Reader Writes: Another alternative for a touch mouthstick

April 13th, 2014

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 novelty pencils, or novelty stylus pencils.  I am sure they are still  on the website somewhere .

I believe this is done by simply using carbonised rubber, and I carry the necessary small charge to mine because it’s mounted on an aluminium mouth stick.  The aluminium I use comes from twelve mil sport arrows.  Which I buy in my local sports shop.

It’s important that you choose aluminium and specify aluminium if looking for arrows, because others tend to be made of carbon fibre and will snap or crush if you attempt to shape them in any way.

Anyway I hope this link help somes people out, I haven’t tried these things myself – but the novelty stylus pencil that I use instead – it actually comes apart and I just used the outside skin – works fairly well.  Although it could be doing with being a bit finer point.

Keep it low tech.

Michael also makes a good point about the use of appropriate technology – his mantra fitting well with Lifekludger ideals :

And keep it low tech.  My mantra – repairable with chewing gum, tape, string and paper clips.  If it doesn’t answer the easily repairable checklist I use, it doesn’t get used.  Otherwise technology dictates how I  live, rather than aids and appliances facilitating how I want to live.

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

April 11th, 2014

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 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 are those who have resorted to using paid third-party apps to make calls from their PCs/Laptops and those who have purchased docking stations to avoi

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The Selfie – Remote Switch for Camera Phone

April 1st, 2014
Selfie remote switch for iPhone

Selfie remote switch for iPhone

While they might call this a gimmick an its inspiration may be the #selfie, I’m convinced this could be useful to someone unable to hold a phone or press the button on their phone to take a picture.

via Coolest Gadgets

Pressy – a smartphone task button

December 31st, 2013

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 short depressions.

When I saw this I thought it’d make a great solution for doing one task on your phone that normally takes several steps – ideal for an emergency number dialler, for instance.

Starting life as a Kickstarter project, now fully funded, the Pressy is now available for pre-order via the website.

via Coolest Gadgets.


Wheelchair tyres that never go flat

December 19th, 2013

Wheelchair tyres should be made like this….

“Military Inspired ATV has tires that won’t stop…or be popped”

Kwikset Kevo smart lock

December 4th, 2013

kwikset 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, friends and service people and you receive notifications whenever there is someone who enters or exits the door.

via Coolest Gadgets

Ribbit wireless handset, speaker and dock for mobile phone

November 11th, 2013

The Ribbit is a wireless handset, speaker and charging dock for your mobile devices.

Use the classic receiver to make calls while your smartphone or tablet is charging.

The Ribbit has volume control and a noise reduction system to ensure crisp, polished sound. A rechargeable battery provides around 6 hours of continuous talk and 35 hours of standby time.

via Coolest Gadgets & Dream Cheeky

Much awaited new Accessibility feature – iOS 7 Switch Control

October 15th, 2013

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.”

Captionfish: A captioned movies search engine

October 8th, 2013

Stumbled across this service the other day. Lists captioned movies and TV shows as well as a search facility.

You can customise results to shown within a certain area. Howeverer it only seems to be US-Centred currently.

I’d really like to see this expaned to other countries, especially Australia.

Captionfish: A captioned movies search engine.

Hands-Free Hair Dryer by AirPhysics

October 1st, 2013

Ok, here’s one from left field.

The AirPhysics Hands-Free Hair Dryer will be able to rest on just about any hard surface, and can be easily activated with but a touch of a button.

I came across this hands free hair dryer, something I’d never heard of, and immediately thought how it could be beneficial to someone who has trouble holding a conventional dryer or maybe has only one arm/hand which they can use.


via Coolest Gadgets

Leapmotion Gestures for accessibility

September 24th, 2013

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 next link, making a counter-clockwise one to the previous link

A tap gesture in the air will activate the link

via Playing with Leapmotion for accessibility | Christian Heilmann.

Magnetic Voice Recorder

September 17th, 2013

Thge Hi! Magnetic Voice Recorder is a short message voice note recorder that has a handy magnetic back and is made out of an extremely soft silicone rubber,

All it takes is a single press of a button to record your message, up to 10 seconds in length.


via Coolest Gadgets