G3 iMac in a manual wheelchair over an old OS X default desktop image.

Weekend Roundup for 13 July 2014

Here are some of the best articles, links, and new products that I have spotted online in the past week or so which have some relevance to Apple products and disabled or chronically ill users …

OS X Links

Getting VoiceOver Help on Your Mac – Great resource for those starting to learn VoiceOver on OS X

5 handy shortcuts that will make using your Mac painless

BlueLounge’s Jimi USB Extension gives your iMac a USB port on the front

iMac screen with BlueLounge Jimi USB extension and a USB drive
BlueLounge’s Jimi USB port extender for iMac.

iOS Links

Review: Rugged Folio keyboard case for iPad mini, can detach keyboard when needed

1Password with Touch ID integration in iOS 8 will be truly amazing

Apple’s second “secret” eBay store launches with CHEAP certified refurbished, unlocked GSM iPhone 5 models

Getting Caleigh to the point of iPad starting use – what we did

Seven best iPad Air keyboards (hands on): June 2014

iPhone with small white disk shaped device plugged into headphone port.
iHealth Align Glucometer could be an important accessibility win!

One of the things that Diabetes Mine saw at ADA 2014 was iPhone links for insulin testing systems and pens – this could be especially great for diabetics who need accessibility features such as VoiceOver.

Apple Links

Assistive Technology Blog: How Apple Could Improve the App Store for VoiceOver Users

Crowdfunding Campaigns

SandPiper spirometry device turns your iPhone into a high-tech lung monitor. This device is a huge amount more useful than a standard ‘peak flow’ meter, but costs not much more. Early bird special devices are still available for pre-order from US$55.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/96018221]

KidLid is a keyboard protector for laptops which covers the keyboard completely so users can bang on the keyboard area without pressing keys. Their fold-up device can also be configured to allow access to the trackpad but not the keyboard. Stardard devices can be pre-ordered from US$20 and fold-up KidLids from US$25.

Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:
Reader Question: Games For iPhone Voiceover Users?

Keyguards for iPad and iPad Mini

Also popular this week:
Controlling Infra-red IR devices with your iPhone or iPad

On a different note, does anybody know of a list online of people blogging about personal experiences of using iPad/iPhone-based AAC? This would include AAC users and the parents and teachers of AAC users. I frequently get reader emails from people who would like to read about others who use AAC and how it’s working for them.

Did you see anything else online that I missed? Leave a comment or drop me a line!

– Ricky

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