Category Archives: Homemaking and shopping

Mind field

As usual, a proposed “thought-controlled technology” will probably be run in practice via other physical capabilities. That doesn’t mean we’re not looking forward to some of the hands-free environmental control strategies being developed by Japanese researchers, including the ability to … Continue reading

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Know your food

Finally, a translation app for the iPhone we can believe in: not for language-to-language, but for indicating the real meaning of items on a food label. Currently checks to make sure everything is either vegetarian or Halal, but could easily … Continue reading

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iPad your pad

Environmental control has always been a huge issue for people with mobility disabilities; if you can’t control the TV from afar, for example, you may be stuck watching bad reruns long after your program of interest has ended. Ability to … 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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Isn’t it ironic, don’t you think?

We get periodic calls about auto-turn off technologies that can help elders and others who forget that they’ve left an appliance running. Meet the Roly Poly Iron, which automatically tips itself into a vertical position as soon as it’s no … Continue reading

Posted in Cognitively impaired, Dexterity impaired, Hardware, Homemaking and shopping, Just a prototype so far, Size, weight, stability, grip | Leave a comment

Washy Talky (no joke; that’s the name)

On the list of major appliances we wish had voice output, a clothes washer is a minor item.  But who can resist one that speaks in English, Hindi, and Tamil, and has such an amusing name?  It seems to have … Continue reading

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