Category Archives: Just plain cool

Capacitive? Resistive? Delicious?

People who don’t have or use fingers for controlling touchscreens have problems with capacitive models like the iPhone.  You can’t use it with most metal or plastic styli because the touchscreen is expecting a certain amount of capacitive charge found … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Dexterity impaired, Information management, Just plain cool, Redundant input, Size, weight, stability, grip | 2 Comments

People with Up

What do the films How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Up have in common? Besides (despite?) featuring unapologetic curmudgeons as primary characters, they both represent accessibility landmarks: Grinch was the first commercially-released DVD to have a closed-captioned option, and Up … Continue reading

Posted in Blind, Content, Entertainment, Just plain cool, Market drivers, Redundant output | 7 Comments

Tough glove

Product durability is at the top of just about any assistive technology user’s wish list, but that’s not always built into some of the mainstream products that we cover. As one of our occasional nods to DIY solutions, we’d like … 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

Posted in Cognitively impaired, Communication, Content, Deaf, Hard of hearing, Just plain cool, Redundant input, Redundant output, Speech impaired | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Blind, Communication, Controls: shape, texture, color, grouping, Hardware, Just a prototype so far, Just plain cool, Promising component | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Cognitively impaired, Communication, Just plain cool, Market drivers, Simplicity, ease of use, Size, weight, stability, grip, Software, Speech impaired, Text-to-speech | 2 Comments