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

Weekend Roundup June 21 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 …

Links for OS X

How to Use OS X Preview to Sign Your Documents electronically.

The Plantronics Voyager Legend is my favourite bluetooth microphone.
The Plantronics Voyager Legend is my favourite bluetooth microphone.

Review/compare of 3 wireless microphones for speech recognition – you can use all these with Dragon Dictate for OS X.

Links for iOS

Great article listing kid-proof case options for the iPad Mini

Have students w/ handwriting issues? Here’s a free option, bypasses their struggles – SnapType lets kids scan worksheets by photographing them with the iPad and type answers in the right spots.

Vessyl, a cup that tracks your consumption could be hugely helpful for those with medical and/or memory issues! Preordering now for 2015 production.

An early look at iOS 8’s Siri and HomeKit – there’s so much accessibility potential!

Jared Sinclair looks at what we know about HealthKit from the perspective of existing EHR systems. He’s omitted any discussion of HealthKit’s use for chronically ill patients managed in an outpatient setting – like me – which I think HealthKit has a huge possibility to assist, but his article is very informative and I recommend reading it.

Archos Home Suite tablet and devices.
Archos Home Suite tablet and devices.

Archos releases new smart home suite with tablet, cameras & environmental sensors, and it can be controlled by an iOS application.


Jeanette Davis’ new book ‘Dyslexia: Supporting Students‘ is now available for free in the iBooks Store. It’s optimised for reading on an iPad but will work in iBooks for OS X or on an iPhone too. The book demonstrates how a teacher or parent can utilise the built in Accessibility features of the Mac and iPad to support a student who has Dyslexia (or a similar print disability such as low vision).

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

– Ricky

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