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Hooking up a usable world, one mainstream product at a time.

iPad dock will add gesture control

Posted by Jim Tobias 27 December 2010

A dock for the Apple iPad will allow users to sweep and swipe in mid-air, as far away as a foot from the iPad.  No word yet on what gestures will be included, but they will let you control regular apps.  We may also see special apps written for the dock; maybe someone will be smart/kind enough to write apps for people with dexterity limitations, cognitive disabilities, etc. — this is a perfect gadget for adding even more accessibility to the already-stellar iPad.  Not having to hold the iPad will make it easier for dexterity impaired users, and with a camera-equipped iPad, it may facilitate sign language video.  (Not that the combo would recognize ASL — having the iPad in a dock, controllable from a certain distance would make it easier for someone standing back and signing.)

CES 2011: iPad dock with Motion Sensing Controls to Debut – I4U News

iPad tie

Posted by Jane Berliss-Vincent 18 October 2010

The Hand-e-holder attaches to your iPad and then wraps around your hand so you can hold the iPad one-handed and grip-free. Potentially useful for people who find the iPad difficult to hold and operate. But shouldn’t it be called the Hand-i-holder?

OhGizmo: Hand-e-holder makes your arm the iPad stand

Dude, where’s my mouse?

Posted by Jane Berliss-Vincent 18 October 2010

MIT has come up with a prototype for an invisible mouse. You cup and move your hand as you would with a standard mouse, but instead of a physical piece of plastic, there’s a camera and light source that track your movement. To click, just press on the table. Potentially useful for people who have difficulty with grasping.

Crunchgear: O hai, I has an invisible mouse

Computter adaptation

Posted by Jane Berliss-Vincent 28 September 2010

SensoGlove knows from good golf grips, and tells you when yours is off. It’s got both video and output to help you adjust your finger positions. Something like this might be helpful for people who need dexterity retraining as a result of, say, a stroke, or need permanent assistance due to neuralgia or similar conditions.

Gizmodo: Digital golf glove tells you exactly hard to grip it

You go, gel

Posted by Jane Berliss-Vincent 17 September 2010

Bödysöf is a new shower gadget that removes the need for squeezing bottles of bath gel. Instead, it lets you pull a lever to dispense gel into the stream of your shower. Looks pretty friendly for people with arthritis and other dexterity impairments. Available in chrome for $140 or plastic for $80; umlauts sold separately.

Wired: Smart shower-dongle mixes soap with water

Digital measurements

Posted by Jane Berliss-Vincent 14 September 2010

The Smart Finger prototype is essentially a gesture-based system for measuring short distances. Put the paired devices on two of your fingers, and they’ll give you a readout indicating the measurement in either metric or U.S. units. Has the potential to be a good strategy for people with dexterity disabilities; could be helpful to people with visual or cognitive disabilities if what seems to be a large-print display were also high-contrast, and if there were an audio output option as well.

Yanko Design: My Fingers Are So Smart, They Measure!

On tap

Posted by Jane Berliss-Vincent 30 August 2010

There are a couple of new products that could make water faucets more accommodating to people with various types of upper body impairments. The Smart Faucet is a lever you can add to your current faucet; water only flows when the lever is pressed, eliminating the need to twist knobs on and off. The Tapi is a rubber cup that turns the water flow into a drinking fountain when squeezed. If they require minimum activation pressure, they could work for a lot of people.

Gizmodo: The faucet gets smart

Gizmodo: Tapi, a rubber adapter that turns your faucet into a drinking fountain

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