Category Archives: Children

Follow the bouncing ball

Adults and elders can have a variety of priorities when selecting assistive technologies–efficiency, cost, portability, durability, etc. Kids tend to have one: whether or not the technology makes them look cooler, or at least as cool, as their peers. Take … Continue reading

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Sound, downed

Kids, don’t let all the hype about being able to design your own inserts for the shell caps on the new $30 Griffin MyPhones fool you. Their real purpose is to make sure you can’t turn the volume up above … Continue reading

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Preventing singe drinking

Yanko Design is listing a prototype baby bottle that provides clear feedback on milk temperature: Just right, and you see an icon of a smiling green infant; too hot, and the picture turns red and bawly. Great for parents with … Continue reading

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Tag your its

The world of RFID gets more interesting and useful with a starter kit from Tikitag.  You get 10 adhesive-backed RFID tags and a USB reader, plus kewl applications.  For instance, put a tag on a person’s photo, then swipe it … Continue reading

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Teen talk

Since teens theoretically spend all day text messaging anyway, why not take advantage of the technology to remind them to take medications? A pilot program in Cincinnati has volunteers typing reminder messages at set times of the day–with all words … Continue reading

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Control version

Designer David Chacon has come up with a small remote for controlling devices all over the house. Besides the convenience for people with mobility disabilities, we particularly like the large, intuitive iconography–no reading capability required–and the potential for creating custom … Continue reading

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