Anker’s Genie Is Just Like the Echo Dot, Only Cheaper | WIRED
Anker Genie Digital Assistant

Anker Genie Digital Assisstant

Now it's [Anker] launching a cheaper version of the Echo Dot smart speaker, powered by Amazon's Alexa. (Anker's not trying to win the virtual-assistant game, or at least not yet.) The Eufy Genie's capabilities match the Echo Dot's almost exactly. It can plug into speakers or work on its own; it can set timers, play music, answer questions, and access thousands of Alexa skills. It's optimized especially for Anker's own devices; rather than saying, "Alexa, let me talk to Eufy," you can just tell it to turn off the lights.
Source: Anker’s Genie Is Just Like the Echo Dot, Only Cheaper | WIRED
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HERO | The Smart Appliance that Manages Your Pills

Text to Speech Hello pills, meet technology. HERO is a smart appliance that stores, dispenses, and manages pills for you and your loved ones.  Simple pill dispensing.  Say goodbye to child-proof caps and chunky pill planners.  HERO knows your schedule so you can retrieve your vitamins and medicine effortlessly. Dispense load, connect all at the push of a button. Why should taking your pills be such a chore? HERO does all of the heavy lifting, so all you have to do is push a button.

Intelligent notifications

Know when it is time for you and your loved ones to take their pills, whether you are at home or on the go.

Daily insights

Receive end-of-day summaries about how well you and your loved ones are staying on track.

Automatic restock

Never run out of pills again — HERO warns you if you are running low and can order refills.

WiFi connectivity

HERO keeps itself updated with latest software, and keeps you connected through the HERO app.

Security updates

Get notifications if someone unplugs or opens HERO, so you always know that your pills are safe and secure.
Source: HERO | The Smart Appliance that Manages Your Pills
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MIT students hack assistive technology solutions for local clients | MIT News
Student's Attaching Wheelchair Mount

At the 2017 ATHack-a-thon, Team Alex created a wheelchair attachment and web interface that allows Alex to control a video camera with his feet.

More than 1 billion people globally need one or more assistive devices, such as prosthetics and communication devices, to address problems resulting from their disabilities. However, currently 90 percent of people in need are without access to those products, according to the World Health Organization. Compounding this accessibility issue is a massive shortage in the assistive technology workforce. To promote innovation and long-term interest in working in the field of assistive technologies, the Assistive Technologies Hackathon (ATHack), now in its fourth year, is held at Beaver Works in Cambridge, Massachusetts. During the event this spring, MIT students develop technological solutions to problems faced by Greater Boston-area clients with disabilities. Students have one day to create prototype assistive devices to suit client needs.
Source: MIT students hack assistive technology solutions for local clients | MIT News
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Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices | TechCrunch
For the past seven years, the Canadian technology developer Komodo Openlabs has been working on a device called Tecla that allow users with limited mobility to control electronic devices. Designed for users who have trouble operating smartphones, tablets, or computers because of limited upper-body mobility caused by spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, ALS, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, brain injuries or a stroke, the original Tecla product could only work with one device at a time. Now, Tecla is giving its technology an upgrade by integrating controls for connected home devices into and expanding the number of devices that can be controlled through the Tecla unit at one time(bumping controls from one device to eight). The company’s technology integrates with a wheelchair’s control mechanism and allows users to interact with either their personal computer, smartphone or tablet by making the same movements they use to control their wheelchairs. Komodo Openlabs began in 2010 as a collaboration between Mauricio Meza, the company’s chief executive officer and a former assistive technology consultant at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and Jorge Silva, a former researcher at the University of Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab Hospital, and OCAD University — home to Canada’s Inclusive Design and Research Center (which focuses on accessibility).
Source: Tecla expands its accessibility features for users with limited mobility to IOT devices | TechCrunch
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Augmented Ability: Assistive Technology Gets Smart |
Assistive Tech
When I walked into an Arlington, VA coffee shop to meet Candice Jordan, I felt the usual anxious vigilance I get when I'm looking for a person I've never met. People are usually great at producing obvious body-language signals that indicate they're also waiting for a stranger, but Candice wouldn't be looking for me: She'd be listening. She did display a few great cues, thankfully. A patient, doe-eyed Labrador retriever named Austria rested by her side, and a clutch of electronic gadgets were spread before her on the table. Candice also had a Google Glass headset perched on the bridge her nose. It was this that I'd really come to talk to her about. After we exchanged pleasantries, she gave me a quick rundown on her recent life—one in which smart assistive technology is playing an increasingly important role. AI-enabled eyesight services, smart hearing aids, and other intuitive, connected technology is changing the game for people with disabilities.

Vision Quest

Candice lost her sight entirely in college in 1998, at the age of 21, waking up blind one morning after months of declining vision because of worsening, inoperable cataracts. She worked with her university to complete her degree in psychology and then obtained a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling; she's been working for the District of Columbia government's Rehabilitation Services Administration since 2007. So why Google Glass? Candice uses them with Aira, a new service she subscribes to: It connects her with a human agent who uses video feed from the headset or a phone's camera to describe her environment for her and help navigate her through it. The agent also has access to a dashboard of data about her preferences, multiple maps, and information about her physical location. Aira can tell her as much or as little as she wants to know about her surroundings. Suman Kanuganti, CEO and founder of Aira, said his concept arose from a time he was on a phone-camera video call with a visually impaired friend. He asked his friend to hold his phone camera up, facing outward from his head, and then proceeded to describe what he saw in the friend's kitchen to him. On subsequent calls, they performed the exercise outdoors using a Google Glass headset Kanuganti had acquired. "I was walking with him as I sat in San Diego, and I realized, I can pull up maps and other information for him while he's moving," Kanuganti said. "He said, Suman, what we're doing is for fun, but there are millions of blind people for whom a service like this would be life-changing."
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Amazon Echo in the Classroom
Hey Teachers! Here are 30 fun ways to use an Amazon Echo or "Alexa" in the Classroom. This amazon echo review will help teachers find the perfect fit for Alexa in their classroom. Make back to school fun with this teacher vlog. Kayse Morris shares innovative teaching resources for grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Bring teaching back to the basics with these lesson plans and activities. Get the Alexa checklist Amazon Echo Dot : Amazon Echo : Facebook Pinterest Source: Amazon Echo in the Classroom
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Cochlear introduces the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor

Centennial, Colo. (July 26, 2017) – Cochlear Limited (ASX: COH), the global leader in implantable hearing solutions, introduces today its latest innovation, the CochlearTM Nucleus® 7 Sound Processor. Approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in June, the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor and the smallest and lightest behind-the-ear cochlear implant sound processor available on the market.1-3

Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, people with a Cochlear Nucleus Implant

Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, people with a Cochlear Nucleus Implant

With the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, people with a Cochlear Nucleus Implant can now stream sound directly from a compatible iPhone, iPad and iPod touch directly to their sound processor.4,5* They will also be able to control, monitor and customize their hearing on their iPhone or iPod touch through the Nucleus® Smart App available to download for free from the App Store®.

There are 360 million people living with disabling hearing loss worldwide, and this figure is set to more than triple to 1.2 billion by 2050.6,7 According to the World Health Organization, there are approximately 72 million people who could potentially benefit from the use of a hearing device including a cochlear implant or hearing aid.8

Chris Smith, Cochlear Chief Executive Officer and President, welcomes the FDA approval of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor, explaining that Cochlear is proud to give people with moderate to profound hearing loss access to mobile technology like never before.

“The approval of the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor is a turning point for people with hearing loss, opening the door for them to make phone calls, listen to music in high-quality stereo sound, watch videos and have FaceTime® calls streamed directly to their cochlear implant,” explains Smith. “This new sound processor builds on our long-standing commitment to help more people with hearing loss connect with others and live a full life.”

The Nucleus 7 Sound Processor offers a range of features with the Nucleus Smart App. The new Hearing Tracker feature records coil-offs time (each time the sound processor coil does not detect the implant coil, such as if it has fallen off a child's head) and time in speech (which measures the amount of time you spend in speech environments in hours, including FM and streaming).5 The Nucleus Smart App Find My Processor feature helps locate a lost sound processor by using Location Services to determine the last place the sound processor was connected to the paired iPhone or iPod touch, whether it has been lost on the playground, in the house or in the car.

“Technology that offers greater connectivity seeks to make life easier for people with hearing loss,” said Laurel Mahoney, cochlear implant audiologist and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at NYU Langone Medical Center. “The advancements provided by the Nucleus 7 Sound Processor give parents more control and allow them to better monitor their child’s hearing while adults and teenagers will be able to stream music and make FaceTime calls just like their hearing friends and family.”

Source: Cochlear introduces the world’s first Made for iPhone cochlear implant sound processor
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Assistive Technologies Close Digital Divides for People with Visual Impairments | Institute of Museum and Library Services

Grant Program Name: Grants to States FY 15 Amount for NJ Library TBBC: $1,733,539

Recipient: New Jersey State Library Talking Book and Braille Center
People exploring the Outspoken Library online

Outspoken Library (online)

“The one thing we have done at TBBC is to offer veterans the ability to read by meeting them where they are. This program has allowed us to see the improvements in veterans’ lives by just being able to read a book.” – Adam Szczepaniak, Deputy State Librarian and Director, New Jersey State Library - Talking Book & Braille Center

Opening Eyes and Minds to Reading

Participants of the New Jersey State Library’s Library Equal Access Program class learn more about magnification software that enhances text quality for individuals with visual impairments. The Talking Book & Braille Center (link is external) (TBBC), a division of the New Jersey State Library (link is external), has recognized the importance of widening access to reading for those who need it. Through programs that touch New Jersey residents who experience a myriad of physical, learning, and visual impairments that keep them from enjoying a book, TBBC has gone to great lengths to redefine how an individual can read in the 21st century. TBBC provides no-cost, home delivered services to the state’s print-disabled population, or any resident who cannot read either because of a visual impairment or a physical condition that hinders their ability to hold a book. As their mission has expanded, TBBC has integrated assistive technology training to broaden service impact.
Source: Assistive Technologies Close Digital Divides for People with Visual Impairments | Institute of Museum and Library Services
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Large-Print Bluetooth Mini Keyboards

Large-Print Bluetooth Mini Keyboards

Large Print Mini Keyboard

Large Print Mini Keyboard

The industry’s first large print Bluetooth keyboard designed for the Vision impaired and mature-aged Apple iPad and iPhone users. Now there is a way to type on a real keyboard with letters that are easy to see and locate. The mini keyboard is compact and light-to-carry with proven Bluetooth technology that can connect to any Bluetooth compatible device. The function keys on the keyboard are designed to match the latest Apple iOS. Vision-impaired and mature-aged iPad users no longer have to live with keyboards that are too tiny to type on and with letters that are too small to see. The Bluetooth Mini Keyboard is the answer to anyone who wants to type with ease on a Bluetooth device Mini Keyboards -
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Universal cuff daily living aids and adaptive utensil holders EazyHold

EazyHold universal cuff for daily living assistance

Easy Hold strap on various everyday objects

Eazy Hold

The EazyHold ® universal cuff grip assist is an affordable general use strap that helps people accomplish daily living activities independently despite physical conditions or disabilities impacting grip strength.
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Eazy Hold

The flexible universal cuffs attach securely to get a grip on handles of utensils, tools, toys and more! Our adaptable assistive device is made of soft, flexible food-grade silicone, hypoallergenic and latex free. Eazy to use, Eazy to clean and Eazy on the hands!
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