A Special Phone is a cell phone screen reader and a voice output dialing program for cell phone designed for use by individuals who are blind, have low vision or have cognitive or memory disabilities. This application (or app) provides audio and tactile (through vibration) feedback to ensure that the user calls the correct person. The program allows a person to establish up to six contacts who can be speed dialed. To establish a contact, the user (or an assistant) selects a person or organizatio
The Adrian's Bus Pass/Phone Holder, model 173, is a cell phone pouch designed for use by individuals with mobility disabilities or spinal cord injury. It hangs around the neck and keeps necessary items within reach, right in front. This machine-washable denim-shirt-shaped pouch has space for keys, bus pass, cell phone, and/or lunch money. DIMENSIONS: Approximately 5.5 x 5.5 inches at the broadest point; it narrows to 4 inches wide. The neck cord is 22 inches long. COLOR: Available in assorted co
ASL Dictionary is a tablet and phone application designed to teach American Sign Language. Translate English into ASL, from A-Z, plus the entire numerical system, common English phrases, symbols and much more.
Behavior Breakthroughs is a mobile application designed for use by parents and caregivers of children and adults with autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), and other related disorders. The simulation was created using game-based technology to provide an interactive environment in which parents and caregivers learn to effectively implement behavioral strategies and techniques. The simulation displays realistic 3D images of a virtual child engaging in challenging behaviors. The
Birdhouse is a web and mobile based application for caregivers of people with Autism. Birdhouse is an Autism management platform designed for users to organize the important information related to the person with autism's care. Birdhouse enables the user to keep track of medications and supplements, therapies and therapists, and easily track behaviors and daily activities. Use Birdhouse to find correlations and patterns in everyday life so the user can see what’s helping and what needs to be c
The Blue Freedom Bluetooth Cell Phone Headset is a one button headset designed for use by individuals with limited mobility or dexterity issues. Bluetooth headset with high quality, adjustable volume and allows user to be handsfree and wireless. Plus, everything is controlled at the touch of a single button. Features: Clips comfortably to user's clothes. Enhanced voice quality. Adjustable volume, rechargeable li-polymer battery enables hands free operation of mobile phones. Lightweight design.
The BM-01 is a large key mobile phone which includes functions designed especially for the elderly or anyone with low vision. The BM-01 big button mobile phone features big keys and font to make it easier to see the keys. The phone features an emergency call button - even if the phone is switched off, a user can press the button for 3 seconds and the phone will automatically switch on and dial the pre-set emergency number. There is also a magnify text message button - if small text is difficult
The Body Mount (Leg) for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad is a cell phone holder and tablet computer mounting system for people with upper or lower extremity, grasping and mobility disabilities, people with use of one hand, and wheelchair users. The system includes two adjustable straps to secure an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch on the user's leg while seated in a wheelchair. OPTIONS: Mounts are available for the iPod Touch, iPhone 4, iPhone 4G, iPad 1 and iPad 2.
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a Braille smartphone for individuals who are blind or have low vision. 2011 TED Fellow and interaction design graduate of the National Institute of Design (NID) Sumit Dagar is collaborating with the IIT Delhi to create a prototype of the world's first Braille smartphone with a completely tactile display. The phone, which has yet to be officially named, has a tactile screen comprised of a grid of pins that move up and down under a soft me
Braille Sol is designed for use by individuals who are blind. Braille translation programs exist, but team Braille Sol wanted to make a haptic device that allows greater control of a phone or tablet. The Arduino Uno at the heart of the device can be connected via Bluetooth or serial port, and the pins are actuated by solenoids.
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with quadriplegia to keep essential items at hand while in his wheelchair. Three carrying aids were made and attached the left arm of the wheelchair. The first was a carrying pouch for a cell phone. Made of metal, the pouch is lined with vinyl to protect the phone from damage. The second was a small, flat metal tray to carry the remote control for operating the front door. Also added to the arm was a pocket made of vinyl to carry the hadset for
The CE50 HearItMobile Bluetooth Neckloop is a telephone handset amplifier and cell phone amplifier designed for use by individuals who are hard of hearing. This unit increases incoming sounds over 30 decibels (dB). The t-coil enabled, hearing aid compatible device is compatible with most cellular, corded and cordless phones. Standard features include a 3.5-millimeter headphone jack, built-in microphone, and quick release for safety and ease-of-use. POWER: Uses one rechargeable battery with 14 ho
CUSTOM ADAPTATION PURPOSE: To enable an individual with use of only one arm to dial a cell phone and type on its mini keyboard extension. A holder in the shape of the phone and its extension was cut out of plywood, with an additional strip of wood at the sides and bottom to hold the phone in place. A strap with a pull-tight Velcro fastener was attached to the holder. The strap wraps around the user's arm and when the arm rests on a table or other surface, the phone and keyboard are steady for u
The Central Alert Mini Notification System is designed for individuals who are hearing impaired or deaf. It is extra loud and bright when it flashes, alerting the user to a doorbell ringer, a text, or a call. It has a CentralAlert Cell Phone Ringer/Flasher, a Wireless Doorbell, Alerts to incoming phone calls and texts. As well, the Central Alert Mini Notification System has alerts to Skype and FaceTime calls and a loud ringer and bright flasher alerts. In addition, the product has a backup batte
The Clarity Pal (101) is an amplified, hearing aid compatible cellular phone with speaker designed for use by seniors and individuals who are hard of hearing. This phone amplifies incoming sound with adjustable tone control for a customized listening experience. The SOS one-touch emergency button on the back of the phone will set off an alarm when pressed for 2-3 seconds, and the phone will automatically make calls to the predefined emergency contacts (up to five numbers can be set) one by one.
Clip&Read, model 2916, is a pair of magnifying glasses for cell phone screens, digital camera screens, and other small devices, designed for use by individuals with low vision. This miniature pair of reading glasses can be attached to any portable device, using either the attached clip or the included velcro fastenings. The glasses are lightweight and sit snugly on the sides of the user's temples without pressure points. Magnification levels are +1.5 and +2.5 diopters. The glasses come with
Dexteria (version 1.3.5) is an app that offers a set of therapeutic hand exercises (not games) to help children and adults improve their fine motor skills and handwriting readiness. Dexteria’s hand and finger activities take full advantage of the multi-touch interface to help individuals build strength, coordination, motor control and dexterity in their hands and fingers. For best therapeutic results, the exercises should be done on a regular basis in short sessions. Designed in consultation wit
The Doro HandleEasy 326i GSM Cell Phone is a large button cell phone designed for use by seniors and individuals with low vision or fine motor disabilities. This phone works with major US GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile (not Verizon or Sprint) and offers calling only. Features include large backlit concave buttons, a display with large characters and high contrast, a vibrating ringer, and a soft touch grip. It also has 15-number redial with caller ID, four one-touch speed dials, seven ri
The Doro HandleEasy 330 GSM Cell Phone is a large button cell phone designed for use by seniors and individuals with low vision or fine motor disabilities. This phone works with major US GSM carriers like AT&T and T-Mobile (not Verizon or Sprint) and offers calling and text messaging with full SMS capability. Features include large backlit buttons, a color screen with large characters and high contrast, a vibrating ringer, and a headset. It also has 10-number redial with caller ID, eight rin
Earware Cell Phone Amplifier is a telephone amplifier designed for use by individuals who are hard of hearing. This amplifier compensates for a cell phone’s low volume output to overcome background noise or poor signal connections. It is a universal add-on accessory that can be used with any headset or hands-free earpiece to boost the output volume by 15 to 20 decibels. It is also hearing aid compatible for use with custom in-the-ear or in-the-canal hearing aids without feedback. OPTIONS: Comfor
EASYBLUE is a switch adapted Bluetooth device designed for use by individuals with upper extremity, fine motor, or severe physical disabilities. Bluetooth devices commonly used with cell phones are worn on the user’s ear and interface with the cell phone utilizing the voice recognition or dialing features of the cell phone. The devices are commonly activated with a small button located on the device, rendering them inaccessible to individuals with limited mobility. This adapted Bluetooth headset
The Esys 12 is a braille notetaker, braille display and braille keyboard designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This portable unit has 12 braille cells with 12 integrated cursor routing keys located above the braille cells. The Esys 12 includes a ten-key braille keyboard with which the user can type notes. The unit can be used to read and write text messages and operate a mobile phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), personal computer (PC), or notetaker. The user can
The Esys 24 (also known as the esys24) is a braille notetaker, refreshable braille display and braille keyboard designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This unit has a display with 24 braille cells with 24 integrated cursor routing keys located above the braille cells. The Esys 24 includes a ten-key braille keyboard with which the user types notes. The unit can be used independently or connected to a PC work station via Bluetooth or USB. It can also be used to send and
The Esys 40 (also known as esys40) is a braille notetaker, refreshable braille display and braille keyboard designed for use by individuals who are blind or have vision. This portable unit has a large display with 40 braille cells with 40 integrated cursor routing keys located above the braille cells. The esys40 includes a ten-key braille keyboard with which the user types notes. The unit can be used independently or connected to a PC work station via Bluetooth or USB. It can be used to read and
The Esys 64 (also know as the esys64) is a braille notetaker, refreshable braille display and braille keyboard designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This unit has a display with 64 braille cells with 64 cursor routing keys located above the braille cells. It includes a ten-key braille keyboard with which the user types notes. The Esys 64 features grey aluminium housing and black plastic details. The unit can be used independently or connected to a PC work station via
The Esys 80 (also known as the esys80) is a braille notetaker, refreshable braille display and braille keyboard designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This unit has a display with 80 braille cells with 80 cursor routing keys located above the braille cells. It includes a ten-key braille keyboard with which the user types notes. The Esys 80 features grey aluminium housing and black plastic details. The unit can be used independently or connected to a PC work station or
The esysLight is a refreshable braille display designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This unit has a display with 40 braille cells with 40 cursor routing keys located above the braille cells. It can be used independently or connected to another device via Bluetooth or mini USB. The esysLight can be connected to a mobile phone, personal digital assistant (PDA), or personal computer (PC) to read text messages and Internet content. The two navigation joysticks and four n
Eyes-Free Shell is an audible screen navigation, voice output dialing and screen reader program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This application (or app) turns an Android device into an eyes-free communication device and provides one-touch access to applications and mini-apps built into Eyes-Free Shell. The user interacts with the touch screen to check status information, launch applications, and direct dial or message a contact. The main screen has seven widget
-- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a universal smartphone mount for use by people with and without disabilities. The Flexible Universal Mobile Mount (FUMM) is an adaptation on the basic function of propping a smartphone in a useful position. Instead of being restricted to only certain devices or angles, the device's flexible arms and nano suction pads make it possible for the FUMM to be used with almost any phone, removing the need to buy a new stand when changing or upgrad
Go Ring is a cell phone holder and a stand for a tablet computer designed for use by individuals with fine motor, grasping, or neurological disabilities, spinal cord injury or arthritis. The device reduces the risk of dropping and breaking smartphones and tablet computers. Go Ring fastens to the back of the device with an adhesive pad. It rotates in 360 degrees when used with a smart phone, and it can function as a stand for a tablet computer with adjustable mounting angles. The adhesive pad sup
The H-92 Phone Holder is a cell phone holder and tablet computer mounting system designed for use by individuals with upper or lower extremity, grasping and mobility disabilities, individuals with use of one hand, and wheelchair users. The Phone Holder’s gel case attaches to the “Quick Connect” lever which screws into the end of a Short, Mini, Articulating, Magic Arm or Super Clamp (see separate entries). The screw size is 1/4-20. The Phone Holder expands from 1.625 to 4.5 inches. The “Quick-Con
HearingCompanion is an electronic ear Android smartphone application that was developed in collaboration with SBIR award winner, CreateAbility Concepts, Inc., to help people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing identify sounds in their environment. The app works with multiple data plans, connecting to the internet via cellular, internet or Wi-Fi and instantaneously communicates with CreateAbility’s server (cloud) to identify sounds. The app supports touch screen and keyboard input, and is operable wi
HearYouNow is a voice and sound amplifier designed for use by individuals who are hard of hearing. The program allows a person to use their Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as a personal voice amplifier. Features include intuitive interface, high performance sound quality, using state of the art ExSilent filtering and amplification techniques.
The volume is adjustable per ear. The individual frequency sliders allow volume control for three frequency bands, tuned towards speech understanding. Wit
HomeRoutines is an iPhone, computer and tablet application designed for users with attention deficit disorders. Create routine checklists, then complete them on chosen days of the week, with reminder notifications and a gold star for each completed task. User checklists can automatically reset - start fresh each morning, week, or month. Free online editing and syncing between devices.
Hover Mounting Kit for iDevices is a mounting system designed to mount iDevices (i.e. iPads, iPad mini, iPhone 4, 4S or 5, etc.) using the Latitude Mounting Arm. It is designed for use by individuals with limited upper extremity coordination and strength, fine motor and grasping difficulties. This kit includes the Latitude Mounting Arm, Super Clamp, mounting plates and a Quick Start Guide. It is made out of strong carbon fiber. WEIGHT: 1.1 lbs/.5kg COLOR: Black WARRANTY/GUARANTEE: As stated by t
The HumanWare Communicator is a multilingual face-to-face conversation app designed to help deaf-blind individuals communicate on an everyday basis. This app is intended to establish a text conversation between a deaf-blind person and a sighted person. All interaction appears both on the deaf-blind person’s refreshable Braille display, as well as visually on the screen of the iOS device.
The I-Pod Case with magnifier is designed for individuals with low vision. The case is made of leather and incorporates a 2X magnifier into the case to magnify the display screen. The case also includes a built in stand with belt clip.
iHear Dialer is a cell phone screen reader and a voice output dialing program for cell phone designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The application (or app) for an iPhone allows the user to dial a phone number without looking at the keypad. When the user moves a finger around the keypad, iHear Dialer will say each number as the finger touches it. The user lifts the finger after the number is read aloud to select if that is the number for dialing then browses to the nex
IP-Relay is a text telephone (TT) emulation program designed for people who are deaf or hard of hearing. It allows a person who cannot hear the incoming audio on a mobile phone to communicate with a hearing person by using the mobile phone as a text telephone. The user can use IP-Relay to place a call to a hearing person. The call is relayed through a certified IP-Relay operator. The user types his/her side of the conversation and the operator speaks that text to the call recipient. The call rec
The iScope is a rifle scope modification that allows the user to attach a smartphone directly to the eyepiece of the scope, which can make hunting or shooting easier for individuals with physical or neurological disabilities who have difficulty using a scope or holding a gun. The adapter attaches to most rifle scopes with four padded set screws. When the smartphone is attached and the smartphone’s camera is aligned with scope, the user can view what the scope sees through the smartphone's screen
iWalk is a prototype navigation service designed for blind and low vision people that intends to provide GPS and location information using speech input for destination selection, integrated local business search, spoken turn-by-turn navigation directions and speech cues in the Graphical User Interface (GUI).
The Jitterbug Plus is a large-button cell phone designed for use by seniors or individuals with low vision, fine motor disabilities, or arthritis. Features of this hearing aid compatible phone include a separate on/off button; a standard dial tone; large, backlit, bright easy-to-see buttons; a full keypad for dialing calls; simple menus with "Yes" and "No" action buttons without confusing icons; on-screen help hints; and large on-screen text. This phone also offers a personal phone book, pay-per
Kikitori Hearing Aid Application is a voice amplifier and voice recorder designed for use by individuals who are hard of hearing. The program allows a person to use their Apple iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch as a hearing aid. Sounds are picked up by the device’s microphone, amplified and processed in real time and sent to the user’s earphones or earbuds. Bluetooth compatible. Features sound adjustment controls and a noise filter.
The knfbReader Mobile is a cell phone, optical character recognition device, and voice output reading machine designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The user takes a photo of the text to be read with the built-in cell phone camera, and the text is read aloud. An automatic viewfinder tells the user whether the entire document is in the photo. While the text is being read, the device can display the text on the phone’s built-in screen and highlight each word as it is spo
The Lifesaver Emergency Cell Phone is a cell phone designed for use by individuals with cognitive, fine motor, or mobility disabilities. This phone is equipped with a large red button which, when pressed, automatically connects to 911 emergency personnel. Adding a SIM card (not included) enables the user to make calls like any other cell phone. The phone also has a built-in GPS locator to enable responders to locate the user. POWER: Uses the included long-life, Lithium battery. The battery is de
The Minuum Keyboard is a software program designed for individuals with grasping difficulties. The software keyboard forgoes the screen-stealing QWERTY layout for a single-line of characters. The software will automatically restructure misspelled words and find patterns in users typing to auto correct typing.
Mobile Magnifier Pocket is a screen magnification program and cell phone display magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This full-screen magnification software enlarges text and images displayed on the screen of phones and Pocket PCs that use the Windows Mobile platform. It enlarges and enhances all items of the display, automatically detecting and magnifying areas of interest as the user navigates through the device’s user interface. It has zoom levels from 1.5x to 16x, with
Mobile Speak SmartPhone is a screen reader for SmartPhones powered by the Windows Mobile platform, designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This software provides voice access to SmartPhone features. The user can choose from several text-to-speech voices in more than 15 supported languages. Supported features include call lists, phone profiles, schedules, contacts, SMS and email, Internet browsing, media files, voice notes, changing all device settings, synchronize data
My Life Skills Box is a mobile phone and computer application designed for children with developmental and learning disabilities. The application teaches everyday life skills such as showering, getting dressed, brushing teeth, and appropriate behavior in public and school environments.
Social skills –user will learn techniques to cope with different social situations and problem solving.
Playing with Functional Objects – user will learn how to use objects for play.
The application separates each
Niki Talk is a mobile phone and computer application for children with autism, aphasia, cerebral palsy, down syndrome, stroke or any disability that impairs the ability to communicate. Designed to be a customizable. Augmentative and Alternative Communication, available for iPad, iPhone and Android. Niki Talk plays an album, that is a collection of pictures (including related text and speech) customized to meet the users preferences. Pictures can be organized by categories (verbs, foods, drinks,
Nuance ZOOMS is a cell phone display magnifier program designed for use by individuals with low vision. This program magnifies the displays of Symbian Series 60 handsets. It can magnify the full screen area from 1.5 up to 4 times. In Distributed Views mode, the screen is divided into several areas to display various elements simultaneously, magnified to double their original size. As the user scrolls through a menu or list, the program magnifies each item along with some of the surrounding area.
OfficeMate is a switch adapted Bluetooth device designed for use by individuals with upper extremity, fine motor, or severe physical disabilities. This device is a switch adapted multipoint Bluetooth headset that allows the user to switch between cell phone and computer use with a single headset. The unit is adapted with a 1/8-inch audio mono jack on a wire lead for use with standard ability switch or wheelchair ECU port. DIMENSIONS: The wire lead is 12 inches long.
Oratio is a cell phone screen reader designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. Designed for use with BlackBerry smartphones, Oratio allows the BlackBerry user to manage instant messaging, emails, SMS and MMS; make and receive calls with access to caller ID on incoming calls; manage the contacts list and the call log; schedule appointments and tasks with alarms and reminders; and access the phone's settings, ring tones and speed dials. Oratio features an auto start mode wh
P3 Mobile is a video-based telephone relay system for deaf and hard-of-hearing users to place and receive VRS and VP calls over a Wi-Fi or cellular data connection. The user has the option to be connected to an operator who then reads the messages to the recipient and transcribes their messages back to the user. In addition, the user also has the option to communicate and record a video message via sign for the recipient if they are not available. Updates to the P3 Mobile include faster sign
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University, Graduate student Chris Harrison and Professor Scott Hudson, have designed a prototype of an alternative touch-screen technology surface which allows for display capabilities of a normal touch screen; but also produces physical pop-up buttons for tactile interaction. This prototype is ideal for persons who are blind or visually impaired. The prototype design incorporates a screen with hidden latex air bubbles. An air
The RAM Mounts EZ-ON/OFF Flexible Seat Clamp Mount is a stand for a tablet computer, cell phone holder and a computer mounting kit for wheelchair designed for use by individuals with use of only one hand, or mobility, lower extremity or upper extremity disabilities, or spinal cord injury. This mount consists of a universal mount with clamp and 2.5-inch diameter ball base, an 18-inch flex rod, a single socking mounting system, and a custom high strength composite non-locking cradle holder for the
The RAY is a cellular phone configured for use by people who are blind or have low vision. The RAY is a fully functional Huawei Vision smartphone with an Android operating system that has been modified to simplify navigation through the phone's functions and applications (apps) and to provide voice input for certain functions and apps as well as voice output for all screen content using text-to-speech technology. In addition to basic smartphone capabilities such as calling, text messaging, calen
Read&Write for Google™ is an app designed to make Google Apps for Education accessible for those with reading and writing difficulties, learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, or English Language Learners. This app provides access to Google Docs, Web, PDFs, ePubs, and Kes files within Google Drive on PCs, Macs, or Chromebooks. Read&Write for Google™ offers the following features: Read Aloud with dual-color highlighting, Word Prediction, Translator, Talking and Picture Dictionaries, Fact
Samsung Haven is a voice output, voice activated cell phone designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The numeric pad has tactile buttons with high contrast numbering. Numbers and menu items are spoken aloud when selected. The user can set up Voice Commands to automatically dial a number when a name is spoken. Other features include one-touch access to emergency numbers including 911 and In Case of Emergency (ICE) contacts; large keys and a large, bright screen with an op
The Samsung Push-To-Talk Cell Phone, model SGH-D357, is a voice activated cell phone designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The Voice Command feature enables the user to dial digits, make calls, and launch applications with verbal commands. The phone also has a Push-to-Talk feature that allows calls to some numbers to be made by pressing one button. IThis phone supports Bluetooth connectivity for connecting to wireless accessories. Other features include speakerphone;
Say Hi iPad augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) application is designed for users with limited movement or challenged dexterity. Allows users to use iPad for basic communication (wants, needs, emotions, etc.) without having to physically touch the iPad touchscreen. The program works by installing Say Hi! AAC on iPad and creating pages with groups of words or phrase boxes. A page can contain up to nine boxes and a box can have any combination of words, phrases, pictures, or recorded
Sensory Speak Up is a mobile and computer application designed for caregivers to help children learn to vocalize and make sounds. Speak Up can be used either through an internal or external microphone. It is visually reinforcing according to the volume and intensity of the users voice. Different activities either give a gross display of the volume or a short trail of volumes.
SesameReader, an Android application, allows users to read eBooks without having to touch the screen to turn the page. It's hands-free technology allows users to turn each page with a slight nod of the head. The SesameReader has re-enabled many quadriplegics to read again on their own. This app, which can be downloaded from Google Play, supports all Android devices that have a front-facing camera.
The Finger Stylus is a stylus designed for users with grasping difficulties, quadriplegics with some mobility, or people with arthritis. This stylus features natural extension of the finger; plug-and-play, flexible cone shaped silicone kernel, and highly conductive fabric; no drag, no pressure required.
The Swiss Stylus Versatile Gripper is a stylus for individuals with grasping difficulties or arthritis. This stylus features ergonomic design, supports a natural extension of users finger or hand, a fluent strong brass strip covered with transparent tubing. User can hold and control it in many ways. User can experiment to find out what works best as a natural extension of finger or hand.
The Sign Me a Story Application for mobile phones and computers is a teaching tool for individuals learning sign language. The application teaches sign language and reading in story and video format. While reading or being read to, there are illustrations, animations and sound effects. The story can be read silently or read aloud.
The Slim-Grip Bike Mount with Safety Strap, model SM532, is a cell phone wheelchair mount designed for use by individuals with lower extremity or mobilitiy disabilities or spinal cord injury. Originally designed for bicycles, this low profile mount is compatible with most smartphones with a screen size of 3.2 inches or more, with or without a case, including the iPhone, HTC, Samsung, Motorola, LG, Sony Ericsson, and ASUS. The mount has a 180 degrees tilt-swivel head that allows maximum viewing p
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To create a prototype of a mobile phone with call-and-respond naming capacity for individuals who are blind or have low vision. Dubbed the Soft Pet by its designers, this mobile phone responds to its assigned name when called much like a pet does. In addition to the call-and-respond naming capability, the Soft Pet offers speech input and output functionality and Braille buttons. The user gives the Soft Pet mobile phone a name much like they would a pet. When the
The Sprint PCS Voice Phone, model A560, is a voice activated cell phone designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision or fine motor or upper extremity disabilities. This cell phone has voice-activated dialing and a speakerphone function for hands-free operation. Other features include a color screen; SMS text messaging with predictive text input; a headset jack; TTY compatibility; calculator, world clock, memo pad, countdown timer, and alarm clock functions; voice memo recordi
SSIMPLE is a switch adapted and voice activated cell phone designed for people with motor and severe physical disabilities. SSIMPLE, which is an acronym that stands for a "Speech and Switch Input Mobile Phone that Links Everyone," includes a cell phone loaded with software that enables the user to place and receive telephone calls and to send and receive text messages. The user controls the phone through switches or voice input modules that connect to a wireless universal switch interface that c
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype of a tactile keyboard alternative designed for users with grasping difficulties or fine motor disabilities. The buttons on the Tactus literally raise up and then lie flat on a touch screen device. Tactus’ technology readily integrates with capacitive touchscreens. The Tactile Layer replaces the top-most layer in the optical stack, often referred to as the window or cover lens. The thickness is designed to match the layer that it replaces. T
Talking Dialer is a cell phone screen reader and a voice output dialing program for a cell phone designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The application (or app) for an Android smartphone allows the user to dial a phone number without looking at the keypad. The user starts at 5 and slides his finger in the direction of the number he or she wants. For example, the user can go up and to the left for 1, or down and to the right for 9. The user presses the “Dial” button to
TapTapSee is a mobile camera application designed specifically for the blind and visually impaired iOS users. The app utilizes the iDevice’s camera and VoiceOver functions to photograph objects and identify them out loud for the user. TapTapSee enables the user to double tap on the device’s screen to photograph any two or three dimensional object at any angle, have it accurately analyzed and defined within seconds. The iDevice’s VoiceOver then speaks the identification audibly to the user. TapTa
Tecla Access is an alternative computer and cell phone control switch program and a scanning control switch program designed for use by individuals with fine motor or upper extremity disabilities. This application (or app) allows a person to use adapted switches or the driving controls of their powered wheelchair as wireless accessibility switches. Tecla Access is designed to be used with the Tecla Shield (see separate entry), which interfaces with a variety of switch inputs and transmits via Bl
The Tecla Shield is a control switch input interface designed for people with fine motor control or upper extremity disabilities. The Tecla Shield allows a person to use adapted switches or the driving controls of their powered wheelchair to control remotely Android-powered, Bluetooth-enabled electronic devices. The switches or driving controls connect to the Tecla Shield using the included cables through the device's six ports. The ports include 2 3.5-millimeter mono sockets, a D-Sub 9-pin male
The Tecla Shield DOS is a control switch input interface designed for people with fine motor control or upper extremity disabilities. The system allows a person to use adapted switches or the driving controls of their powered wheelchair to control remotely an Apple iPod Touch, iPhone or iPad or an Android tablet or smartphone. The Tecla Access app (see separate entry) is required to use the Tecla Shield DOS with an Android device. The switches or driving controls connect to the system using the
The Tecla Shield for iPhone & iPad is a control switch input interface designed for people with fine motor control or upper extremity disabilities. The system allows a person to use adapted switches or the driving controls of their powered wheelchair to control remotely an Apple iPhone or iPad. The switches or driving controls connect to the system using the included cables through the device’s six ports. The ports include 2 3.5-millimeter mono sockets, a D-Sub 9-pin male connector ECU port,
Telorion Zoom is a feature for Android smartphones designed for use by individuals with low vision. It allows the user to read text messages, emails or any other content on their mobile phone. It allows the user to change the size of characters at any time with a simple two-finger gesture on the screen. The text then adapts to the screen automatically. Telorion Zoom also lets user choose between three contrasted color themes (white on black, black on white, or yellow on blue). The user also
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype Bluetooth-enabled device finger-glove that connects to a smart phone, specifically the Apple iPhone, and works as a Braille display for individuals who are blind or or have low vision. By pulsing Braille shapes onto the fingertip via an “electro-tactile grid array,” the text on the iPhone's screen can be conveyed to the blind user. The Thimble also includes a camera allowing it to scan text from other sources (such as books or labels) and t
The TREWGrip mobile qwerty keyboard is a handheld rear style keyboard and air mouse for mobile technology, smart TV and desktop designed for users with carpel tunnel or grasping difficulties. The keyboard is ergonomically designed to reduce strain on users hands. The standard QWERTY key layout is split and rotated so the hands gripping TREWGrip can effectively touch-type in a mobile setting. The TREWGrip keyboard also has a gyroscope motion sensor, which can be used to control a mouse pointer. T
The Vocalize! Wheelchair Cell Phone Voice Control System is a voice activated cell phone dialer with voice output cell phone caller identification designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or fine motor, upper extremity, or severe physical disabilities. The system mounts on a wheelchair and communicates wirelessly with a Bluetooth cell phone (not included). The user can call contacts, answer calls, and hang up with voice commands. The system provides natural voice prompts, and inte
Voice Dictation™ is an iPhone / iPod touch / iPad app that allows users to use their voice to send SMS, Facebook, Tweeter, and e-mail messages. Voice Dictation™ utilizes advanced voice input technology. It offers a multi-language switch without any period, language or text LIMITS, and if users so choose, they can use their keyboard to make any changes.
The VoiceBT Switch Adapted Bluetooth Cell Voice Dialer is a voice activated telephone dialer designed for use by individuals with upper extremity disabilities or amputation, neurological disabilities, or cerebral palsy (CP). This unit enables the user to call, answer, or hang up with an adaptive switch. The user activates the switch then says the name of the person to call. The unit communicates wirelessly with any Bluetooth cell phone or service provider. OPTIONS: Dual pushbutton feathertouch a
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: To design a prototype smart phone for individuals who are blind or with visual impairment. Voim, which means “seeing” in Korean, is a cell phone concept for individuals who are blind or have low vision. Voim is a cellular telephone and electronic navigation aid (GPS) that features voice input functionality and a braille display with a silicon screen. It also has a detachable Bluetooth headset through which audio cues can be transmitted. TITLE: It’s Time for a Br
---- PROTOTYPE --------- PURPOSE: WeOn Glasses are optic glasses which have an electronic device in the frame that interacts with smartphones, tablets and personal computers. WeOn Glasses are compatible with prescription or sunglasses lenses. They are capable of imperceptibly interacting with the wearer and notifying them of any kind of notice, as well as many other functions which include the remote activation of the photo camera, controlling slide presentations, playing music, skipping tracks
ZOOMATE is a switch adapted Bluetooth device designed for use by individuals with upper extremity, fine motor, or severe physical disabilities. This cellular phone speaker add on allows any adaptive switch with an 1/8-inch plug (not included)to enable the user to answer, end, and initiate calls using the voice dialing software of the existing cell phone. OPTIONS: Adapter that Bluetooth-enables an existing cell phone.