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”

Leapmotion Gestures for accessibility

[wp_youtube]GoytMqwygZ0[/wp_youtube] Christian Heilmann has a neat article and video about using the Leap motion for accessibility gestures. In essence, this means: Swiping your finger right will scroll the page down, left will scroll up. The speed of the swipe defines the amount of pixels scrolled Making a clockwise circular gesture will jump to the nextContinue reading “Leapmotion Gestures for accessibility”

Wheelchair hack for foot control

Alejandro who was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy which limits his ability to move. Rather than wait five years for a powered wheelchair, his father [Shea] took it upon himself to hack a wheelchair his son could control. He used a second hand adult-sized motorized wheelchair on eBay and the sensors from a digital kitchen scale asContinue reading “Wheelchair hack for foot control”

Head-gesture control in iOS7 accessibility options

iOS7 introduces  head gesture control as part of Apple’s accessibility tools. It cycles automatically through every on-screen icon, just like a scanning on-screen keyboard, with the user selecting options by moving their head. The ‘Switch control’ feature, lets you set left or right head movements to trigger Siri, the notification center, control volume, open the multi-taskingContinue reading “Head-gesture control in iOS7 accessibility options”

The MaKey MaKey configurable input system

It’s amazing how many times some creative, fun thing gets invented for basically ‘play’ that can be used in an alternate scenario for such real world benefit. Such it is with this MaKey MaKey system that allows anything to be an input device. This really got my brain whirring as to how many ways thisContinue reading “The MaKey MaKey configurable input system”

Webcam Swiper – swipe your hand to turn pages

Found this neat experiment that you point your webcam at yourself and swipe your hand left or right to turn the pages of the book.   It’s called the Webcam Swiper.   Chrome is the only stable browser which supports webcam access at this time, but Firefox nightly builds supposedly have it too.   Webcam Swiper – http://iambrandonn.github.com/WebcamSwiper/Continue reading “Webcam Swiper – swipe your hand to turn pages”

The Leap – Motion control device

“Leap Motion, a San Francisco start-up, wants to change the way you control your computer with a little device called The Leap. It is a small 3D motion sensor that goes in front of your computer and creates a 3D interaction space of 8 cubic feet from which you can use your hands and fingersContinue reading “The Leap – Motion control device”