24 Days of Technology Recap

If you follow ARRM on Facebook, you may have caught some of our ‘24 Days of Technology’ post series. Each day, December 1–December 24, we featured a new piece of technology that is helping individuals with disabilities live more independently. In case you missed any of the tech, here is the list in its entirety — the Technology Resource Center’s 24 Days of Technology 2018.

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Day 1 - Dose Flip

1 | Dose Flip Medication Dispenser

 

WHAT IT IS

A smart pill box with available software that notifies individuals (and caregivers) when a medication should be taken, tracks access, and may send various alerts if desired. A rotating top makes the meds available (done by flipping the device over) at the prescribed time.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals looking to take their medications independently who are physically capable.

LEARN MORE

Learn more about the Dose Health Flip Dispenser and Dose Anywhere at https://dosehealth.com/

 

Note: The use of this device may be covered by the waiver. The weekly set up may also be done by a home health care nurse, making it a fully funded and supported solution.  

 

 

Day 2 - Freedom Alert Emergency System

2 | Freedom Alert Emergency System

 

WHAT IT IS

A single cost, two-way voice pendant communicator for personal security. This device hooks into a landline and works like a mini cordless phone. Individuals press a button to roll through a contact tree of friends and family, 911, or a mix of both.   

WHO IT COULD HELP

Anyone that may be in need of emergency assistance that does not reliably use a cell phone.   

LEARN MORE

Learn more at https://www.logicmark.com/ or purchase via Amazon.

 

 

Day 3 - BikeAround

3 | BikeAround

 

WHAT IT IS

An experience bike—a stationary bike with a screen to make individuals feel like they are riding a bike down any road that Google street view has loaded.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals with cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities, or memory difficulties.

LEARN MORE

https://www.camanio.com/us/products/bikearound/

 

 

Day 4 - Flic

4 | Flic

 

WHAT IT IS

A Bluetooth connected button that you can apply ‘if-this-then-that’ logic to.    May be set up to control music, lights, and other connected devices. When used as a support indicator, individuals may press a button to discreetly text or call a staff cell phone.                                

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals looking to discreetly contact staff on a more basic level, or Individuals with limited mobility looking to control their environment more independently through connected devices.

LEARN MORE

https://flic.io/

 

 

Day 5 - App MyEar

5 | App MyEar

 

WHAT IT IS

A real-time voice-to-text iOS app developed by a son for his deaf father. Users utilize an iPhone or iPad to transcribe conversations.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals who are hearing impaired.

LEARN MORE

https://deaflifeapps.com/home/

 

 

Day 6 - Xbox Adaptive Controller

6 | Xbox Adaptive Controller

 

WHAT IT IS

A game controller and hub for devices like switches, buttons, and joysticks to make gaming more accessible.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Gamers with limited mobility.

LEARN MORE

xbox.com/adaptivecontroller

 

 

Day 7 - Ablenet Hitch

7 | Ablenet Hitch

 

WHAT IT IS

A plug-and-play USB computer switch interface that may be used with switch accessible software to control a computer.                                   

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals that are unable to use a traditional mouse but can use a single switch.   

LEARN MORE

https://www.ablenetinc.com/technology/computer-tablet-access/hitch-2-0#Description

 

 

Day 8 - Eyegaze Edge

8 | Eyegaze Edge®

 

WHAT IT IS

An eye-driven tablet communication system that provides access to communication and language, computer access, and environmental controls. Software allows users to sync their Android phones to send texts or make phone calls, and it may be utilized with Amazon Echo to control their environment further. The system may also be used as a keyboard and mouse for any Mac, PC, or Linux computer system.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Non-verbal individuals who have difficulty operating a traditional mouse or keyboard.

LEARN MORE

https://eyegaze.com/products/eyegaze-edge/

 

 

Day 9 - Amazon Echo Show

9 | Amazon Echo Show

 

WHAT IT IS

A voice activated personal home assistant with video capabilities. The Echo Show offers everything a standard Echo offers, including setting alarms, making lists, checking weather, turning on/off lights, playing music, and controlling TV (plus much more), with the addition of voice-activated video calling or viewing of smart video monitoring devices for interior or exterior security. Because of video capabilities, device is typically set in a kitchen or main living area.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Anyone who desires to control their environment hands-free.

LEARN MORE

Learn more about the Echo Show and other Echo devices at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B077SXWSRP/ref=fs_ods_bp

 

 

Day 10 - Jiobit

10 | Jiobit

 

WHAT IT IS

A GPS based location tracker with accompanying app (originally designed for child safety) that allows parents or caregivers to check on an individual’s location in real time.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals (children and adults) who are prone to elopement.

LEARN MORE

https://www.jiobit.com/

 

 

Day 11 - IFTTT

11 | IFTTT

 

WHAT IT IS

A free platform that connects apps and devices utilizing ‘if this then that’ functionality. For example, IF an individual goes outside a certain area, THEN send a text message to their caregiver, or IF my smoke alarm goes off, THEN flash all the lights in my house. There are numerous scenarios individuals may program to help with daily living and safety.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Anyone wanting to control their environment or send alerts automatically when an action occurs.

LEARN MORE

https://ifttt.com/

 

 

Day 12 - tecla-e

12 | tecla-e

 

WHAT IT IS

A cloud-connected assistive device that allows users to control their smart devices through wheelchair driving controls and ability switches. May be paired with up to eight Bluetooth devices and allows individuals to send/receive email, browse the web, watch video, and send text messages. Users are also able to control various smart home technologies to turn on lights, control appliances, and control the TV. The tecla-e also provides remote monitoring features like location, temperature, motion, and ambient light sensors.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Those with limited upper-body mobility or those who cannot operate a smart device independently.

LEARN MORE

https://gettecla.com/pages/tecla-e

 

 

Day 13 - Philips Hue

13 | Philips Hue

 

WHAT IT IS

A collection of smart lighting products that control lighting in a home. Hue lights operate through voice-activation via personal home assistants, by switches, or wireless motion.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals with limited mobility.

LEARN MORE

https://www2.meethue.com/en-us

 

 

Day 14 - Vitals App

14 | Vitals™ App

 

WHAT IT IS

A free application that promotes greater independence and provides increased safety when individuals with disabilities and certain conditions are out in the community. The app allows for safer community interactions by sharing personalized digital profiles detailing critical information—like de-escalation techniques and behavior triggers—with authorized first responders.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals with visible and invisible conditions and disabilities (mental health, developmental, behavioral, and intellectual), their families, and caregivers.

LEARN MORE

https://thevitalsapp.com/ PLUS, stay tuned for a more in-depth look at the Vitals app coming soon to the TRC.

 

 

Day 15 - WayFinder 3

15 | WayFinder 3

 

WHAT IT IS

An iOS travel support application that utilizes GPS to help individuals travel independently by providing picture and audio instructions. Customized routes are able to be loaded onto the app by a caregiver/family member to display step-by-step audio and visual instructions. Images may be loaded along their routes to let them know they are on the right path and audio cues can let them know when to get off the bus.  

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals with cognitive support needs.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image: https://www.ablelinktech.com/index.php?id=33

 

 

Day 16 - OrCam MyEye 2

16 | Orcam MyEye 2

 

WHAT IT IS

A small device consisting of a camera and text-to-speech engine worn on an individual’s glasses that can read text, recognize faces, and identify products.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image: https://www.orcam.com/en/myeye2/

 

 

Day 17 - SafeWander

17 | SafeWander

 

WHAT IT IS

A wearable sensor that attaches to an individual’s pajamas to sense when they begin to get up and sends an audible alert to a caregiver’s smartphone via the app – compatible with iOS or Android.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals prone to wandering or at risk of falling.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image: https://www.safewander.com/

 

 

Day 18 - HeadMouse Nano

18 | HeadMouse® Nano

 

WHAT IT IS

A wireless head-controlled mouse that translates a person’s head movements into mouse pointer movements via a wireless optical sensor and “target” worn by the user.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals who have difficulty operating a standard computer mouse.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image: http://www.orin.com/access/headmouse/

 

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Day 19 - Jamboxx

19 | Jamboxx

 

WHAT IT IS

A harmonica-like device that attaches to a computer to allow individuals to create music with their breath, hands-free. The device allows musicians to play multiple instruments in varying keys, scales, and octaves.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Music enthusiasts who have difficulty playing a traditional instrument.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image: https://www.jamboxx.com/

 

Day 20 - Tobii Dynavox I-15+

20 | Tobii Dynavox I-15+

 

WHAT IT IS

A portable speech generating device, controlled through eye-gaze, touch, or switch, that facilitates computer access, environmental controls, speech, and long distance communication.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals who rely on augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) technology in order to speak.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image: https://www.tobiidynavox.com/en-US/devices/eye-gaze-devices/i-15/

 

 

Day 21 - Freedom Guardian

21 | Freedom Guardian

 

WHAT IT IS

A medical alert system. A watch device provides integrated mobile phone and two-way communication capabilities to receive reminders and alerts (read aloud through watch device), utilize text-to-speech functionality, and track location.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Designed with older adults in mind, the device could be used for seniors, individuals prone to elopement, or people with certain cognitive disabilities.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image: https://www.medicalguardian.com/products/freedom-guardian

 

 

Day 22 - CanPlan

22 | CanPlan

 

WHAT IT IS

A free task manager app that helps break down tasks through photos, captions, speech, and video recordings. Tasks can be scheduled to prompt the user when to do them and are checked off when completed. For iOS devices.

WHO IT COULD HELP

People with brain injuries and other cognitive disabilities who need support with completing tasks.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image: https://www.canassist.ca/EN/main/programs/technologies-and-devices/at-home/canplan.html

 

 

Day 23 - OBI Eating Device

23 | OBI® Eating Device

 

WHAT IT IS

A food delivery device that allows individuals to eat independently through the use of accessibility switches (including sip-and-puff attachment).

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals with limited or no upper limb mobility who can chew and swallow without assistance.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image: https://www.kinovarobotics.com/en/products/assistive-technologies/eating-devices

 

 

Day 24 - Seeing AI

24 | Seeing AI

WHAT IT IS

A free “talking camera” app for iOS devices that provides individuals with information in real-time about the world around them. Helps read short or long text, identifies products and currency, detects colors and light, reads faces (recognizes people, describes faces, and emotions) and scenes.

WHO IT COULD HELP

Individuals with low vision.

LEARN MORE

Additional information and product image via: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/seeing-ai

 

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