Category Archives: Most or all disabilities

One order of iPad Thai

Sharp is trying out a restaurant app in Japan that would let individuals browse the menu and place their order by iPad. If implemented with even a soupcon of thoughtfulness, this could address a variety of access issues, from working … Continue reading

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You can’t spell “complain” without “LA”

Using an Apple iPhone app, L.A. citizens can now take a picture of a broken sidewalk or other municipal flaw and send it directly to the city government for instant relief.  How about reporting blocked curbcuts or illegal use of … Continue reading

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Buddy system

We’ve written before about automated Twitter messages as a communication strategy, but most examples were either hacks or left little leeway for consciously choosing a desired message. Enter Buddy Radio, a simple device currently being tested with elders by the … Continue reading

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Clothes encounters

Ping is a newly proposed fabric with built-in sensors and conductors that has all kinds of accessibility implications. It could be used to automatically send messages upon execution of a particular gesture (interesting for some people with speech, dexterity, or … Continue reading

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Deja vu all over again

Coding kvetch: A perusal of the Apple Developer notes for designing websites to be compatible with the iPad shows that one of the guidelines discourages exclusive use of mouse-specific event handlers such as mouseover and mouseout. Instead, they encourage use … Continue reading

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Get fresh with us

Among the many things AoMS believes in is fresh produce, so we’re pleased to see the Fresh Code barcode system being proposed. As the fruit or veggie deteriorates, so does the code; if it’s past its edibility date, the barcode … Continue reading

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