iOS 7.1 contains many changes that will be helpful to vision impaired users, as well as some relevant to VoiceOver users, switch users, and Siri users. The update was released about ten days ago now, and several helpful people have written about the accessibility changes in this release. Continue readingiOS 7.1 Accessibility Update Roundup
The Vocab Ninja blog has collected together samples of all Apple’s iOS text-to-speech voices so we can hear them side by side. There are 26 different languages, with 35 different dialects in all.
Their collection includes both standard quality voices and enhanced quality voices – the difference in quality is especially stark when you hear them side by side. I found it fascinating that even in the languages I couldn’t understand, the difference in quality is audible! Continue readingInternational iOS Text-to-Speech Voices
Clicking your mouse requires a muscle contraction, which creates the internal tension needed to perform just one click. The tension needed in one click is added over time. The more often and longer mouse clicks occur, the more likely it is to develop hand/finger pain.
This 5-second video shows a healthy hand using a mouse and scroll wheel. Although only 5 seconds, it demonstrates that he has raised, scrolled and pressed his index finger many times. The strength needed to press may not be huge, but can cause enormous pain. Continue readingDwellClick: You Point, It Clicks
Switchamajig IR lets you control infra-red controlled toys and appliances with an iPhone or iPad directly – this video makes it look simple and so appealing:
This month’s Dragon Dictate for Mac newsletter from Nuance has some good hints and tips about improving accuracy with your dictation: Continue readingImprove Your Accuracy With Dragon Dictate
Apple are always incredibly secretive about technology up until the day it’s finally released so it’s hard to know how seriously to take any rumours. That said, after Lyn’s comments last week about charging devices without plugging them in I thought this TechCrunch article was interesting:
I run a blog about assistive technology for Apple users. People who, like me, use iPhones, iPads, and Mac computers for at least some of our assistive technology needs. You can probably tell from this that I really like Apple products! But today I’m going to post a Microsoft commercial for you to view. Surprised? Continue readingTechnology Is Amazing…
One problem I’ve always had with the iPhone and iPad USB cables is that they don’t last very long when I use them. The cables I use always seem to break right down near where the dock connector meets the cable and nothing I do seems to stop them breaking in a month or two. Continue readingiPhone Cable Ideas: Just buy more!
Braille Writer Pro was designed to be helpful for sighted people working to learn Braille.
- Handles both Grade 1 and Grade 2 contracted and uncontracted Braille
- Translates Braille to English
- Reads / Writes .DXB files
- Supports emailing and printing files with and without translation
- Dictionary that supports both Braille and English
Braille Writer lets you use six keys from a standard Apple keyboard as if they were a braille keyboard, and displays the resulting braille visually on the screen so that sighted students can practice their braille entry and reading skills on a regular computer.
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.