Assistive Technology: Liftware Steady

Lift Lab, a Google owned company, has invented Liftware Steady – an electronic stabilizing handle. This stabilizing handle comes with different attachments including a spoon, fork and spork. This Assistive Technology (AT) bridges the gap for people with hand tremors, mostly related to Parkinson’s disease, allowing them to have a more pleasant eating experience. Liftware …

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Assistive Technology: Apple’s VoiceOver

VoiceOver is a screen reader built into Apple Inc’s macOS, iOS, watchOS operating systems. This feature is designed to increase accessibility for people with visual impairments. VoiceOver can interact with objects in your apps so the user can drive the interface even if they have trouble seeing it. It ensures that the user interface elements …

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Assistive Technology: Seeing AI (iOS app)

Seeing AI, launched in 2017 by Microsoft, is an intelligent camera application designed for people with vision impairment. With a combination of both artificial intelligence and computer vision, this application helps to narrate the world by describing text, objects and people using a mobile phone camera. Since its launch, it has guided people to complete …

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Assistive Technology: Samsung Gem’s Exoskeleton

At CES 2019, Samsung introduced GAITS (Gait enhancing and motivating system), a line of wearables to assist various body parts (hip, knee, ankle). Gems-H, a walking assistant designed to correct posture, provide stability, increase the walking pace and provide resistance to help with injury rehabilitation was a prototype that caught a lot of attention. With constant …

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User-Friendly Garbage: Trash Cans As Assistive Technology (AT)

BigBelly Trash Can

BigBelly trash cans have sprouted across highly-populated urban environments, perhaps as a result of their unique aesthetic and our society’s assumption that technological advancements equate innovation and progress. These inventions are admirable and appear to be beneficial — at first glance. They attempt to address certain usability issues like dirty trash can handles, concealing garbage …

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Design Critique – Sleep Cycle (Android App)

Sleep Cycle is an alarm-like mobile application that helps users have a better sleep by relaxing them at bedtime, tracking their sleep and waking them up at the light sleep phase. This post reviews this application according to Norman’s Design Principles with the following tasks: play a sleep aid, set up an alarm and close …

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Design Critique: Mint Mobile (iOS App)

About Mint Mobile, formerly Mint SIM, is subsidiary of Ultra Mobile. It provides prepaid wireless service for youth market. Due to its inexpensive rates and simple user experience, Mint has gotten favorable feedback. Through its app, subscribers can buy packages of different months up front and other phone service including high speed data and international …

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