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Reliefband for Nausea

Reliefband® is drug-free, clinically-proven, doctor-recommended FDA-Cleared wearable technology for the treatment of nausea and vomiting associated with: Car, Airplane, Boats, Virtual Reality, Vertigo, Pregnancy, Amusement, Chemotherapy and postoperative nausea, and vomiting. Reliefband® 2.0 is indicated for use in the treatment of nausea, retching and vomiting due to motion sickness, chemotherapy and morning sickness associated with pregnancy. Reliefband 2.0 is also indicated as an adjunct to antiemetics in reducing postoperative nausea.Drug-free Reliefband 2.0 uses clinically-proven technology to quickly and effectively relieve nausea, retching and vomiting. Includes charging cable and one 7.5 mL tube (0.25 oz) of hypoallergenic conductivity gel.
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OpenBraille, a DIY Braille Embosser

A mechanical braille embosser cost over a 1000$USD and an electric goes from 3000$ up to 5000$. I tough about making one for a friend but I couldn't find a DIY version, so I decided to make one myself. This isn’t, by any means, a finish product. By making the machine an open source project, I am hoping others will improve the design. In a near future, with the help of others makers, OpenBraille will reduce the cost of these printers and it will allow anyone with a visual impairment to read and write. So, if you know someone, if you are a maker, if you are curious or if you want to help out, please feel free to follow this tutorial and help me built a community around OpenBraille.The encoder is pretty much the heart of the embosser. Most of the commercial machines emboss the dots by impacting the sheet. Because it’s harder to build a precise machine out of 3D printed parts, I designed a different system. Instead of impacting and applying all the energy in a single hit, OpenBraille uses a physical encoder and a roller. This way, the embossing is gradually done and the parts can be easily printed.
Source: OpenBraille, a DIY Braille Embosser
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ISAAC free online collection | Explore Taylor & Francis Online
ISAAC AAC Journal Cover


Enjoy free access to articles selected by the Editors of Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Official journal of the International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (ISAAC)
Source: ISAAC free online collection | Explore Taylor & Francis Online
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W3C : New Redesign
Web content accessibility guidelines


The redesign makes it easier to skim pages, read content, find specific information, and discover new resources. It's also easier for the community to be involved in improving resources. Much of the content is revised. We plan to revise more content in the coming months. The redesigned W3C WAI website makes it easier to get information to help you improve web accessibility. The visual design, information architecture, navigation, and overall user experience is all new. Planned Changes and Known Issues
  • Planned change: Visual design enhancements - more graphics, more color.
  • Known issue: Some pages in the old design do not redirect to the new design. (Some are not in the new design, and we'll be adding information on those.)
  • Known issue: expand-collapse buttons in NVDA
  • Several minor tweaks listed as Issues in GitHub
Source: W3C WAI Website Redesign Information · w3c/wai-website Wiki · GitHub
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Pointello laser-wireless low-tech communication system | Talk To Me Technologies

Pointello laser-wireless low-tech communication system.

Just point and communicate! Pointello provides a quick and easy way to communicate medical requests, basic needs and common words and phrases.

How it works.

Just attach the communication board to a wall, turn on the laser and let communication begin!
  • Attach an access switch for independent control of turning the Pointello laser on and off.
  • If no switch is used, a convenient on/off switch is located on the laser.
With virtually no training or set-up required, Pointello can instantly relieve the fear and anxiety of not being able to communicate.
  • Hospital stays (post-operative and in-patient care).
  • Long-term care facilities.
  • ALS & veteran care clinics.
  • Doctor’s offices.
  • In the home as a back-up communication system.
Source: Pointello laser-wireless low-tech communication system | Talk To Me Technologies
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Control an iPhone with Eye Gaze
Eye Gaze on iOS12

Eye Gaze on iOS12

While attending Apple's WWDC as a scholarship student, Matt Moss had a chance to play around with the iOS 12 developer beta. In the process, he came to a neat realization: ARKit 2.0 opened up some unexpected possibilities. "I saw that ARKit 2 introduced eye tracking and quickly wondered if it's precise enough to determine where on the screen a user is looking," he explained over Twitter direct message. "Initially, I started to build the demo to see if this level of eye tracking was even possible." It turns out that it most definitely is, as the video demo he tweeted shows. As Moss was quick to point out, the potential use for such tech isn't just for the extremely lazy. "Once the demo started to work, I began to think of all the possible use cases, the most important of which being accessibility," he wrote."I think this kind of technology could really improve the lives of people with disabilities."
Source: Watch this guy control an iPhone with nothing but his eyes
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ALS Project Revoicez: recreate any voice

With breakthroughs in voice technology, it’s now possible to synthesize and fully recreate the unique essence of any voice and build a complete digital voice clone. With just a couple of hours of high-quality recordings to work with, this technology can make your digital voice clone sound natural, dynamic and – most importantly – just like you. Project Revoice aims to give more people with ALS the opportunity to record and recreate their own unique voice for future use with Augmented/Alternative Communication (AAC) devices.
Source: Home - ALS Project Revoice
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X10 Big Red Wireless Emergency Button –
Remote switch for X10 modules

X10 Big Red Switch

OVERVIEW X10 Big Red Wireless Emergency Button will allow you to immediately activate any X10 receiver (s) when you hit the bit red emergency button during an emergency. PRODUCT DESCRIPTION The battery-powered button can be mounted anywhere in your home with double-sided tape. It's perfect for use as a bedside panic button, or even a doorbell button. Use it to activate X10 lamp modules, sirens, security consoles, or any other X10 receiver! Activates any X10 receiver Wireless range up to 100 feet Mounts with double-sided tape Works with any X10 transceiver
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Google brings Morse code to Gboard

Text to Speech
During Google I/O today, the company announced that Gboard would soon support Morse code, a move inspired by developer Tania Finlayson who communicates through head movements that are translated into Morse code and then into speech. She and her husband partnered with Google to bring Morse code to Gboard, and Finlayson said in a statement, "I'm very excited that Gboard now has a Morse keyboard that allows for switch-access, with various settings to accommodate more people's unique needs."
Morse code for Gboard comes with settings that let users customize the keyboard to fit their particular needs and it can be used alongside Switch Access, which allows users to interact with Gboard through external devices. As with the traditional functionality, using Morse code with Gboard will also include Google's AI-driven text suggestions. Along with the introduction of Morse code to Gboard, Google also released a trainer that will help users learn how to communicate with Morse code, a printable poster and cards that feature the pictographs used in the trainer as well as a text-to-speech app that incorporates Morse code. All three are experiments -- which you can check out here -- and Google encourages others to submit their own to the Morse code collection on its Experiments site. Morse code for Gboard beta is available starting today on Android and you can find out how to set it up here. You can see more of Finlayson's story in the video above. Click here to catch up on the latest news from Google I/O 2018!
Source: Engadget 
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Echo Dot Kids Edition

Echo Dot Kids Edition, a smart speaker with Alexa for kids
  • Now Alexa is a kid-friendly DJ, comedian, and storyteller — and she’s always getting smarter. Just ask and Alexa will play music, answer questions, read stories, tell jokes, and more — all with younger ears in mind.
  • Up to $109 in savings on Echo Dot (Black), 1 year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, and a kid-friendly case, plus a 2-year worry-free guarantee—if they break it, return it and we’ll replace it for free
  • The included 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited gives your kids access to hundreds of hours of fun and educational content, including ad-free radio stations and playlists, Audible books, and a growing list of premium kids skills. After one year, your subscription will automatically renew every month starting at just $2.99/month plus applicable tax. You may cancel any time by visiting the Amazon Parent Dashboard or contacting Customer Service.
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    Amazon Parental Dashboard

  • 1 year of FreeTime Unlimited gives you access to over 300 Audible books for kids, like Beauty & the Beast and Peter Pan, thousands of songs, and kid-favorite games and skills from Disney, National Geographic, Nickelodeon, and more
  • Easy-to-use parental controls in the online Amazon Parent Dashboard let you set daily time limits, review activity, or pause Alexa on the device
  • Automatically filter explicit songs from Amazon Music
  • Call kids to dinner or tell them it’s bedtime from compatible Echo devices anywhere in the house—without having to raise your voice
Source: Echo Dot Kids Edition
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