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

Weekend Roundup for 27 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 …

iOS Links

How to use zoom for visual accessibility on your iPhone or iPad

Unable to touch the screen on a mobile device? Learn how the Tecla Shield switch interface can help give you access. iOS 7 has its own switch interface of course but Tecla offers slightly different options which some people may need or prefer.

Open sesame: How iOS 8 will unlock Touch ID’s power.

Eyes on Success podcast: Using iPhone Camera for Access.

UAG Scout iPad Air Case Offers Full Protection.

TrewGrip wants to change how you type on your mobile device – could it be useful for blind users?

Best meditation apps for iPhone: Clear your head and relax more than ever!

How to enable on/off button labels for better accessibility on iPhone and iPad.

Home Automation

EverSense: More than just a smart thermostat. Must admit I’m pretty underwhelmed by this – the “more” part is basically that it functions as a wireless speaker and screen, which isn’t something I need or want, but I’m sure some people will find it useful.

Crowdfunding Campaigns

Emberlight: is a base that allows you to turn any light into a smart light with no hub required.

i-Bell is a WiFi Video doorbell made in the UK. It will connect to your wireless router and ring on your smartphone enabling you to see and talk to whoever is at your door.

FreeWavz: Smart Earphones with Built-in Fitness Monitoring. These completely wireless earphones provide audible heart rate and other fitness biofeedback without visual distraction-no need for other fitness devices, as well as functioning as regular earphones so you can listen to whatever you want to while you work out.

FiDELYS – The World’s First Iris Recognition Enabled Smartwatch. This one doesn’t look like it’s going to hit its funding goals – only 14 days left and 2% funding raised – but iris recognition definitely has accessibility potential as an alternative to TouchID or pin code type recognition.

CycleAT is a Bluetooth tire sensor that allows motorcyclists & bicyclists to monitor/map tire pressure, temperature, and motion data. These look really interesting – I imagine that if they’re flexible enough to deal with both pushbikes and motorbikes I imagine they should work on wheelchairs too, but I haven’t heard anything definite yet.


Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:

What is Quicksilver and who might want to use it?

There’s only one article this week because I spent a ton of time working on the new Apple/Assistive Technology Links Directory. Check it out and tell me what you think!!

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

– Ricky

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