iPhone 6 Armband for One Handed Access

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A client recently evaluated for his assistive technology needs required access to an AAC app to augment his communication using one hand and arm due to motor impairment of his non-dominant arm. The client has gross movements of their non-dominant hand and arm allowing functional positioning of that arm to his dominant hand and arm for visual and physical access, however a method of stable positioning was needed for use with his dominant hand and arm. An armband/wrist band was sought as a solution for a smartphone identified as the device to support the AAC app selected to support his communication needs. The evaluation was performed by this ATP specialist along with an SLP specializing in ACC due to the clients multiple needs of communication and computer access.

Thanks to the research by the speech and language pathologist, the following Tunebelt arm band, available for iPhone 6 plus and iPhone 6, was identified which manages the iPhone and accommodates a variety of protective cases frequently applied to the iPhone:

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This Tunebelt arm band is available for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus as well as a wide variety of other smartphones and models. As advertised, the arm band also accommodates a variety of cases applied to iPhone 6 or 6 Plus accommodating protective cases often applied to these smart phones (Otterbox, LifeProof, etc.) as seen below.

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The AB92 model accommodates the iPhone 6 with case ( as well as other smart phone with cases as shown above) and AB89 model accommodates the iPhone 6 and 6S with case (as well as other smart phones with cases) as shown below.

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Although lanyards and holders can be used for managing small, handheld devices with AAC devices  (such as iPhone, iPods, Android phones) who have use of two hands. For those using one hand and some movement with their non-dominant arm, a wrist band can allow easy access to their communication. An extension strap is also available for the armband that could allow accommodations for coats or those with large builds.

Other solutions previously explored including lanyard options can be found at:

iPhone Lanyards Options for Security

More for your OT eTool Kit.

Carol from OT’s with apps.

 

 

 

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15 Easy Ways to Make Your Commute More Productive

It’s easy to think of commuting as a total waste of time. When you’re standing on the train platform or waiting at a traffic light, every minute that ticks by can seem like a minute los…

Source: 15 Easy Ways to Make Your Commute More Productive

Reblogged from Steve Johnson’s website post, 15 Easy Ways to Make Your Commute More Productive , there are productivity apps and tips for everyone, even if you don’t commute. On days when I am evaluating AT needs for clients, I can spend hours in the car. Although I find it takes some organization before the trip to access these resources safely by voice, it can make the time productive while stuck in the car. Steve shares familiar and new apps that can aid with productivity.

Thank you to Steve Johnson for these productivity tips.

Carol

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Amazon Echo as an Accessibility Support — The Website of Luis Perez

 Luis Perez describes the features and function of the Amazon Echo and Dot as an accessibility support. Read his post Amazon Echo as an Accessibility Support for a thorough review on features he uses for access on the Amazon Dot and Amazon Echo devices using voice recognition and how he uses the Amazon Dot with Proloquo AAC app with a mobile device.

Amazon describes the Echo as a hands-free, voice-controlled device that uses Alexa (Amazon’s answer to Siri, Cortana and other voice assistants) to play music, control smart home devices, provide information, read the news, set alarms, and more. I had been wanting to try the Echo since its launch, but I was just not willing to pay the $180 for […]

via Amazon Echo as an Accessibility Support — The Website of Luis Perez

The AT community is fortunate for Luis’ website which shares his expertise. Thank you again to Luis for his expertise!

Carol

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Read to Me in Book Creator 5 — The Website of Luis Perez

Luis Perez shares a new feature of Book Creator 5  for iPad (4.99) that provides a “read to me” for stories created. This is a great new feature of the popular Book Creator app for iPad. Read more on Luis’s website via Read to Me in Book Creator 5 — The Website of Luis Perez

Book Creator for iPad recently added a new Read to Me text to speech feature that allows learners to hear their books read aloud within the app (without having to transfer the book to iBooks first). The feature also supports accessibility in two other ways: all embedded media can be played automatically. This

via Read to Me in Book Creator 5 — The Website of Luis Perez

Luis Perez provides expert information on accessibility on his Website of Luis Perez. If you are seeking accessibility information, make sure you peruse his up to date information shared on his website.

Thank you to Luis for sharing his expertise with the AT community!

Carol

 

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App Screens For Autism With 94 Percent Accuracy, Researchers Say — The Assistive Technology Daily

As posted on The Assistive Technology Daily

Wenyao Xu, left, an assistant professor of computer science and engineering at the University at Buffalo, and undergraduate Kun Woo Cho show a smartphone with the autism screening app they are developing. The purple areas show where the child’s eye is gazing. (Douglas Levere/University at Buffalo) A smartphone app could dramatically speed up the…

Read  more about this research on diagnosing Autism and an app via App Screens For Autism With 94 Percent Accuracy, Researchers Say — The Assistive Technology Daily

H/T to AT Daily for their stream of AT news!

Carol

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C-Pen Reader Scanning Pen with Text to Speech

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C-Pen Reader Pen

Scanning pens with text to speech and dictionary support have been around for quite sometime. The first pens I used were the Quicktionary Pens probably about 10 years ago as a handheld reading tool. Although they scanned and read text aloud, they worked best for individuals with good fine motor control and patience for scanning hard copy text,  listening to the line of print scanned as well as scanning  single words and definitions for individuals with reading challenges. Starting the scan at the right place, scanning a line of text and stopping the scan to capture a whole line took practice, patience and the right size print. Having trialed them with a number of clients, a few really liked them, but they required persistence with use.

The Wizcom pen, more recently purchased, I found to be an improved scanning pen, however it continued to require accuracy with placement of the scanning head and alignment of the pen with line scanned for accurate recognition. Limitations with size of text and accuracy of recognition was improved but still required patience with use.

The C-Pen Reader Pen is a new scanning pen developed by Scanning Pens LTD now available in the US. A recent purchase of the pen found it easy to use, fast and accurate. Trial on a variety of font sizes from dense 10 point textbook print to newspaper ads to worksheet print at 12-15 point found it accurate with all print trial. A light turns on when scanning assisting with guiding the user with text being scanned. Placement for starting and stopping a scan captured all of the print without missed words or letters. Only when I tried to scan very fast with less control did inaccuracies result. I was also able to scan line after line quite quickly, resulting in it reading one line at a time in succession. Controls on the pen also allows the user to move the cursor to prior lines of text to review and use text to speech to read additional lines of scanned text.

Below is a short video of use of the C-Pen Reader  showing its ease of use and features:

Information from the C-Pen Reader website provides device specifications:

  • OLED 256*64
    CPU 600MHz
    Memory – 4GB (OS 1G, User 3G)
    Earphone 3.5mm
    Battery 1,200mAh
    Scan Font Size Range 6.5 – 22 pt
    Electronic Dictionaries – Collin English 30th Anniversary Dictionary 10th Edition (156,120 words) & Oxford Spanish>English>Spanish Dictionary
    Certifications CE RoHS FCC
    Size Dimensions: 135*33*19mm Weight: 50g
  • USB – USB 2.0 High speed / Micro USB
    Extracted Content – Extracted text saved as a .txt file
    File System – FAT\FAT32\NTFS
    Menu Languages – English

The C-Pen Reader Pen comes with a micro USB charging cord, earbuds and a case. It is small, making it easily portable for use in a variety of environments. Although targeted for individuals with sight, it can be used on text that has been highlighted (worked on yellow, pink and orange highlighted text accurately using highlighting pens) by individuals with low vision.

My initial trials found this pen to be highly accurate scanning and reading medical (OT textbook) and news correctly with text to speech output. Fast and easy to use, I would again consider recommending use of this new model C-Pen Reading pen for spot reading for individuals with decoding challenges.

The pen is available at  Amazon.com for $262.50 + 10.00 shipping. Although a bit pricey, its accuracy and ease of use makes it a portable reading assistive tool for individuals with learning disabilities.

The C-Pen also comes in a C-Pen Exam Reader pen, with the same scanning and text to speech tools but without the dictionary and file saving option also for $262.50.

Have you used the C-Pen Reading pen? What has your experience been with its use?

More for your OT mTool Kit!

Carol

 

 

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The Easy Push — IntelliWheels — The Assistive Technology Daily

Easy Push Wheelchair Pushing a standard manual wheelchair can be tough, but with the IntelliWheels Easy Push, pushing instantly becomes twice as easy. The IntelliWheels Easy Push uses simple gears in each wheel to make it significantly easier to push forwards, backwards, around corners, and over any surface. No Motors or Batteries You will never…

As reposted via The Easy Push — IntelliWheels — The Assistive Technology Daily

H/T to Assistive Technology Daily for keeping us informed on all things AT!

Carol

 

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