Archive for the ‘Thoughts’ Category

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 

Lifekludger on ABC Radio – Second life, disability & education

Tuesday, August 30th, 2011

      A couple months back I was contacted to see if I could give some input for an ABC Radio National program segment on Second life, disability and education. My input was focused around barriers to access to technology generally and from my Lifekludger perspective. Also touched on the importance of technology ...

Nomad Brush – A Paintbrush for iPad

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Nomad Brush is a unique paintbrush for the iPad that features soft, flexible bristles made from a blend of natural and conductive fibers. Nomad Brush + iPad from Don Lee on Vimeo. The makers say "This simple and elegant design makes it a perfect tool for drawing and painting on the ...

Miniguru keyboard

Friday, January 22nd, 2010

The Miniguru keyboard is a compact keyboard that has a cut down, rearranged, minimalistic layout, layers for additional function keys, is reconfigurable and has a 'TrackPoint' style mouse pointer. www.guru-board.com [via Gadgetlab] & [Engadget]

Do RIM’s optical trackpads offer Accessible Alternative to “Skin” Touch?

Saturday, December 19th, 2009

It seems RIM's 'optical pad' technology could offer hope for the "touch barrier" that exists with the requirement for skin to touch the capacitive type pads that dominate todays gadgets. Thinking about how your phone's touchscreen operates, you might assume that the so-called optical pads that have been making appearances on ...

Pew Report: Social Isolation and New Technology

Friday, November 6th, 2009

Interesting things in this report (PDF) about the effects of technology on social isolation. (http://www.pewinternet.org/Reports/2009/18--Social-Isolation-and-New-Technology.aspx) A lot of what it says I can attest to in my own experience, especially in relation to technology providing a platform and mechanism for "core discussion networks" to become more diverse.  This also sets ...

You can’t have inclusion without openness

Sunday, September 6th, 2009

You can't have inclusion without openness. [caption id="attachment_562" align="alignleft" width="174" caption="circle with symbolic people around inner circumference"][/caption] That may seem obvious to some. But it's true power hit me like a ton of bricks when it popped into my head. More-so as I've been hung-up and writing on this openness thing for ...

Story of ‘good will’ highlights Lifekludger concept – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

This story from the Santa Cruz Sentinel shows the power of connection and what can be achieved when a Maker (Jon Bjornstad, a Santa Cruz freelance computer programmer) is backed by a Giver (Roy and Ana Cook of Saratoga) to help a Liver (Karadole, a paralyzed woman who lives in ...

Bare Conductive Ink

Wednesday, August 26th, 2009

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="311" caption="skin safe conductive ink"][/caption] Skin safe conductive ink. Mmm...thinking this stuff must be good for something. Maybe it's conductive properties combined with it being non-toxic could have some application for getting around the touch barrier. [Bare Conductive]

The Social Internet as Social Assistive Device

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

The social web offers a means of engagement that trascends the technology and transforms lives. Strangely or not, I tend not to see myself as disabled. Maybe that's why I tend to focus on sharing more about what I'm doing than who I am or what I think about disability specific ...

Lifekludger Wiki

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

[caption id="attachment_484" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="lifekludger logo"][/caption] In a few months the Lifekludger blog will have been going for four years. What started as a desire to share my thoughts about how I use technology as a person who lives with disability quickly turned into a platform to espouse the vision of ...