Category Archives: Other Impairment

These articles are aimed at specific impairments or assistive technology needs not covered by the other categories.

Touch ID + Raynaud’s = Trouble!

I bought an iPhone 6 Plus in early December 2014. I had an iPhone 5 and was really looking forward to ditching the passcode for TouchID, as well as playing media on the way home from work on a bigger screen. My iPhone 6 Plus does have a big, beautiful screen, but I haven’t been able to use TouchID for more than a few hours at a time since I got it.

[Thanks to Gretchen Macdowall for this guest post! -r] Continue readingTouch ID + Raynaud’s = Trouble!

What Are Time-Independent iOS Games & Why Do You Want Them?

Most “standard” computer and phone-based games get harder because they get faster, relying on the player’s reflexes and coordination keeping up. For example, in Tetris the blocks appear and drop faster and faster as your level increases:

Tetris, like most single player games, devolves into twitch gameplay as the levels increase.
Tetris, like most single player games, devolves into twitch gameplay as the levels increase.

Untimed games or time-independent games are those where you aren’t penalised if you play a game very slowly, have bad reflexes, or don’t posses the hand-eye coordination to time your movements accurately. Games like this are “turn-based games” where any game actions only occur in response to the player’s actions, and additionally they are free of timers or time-related limitations. Continue readingWhat Are Time-Independent iOS Games & Why Do You Want Them?

Dim Your iPad Screen Below the Minimum Brightness with Dimmy

The Dimmy iPad screen cover looks like a possible solution for those who are very sensitive to bright lights, especially at night.

The dimmy is a reusable screen cover that makes it easy to dim your screen below the minimum brightness setting.

With a dimmy, you can comfortably and discreetly use your iPad in any dark environment, expanding the iPad’s overall usability.

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