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

Weekend Roundup for 21 December 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

Cast Your Votes Now For The AppleVis Golden Apples Of 2014:

iOS Links

MyPainDiaryApp: There’s a new way to track your pain and it costs about the same as a pad of paper and a pen…

MyPainDiaryApp for tracking pain and other symptoms of chronic illness.
MyPainDiaryApp for tracking pain and other symptoms of chronic illness.

Learn to use iOS with FeelaGrams tactile images with braille captions, plus accompanying videos

Passtime Audiobook Player app authors looking for feedback from blind/visually impaired users

Some detailed notes from transition.io on coding their Soundproof app to be VoiceOver-accessible

Communicating with CommuniKate and creative-commons licensed AAC pagesets

How to Build Your Own Apps with Workflow for the iPhone and iPad [Great for folks who need super efficient stuff -r]

Tabtoob: Chunky light low cost iPadcase for those with Additional Needs & mobility issues

A great guide for partially sighted people about how to make your iPad easier to use

Something new for iOS – Handwriting input with Mazec

How jailbreaking made my iOS VoiceOver experience much Better!

Home Automation / Internet Of Things

A&D Medical adds HealthKit support for Bluetooth blood pressure monitors, scales

Philips brings its Pronto universal remote into the 21st century w/ iPhone app & Bluetooth-IR converter

Crowdfunding Campaigns

Sunn smart LED fixture will fight off winter blues

‘Thinking Cleaner’ aims to combine iOS 8’s HomeKit with your Roomba

Skoog: A new way to make music with an iPad tactile, hands-on expressive sound creation

Embrace – A gorgeous watch designed to help measure stress, epileptic seizures, activity and sleep.

Penbeddable flat pen you can attach to your phone case – handy!!

Other Links

Big HealthKit endorsement by major healthcare providers

This Holiday Season Be Nice, Not Naughty: Use the Most Readable Low Vision Font [I love APHont! For my slighly-wonky vision it’s absolutely the easiest reading font I’ve ever found. -r]

Here on ATMac

New articles for this week is a re-write of our most popular article, now completely updated for Mac OS X Yosemite:

Speech-to-Text: Dictation Software for OS X

This will be the last link roundup for 2014, as even bloggers get to take a bit of a break over Christmas! See you next year, and happy holidays to everybody!

– Ricky

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