Category Archives: Dexterity impaired

Smile and Move Along

We’ve seen a lot of progress in facial recognition recently; now we’ve got facial expression recognition. That’s right, smile to control your wheelchair (or whatever). It’s a control capability and a way to authenticate a user.

Posted in Communication, Computer vision, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Dexterity impaired, Education, Gesture interface, Identity/authentication, Just a prototype so far, Personal management and self-care, Redundant input, Transportation | Leave a comment

Going Steadier

Liftware is a new gadget that reduces the effect of hand tremor. Hand-held, it detects your tremor and compensates for it by counter-moving its attachment (such as a spoon). Could it one day have a stylus attachment, to improve performance … Continue reading

Posted in Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Dexterity impaired, Hardware, Personal management and self-care, Size, weight, stability, grip | Leave a comment

iPad dock will add gesture control

A dock for the Apple iPad will allow users to sweep and swipe in mid-air, as far away as a foot from the iPad.  No word yet on what gestures will be included, but they will let you control regular … Continue reading

Posted in Cognitively impaired, Communication, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Dexterity impaired, Gesture interface, Hardware, Information management, Redundant input, Simplicity, ease of use, Size, weight, stability, grip | Leave a comment

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

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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Ready, set, Odiogo

One of the most popular assistive technology features we’ve been asked about in recent years is the ability to convert text to downloadable audio files on the fly. Now there’s Odiogo, a free, mainstream service that does the same thing … Continue reading

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