Category Archives: Computers

Computer Access

Alternative Computer Access Resources

Guides to Adaptive Technologies
Transparent Hardware Interfaces
Computer Access Software
Input Devices/Switches
Augmentative Communication Devices
Speech Recognition/Voice Controlled Systems
Products for the Blind/Visually Impaired
Possible Funding Sources/Low Cost
Assistive Technology Programs
Books to Buy!
Guides to Adaptive Technologies

Abledata Computer Access
About One Hand Typing and Keyboarding
Assistive Devices for Use with Personal Computers
Assistive Technology for People with Spinal Cord Injuries
Trace Computer Access Program
Transparent Hardware Adaptive Interfaces – the computer recognizes these as a regular keyboard and mouse
Tandem Master – converts the Morse Code to keystrokes and mouse movements
Darci Institute – Darci Too Keyboard and Mouse Emulator
Compusult Jouse2 – joystick-based mouse and keyboard alternative built-in Morse code capability.
Computer Access Software

Open Source Assistive Technology Software (OATS)
Academic Software, Inc. – Single-switch access WinSCAN, SS-Scan
Click-N-Type virtual keyboard (FREE!)
Comfort Software Group – Comfort On-Screen Keyboard Pro
Gus Communications on-screen keyboard, word prediction software
Instant Text – Fitaly on-screen keyboard, word prediction
Innovation Management Group – supplier of Onscreen Keyboards and pointing device enhancements
Jim Luther’s Assistive Technology Collection
Neil Squire Foundation – ezMorse for Win 95
Origin Instruments – SofType on-screen keyboard
Prentke Romich Company – WiVik(PC) on-screen keyboad – Adaptive and Assistive Technology
RJ Cooper’s Special Needs – on-screen keyboard with WordComplete
Sensory Software International – The Grid 2.
Sue Center is a communication environment designed specifically for people who cannot use a keyboard or mouse
WiViK – on-screen keyboard (virtual keyboard)
Words+, Inc. – WSKE II, the E Z Keys (morse code input)
Zygo HandsOFF! – On-Screen Keyboard Emulator for Microsoft Windows
KeyStrokes on-screen keyboard software for the Mac
Input Devices

Bilbo Innovations – Keyboard Control Pedals
Don Johnston Incorporated – Comunication Computer Access
Chester Creek Technologies Innovative keyboards, mice and accessories for all ages and abilities
GiveTech – For the disabled who can’t afford computer input technology & another head pointer.
IBM ARC – User System Ergonomics Research (USER)
Neural Impulse Actuator Brainfinger Computer Access System
Infogrip – The BAT Personal One Handed Keyboard
Matias Corporation – Half-Qwerty One-Handed Keyboard Software
PI Engineering – X-keys programmable auxiliary keyboards
Zygo Flexiboard – alternative keyboard
Pointing Devices (Mice & Alternatives)
Cirque GlidePoint – touchpad controllers
CameraMouse – hands free computer mouse Computer control without headgear
Logitech – Trackballs
NaturalPoint trackIR – control of your computer by tracking your body motion
Nohands Mouse – foot-controlled mouse
Origin Instruments – HeadMouse Head-Controlled Pointing Systems
PI Engineering -X-keys Switch Interface; Ymouse – attach 2 mice to 1 port
Prentke Romich Company – HeadMaster, Jouse
RJ Cooper’s Special Needs – Switch-Adapted Mouse devices
SEMCO – QuadJoy mouse for Quadriplegic
TetraMouse – low-cost alternative computer mouse for people who cannot use their hands.
Eye Control
DynaVox Mayer-Johnson.
LC Technologies, Inc – Eyegaze Communication System
VisionKey Computer Controller – Eye control input
Tobii Eye Control Systems – Tobii PCEye and CEye
Adaptive Ability Switches
Discover:Switch ® USB
TAS Switch
Enabling Devices – large selection of switches
Switcheroo Switch Interface and Single Switch/Button
SwitcherHopper Switch Interface
Touch Screen
KEYTEC – Magic Touch Screen, Magic Touch Monitor (CRT & LCD), and other touchscreen products
Voice (microphones)
Andrea Electronics
Koss Corporation
Shure TCHS Computer Wireless System
Augmentative Communication Devices

Gus Communications Multimedia Speech System
Prentke Romich Company – Communication without limitations – Adaptive and Assistive Technology
ZYGO Industries – Augmentative communication systems
Therapy Box – Proloquo2GO, Predictable, for iPad, iPod Touch, iPhone,
Proloquo2Go: Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for iPhone, iPod touch and iPad
TobiiATI – Speech Generating Devices and Eye Control Systems
Speech Recognition/Voice Controlled Systems

Discrete Speech
Dragon Systems – DragonDictate
e-Speaking -Free voice command and control program for Windows computers
tazti speech recognition – FREE speech recognition software – free download
IBM – VoiceType
Continuous Speech
Dragon Systems – Dragon NaturallySpeaking
IBM – ViaVoice
Synapse – TAP Universal and UNIX voice recognition
21st Century Eloquence Voice Recognition Software
Computer Vision and Voice
Products for the Blind/Visually Impaired

AdaptiveVoice – CDesk assistive software/hardware solution for low vision and blind computer users.
Ai Squared – ZoomText screen magnification software
Braille – Braille Planet, Inc.
Duxbury Systems – Software for Braille
Enabling Technologies Company – Braille Printers & More
IBM Speech Viewer III
New Designs Unlimited – Computers for the Blind and Reading Machines
Tack-tiles® – braille learning blocks
Telesensory Blindness/Low Vision Products
Vision Technology – magnification equipment for individuals with low vision
Possible Funding Sources/Low Cost

Assistive Technology Funding and Systems Change Project(ATFSCP)
Non-Profit Refurbished Computers Available For Disabled
Financing Assistive Technology: Handbook for Funding
Low Cost Sources
Assistive Technology Programs

Equality Tech- promotes uniting the disabled with adapted computers through the use of assistive technology devices
Arizona Technology Access Program
Carolina Connection
Eastern CT Assistive Technology
Maryland Technology Assistance Program
Oklahoma ABLE Tech Home Page
UCP/NYC – Assistive Technology
Washington Assistive Technology Alliance Home Page
Books to Buy! Available in association with
Adaptive Technology for the Internet : Making Electronic Resources Accessible to All
Assistive Technology for Children With Disabilities : A Guide for Providing Family-Centered Services
Assistive Technology: Essential Human Factors
Alternative Computer Access : A Guide to Selection
Adapting PCs for Disabilities
Adaptive Technologies for Learning & Work Environments
Computer Applications in Occupational Therapy
Computer and Web Resources for People With Disabilities : A Guide to Exploring Today’s Assistive Technology
Enabling Technology : Disabled People, Work, and New Technology
Information Access and Adaptive Technology
Living in the State of Stuck : How Technology Impacts the Lives of Persons With Disabilities
Making an Exceptional Difference : Enhancing the Impact of Microcomputer Technology on Children With Disabilities
Modern Morse Code in Rehabilitation and Education – New Applications in Assistive Technology
One Hand Typing and Keyboarding Manual : With Personal Motivational Messages From Others Who Have Overcome!
One-Handed in a Two-Handed World (Second Edition)
Solutions Access Technologies for People Who Are Blind

Apple Computer The Disability Connection
Attention Control Systems – planning and execution software for assisting brain injured people gain independence
EnableMart – accessibility solutions store.
IBM Special Needs Solutions
LapDawg X4
LapDawg Pug – Laptop mini-table with silent fan
Laptop Laidback – The Bed Table for Laptop Computers
Microsoft Accessibility Support
Zygo Optimist – personal pen computer

Bosch And Hillcrest Make A Bet On Wearable Head-Mounted Computing With New All-In-One Sensor System


Head-mounted computing probably still seems a bit far-fetched to most every day users, but component manufacturers and tech suppliers are already gearing up to provide a future supply chain with the parts it needs to build such devices affordably and easily. Bosch Sensortec and Hillcrest Labs are two companies working in this space, and they’ve come up with complete sensor package for head-mounted display device manufacturers.

The Oculus Rift, Google Glass, the Recon Jet; all of these head-mounted computing systems share a need for embedded sensors to make their magic happen. Hillcrest and Bosch want to simply the manufacturing process so that the next wave of follow-on devices emulating these and other first-gen wearable computers can come to market quicker and easier, with lower development costs.

What they’ve created to make that happen is the Bosch Sensortec BNO070 system in package (SIP), which contains Hillcrest’s SH-1 sensor hub software. That…

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Bye Bye Second Screen? The InAIR Lets You Browse The Web And Watch TV All In One Place


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Nowadays, many people browse the web at the same time that they’re watching TV — the phenomenon is called the “second screen.” But a new gadget called InAIR from a startup called SeeSpace wants to bring our attention back to just one screen by putting the best of the laptop, the smart phone, and the TV all together in one place.

InAIR, which is set to cost $99, works by plugging directly into any television through its “smart” HDMI cable that then connects to a set top box. The device then pulls data from the currently playing television program or movie, parses it using natural language processing and other patented technologies, and presents related content pulled directly from the web and social media on the television screen. The user interacts with the InAIR by using a simple mobile app, or through gesture control by incorporating the…

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It’s Not Just About Gaming: Oculus Rift Could Change Movie Making, Too


The video above is a trailer for Zero Point, an upcoming documentary about virtual reality directed by Oscar nominee Danfung Dennis. The neat thing about the film is that it’s going to be a virtual reality experience itself — because it’s being released as a movie for Oculus Rift, the amazing, epoch-shifting headset designed for truly immersive 3D games.

Dennis’s startup, Condition One, is shooting live action using a proprietary rig involving cameras which capture 360 degrees of action. Then the company stitches the footage together into a version which lets Rift users see everything which the cameras saw.

I got a sneak peek at a few minutes of Zero Point using the developer version of the Oculus Rift headset, the only version which has been released so far. As with games, the 1280-by-800 display, so close to your eyeballs. makes everything look blocky; live action reminded me of…

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SanDisk Packs 128GB Into A MicroSD Card


My fellow nerds, our long horrendous nightmare is over. We will soon no longer have to slum with 64GB microSD cards. SanDisk will soon start selling 128GB Ultra microSDXC cards — a capacity double that of today’s cards.

Today, at Mobile World Congress, SanDisk announced the tiny card that packs a boat-load of data into something smaller than a U.S. dime and almost as thin as a postage stamp. 128GB. In a single microSD card. Thanks, science.

It’s unclear at this point if the card will be compatible with all devices. The firmware and operating system on older gadgets could restrict access to the full 128GB partition, but newer devices should be fine. The card is Class 10 rated, meaning it is fully certified for HD video recording. And with 128GB, that’s 24 hours of HD video.

The new Ultra microSDXC should hit Best Buy stores and Amazon as soon…

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Chromebox: Here Come Google’s Desktop Computers


Google is attacking the desktop PC with renewed purpose, announcing a wave of new Chromeboxes and a suite of meeting tools for businesses.

Unless you’re running an IT department, the most interesting Chromebox will be the $179 model from Asus. It has an Intel Celeron processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, four USB ports and an SD card slot, along with an HDMI output for connecting to an external monitor. Essentially, it’s a low-end Chromebook minus the screen and keyboard.

While this isn’t the first attempt at putting Chrome OS on a desktop PC, Asus’ Chromebox is far cheaper than the $329 Samsung model that preceded it. The price alone makes it interesting if you’re in need of a secondary desktop computer but, as always, the browser-based operating system can be limiting. For a primary PC you’re probably better off with a Mac or Windows-based machine…

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