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Windows 10 Accessibility with Dan Hubbell and Brett Humphrey from Microsoft Corporation |

Emily’s Oz commercial – YouTube

Comcast to Tout Technology for the Blind During Oscars – CMO Today – WSJ

Assistive Technology from Ancient to Modern Times

Sesame Enable Smartphone For The Disabled, Because Touch Is Overrated | CrazyEngineers

Scholarship Program | National Federation of the Blind

App: Care Zone Family


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A few months back I wrote about Tile, a handy device that attaches to virtually any
item so you can keep track of it via your smartphone.  Soon there will be a similar
device available, called the TrackR bravo, which offers the same benefits and more!

TrackR is a thin, quarter-sized device that attaches easily to your most valuable items such as your keys, wallet, purse, and more.  The back can stick directly onto virtually any surface, or it can be attached to keychains via its convenient loop.  Once the TrackR is attached to your item, you’ll be able to find it in seconds by ringing the TrackR via the smartphone app.

trackr colors

6 TrackR Features:

1. Distance Indicator

Are you getting warmer or colder to your misplaced item?  The TrackR app displays the distance between you and your items so you know how close you are.

2. Item Ringer

With the simple tap of a finger, TrackR can ring your misplaced item making it easier
to find.

3. Phone Finder

What happens if you lose your phone?  Well, the TrackR is a two-way tracking system.  If you press the TrackR device button it’ll ring your phone or tablet, even if it’s silenced!

4. Crowd GPS

If you lose an item, the entire TrackR community helps you find it.  When another user walks by your item, you’re updated with the items’ latest location.

5. Fully Customizable

You can customize the app’s sound alert settings to play your favorite tune if you’re about to leave something behind.  The device is also available in the four different colors presented in image above.

6. Separation Alert

You’ll never forget your phone again!  The custom two-way tracking will alert you if you leave your phone behind.


TrackR bravo offers an accessory pack which enables you to keep track of even more items!

  1. Steel key loop: an extra durable metal key loop that hooks onto not just keys but backpacks, purses and more.
  2. Waterproof casing: keep track of items at the water park, pool, or at the lake.
  3. Pet collar attachment: a waterproof attachment connects easily to your pet’s collar, making it easier to find them if they get loose.

Specs:TrackR bravo

  • Diameter: 31 mm
  • Thickness: 3.5 mm
  • Battery life: 1 year
  • Battery type: Replaceable CR 1616 battery
  • Device ringer volume: 85dB
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 (Bluetooth Low Energy)
  • Device compatibility:
    • iPhone 4s and later
    • Android 4.4 and later with Bluetooth Low Energy
    • iPad 3rd generation and later
    • Works worldwide

To learn more, visit the TrackR website.


From Workplace to Showcase

February 25, 2015 Autism

Writer: Tiffany Whisner, Coles Marketing It started out as a working lab, showing off assistive technology categorized by disability — for those individuals who are blind or vision-impaired; Deaf or Hard of Hearing; have mobility challenges; or learning or cognition challenges. Now, as the reality of the AT world is changing, the INDATA Project at […]

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Sesame: The world’s first touch-free phone

February 24, 2015 Mobility

“Open Sesame!”  Chances are, you’ve likely said or heard this phrase several times before.  It is a magical command initially stated by Ali Baba in the story Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves used to open the mouth of a cave.  Now instead of opening caves with this phrase, individuals have the ability to turn on the Sesame, a new, entirely touch-free […]

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Tech Tip: Saddle Chair by Salli

February 23, 2015 Mobility

On a daily basis, especially at the workplace, we often find ourselves in an ongoing cycle: we sit, we stand, we sit, we stand, and repeat.  How could you lessen the strain by making your workspace more ergonomic?  Mark Stewart, assistive technology specialist who specializes in ergonomics, is going to introduce us to an ergonomic […]

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ATU195 – Masters Degree in Assistive Technology from CSUN, Apple’s Electric and Possibly Driverless Car, Microsoft Outlook for iOS and Accessibility

February 20, 2015 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. Show Notes: Assistive Technology Masters Degree from CSUN| Lyndon Dunbar, Dr MaryAnn Cummins-Prager, Barbra Frye | | Lyndon […]

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OrCam: Artificial Vision for Visually Impaired

February 19, 2015 Products and Devices

If you’ve followed our blog or kept up with technology news, you’ll notice there are several wearable technologies to benefit consumers, such as Google Glass and the forthcoming Apple Watch.  These wearable devices and more are undeniably great for the general consumer, but some companies design their products to benefit individuals with disabilities.  OrCam is an example of one these companies.  OrCam is a wearable designed to […]

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Art Revolutionized for the Visually Impaired

February 18, 2015 Easter Seals Crossroads

“Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Pablo Picasso Art.  What is art?  According to the dictionary, art is the “expression or application of human creative skill and imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture, producing works to be appreciated primarily for their beauty or emotional power.” […]

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February 17, 2015 Medical Equipment

There are many options available to help individuals with respiratory ailments.  However, one product, AffloVest, is unlike any other product on the market.  AffloVest is a High Frequency Chest Wall Oscillation (HFCWO) vest that provides treatment for respiratory diseases like: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Emphysema Chronic Bronchitis Pneumonia Cystic Fibrosis Spinal Cord Injury and […]

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February 16, 2015 Tech Tips

Last week, I wrote a post on the new portable video magnifier called the TOPAZ PHD.  For this week’s Tech Tip, we’re going to show you this exciting new product.  Check this out! To learn more on this product, visit the Freedom Scientific website.

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