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173-09-19-14 – Kathy Cortopassi – Voice To Print Captioning

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CART & Captions Explained (Kathy & TJ Cortopassi, www.voicetoprint.com)

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Call for Papers | Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America http://buff.ly/1mbfm3j

Intel Unveils Connected Wheelchair – Assistive Technology at Easter Seals Crossroads http://buff.ly/1mbexHu

Accessibility Summit 2014: Writing Great Alt Text http://buff.ly/XDMkxr

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Nimble: Magic at your fingertips

by Laura M on September 18, 2014

in Products and Devices

Every day it seems as though more and more devices are being designed with the convenience of portability in mind.  There has been an epidemic of wearable devices hitting the market this past year, and the numbers only seem to be increasing.  There are several wearables already available in the form of headbands or wristbands that allow the user to control applications or appliances in the home. Now there is a ring-like device called the Nimble, which gives users the power to control their computer applications and more with the simple swipe of a hand.

Nimble is a flexible ring-shaped, gesture-Nimble gesture control devicecontrol device that fits comfortably on the wearer’s fingertips.  The technology has been compared to that of Leap Motion, but is dissimilar due to its increased range and improved accuracy.  According to the Indiegogo campaign site, “Sub-millimeter accuracy paired with incredibly low latency makes Nimble the ideal gesture control system, and the hardware expansions allow for up to eight users, which is more than any competitor.”

Here are 3 key features of Nimble:

  • High accuracy: works exactly like you want it to; tracks even the smallest of movements.
  • Long range: Nimble helps operate your smart devices from as far as 15 feet away!
  • High speed, low lag: the device operates smoothly, delivering a satisfactory experience during gameplay or any other computer activities.

With its high-speed accuracy and low latency, there are no buttons, joysticks, or gloves required–just a Nimble, which enables your hand to become the controller.  Because it is so intuitive, it is able to be integrated into your everyday life outside of your computer applications.  With the swipe of your hand, you can change the TV channel and volume, or even dim the lights!

In addition to receiving the Nimble, users will also receive an application for home automation where their PC will act as a Bluetooth or Wifi hub.  Once connected, Nimble can be programmed to connect with an endless number of other gadgets and technologies, making these devices more accessible.

 

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Intel Unveils Connected Wheelchair

September 16, 2014 Products and Devices

Smart watches, smart wristbands, smart glasses… oh my!  Wearable technology is a booming industry linking users to technology like never before.  And now there is a device that connects its users in a whole new way.  At the Intel Developer Forum last Tuesday, Intel introduced a new, cutting-edge connected device: the first smart wheelchair. Most smart, wearable devices are busy tracking how many […]

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Monday Tech Tip: Tablet Mounting Systems

September 15, 2014 Tech Tips

For this week’s tech tip, David Frye is going to introduce us to an assortment of tablet mounting systems.  Check it out!

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ATU172 – What does the Apple Watch and iPhone 6 mean for people with Disabilities, National Federation of the Blind, Duo Lingo app, Vision Force from Bosma Enterprises

September 12, 2014 Assistive Technology Update

Podcast: Play in new window | Download Your weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs. Chris Danielson, Director of Public Relations – National Federation of the Blind | www.nfb.org How one nonprofit built a […]

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Track Life’s Tempo with CarePredict

September 11, 2014 Products and Devices

There are several wellness trackers available on the market today to monitor the habits of relatively self-aware, healthy individuals.  These wearable devices are designed to help those looking to stay active or to hit a specific goal each day (i.e. a steps objective.)  CarePredict is utilizing the technology behind these fitness wristbands to improve the lives of seniors.  They have created a […]

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Facilitating Play for Children/Adaptive Toys handouts and powerpoint slides.

September 11, 2014 Training

If you are joining us today for our FREE full day training on Facilitating Play for Children of All Abilities & Adaptive Toys below are the powerpoints and handouts that will be used in today’s training. We are thrilled to have Hayley Anderson, CTRS/Manager of Family Services & Partnerships and Ahren Hoffman, CTRS/Manager of Industry […]

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Apple’s Bigger than Bigger Announcements

September 10, 2014 Computers

After several months of anticipation and speculation, the day of Apple’s “bigger than bigger” announcements has finally come.  During these months of suspense, many predictions surfaced discussing what consumers might expect from the company.  (To view our said predictions visit our blogs on iOS 8 and the Apple iPhone 6 event.)  So what exactly can we expect […]

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Sony Smart EyeGlass

September 9, 2014 Products and Devices

Sony is challenging Google Glass with its current prototype of Sony Smart EyeGlass.  Sony’s new smart specs are comparable to Google Glass in several ways, but are much more obtrusive appearing like a pair of unwieldy 3D glasses. The Sony Smart EyeGlass acts like a secondary screen for an Android smartphone, connecting via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi.  Once paired, the glasses will […]

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Tech Tip: Livescribe 3 Smartpen

September 8, 2014 Tech Tips

Turn your words into action with this week’s tech tip.  Assistive technology specialist Craig Burns demonstrates the Livescribe 3 smartpen.  This pen writes like a premium ballpoint pen, but pairs with your iOS device making your notes available anywhere you go.  Check it out!

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