Tag Archives: Assistive technology

links for 2008-09-11

  • Avego.com is where travelers cooperate to make the whole transport system more efficient, saving us all money, wasted time and reducing pollution.

    A 5-seat car traveling with only a driver is inherently inefficient, and yet 85% of the time, that’s how cars travel in much of the world. With our iPhone GPS technology, web services and your participation, we can fill up those empty seats.

  • Did I get enough exercise today? How many calories did I burn? Am I getting good quality sleep? How many steps and miles did I walk today? The Fitbit Tracker helps you answer these questions.

  • Swype was developed by founders Cliff Kushler and Randy Marsden, along with a very talented team of software programmers and linguists.

    Cliff is the co-inventor of T9, the standard predictive text-entry solution used on over 2.4 billion mobile phones worldwide. He is the named inventor on multiple patents related to alternative text entry.

    Randy is the developer of the onscreen keyboard included in Windows, with an installed base of over a half a billion units. He is a recognized leader in the field of assistive technology and alternative computer input.

    Together, their experience is unmatched in developing onscreen keyboard-based text input solutions for mobile touch-screen devices.

  • ShiftSpace (pronounced: §) is an open source browser plugin for collaboratively annotating, editing and shifting the web.

  • # Create and track invoices you issue to clients.
    # Determine what you’re owed, by whom, and when it’s due.
    # Keep track of timesheets for yourself and your employees.
    # Notify your clients of new invoices.
    # Create interesting reports and analyze payment history
    # Save time & collect your money.

News: Your Remote Can Now Make Coffee

  It’s inevitable, I guess, but your remote now looks more like a PDA than a PDA does. RCA have just released three new “universal learning remotes” which can control multiple components and can implement multiple commands with the SmartMacro? feature. “The new line of RCA LCD remote controls reflects a shift in the remote control business to higher end, fuller featured models,” explained David Geise, Vice President, Consumer Solutions, Thomson. “As consumers enhance their current home entertainment setups with more advanced products, they are seeking more sophisticated remotes that are easy to program and these three new models meet these requirements.”
 
 
Now, being a guy with a dozen remotes around the house, I can see the advantages of all this. Indeed, the SmartMacro feature, that enables consumers to program a series of events to occur in sequential order — for example, set up the remote to turn on the TV, set it to input one, turn on the satellite receiver and then set it to a specific channel — sounds kinda useful. It just seems kinda sad that the device to run our TV is more sophisticated than a computer was about three weeks ago.