App for deaf people to ‘hear’ group conversations

Smart, very smart use of technology to enhance lives. Researchers have developed the first mobile app to make group conversations possible between deaf people and their hearing peers. The Transcense app “listens” and interprets conversations, providing real-time captioning on mobile devices.   Indiegogo campaign : https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/transcense-group-conversations-made-accessible Transcence website : http://www.transcense.com/ via [New app lets deafContinue reading “App for deaf people to ‘hear’ group conversations”

Commodity Environmental Control – The Smart Home and Accessibility | TechCrunch

Techcrunch feature an good article on the smart home and accessibility. For over thirty years I’ve been kludging ways to control what I can around me.  There’s a whole field of rehabilitation technology centred around what’s termed “environmental control”. All this time I’ve dreamed of the day when this stuff – what you could call ‘lazy-man’ tech.Continue reading “Commodity Environmental Control – The Smart Home and Accessibility | TechCrunch”

Apple’s App Review Should Test Accessibility – Marco.org

Marco has a great post outlining why Apple (among others) should require accessibility of an app before releasing it. The closer to the design end of the development curve that accessibility is included, the better. Poor or broken accessibility is exactly the sort of problem that Apple’s App Review team should check for: many developersContinue reading “Apple’s App Review Should Test Accessibility – Marco.org”

The Great Automatic Light Saga or How to control a WeMo light from your PC

Summary: Control a lamp with a script on your PC via WiFi and a WeMo Switch This is going to get a bit convoluted so try and stick with me. I moved house the end of last year and, as happens every time, I left behind all the alterations and small tweaks I’d done toContinue reading “The Great Automatic Light Saga or How to control a WeMo light from your PC”

DwellClick

DwellClick lets you use your Mac without clicking. You point, it clicks . DwellClick will drag for you. Point at windows and resize areas to auto-drag, and use the control panel  for anything else. Save thousands of clicks per day. Drag hands-free with total control. What is dwell clicking? Dwell clicking enables clickless operation ofContinue reading “DwellClick”

Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick

Overcoming the “touch barrier” I received a message the other day from a reader … in …. Michael writes: Please see the attached [link for] pencil tops or stick tops – or whatever you’re having yourself – tops. I have been using something similar from the same website for some time.  They are effectively noveltyContinue reading “Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick”

 HandsFree, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that uses your Mac as a…

Reshared post from +David N Wallace  HandsFree, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that uses your Mac as a handsfree device by routing the audio from your Android phone or iPhone to your Mac. (Needs OS X 10.9)* HandsFree Lets You Make & Receive Phone Calls On Your Mac There areContinue reading ” HandsFree, a Mac app worth $4.99 in the Mac App Store, that uses your Mac as a…”

Pressy – a smartphone task button

The Pressy is a tiny, simple button that you plug into the headphone jack of your phone that allows you to easily access a regular task. It uses an app that lets you setup the presses it takes to perform certain functions. Clicks are similar to Morse Code and are comprised of long and shortContinue reading “Pressy – a smartphone task button”

Kwikset Kevo smart lock

Kwikset are a leading brand of door hardware and home improvement. The Kevo smart lock is a Bluetooth-enabled deadbolt that will turns your iPhone into your housekey. The Kevo smart lock gives you the ability to unlock the door with a smartphone, accompanied by a simple touch. Electronic keys (eKeys) can be sent to family, friendsContinue reading “Kwikset Kevo smart lock”

Much awaited new Accessibility feature – iOS 7 Switch Control

From the AblenetInc youtube page comes some info on Switch Control in iOS7 “iOS 7 includes a powerful new accessibility feature, Switch Control. For users with significant physical disabilities, Switch Control is a much needed feature that provides access to almost every feature in iOS 7 through the use of one or multiple switches.” [wp_youtube]fqWkNxB27DM[/wp_youtube]