Archive for the ‘Thoughts’ Category

Former Microsoft design director on Hololens, Xbox and Cortana and inclusive design thinking

Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Kat Holmes is the former principal director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft. In this episode, we talk about the definition of inclusive design, take an inside look at her “special ops” design unit, and dive into the best method for deploying human-centered design. Source: Former Microsoft design director on shaping Hololens, Xbox ...

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 ...

SpillNot Info – YouTube

Sunday, January 1st, 2017

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In search of the Ubiquitous Mouthstick

Tuesday, 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 ...

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 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

Pressy – a smartphone task button

Tuesday, 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 ...

Wheelchair tyres that never go flat

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

Wheelchair tyres should be made like this.... "Military Inspired ATV has tires that won’t stop…or be popped" Via: Coolest Gadgets

Ribbit wireless handset, speaker and dock for mobile phone

Monday, 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 ...

Hands-Free Hair Dryer by AirPhysics

Tuesday, 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 ...

Lego Prosthetic Leg – [video]

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

  Christina Stephens, aka AmputeeOT made an amazing time-lapse of building her own Lego prosthetic leg.       [wp_youtube]W8fdXNN0irI[/wp_youtube] via MAKE