Latest Stuff

News and ideas about the latest software and hardware being used around the world to help improve the lives of people with disabilities.


Microsoft Word in-line Spellcheck
For a long time computers can have been able to read aloud text on web pages, documents, PDFs and even scanned images. The computer voices […]

New reading aloud features in MS Word











The Soli chip
I work with a number of people who benefit from the Micro Light switch to access computers, phones and tablets. The switch is suitable […]

Project Soli captures tiny gestures




Dasher Screenshot
The Inference Group at Cambridge University originally intended to create a method of entering text into PDAs and other mobile devices. The result, however, […]

Hands-free computer access using Dasher


WordQ Logo
WordQ offers help when writing documents by providing word prompts and sentence-by-sentence proofreading. When bundled with SpeakQ it also allows individual words to be […]

WordQ



Samsung Galaxy S3
As of April 2013 people will be able to buy, albeit quite expensively, a mobile phone that is accessible partly using eye control. This is similar […]

Eyegaze comes to mobile phones


Teachmeet Bett Visual Minutes at BETT 2013
Hi all! I just returned from a productive visit to BETT in its new home at the Excel centre in London docklands. This year I […]

BETT 2013




I recently stumbled across a new set of text-to-speech voices produced by CereProc in Edinburgh. They have a fantastic collection of realistic voices covering […]

CereProc Voices



On Friday I went to my first Disabled Students’ Allowance Workshop day at Assistive Solutions in Dalston. First of all a big ‘Thank You’ […]

DSA Workshop at Assistive Solutions



Jemma Pixie Hixon
It’s easy to see how technology can help people with physical or sensory disabilities but today I heard a wonderful story of how the […]

Jemma Pixie Hixon


Samsung NB30 Netbook
Here’s a thing. Samsung have brought out a semi-ruggerised netbook and are showing it off at BETT (Stand M45). Samsung netbooks are widely known […]

The best netbook for schools?


Nabaztag RFID rabbits
Well the title says it all, doesn’t it? No? Ok a little explanation: I’ve been experimenting with a friendly RFID reader called mir:ror and […]

RFID Rabbit-Be-Gone





I’ve spent part of today making this video demonstrating the new features of the Windows 7 on-screen keyboard. Try to ignore the mystery mouse […]

Video of Windows 7 On Screen Keyboard