace to a commitment to his grandfather's original vision.
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Roy Groesbeck, Mueller administrative partner at Mueller & Co. LLP and Mueller Financial Services Inc. said the businesses are consolidating their St. Charles and Elgin offices and moving Oct. 25 to the Fisher Corporate Center, near I-90 and Randall Road in Elgin. The company will continue to service clients out of their Oak Brook Terrace and Chicago offices. John B. Sanfilippo& Son Inc., the parent company of Fisher brand nuts, owns the four-story building that is adjacent to its headquarters at 1703 N. Randall Road.
John Picchiotti has been appointed chief operating officer/brokerage for NAI Hiffman in Oakbrook Terrace. ... John Belasich, a 29-year veteran of the construction and energy management systems industries, has been named construction superintendent at Climate Pros Inc. in Glendale Heights. ... Siobhan Cottone is the new executive director at the Lakeside Legacy Foundation in Crystal Lake. ... Wauconda resident Anita Zabielski was named Illinois CRS Chapter's Certified Residential Specialist of the Year for 2012. She was honored for her service to the community, Mainstreet Association of Realtors, Illinois Association of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, and the Illinois CRS Chapter.
John Zielinski, divisional vice president at Wendy's International, said the restaurant is introducing a new design at 740 Northwest Highway in Cary. It's one of four new store designs created by Wendy's as part of a nationwide, multiyear strategy to boost the brand. ... Riverwoods resident Robert Winner will co-chair the law firm Seyfarth Shaw LLP's new Energy and Clean Technologies Practice group. ... Sara Rose Taylor is the new marketing manager/Scarecrow Fest liaison at the Greater St. Charles Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Jeff Krall, owner and light designer for Woodridge-based American Holiday Lights is gearing up for another holiday. His small business has been around since 2008 and plays a major role when bringing the holiday spirit to the western suburbs by installing a custom holiday display for homes. ... Brian Philips, president and chief executive officer of FedEx Office, and other company executives were on hand when the FedEx Office in Libertyville was honored as the nation's best in the company's annual Team of the Year competition. The local center was selected from more than 1,800 FedEx Offices nationwide.
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