Robot-building twins enable themselves through 3D printing technology

April 20th, 2015

Muscular dystrophy robot-building twins enable themselves through 3D printing technology - ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation

 

The ABC runs a article on two brothers with advanced muscular dystrophy in Melbourne who are using 3D printing tools to build things they need.

The brilliant thing about 3D printing is that you don’t need your own. You can design your own things and send the file to others who have a 3D printer and return a physical object.

It’s these kind of linkages of those who make things for fun and need things for life that Lifekludger has as its vision and the Internet and technology enables.

Muscular dystrophy robot-building twins enable themselves through 3D printing technology – ABC News Australian Broadcasting Corporation.




Open source, 3D Printed, thought controlled prosthetic hand

February 10th, 2015

3D Printed, thought controlled prosthetic hand for less than $1000. – Opensourced

 

 

via Meet Easton LaChappelle, The Teen Building A Cheaper, Better Prosthetic Arm.




Special Stylus solutions by shapedad on Etsy

January 22nd, 2015

Shapedad is an outlet on Etsy that provides custom solutions for stylus’ for touch screens in many formats.

Shapedad says: “It all started when the wife of a quad (quadriplegic) patient ordered a regular Stylus Socks stylus from our Etsy shop.”

Some examples below:

 

finger stylus

headpointer stylus

 

 

 

 

 

strap stylus  mouthstick stylus

 

 

 

 

Special needs solutions by shapedad on Etsy




Measure with Measure-It! Adhesive Tape

January 15th, 2015

Ever tried holding a conventional, metal tape measure horizontal by yourself?

This is a low-tack tape that will allow you to do all of your home decorating, renovation, and craft projects. The low-tack backing makes it easy to re-position or re-use.

via source: http://www.coolest-gadgets.com/20141224/measure-home-projects-accurately-measureit-adhesive-tape/




Eye phone: How a app could help restore sight to millions

January 2nd, 2015

Around 39 million people in the world are affected by blindness — 80% of which could be avoided if people had timely access to diagnosis and proper treatment.

Ted blog reports on Peek — an app and adapter that turn a smartphone into a comprehensive, easy-to-use, accurate eye-exam tool. Peek makes eye tests affordable and easy to administer, bypassing the need for expensive, fragile equipment.

via source: http://blog.ted.com/2014/12/19/how-a-ted-fellows-new-app-could-help-restore-sight-to-millions/




7 iPad Apps to Help Students With Dyslexia – Mashable

December 30th, 2014

Dyslexia is a language-based disorder that makes reading, recognizing words, spelling and decoding especially difficult….

Mashable round up a list of seven apps that students, parents and teachers may find useful covering a range of abilities and ages.

via source: http://mashable.com/2014/07/28/apps-for-dyslexia/




DIY door lock for smartphone accessibility by Sony

December 29th, 2014

sony’s DIY ‘qrio’ smart lock clips onto door for smartphone accessibility

via source: http://www.designboom.com/technology/sony-qrio-smart-lock-12-14-2014/




In search of the Ubiquitous Mouthstick

November 18th, 2014

Mick (email on request) sent me this very pertinent email the other day about the un-ubiquitous nature of mouthsticks.

Lads is it just me or do we all use any given mouth-stick for a broad variety of tasks? I ask because I find that many of the solutions offered for a specific issue -in this case touch-barrier-only focus on that one use. And do not allow for the fact that mouthsticks are used as fingers. In fact I find most commercially available mouthsticks really flimsy and restrictive.
For instance, I want to be able to use the same mouthstick to turn pages, push switches, use phone or tablet, tv-remote, and who know what else on any given day. But I do not want to have to set down one stick and pick up a different one, or change heads just to carry out what may be a very breif or frequent task. (Obviously excepting painting or such) it’s just not practical. Try turning pages with these woven-wire tipped styluses,  or pushing small buttons? Is there a more holistic approach out there?

No Mick, it’s not just you. I use a mouthstick for everything. Typing and using the computer. Reading and turning pages, pushing and shuffling things around on my desk (with scant regard for my teeth.. and much angst by my dentist), operating my mobile phone, working the touchpad on (other’s) laptops when I fix them, etc etc.

A mouthstick is my hands and has to be multi-purpose and fit for such.

But you’re right. It’s a reality that the nature of most moutsticks adapted from touch screen stylus inherently have a very narrow focused purpose and therefore are less than ideal as the multi-purpose, multi-function apparatus we need from a ubiquitous mouthstick.

It’s another brick in the wall of what I’ve termed the Touch Barrier.

mouthstick close upSo it’s why my main stick is still my perspex rod with rubber thumblet one end and plastic tubing the other – as it fulfills the majority of what I do – and why I have a second stick that’s a modified metal stylus fo’r use on my mobile phone. It’s also the reason why I can’t use my phone from bed – one stick is hard enough, let alone trying to house, reach and use two, and why I tend not to buy touch screen devices.

I’m unsure whether the ubiquitous mouthstick has not yet surfaced because until now no-one seems to have raised the unspoken topic that Mick has or if a material that is both conductive and durable doesn’t exist from which to make one.

I’d be interested to hear of other’s experiences with juggling mouthsticks – please drop us a comment or an email.

Dave




Faraday Stylus’ new capacities program

November 8th, 2014

Just came across the iFaraday stylus via a blog post on ATMac. All their stylus’ look good and I’m impressed with their “new capacities” program which states

Our goal is to enable anyone who wants to use a capacitive touch screen device.  We have three working designs that enable folks to use a capacitive touch screen. If you don’t find something that fits your needs here, contact us to see if we can create something that works better for you.

The mouthstick variety looks fantastic and especially the fact you can order specific lengths but with the bonus of replaceable tips and I’ll be putting an order in soon for sure.

Faraday new capacities.

Mouthstick

mouthstick

Shallow Angle Light Touch (SALT) Stylus

ifaradaysalt

The Caduceus Serpentine Stylus

caduceus2




App for deaf people to ‘hear’ group conversations

November 4th, 2014

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 deaf people ‘hear’ group conversations — RT News.]




Communicate Using Only Your Breath

September 18th, 2014

Huff post report on invention by 16yo Arsh Shah Dilbagi who has found a way to convert human breath into speech

via – 16-Year-Old Invents A New Way To Communicate — Using Only Your Breath.




Commodity Environmental Control – The Smart Home and Accessibility | TechCrunch

September 8th, 2014

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. becomes a commodity and with it more choice and lower cost.

It’s come a long way since my Uncle first hacked a set of relays from a telephone exchange controlled by a off the shelf add-on remote control from a Beta video recorder back in the 80’s. So bring it on.

One caveat of the whole plugin smart home device market is its seemingly ubiquitous use of touch mobile devices for control. Anytime any technology develops so as to be fixed on one method of control (touch screens) there’s a risk of it actually being less accessible in practicality.

The maxim still applies…

“Accessibility is about accommodating characteristics a person cannot change by providing options” — Joe Clarke, 2001