Category Archives: Controls: shape, texture, color, grouping

Tempdot by the fruit of another

Some good ideas just scream “Yanko Design” even before you click on the original link. Today’s example: the Tempdot faucet, which has no handles. Instead, you touch one of nine dots whose color corresponds to the approximate temperature you want; … Continue reading

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Miniguru

The proposed Miniguru keyboard goes our old friend Optimus Maximus one better. Like the Optimus, it allows you to customize the key functions and displays–but it also allows you to specify whether you want the keys to be “clicky,” “tactile,” … Continue reading

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Gboard

Gboard is an interesting example of a product that will meet some accessibility needs, but with a little more design consideration could have met even more. It’s a plug-and-play pad with keys for 18 of the 69 Gmail shortcuts, plus … Continue reading

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Playing close to the chest

OK, let’s say that your dexterity limitations don’t match the killer version of Smoke On The Water that you know you have inside. Introducing ThinkGeek’s playable guitar t-shirt, also available in a drum model, that would be perfect for folks … Continue reading

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Puff the magic interface

Never mind that flat touch screen displays are almost always inaccessible to blind folks. They’re also aesthetically ooky to all of us who are used to feeling resistance from a pressed button, key, etc. as tactile confirmation that we’ve actually … Continue reading

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Impeccably peckable

The standard QWERTY keyboard layout can be hard to grok for some people with cognitive disabilities, not to mention those who’ve never formally learned to type. We’ve seen keyboards with the keys arranged in alphabetic order before, but this is … Continue reading

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