Category Archives: Mobility Impaired

For those who have impaired mobility, such as wheelchair users or bedridden users. Primarily used for environmental control-related applications or systems which replace otherwise external devices.

iBeacon Accessibility Ideas

Beacons are small smart devices that can give your phone or tablet a lot more information than they already have about where you are and what’s happening in the environment around you – it’s like giving your phone or tablet an extra sense.

Their most common use, at least so far, is for retailers to give you information when you come close to specific products in their shops – called micro-targetted advertising – but there are a myriad of possibilities for assistive technology uses for beacons too. This article lists some ideas for future using iBeacons to help people who have disabilities or are elderly. Continue readingiBeacon Accessibility Ideas

iBeacons and Assistive Technology: A Primer

Beacons are small smart devices that can give your phone or tablet a lot more information than they already have about where you are and what’s happening in the environment around you – it’s like giving your phone or tablet an extra sense.

Their most common use, at least so far, is for retailers to give you information when you come close to specific products in their shops – called micro-targetted advertising – but there are a myriad of possibilities for assistive technology uses for beacons too. Continue readingiBeacons and Assistive Technology: A Primer

Hands-free iPhone Activation With iOS 7

At the recent World Wide Developers Conference Apple had a lot to say about the upcoming iOS 8. There are many exciting enhancements coming with iOS 8 and one of them is the ability to use Siri completely hands-free without having to press the physical home button or the virtual one in AssistiveTouch. A simple “Hey, Siri” will bring up your favorite virtual assistant ready to take your requests as long as your iOS device is plugged in (subject to change hopefully). But you don’t have to wait for iOS 8 to have that capability… Continue readingHands-free iPhone Activation With iOS 7

Smart Connected Home Automation – Integrated Systems

Home automation for Macs and mobile devices has existed for a long time, but the quality has been pretty awful and the technology has been patchy and expensive. Now seemingly overnight everything is getting cheaper, better, and more readily available!

Today’s article is a list of integrated smart connected home automation systems aimed for mainstream audiences. Integrated systems have more than one controller and sensor that work together. They can frequently also integrate other companies’ products into the system. This lets you have just one iPhone app (or web page, Mac app, etc.) to control the system instead of a different app for each product. Continue readingSmart Connected Home Automation – Integrated Systems

Dialogue – Make handsfree mobile calls with your Mac

Dialogue allows hands free mobile phone calls through your Mac. It establishes a Bluetooth connection between your iPhone and your Mac, letting your Mac act like a headset for the phone. This means you can use all the accessibility features of your Mac to make mobile phone calls – useful for those people with complex accessibility requirements who can’t otherwise use an iPhone independently. Continue readingDialogue – Make handsfree mobile calls with your Mac