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

Weekend Roundup for 17 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 …

General Links

iMore has been writing a lot about accessibility lately. Here’s a podcast from Tech Doctor about how founder Rene Ritchie became interested in accessibility.

OS X Links

How-to: Make accessible iBooks with iBooks Author.

Beyond the basics: advanced Mac keyboard tricks.

SeroTalk Podcast 207 includes a demo of iBlink Radio for Mac OS X.

ZoomText Mac Tips & Tricks – Reading Email with WebReader.

iOS Links

How to adjust Home button click speed for motor accessibility on iPhone and iPad.

Indoor Navigation System Will Soon Guide Blind Passengers at SFO – great use of iBeacon technology!

How to use speak auto-text for visual accessibility on iPhone and iPad.

Zagg Rugged Folio Keyboard/Case for iPad mini: Polycarbonate and Steel.

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

How To Use AirDrop To Transfer TouchChat Vocabulary Files between iOS devices.

Overcast, Seeing Eye GPS, and Forza Football Chosen as AppleVis Editorial Team App Picks of the Month for July 2014.

Home Automation

August Smart Lock forthcoming later this year. More accessible home automation!

The August Smart Lock is the safe, simple, and social way to manage your home’s lock. Now you can control who can enter and who can’t—without the need for keys or codes. And you can do it all from your smartphone or computer.

Crowdfunding Campaigns

Qblinks is a multi-function device which uses Bluetooth Low Energy to connect to your phone and to the Qblinks Cloud. Qblinks allows you to choose the wireless functions you would like to have at the touch of a button, and to define which notifications you would like to receive. I liked this one so much I’ve backed it.

Skea – Smart Kegel Exercise Aid could be useful for kegels or erotic function for some women with disabilities.

LIFT: Height-adjustable desk on Kickstarter seems like it could have accessibility uses besides just standing.

Emberlight will turn your lightbulbs into smart connected lightbulbs. It’s a simple intermediary device that you screw into the E26/27 socket and then screw your lightbulb into. From there, merely leave your switch in the on position and you’ll be able to control your lights wirelessly from your phone.


Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:

How to Type Math Equations in OS X.

Sign a PDF With Mac OS X’s Preview Application.

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

– Ricky

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