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iPortal™ is a power chair accessory that connects to an iPhone or iPod touch to display wheelchair information in real time.

It is a Dynamic Controls solution to offer a unique approach to wheelchair displays that not only shows information in an exciting, easy to read way but brings the latest mainstream technology to the chair.

It is compatible with Dynamic Controls Shark, DX, and DX2 control systems, and iPhone 4.

The accessibility features (e.g. scanning) make phone calls, surf the net, type text and join the online world easier since iPortal’s new Accessibility Application enables the usage of joystick or switch or head array control for interfacing with the iPhone and iPod Touch.

More information on the corporate link.

The BRAID Project is developing a holistic roadmap that covers all areas of a person’s life. The roadmap is focused on four different perspectives, the “Life Settings”: Independent Living; Health and Care in Life; Occupation in Life; and Recreation in Life.

These settings correspond to the main areas of life of a person in general, and will need to be supported as we are ageing. The settings stand for priorities in life, and are not location-based or mutually exclusive. In principle, not all elderly citizens may need equal support in all of the above areas. However, the significance of defining these four settings is that they comprehensively cover the main aspects related to active ageing and well being of the elderly.

This booklet presents a collection of illustrative scenarios for the different life settings.

At The Paciello Group, they have been working on a new tool to inspect elements on a web page and be able to view the HTML code, ARIA attributes (if any) and the information being conveyed by the browser to accessibility APIs, all in one neatish interface. They have given it the catchy moniker “AViewer” and a beta version is available for download.
More information here.

TechCrunch posted a very interesting article on switch activated typing via … breathing. They demonstrate it through an accessible tweeting app for the iPad. The idea is based on a scanning principle.
A Japanese company called TechFirm [JP] has just a released a very special (and free) Twitter client for the iPad in the App Store [iTunes, bilingual English and Japanese]: “Breath Bird” lets people who can’t use their fingers and have problems speaking post to Twitter by breathing into the iPad’s mic.
The way it works is that when you fire up the app, your timeline appears on the left hand side of the screen (it refreshes automatically to keep things simple).
On the right, an on-screen keyboard with all characters from a-z split into five rows appears. Breath Bird starts highlighting each row, one after the other, from top to bottom. If the row in which the character you’d like to “type” is highlighted, breathe into the mic to make the app highlight all characters in that row one after the other, from left to right.
Once the character in question is highlighted, breathe again and it appears in the tweet bubble on top of the screen – repeat to create entire words and sentences that can be posted to Twitter in the same way.

8th International Conference on Disability, Virtual Reality and Associated Technologies (ICDVRAT 2012)
Laval, France, 10-12 September 2012

First call for papers

  • Extended abstract submission deadline: 29 February 2012
  • Accepted papers submission deadline: 1 July 2012

For further information see: www.icdvrat.reading.ac.uk

The Call for Papers can be downloaded directly from: http://tinyurl.com/ICDVRAT2012

As mentioned on the event website:

Authorities, organisations, practitioners, users and representatives from enterprises and research and development (R&D) institutions:
Welcome to Oslo June 11th – 13th 2012!
As organisers of Universal Design 2012 Oslo we are looking forward to receiving you in Oslo next year.
The strategy of universal design aims at dismantling physical and social barriers. This conference will focus on solutions and various impacts of implementation relevant to people in public spaces.
Topics to be addressed are issues related to universal design in planning, legislation, politics, education, buildings, outdoor areas, information and communications technologies (ICT) and public transport. The latest international practical knowledge and R&D results on universal design will also be presented.
Our aim is to make the universal design conference in Oslo a meeting place both for speakers and participants. By exchanging knowledge, experiences and ideas we can build global connections and design networks that inspire, challenge, and empower future work on universal design.
More information on event website.