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

Weekend Roundup for 10 August 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 …

There aren’t so many this week because my computer crashed halfway through the week and had to be sent to the computer shop for several days. There’s nothing like being without my assistive technology to make me feel disabled – and not much ATMac stuff got done this week.

OS X Links

How to set up continuous OS X Mavericks dictation.

iOS Links

Mobile Home from Beanco Technology adds a Siri button to any car. This looks like it could be useful for Siri users with disabilities too, it doesn’t include a microphone or speaker but simply the trigger button so it’s cheaper than some other options.

7 iPad Apps to Help Learners With Dyslexia.

How to restrict app installations and deletions with parental controls on your iPhone or iPad.

Vote now for the next inductee into the AppleVis iOS App Hall of Fame.

How to enable subtitles and captioning for audio accessibility on iPhone or iPad.

Apple and accessibility: Helping students with dyslexia.

Home Automation

Ninja Sphere gesture-controlled home automation hub is now available for ordering – is gesture control something we want in a home automation hub?

Crowdfunding Campaigns

Track your water intake and hydrate better with The Hug. It consists of a sensor band and a companion iOS app. Just slip The Hug sensor around pretty much any water bottle and connect it to an iOS device. Using motion data and algorithms, The Hug sensor tracks the amount of water you drink, giving you automatic reminders via the sensor band and the iOS app to make sure you maintain optimal hydration.

NudeAudio Super-M is a super-high performance Bluetooth speaker; waterproof & sand proof, that fits in your jeans pocket – minus all the stuff you don’t need. This looks like another robust battery powered speaker which might be of use to AAC users, especially with the lanyard attachment point on the side.


Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:

Morse Code For Computer Control with TandemMaster.

How to set up and train Nuance Dragon Dictate for Mac OS X.

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

– Ricky

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