Design Critique: AdBlock (Google Chrome Extension)

About AdBlock AdBlock is an open source browser extension for blocking intrusive or distracting ads on websites. It is inconspicuous in the browsing experience but has a powerful impact, with the ability to block banner ads, pop-ups, and video ads.  This extension has been my ad blocker of choice for close to a decade because …

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Assistive Technology: Antsy Labs Fidget Cube

The Fidget Cube is a six-sided hand-held toy designed to encourage focus by enabling fidgeting behavior. Each side of the Fidget Cube presents a different form of tactile engagement: a switch, a wheel, a joystick, a series of lock gears, five buttons of varying resistance, and an oval impression based on a worry stone.  The …

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Assistive Technology – Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)

Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) is a form of Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC) system that is used as an early intervention method in the developmental process of kids with ASD. In this analysis, I would like to talk about how the PECS system works, how it is an accessible tool and how it fits …

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Assistive Technology: Automatic Sliding Doors

In today’s society, automatic doors have become a common sight on across the globe. They are often found at retail stores, commercial buildings, offices, public buildings, clinics, etc. These doors are usually installed for purposes like ease of action or aesthetic appeal. Buildings opting for automatic sliding doors are generally buildings with a large flow …

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Assistive Technology: Robotic Arm – The Present & The Future

Prosthetic devices play a major role in post-amputation recovery. These can serve as cosmetic rehabilitation that can provide a psychological advantage. More advanced prosthetics provide some functional rehabilitation, allowing for daily living tasks such as grooming and dressing, and reducing liability and overuse damage on the contralateral hand. Engineers at John Hopkins University designed a …

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