Author Archives: Jane Berliss-Vincent

New phone designs could help users with disabilities

Nonobject is an offbeat design studio in Palo Alto that’s proposing three new cell phone designs, all of which have accessibility implications. The Rawphisticated, which looks like a crumpled business card, could be refined so that the crumples provide tactile … Continue reading

Posted in Blind, Communication, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Controls: shape, texture, color, grouping, Dexterity impaired, Hardware | Leave a comment

Optical character recognition tool might have applications for assistive technology users

WordLens is a new iPhone app that can be used to recognize text within graphics and translate it (just Spanish->English and English->Spanish for now). Because this uses optical character recognition, we wonder if the technology could also be used to … Continue reading

Posted in Blind, Cognitively impaired, Compatibility with AT, Information management, Software, Text-to-speech | Leave a comment

Bedside table serves as Twitter interface

An art project recently displayed in Saint-Etienne, France, has an interesting interface: it uses a bedside table with a scanner built into its drawer. Place a photo (or a handwritten note?) into the drawer, and the image is automatically scanned … Continue reading

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Clock provides visual cues on appropriate sleep/wake times

We’ve previously covered persistent alarm clocks, but never appreciated the need to address a complimentary problem: people who wake up early and don’t realize that others in their household still need to sleep. Now there’s the Stoplight Alarm Clock, which … Continue reading

Posted in Cognitively impaired, Hardware, Personal management and self-care, Redundant output, Simplicity, ease of use | Leave a comment

Chameleon lamp reacts to ambient background

The Huey lamp senses the color of whatever it’s sitting on and changes to match that color. What we’d love to see as a related product is a lamp with the same type of sensors, but that responds by changing … Continue reading

Posted in Hardware, Lighting, brightness, contrast, magnification, Promising component | Leave a comment

911 to expand communication options

Texting is a perfect example of what AoMS is about–a mainstream technology that is seamlessly relevant to one or more groups of people with disabilities, in this case people with hearing or speech disabilities. However, when texting could be most … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Laws, regulations, Most or all disabilities, Redundant input, Wireless | 1 Comment