DIY door lock for smartphone accessibility by Sony

Monday, December 29th, 2014

sony’s DIY ‘qrio’ smart lock clips onto door for smartphone accessibility via source: http://www.designboom.com/technology/sony-qrio-smart-lock-12-14-2014/

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 ...

Smartphone Device That Maps Surroundings to Aid Blind

Thursday, September 5th, 2013

Curtin University research a smartphone-like gadget that senses an entire room's features, builds a virtual map of it and communicates this to the user may one day replace the humble white cane to help blind sense their surroundings. Using special multi-sensor array technology, the Indoor Navigation Project will enable blind to ...

WeMo – power control via mobile

Monday, July 2nd, 2012

WeMo is a family of simple, ingenious products that allow you to control home electronics from anywhere. Turn them on or off, trigger them with motion, even put them on a schedule. WeMo lives on your smartphone and uses your home WiFi and mobile internet. Source: WeMo by Belkin via Lifekludger on Pinterest

Windows 8 & Metro Accessibility

Wednesday, March 7th, 2012

  Great article outlining Windows 8 & Metro Accessibility: "Our accessibility goals in Windows 8 are to: Improve the assistive technologies that are components of Windows, and provide a good experience with the Metro style UI. Provide developer tools that have baseline accessibility built in, so that accessible Metro style apps are available ...

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. ...

Sonamba Wellbeing Monitor for Independence

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Sonamba is an easy-to-use, stand-alone device designed to enhance caregiving for seniors or people who need a little assistance living on their own. Sonamba can send and receive messages, track normal activity patterns and warn of any changes. It provides medication and appointment reminders, and it even calls caregivers or ...

Puff – Blow Concept for phone interaction.

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2009

Interesting idea. A first-thought is in the future this would be a way around the 'voice-command' dialing barrier that exists with most devices currently, where you're expected to push a button then talk. A "puff-talk" action would work as a 'complete' hands free dialing alternative. [Pantech IM-] via ubergizmo

Phone designed for the Blind shows importance of feedback

Monday, October 20th, 2008

SENS concept phone. by Japanese designer, Takumi Yoshida I've written previously about the importance of the correct type of feedback for input, especially when one or more of your senses fail you. This SENS phone uses a combination of tactile sensors and audio feedback to the user. When a person key is pressed ...

iPhone text accessibility plan from AT&T

Monday, September 1st, 2008

For deaf, hearing impaired, and those with difficulties talking, AT&T unveiled a Text Accessibility Plan. For $40.00 per month, qualified customers get unlimited text and unlimited data, without any allotment of minutes for talk time. Sensible move by AT&T, showing that barriers to access don't always involve convaluted solutions. [via techgadgetupdate]