Archive for the ‘Living’ Category

How a Smart Home Empowers People with Disabilities

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

... While advances in personal technology continue at a rapid pace, at times their designers seem to forget about the population that could perhaps benefit from it the most. Stabelfeldt says just the ability to charge a phone with a wheelchair didn't even exist until a few years ago. But features like ...

Liftware Level

Sunday, May 7th, 2017

Introducing Liftware Level — a new product to help hold a utensil at the angle needed to enjoy any meal. Liftware Level is designed to help people with limited hand and arm mobility, which may be related to cerebral palsy, spinal cord injury, Huntington's disease, or post-stroke deficits, eat more ...

Aipoly – Vision Through Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, January 25th, 2017

[embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h5g82YNmwmU[/embed] We help the blind and visually impaired quickly identify objects using affordable, cutting-edge technology. Source: Aipoly - Vision Through Artificial Intelligence

Want a Lanyard for iPhone 3/4?

Saturday, August 27th, 2016

[caption id="attachment_30303" align="alignright" width="169"] Danglet securely clips into the dock connector port on the bottom of yout iPod or iPhone and gives you a handy way to connect a wrist or neck strap.[/caption] With the advent of the iPhone 5 and the "Lightning" connector, the Danglet style lanyard which clips in ...

Reader – Writes : A set of helpful resources

Friday, August 5th, 2016

A reader, Patricia, recently sent me these resources to share.   A colleague of mine has a special needs daughter and is easily one of the hardest working moms I know. Recently she told me about her frustrations with finding enough time in the day — she said she’s always hearing about ...

A shape-shifting navigation device for both the sighted and visually impaired (w/ Video)

Tuesday, September 1st, 2015

Without doubt, this concept has to be the most lateral thinking piece of technology I've seen recently. Just think what it would be capable of if it had GPS built in and a route could be preprogrammed in it from a map. Or a phone providing real time navigation information from a ...

Maker uses 3D printing to create eye-tracking wheelchair

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

  UK-based maker Patrick Joyce, who has degenerative condition motor neuron disease (also known as MND or ALS), has created an eye-tracking wheelchair controller that allows a user who has lost all motor functions except for eye movement to be able to control their wheelchair and an onboard computer. With Joyce, fellow Maker ...

Open source, 3D Printed, thought controlled prosthetic hand

Tuesday, 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.

App for deaf people to ‘hear’ group conversations

Tuesday, 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.   http://youtu.be/vvoglCTd6x8 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’ ...

Commodity Environmental Control – The Smart Home and Accessibility | TechCrunch

Monday, 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 ...

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

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

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 ...

The Selfie – Remote Switch for Camera Phone

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="268"] Selfie remote switch for iPhone[/caption] 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