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Weekend Roundup for 12 October 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 …

iOS Links

Using the AAC apps list.

Third Party Keyboards in iOS 8 – what’s good for accessibility?

Variety of iOS 8 Third party keyboards
There are a lot of iOS 8 third party keyboards out now – which ones are best for accessibility?

Flip Writer text-based AAC displays in two directions.

Adaptxt Keyboard is a capable and free iOS 8 add-on.

iOS 8 How-to: Have your iOS device read text for you.

AssistiveWare’s News-2-You app has been updated to 2.0.2 and is now optimized for iOS 8.

SwiftKey for iPhone and iPad updated for iOS 8.0.2, squashes a lot of bugs.

The “Alex” voice is the highest quality voice Apple has ever developed! Learn how to get it on your iPad!

The Real Cost of Premium AAC Apps – updated.

Easy capitalization using iOS 8’s predictive typing.

The tech in MyScript Smart Note is perfect for stylus users.

Version 3.1 of TextExpander touch is available w/ Portuguese & Swedish, QWERTY layouts, iPhone 6 fixes, more.

Home Automation / Internet Of Things

The 7 Most Useful Smart Home Devices.

Apple TV + Philips? The first HDTV with built-in iTunes and AirPlay has been announced

Crowdfunding Campaigns

BelayCords are reversible USB charging cords for iPhone and Android. They are rugged, durable, and come with a lifetime warranty. I’ve backed this one myself – they’ve already raised an incredible 75 times what their goal amount was, so I’m imagining a lot of others want one too…

There were two different “smart pens” around this week too, both of which already raised their goal amounts:

Equil Smartpen 2: Real ink. Real paper. Digitized. Equil Smartpen 2 captures notes, sketches with a real pen.

N2 – Writing experience of a pen with added digital convenience.

Rico – Turn your used smartphone into a smarthome device. Rico is the world’s first smart-home security device that uses your spare smartphone as its brain and eyes.


Hands-on with the Tintag rechargeable item tracker.

Fever Smart: The smart patch thermometer for kids. A thermometer you can check from your smartphone could be especially useful for those who are medically fragile and their parents/carers.

Ambi Climate: The Smart Add-on For Your Air Conditioner. Learns about your habits & home environment. Auto adjusts AC for ideal temperature & energy savings using infra-red. Remote access via Android/iPhone.


Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:

What do we know about Apple Watch’s accessibility?

Advanced Stylus Options: Head Pointers, Finger Pointers, Mouth Sticks, and More

Coming up soon I’ll be doing a series on iOS 8 keyboards specifically geared at accessibility questions. What’s your favourite iOS 8 keyboard?

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

– Ricky

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