Assistive Technology Link Roundup 8 February 2015

Weekend Roundup for 8 February 2015

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 …

Firstly, something awesome:

It was my 40th birthday this week! Mum made this delicious chocolate custard is lieu of a cake, at my request.

Hard to believe I’m actually 40! I had a wonderful day and really enjoyed the dinner we had to celebrate.

In less awesome news, my health continues to be outrageously bad. This is very frustrating and is significantly slowing down my ability to write and make blog posts, for which I apologise.


Audio Demo: with the latest update of Yosemite, VoiceOver users now have the ability to playback voice messages.

Tips For Controlling Your Mac With Your Keyboard

Hocus Focus hides inactive Mac apps automatically – helps users to be less distracted.

How to connect your Mac to the TV: Apple TV, HDMI, and more!

Wrise is a new and specialized word processor for Mac OS X with lots of assistive technology built in. Another great offering from AssistiveWare, who brought us Proloquo2Go and many other accessibility apps for Mac and iOS.

Wrise is an accessible word processor designed to support reading comprehension and text composition.


AppleVis Unlimited: What’s New in VoiceOver-Accessible Apps for January 2015

Secret Siri commands: Twelve cool questions you can ask right now!

AppleVis Extra 27: Winston Chen, Developer of Voice Dream Writer

Maccessibility Round Table Podcast 76: Half a Dozen Dongles

More actions that you can assign to any button in Proloquo2Go 4

Podcast: Using The Apple Remote App To Control Your Apple TV From An iOS Device

Accessibility Options in Voice Dream Writer App

Read&Write for iPad and Android Now Available

The WRAP mental health support App – Updated

Podcast: AppleVis Extra #26: Hans Wiberg, Creator of Be My Eyes

Helping Visually Impaired Students with an IPEVO Doc Cam

Using AzuleJoe and CommuniKate 20 online

Good Free App of the Day: Breathe2Relax – portable stress management tool

Tar Heel Reader interface on an iPad
Tar Heel Reader is a great source of free, easy-to-read accessible books.

Using Tar Heel Reader on the iPad

GARI: The way forward in hearing-aid compatibility with mobile phones

Apple Watch / Smart Watches

How to use Apple WatchKit + HomeKit to Control Lights – This is exactly the sort of home automation that will be awesome for me! Excited!

HomeKit / Smart Home / Internet Of Things

Article: Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Apple’s HomeKit – HomeKit is “Apple Does Home Automation” and I am excited about it

Apple details HomeKit compatibility with competing home automation platforms, rules out rival Wi-Fi gear

Review: Mobile Home puts Siri in the driver’s seat

Lockitron Introduces New $99 App-Enabled Smart Deadbolt Lock ‘Bolt’

Crowdfunding Campaigns

My Memory App – An App for helping and teaching people with impaired memory.

Qmote: The Water-Resistant Internet Remote for Smartphones

Indi: Robot phone dock that waves arms when you have a call – Useful for deaf/HoH users?

iMacompanion: Kickstarted accessory puts a USB 3.0 port at the front of your iMac – much easier to reach.

SLNGR keeps your mobile mounted around your neck

Secure Grip Earphones that Won’t Fall Out of Your Ears – extra useful if you need help with earbuds.

Other Links

Henry Evans And his Telepresence Robot

One-Switch game Accessibility News

Here on ATMac

New articles for this week:
Lanyards and Straps for iPhones and iPod Touches

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

– Ricky

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