Author Archives: Ted Drake

Wearable Future for Accessibility

This presentation was created for the CSUN 2016 Conference by Ted Drake, Intuit Accessibility. Wearable Future for Accessibility from Ted Drake

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GyroGlove Provides Stability for Parkinson’s Patients

Individuals with Parkinson’s and other tremor conditions lose the ability to manage basic tasks that involve gripping, pouring, and eating due to persistent shaking of their hands. Google introduced Liftware, an amazing spoon that is able to counteract the hand’s shaking for eating, but this is limited to a single task. Instead of focusing on… Continue Reading GyroGlove Provides Stability for Parkinson’s Patients

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Wearable First Rethinking Accessible Design

Wearable-First Design and Accessibility from Ted Drake Wearable devices go beyond the watch and eye glasses. This presentation introduces the wide variety of devices and how they can make the world more accessible.  This article by Smithsonian explains how the pocket watch was wearable-first design

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WearAbility for Inclusive Design 24

They say 2014 is the year of wearable computers and devices. While marketed mostly towards the busy professionals and health conscious athletes, there’s far more to these devices. This presentation looks at the intersection of wearable computers and accessibility. How can these sensor filled devices provide alternative displays and gestures? How can they help a… Continue Reading WearAbility for Inclusive Design 24

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Wearables are moving to the ear as an ideal location

Google Glass and smart watches are garnering much of the media’s attention on wearable computers, but the wrist and face are only two locations for wearable computers. Many researchers and engineers are looking at the ear as a logical location. This is especially helpful as we’ve become accustomed to seeing people with objects within the… Continue Reading Wearables are moving to the ear as an ideal location

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Finger Reader helps the print disabled

Using your finger to follow along with printed text is a method many people use to keep track of what they are reading. The FingerReader, a prototype from MIT’s Fluid Interfaces Group, incorporates a camera into a ring to follow the finger and announce the printed text. While still a prototype, the following video shows… Continue Reading Finger Reader helps the print disabled

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Fleksy Watch Keyboard

Fleksy started as an alternative keyboard application for blind iOS users. As it matured, the application became a very popular alternative keyboard on Android and now iOS applications for sighted users as well. Fleksy’s intelligent pattern matching allows a user to type without having to carefully hit specific keyboard keys, which makes it especially useful… Continue Reading Fleksy Watch Keyboard

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Mobile Accessibility Projects at University of Washington

The University of Washington’s Mobile Accessibility department has been prototyping applications that use mobile devices to solve particular accessibility problems. Their projects have used multiple sensors within the device, from accelerometer to camera. Example projects include detecting alarms for hearing impaired to using a phone as a virtual cane for navigating open spaces. The projects… Continue Reading Mobile Accessibility Projects at University of Washington

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Google Glass Accessibility on Facebook

Google Glass has triggered significant research into using alternative inputs to enhance accessibility. Many of these researchers and developers are sharing information on Facebook via the  Google Glass Accessibility group. The group was started by Andy Lin, a developer and Google Glass Explorer who started an IndieGogo campaign to kick off his exploration of Google… Continue Reading Google Glass Accessibility on Facebook

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Glove Translates Sign Language

This prototype from the Sarohm team in Israel interprets sign language via an Android phone. This was demonstrated in 2011 and is still a rough draft, but is a good example of using hand held devices to improve communication. show&Tell glove – introduction from sarohm on Vimeo. They describe the glove as a poetic communication… Continue Reading Glove Translates Sign Language

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