Friday, November 15, 2019

Tag: Computers

Voice Control in macOS Catalina!

Published: August 26, 2019

How to use Voice Control to Launch Apps, make clicks, add new tabs, dictate & edit text!

Introducing Voice Control on Mac and iOS — Apple

Published: June 3, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Voice Control gives your voice the power to navigate, dictate, and work your devices in a new way. Coming Fall 2019.

The ‘Sup” A Open Source Sip-and-Puff Mouse for Quadriplegics

Published: April 24, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Sip-and-Puff MouseA friend and I recently worked on creating a device for a Quadriplegic they know to allow him to use his computer. After some research, we decided on a “Sip-n-puff” combined with a joystick to give Allen the ability to move the cursor around the screen a click things.

A Sip-n-puff is an input device that takes user input in the form of a “Sip” or a “Puff” (Imagine sipping through a straw, or blowing bubbles in your drink). Here, we combine it with a joystick to enable the user to move the cursor on-screen, and the Sip-n-puff is used for functions such as clicking and scrolling.

They created a computer station — and changed a quadriplegic patient’s life

Published: September 21, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury:

With hard work and ingenuity, three VCU occupational therapy students devised a swiveling computer table that will help Derrick Bayard increase his independence.

Before dawn on Aug. 8, Derrick Bayard began having severe pain in his abdomen, followed by body spasms. Soon after, it became hard to breathe. He was home alone, a detail made exponentially more important — and dangerous — by the fact that he’s a quadriplegic, unable to use his hands and feet.

Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices

Published: April 24, 2017

For the past seven years, the Canadian technology developer Komodo Openlabs has been working on a device called Tecla that allow users with limited mobility to control electronic devices.

Designed for users who have trouble operating smartphones, tablets, or computers because of limited upper-body mobility caused by spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries or a stroke, the original Tecla product could only work with one device at a time.

Digital glasses for people without use of arms wins major award in Dundee

Published: January 21, 2017 | Spinal Cord Injury: ,

Digital glasses which assist people who don’t have the use of their arms have been named the best new product at a prestigious awards ceremony.

GlassOuses, which use Bluetooth to connect to computers, phones and televisions, won the prize at the Blackwood Design Awards. The glasses were the brainchild of Mehmet Turker, who is based in Hong Kong.

Judges from across Scottish industries opted to give the top prize to the glasses in a category which also included a brace for people who have a weakness in the knee or an injury that impairs their ability to stand or walk independently.

Cerebral Palsy And Being Quadriplegic Won’t Stop Christopher Hills

Published: September 28, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

Christopher HillsThe Queensland boy runs his own video editing company.

Meet Christopher Hills, a young man from Queensland who thought his body would always limit him.

Having Cerebral Palsy and being bound to a wheelchair as a quadriplegic, Hills now says it’s only his imagination that’s the limit thanks to incredible technology that allows him to professionally edit video by tapping his head.

“I am a Toowoomba boy, but moved to the Sunshine Coast hinterland with my parents and younger sister about 10 years ago. I have Cerebral Palsy and am quadriplegic, but I feel like my disability has always taken a backseat to everything I do,”

Gesture-controlled Internet of Things (IoT) extends freedom for the disabled

Published: September 26, 2016 | Spinal Cord Injury:

superman-1529274_1920-100684161Quadriplegics can do more on their own with the Sesame Enable app that uses head gestures to control Internet of Things (IoT) devices

Christopher Reeve is famous as Superman in movies. As the man of steel with amazing superpowers, he was unbeatable.

In real life, though, a bad fall from his horse left Reeve a quadriplegic. How suddenly life changes. One day you’re a hero with superpowers. The next day you’ve lost control of your body.

Tongue-controlled computer mouse earns Ontario teen a science prize

Published: July 13, 2016

emma-mogusDevice is like having a ‘mouse inside your mouth,’ says Emma Mogus

An Ontario teen has won a $2,000 science prize for creating and building a computer mouse that is controlled by the tongue.

Emma Mogus, 17, from Oakville, built the TiC, or Tongue-Interface-Communication. There are five buttons inside a mouthguard-type device, which is connected to a computer. Each button controls a different mouse direction.

Control a computer with your tongue

Published: May 23, 2016

Emma-Mogus-tongue-mouseNew device would let severely paralyzed people surf the Web

PHOENIX, Ariz. — A new tongue-controlled computer mouse would allow someone with no working arms or legs to use a computer. With such a device, people with even severe physical handicaps might navigate cyberspace. The new mouse system was unveiled last week by its designer, a Canadian teen.

More than 250,000 Americans alone have spinal cord injuries, according to experts at the University of Alabama in Birmingham. Some 118,000 of these people are quadriplegic (Quah-drah-PLEE-jik), meaning both of their arms and legs are paralyzed. For these individuals, using a computer poses a big challenge. Some researchers have invented ways for such people to control a computer using brain waves or the movements of their eyes. But now, Emma Mogus has come up with an easier way for many such patients to control a computer: using their tongue.

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