Category Archives: Children

I don’t see what you’re saying

One of the problems for some would-be speech output users is that most speech output strategies require tricky or intense use of the keyboard, mouse, or both; this can be a particular problem for seniors. Some German researchers have come … Continue reading

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Well-defined technology

Portable electronic dictionaries have been around for some time to help kids (and adults), particularly those with learning disabilities. Now Sharp has released their own version imbued with that trickiest of product features–coolness. Besides providing word definitions (in adjustable font … Continue reading

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Quickies at MIT

Quickies combine the best features of Post-It Notes and software. An RFID tag is attached to each Post-It, enabling heretofore unrealized capabilities, via computer, such as tracking where you left a note (great cognitive aid!) and pulling up a list … Continue reading

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See SPOT fail…

Sounds like the SPOT Personal Tracker would have been right up our alley; it was designed to allow users to upload real-time tracking data and to work in areas with no cellular service. In addition, it has a simple interface, … Continue reading

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Effective snowball

At this time of year, the primary concern of kids (and selected adults) who use wheelchairs might well be: how can I get into that snowball fight in the backyard? A new device seems perfect for creating the necessary ammunition. … Continue reading

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Potty on, Wayne

The Potty Time Watch provides audio and visual cues to remind toddlers to take a bathroom break–or remind anyone of whatever they need to remember on a frequent basis–and then resets itself to go back off at 30, 60, or … Continue reading

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