Category Archives: Speech impaired

Say it loud

Since shouting seems to have replaced baseball as the national pasttime, it seems fair that there should be some type of augmentative communication device that lets people with speech disabilities get in on the antagonizing. The Recordable Supporter’s Megaphone allows … Continue reading

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Help now a text away

Waterloo, IA is the new national center of 911 accessibility; their call center can now receive text messages, and the operators can respond in kind. There are still a few potential bugs in the system–for example, the caller needs to … Continue reading

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uCan uCord

We’ve previously written about automatic cameras for dogs, but the idea has now been appropriated by people, presumably to continue the every-little-moment-has-a-meaning-all-its-own mentality encouraged by Twitter. However, this wearable audio/video recorder does have consequential applications for people with severe dexterity, … Continue reading

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Immersion: not all wet

Immersion has 2 new prototypes out, on display at the All Things Digital conference.  TouchSense is a haptic keyboard for touchscreen phones.  Users can “feel” the keys, and especially the borders between keys for heads-up or eyes-off typing.  ImmersiveMessaging is … Continue reading

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La vida ProLoquo

USA Today reports a classic example of how basing assistive strategies on mainstream equipment can be cost-effective. Most communication devices used by individuals who are non-verbal due to either speech or cognitive disabilities are either highly simplistic or cost thousands … Continue reading

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Oh, the thinks you can think

A children’s hospital in Toronto is working on an innovative strategy for mind-control interfaces. Instead of trying to directly interpret thoughts–the lead researcher on this project doubts this could happen, and we agree–the system works by interpreting brain activity as … Continue reading

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