Archive for the ‘Design’ Category

Apple keyboard & touch pad tray

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

The Combine collective is a group of like minded artists working together to achieve a common goal. They have come out with these stylish keyboard trays, designed to combine the mac wireless keyboard and trackpad into one clean unit. It occurred to me that this idea could be good for people requiring ...

Just5 Simple features Mobile Phone

Saturday, November 13th, 2010

Just5 Mobile phones take the less is more approach with a phone ideally aimed at older persons and those with a disability with a phone that boasts 5 simple features: 1. Big Buttons : These big buttons really do make a difference. Easy to dial even without putting on glasses. 2. ...

Dagi Transparent Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens

Sunday, April 25th, 2010

Isn't it interesting how we are seeing more and more uses where there's a need for a stylus on these capacitive touch screens? Just when everyone thinks Steve Jobs has liberated them to the freedom of the finger, it seems we aren't so free after all and that maybe other ...

One problem with Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

iPhone Hacks blog has the low down on the problems of styluses on capacitive touch screens in a post titled New Apple Patent Talks about Stylus for Capacitive Touch Screens. The relevant bit: According to the inventors, modern day capacitive touch sensors are not optimized to receive inputs from styluses. This is ...

Mobile Phone Physicality and Inverse Feedback for Input

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Thought: Feedback can be turned to alternative input if inverted. Fabian Hemmert does research through and about design and creates projects like shape-changing-mobiles, weight-shifting-mobiles, breathing and pulsating ambient-life mobile device feedback. The mobile concepts are designed to provide different feedback mechanisms that are physical. I've often written about the importance of feedback when ...

Resistive Multitouch Touchscreen tech

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

Touchco was a New York company that, according to it's now closed website title, was developing "IFSR* multi-touch resistive sensors".  It has now reportedly ben bought by Amazon. The impressive thing about this technology is this. "Unlike the more common and more expensive capacitive touchscreens, Touchco-equipped screens can be used with a ...

A True Hands Free Bluetooth Headset

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Meet Darrell Earlier in the year I was contacted by Darrell. Darrell may not realise it, but he is a Lifekludger. Darrell has a son. His son lives with a disability. His son's disability prevented him from using a mobile phone. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="earpiece"][/caption]Unable to press a button to activate 'hands ...

Pressure Sensitive Multitouch pads to come

Monday, August 31st, 2009

An article in Technology Review reveals development of pressure sensitive touch pads that could be used on future generation devices. Why is this Lifekludger newsworthy? Because the pads are reported to combine features of both kinds of existing touch pads. To me, this might mean some breaking down of the Touch ...

Lifekludger Color Palettes

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Wow. Vanity search turned up this neat link that took one of the photos off my Lifekludger blog and generated a colour palette from it. I like it. [Lifekludger Color Palettes]

Open-Source Hardware for Prosthetics

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

Scientific American has an article about the Open Prosthetics Project. The Open Prosthetics Project has applied the “open source” model to the design of inexpensive prosthetic hands and arms that a small demand can still support. The designs are free for anyone to use. This is an exiting project to me as it's an ...

Ergodex customisable input system now for Mac

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

  [caption id="attachment_377" align="alignleft" width="194" caption="ergodex customisable input device"][/caption] When I heard about this Ergodex customisable keyboard on a podcast I immediately thought it would have uses in Assistive Technology circles and yes, they do already have information on such application of the device. As it happens, this device has been around a ...

GM and Segway new balancing two-wheeler transport project

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

My ex-boss, when talking about the language of disability, always used to tell people that "wheelchair bound" should refer to those who do not use a wheelchair, as they're potentially headed there and we've already arrived! Well, now take a look at this experimental vehicle from Segway. See, he was right! The ...