The Best Note-Taking App for Android

Google Keep for Note Taking

Google Keep for Note-Taking

Google Keep is the perfect balance between a basic note-taking app and a full-fledged notebook system like Evernote. If all you want is a quick place to scribble some text, Keep has you covered without making you jump through hoops. You can easily add regular text notes, or quick to-do lists without having to create whole notebooks or organization schemes.If you want more, however, Keep has a ton of functionality buried beneath the surface. You can attach a voice recording or photo to your notes (though only one each), color code and label them for easy filtering, and even share them with others so everyone has the same information. You can also set reminders in Keep that work just like Google Now reminders, so you won’t forget that errand you scribbled down.
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SignBook | Software for Hearing Impaired
SignBook the sign language dictionary


SignBook is a platform for teachers to create a local database of animations depicting a sign. It was specifically launched for teachers at Mathru Center's Free School for Hearing Impaired Children in Bangalore, India. Although ample reference material exists for teaching American Sign Language, developer Erik Pintar noted that there are more than 300 other documented sign languages without such supports.
This fifth-year senior in human-computer interaction and electrical and computer engineering worked with the Mathru teachers to create a program that would allow them to make a custom video dictionary of the local sign language, Kannada, in order to support new teachers and staff in learning the language too. SignBook includes the ability to capture sign videos and relevant pictures for each entry and categorize entries by topic and is usable by any teacher who wants to create a dictionary for any sign language.
Source: Carnegie Mellon Students Release Ed Software for Hearing Impaired
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BATBAND | Bone Conduction Headphones

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BATBAND™ works via bone conduction, consisting of transducers that emit sound waves perceived by your "private" inner ear, thus freeing your "social" outer ear. Sound waves are transmitted at a frequency that can be conducted through the bones of the skull. Your ears remain free, therefore you get to hear twice as much, without compromising on comfort, quality or style. 3 transducers emitting sound waves are incorporated in the product: two touching the sides of your head (temporal bone) and one at the back of your head (occipital bone). Furthermore, its discreet use means that any vocal content you receive is nearly inaudible to outsiders.
Source:  Batban Kickstarter Campaign
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Homer Player | Audiobook Player for Android

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Homer Player is an audiobook player for the elderly. Its simple user interface makes it easy to operate by seniors and by people with poor vision (or both). Features: - geared towards audiobook playback: folder-based navigation, folder name is the title and subfolders are treated as part of the same book (useful for books that come on multiple CDs), - low-vision friendly interface: book titles are read aloud and high contrast, large UI elements are used, - flip-to-stop: there's no need to press any buttons
Source: Homer Player - Android Apps on Google Play
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Type Fu Mac App | Teach You How to Type Fast
Type Fu App interface

Type Fu App

Type Fu is an app that will teach you how to type fast. The right way. The app is suitable for all age groups and skill levels. You can be a beginner, intermediate or advanced typist. Even if you took typing classes before, but it never sank in, Type Fu will help you refresh your skills and take them to the next stage instantly. • UNIVERSAL. The app is suitable for all age groups and skill levels. You can be a beginner, intermediate or advanced typist. Even if you took typing classes before, but it never sank in, Type Fu will help you refresh your skills and take them to the next stage instantly. • PACKED WITH ENGAGING EXERCISES. Type Fu is fun to use! Lessons vary from simple letters, numbers and words to proverbs and quotes of great thinkers of the past. Basic lessons (letters, numbers, words) are generated programatically so that you will never see the same exercise twice. • MULTIPLE LEVELS OF DIFFICULTY. Should you start from the very beginning, or do you want to just polish your type-fu a tad? Figure out your initial skill level and start practicing right away, until your fingers are a blur! • MULTIPLE KEYBOARD LAYOUTS. English language users can choose between following layouts: Qwerty, Dvorak, Colemak, Workman, Norman, Qwertz, Azerty. German language users can choose between: German Qwertz and Swiss Qwertz layouts.
Source: Type Fu on the Mac App Store
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Talkin’ Pictures on Google Play and Amazon Apps

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Talkin' Pictures on Google Play and Amazon Apps

For children or Adults who are non verbal, Autistic or who otherwise struggle to communicate. Designed to be: • Simple to use • Responsive • Customisable • Educational • Practical • Compatible with phones and tablets • Free to try A fully customisable communication app for anyone who has difficulty communicating non verbally. This app leads to a more structured way of forming a sentence, so each word suggests what the next word would be. eg "I want" leads to food, drink, people, places etc. "I want" "a person" leads to Dad, Mum, Teacher each with their own photo The sentence then becomes "I want Mum" In this app every image can changed. You can select the image from your gallery, downloads or photograph an existing image or item. So you can make it match existing symbols the child is used to using and photographs of the actual people or item the child knows. The size of the list is also limited to eight icons to a page to make it nice and easy to see all the options. Use photographs or images which are familiar to the user. Long click ANY icon to edit it's picture or text. Text spoken. All text user configurable. Comes with sample/starter set of images, menus and phrases. Communication can be kept simple for younger children or those of limited ability and grow as their ability grows. User selectable languages or the app will adapt to the phone default language. Source: TalkinPictures on Google Play TalkinPictures on Amazon Apps
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Dustin’s Words | Easy Way to Send Simple Text Messages

Dustin’s Words provides people who can’t speak an easy way to send simple text messages over a distance, which helps both the caregiver and the person using the device have a little more independence.
In 2014, Matt built a device to help his non-verbal, autistic brother communicate his wants and needs with their mother for the first time ever. He named the device after his brother–Dustin’s Words. Dustin uses the device his brother built for him to tell his mother when he’s hungry, when he has a migraine, and even when he wants to get out of the house for a ride on his scooter.
Source: Dustin's Words - An AAC device I built my brother to help him communicate with my parents.
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Safe Robot for People Interacting with their Sense of Touch | MIT Technology Review
Baxter the Assistive Robot

Baxter the Assistive Robot

More than 20 million Americans say they’ve experienced significant vision loss. Baxter was chosen for this project because it’s a safe robot for people interacting with their sense of touch. Many people with visual impairments find seeing-eye dogs invaluable for avoiding obstacles and negotiating traffic. But even the smartest guide dog can’t distinguish between similar banknotes, read a bus timetable, or give directions. Now robotics researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing assistive robots to help blind travelers navigate the modern world. In discussion with members of Pittsburgh’s visually impaired community, Dias and Steinfeld settled on the concept of an assistive robot at an information desk in a busy transit center. The idea is that the robot would provide help with visual or physical tasks when human workers were either absent or overwhelmed by disgruntled travelers. The research, funded by the National Science Foundation and now in its second year, has already revealed some surprises. “Sighted people tend to be apprehensive when they meet a dexterous humanoid robot for the first time,” says Steinfeld. “But blind people seem to be very comfortable interacting with the robot. They were more comfortable holding the robot’s plastic fingers, in fact, than having physical contact with another human being.” One key reason Dias and Steinfeld chose the Baxter robot was for its lack of dangerous pinch-points. It’s a safe robot for people who are interacting with it through their sense of touch. The robot starts by introducing itself and then switches itself off to allow a visually impaired user the opportunity to manually explore its shape and construction. When they are ready to continue, a verbal command turns the Baxter on again.
Source: How Robots Can Help the Blind Navigate Urban Areas | MIT Technology Review
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ICE applications

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smart in case of emergency apps

smart ICE Apps

These ICE applications allow the owner to record a message with the most critical medical information that plays immediately upon opening or at the push of a “PLAY’ button. No time is wasted looking through all of the data stored and the owner can give EMS providers instructions on how to use the smart-ICE app more efficiently! smart-ICE, the single profile application and smart-ICE4family, which stores data for up to (8) profiles are both available on iTunes. Features Include: • Alert EMS button- dials emergency services and sets phone into Alert Mode where an intermittent alarm sounds if the patient becomes unconscious. This piercing alarm can also be used to help locate the owner in a collapse situation. • A “My Location” button that quickly finds the current location to give to EMS dispatchers. • Audio Recorded Message that plays on opening and is recorded by the patient. • E-mail capability, with built in HIPAA privacy statement. This feature eliminates the need to fill out those long forms for doctors. • Password Protected Insurance Information with full app “Edit Protection”! • QUICKVIEW capability provides one button access to all of the stored data for EMS providers! • Customizable views…icons or tabs, audio or Quickview. • Drop down lists for hundreds of the most common medications and medical problems that means less typing, more accuracy and easy edits for changes! • The first ICE applications with a built in Wallpaper feature for locked phones! • Smart-ICE stores all of the information necessary to treat you in an emergency and much more!
Source: smart-ICE4family on the App Store
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The Acrobat™ wheel | Selective Suspension Mechanism

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The Acrobat™ wheel selective suspension system

The Acrobat™ wheel

The Acrobat™ wheel incorporates a selective suspension mechanism that acts only when an impact above a certain threshold is encountered. The threshold is pre-set according to user requirements and is easily changeable.​ In normal ride on standard floors or pavements, the suspension mechanism remains static. The Acrobat™ acts and feels as a high-end, rigid wheel. However, when encountering an impact caused by an obstacle above a specific threshold, the Acrobat’s Selective Suspension mechanism comes into play. This causes a shift of the wheel’s hub from its previously central location and develops a cushioning effect that dramatically absorbs and lessens the impact transferred to the rider Once the obstacle has been passed the hub shifts back to its central location smoothly, automatically, and seamlessly. The wheel regains its rigidity and responsiveness, and the user continues moving efficiently. In fact it is the wheel that absorbs most of the shock generated by impact rather than the chair or the user’s body.
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