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UXMAS advent calendar for UX folk. | accessibility news

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 02:38:57 +0000

It’s on again. The excellent UXMAS advent calendar for UX folk.  

Finally – iOS 11 can have iPhone automatically answer incoming calls on your behalf

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:36:23 +0000

  I’ve been waiting for an auto-answer feature on iPhone for ages. iOS 11 now includes that function. I’m off to upgrade!     Many iOS 11 features seem to be inspired by the jailbreak community. Among them, a brand new call audio routing option in accessibility settings that allows you to set your iPhone to automatically answer incoming calls […]

You know you’re old when they start archiving your blog

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 07:20:00 +0000

Via the Internet Archive   Source: lifekludger

Former Microsoft design director on Hololens, Xbox and Cortana and inclusive design thinking

Wed, 10 May 2017 23:15:45 +0000

Kat Holmes is the former principal director of Inclusive Design at Microsoft. In this episode, we talk about the definition of inclusive design, take an inside look at her “special ops” design unit, and dive into the best method for deploying human-centered design. Source: Former Microsoft design director on shaping Hololens, Xbox and Cortana with inclusive […]

How a Smart Home Empowers People with Disabilities

Wed, 10 May 2017 09:08:32 +0000

… While advances in personal technology continue at a rapid pace, at times their designers seem to forget about the population that could perhaps benefit from it the most. Stabelfeldt says just the ability to charge a phone with a wheelchair didn’t even exist until a few years ago. But features like Apple’s “Home” app […]

In search of the Ubiquitous Mouthstick

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 02:17:06 +0000

Mick (email on request) sent me this very pertinent email the other day about the un-ubiquitous nature of mouthsticks. Lads is it just me or do we all use any given mouth-stick for a broad variety of tasks? I ask because I find that many of the solutions offered for a specific issue -in this […]

App for deaf people to ‘hear’ group conversations

Tue, 04 Nov 2014 02:28:58 +0000

Smart, very smart use of technology to enhance lives. Researchers have developed the first mobile app to make group conversations possible between deaf people and their hearing peers. The Transcense app “listens” and interprets conversations, providing real-time captioning on mobile devices.   Indiegogo campaign : Transcence website : via [New app lets deaf […]

Commodity Environmental Control – The Smart Home and Accessibility | TechCrunch

Mon, 08 Sep 2014 10:53:08 +0000

Techcrunch feature an good article on the smart home and accessibility. For over thirty years I’ve been kludging ways to control what I can around me.  There’s a whole field of rehabilitation technology centred around what’s termed “environmental control”. All this time I’ve dreamed of the day when this stuff – what you could call ‘lazy-man’ tech. […]

The Selfie – Remote Switch for Camera Phone

Mon, 31 Mar 2014 22:23:21 +0000

While they might call this a gimmick an its inspiration may be the #selfie, I’m convinced this could be useful to someone unable to hold a phone or press the button on their phone to take a picture. via Coolest Gadgets

Pressy – a smartphone task button

Tue, 31 Dec 2013 10:14:27 +0000

The Pressy is a tiny, simple button that you plug into the headphone jack of your phone that allows you to easily access a regular task. It uses an app that lets you setup the presses it takes to perform certain functions. Clicks are similar to Morse Code and are comprised of long and short […]

Wheelchair tyres that never go flat

Thu, 19 Dec 2013 10:03:38 +0000

Wheelchair tyres should be made like this…. “Military Inspired ATV has tires that won’t stop…or be popped” Via: Coolest Gadgets