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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Tiggly Learner Kit | Words Learning System

Tiggly Learner Kit

Tiggly Words Learning System includes

5 interactive vowel toys

5 interactive math toys

4 interactive shape toys

How it works

Tiggly Toys have silicone touch points so your tablet reacts to them just like your fingertips. Tap and the screen reacts.

Placing the Vowel "a" on the tablet that completes the word "cat"

Placing the Vowel "a"

Simple to use

No need for batteries, bluetooth or wifi, the magic is in its simplicity!

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At Tiggly, we believe in the power of connected play- the magic that happens when you bring the best of physical play into digital apps. We design fun learning toys that interact with the silliest learning apps you can imagine! Tiggly's learning systems take children on a learning journey full of inspiration, magic, and humor. A learning journey that cannot possibly be replicated with toys or apps alone.
Source: Tiggly Learner Kit | Tiggly
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Ex-Washington State football standout Steve Gleason considered for Congressional Gold Medal

Steve Gleason, the Spokane native who starred for the Washington State University Cougars and played football for the NFL’s New Orleans Saints, had his name submitted for a Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian honor awarded by Congress.Federal lawmakers from Washington and Louisana seek to honor Gleason for work as an advocate for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.Sens. Bill Cassidy and John Kennedy, Republicans from Louisiana, helped sponsor the legislation along with Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, Democrats from Washington.“Few people make Washington state as proud as Steve Gleason, a Spokane native and WSU standout who not only excelled on the field, but who has gone on to make his biggest impact as a tireless advocate in the health world,” Murry said.Cassidy said Gleason was “a hero for Saints fans and now he is a hero for all Americans as he finds hope and meaning in overcoming disability and creating greater opportunity for others who are disabled.”
Source: Ex-Washington State football standout Steve Gleason considered for Congressional Gold Medal | The Spokesman-Review
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myNotifi Black Wristband

MyNotifi Wristband

Two ways to stay safe. MyNotifi® is a fall detection technology designed to alert family and friends if a fall occurs. The wearer receives both a belt clip and wristband for increased flexibility in various situations. No landline, no monthly fees and no contract. MyNotifi® devices work anywhere the wearer goes, providing independence, freedom and peace of mind.

Easy-to-use fall detection device. MyNotifi® will notify friends and family in the event of a fall.

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ePolicyWorks- Work Matters: Harnessing Innovation to Advance Workforce Opportunities
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Work Matters: Harnessing Innovation to Advance Workforce Opportunities Twitter Chats On April 23, 25 and 27 at 1 p.m. EST, ePolicyWorks will host a series of three short Twitter chats focused on accessibility as it pertains to all aspects of work, including transportation, technology, and the built environment. Participants can join the real-time Twitter conversation by following and tagging their posts with the hashtag #EPWChat. Be sure to follow @ePolicyWorks on Twitter: Chat Summary for March 7th, 2018
Source: Twitter Chats – ePolicyWorks
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PowerGrip Assisted Grasp Orthosis
Powergrip orthosis


This Electric Powered Prehension Orthosis (EPPO) Wrist-Hand Orthosis, commonly referred to as a wrist splint can be utilized by those who lack hand grasp and sufficient tenodesis-enabling wrist extension strength.  The PowerGrip is indispensable for providing the ability to pickup, grasp, hold, and manipulate objects. Must be fit and mounted by a licensed orthotist. Available complete and ready to use from Broadened Horizons directly, or partner's Jaeco Orthopedics or Becker Oregon. Provides a Palmer and/or Key Pinch style grasp
Source: Broadened Horizons Direct - PowerGrip Assisted Grasp Orthosis Add-on Kit for tenodesis or ratchet-style orthosis
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