August 26th, 2013

Here's a preview of the upcoming line-up of webinars from iCATER, to be held Wednesdays at 3:00PM:
1. 9/4/13- ICATER Toolkit
2. 9/11/13- Notability (there have been lots of updates and we expect a larger university student membership this year; it's a great tool for them!)
3. 9/18/13- Outline +
4. 9/25/13- The Newest Features of iOS 7
5. 10/2/13- Co-Writer
6. 10/9/13- Stories2Learn

The iCATER website has been updated as well.

August 13th, 2013

GlowCaps are a product and service from Vitality that helps increase taking of medication. You can order your medication from CVS with the GlowCap feature. According to the maker:

  • GlowCap® remembers so you don't have to - Light and sound notifications from the GlowCap® escalate from subtle to insistent: devices glow, then make noise, then send a text notification or dial your home phone.
  • GlowCap® features an accompanying reminder light that plugs easily into any visible outlet around the home. This reminder light works in tandem with the GlowCap® by glowing orange at the time of your scheduled medication, and sends immediate updates to you or your caregiver.
  • It also sends email and progress reports sent to your loved ones.
  • Refills are as easy as the push of the "Press-For-Refill" button at the base of the GlowCap®. When pressed, a call is placed that connects you directly to your chosen pharmacist to place the order. 
The GlowCaps communicates via AT&T wireless networks but you need not be an AT&T customer. Pricing is not entirely clear. At the moment it's $79 from CVS. They have also developed a GlowPack with similar features that can store other types of medications, such as blister packs, inhalers, injectables, etc.) that may be coming to market.
GlowCap bottle top, transmitter, and GlowPack image
August 8th, 2013

Lois Brady is sharing a handy checklist for comparing apps on her blog, Speech Therapy for Autism. Features you might want to screen for include data tracking capabilities, voice output functionality, customization, motor skills required, and more. Lois Jean Brady, SLP-CAS, is the author of Apps for Autism.

August 8th, 2013

Visus Visual Assist System allows a blind or visually impaired person to utilize the speech capability of an Android phone, with the camera capability, to do a variety of visually related tasks. For example, the system is programmed to recognize the standard symbols indicating a men’s room or women’s room. It's currently being tested at the Carroll Center for the Blind, according to the Boston Globe. The Visus system is set to go on sale early next year. Its $999 price tag will include a Galaxy S4 phone, a wireless Bluetooth earpiece, and a 4G wireless hot spot for sharing the phone’s 4G data service with other devices. An IPhone version may be out in early 2015.

August 8th, 2013

The IPAT (North Dakota Agency on Assistive Technology) has collected 5 possible AT uses for Google Glass, in a recent blog post.

AssisTech talks about the possibilities for those with a hearing loss:
The ALS AT blog covers Sam Sennot and what he may be doing with AAC in mind:
BostInno covered the idea of controlling a wheelchair:
Martin Hamilton takes a shot at how those with vision loss could benefit:
Traumatic Brain Injury Diaries captures possibilities for TBI patients:
Here are a few more:
Tim Forenski at ZDnet, suggests gait tracking, fall detection, medication reminders, communication with family, and memory aids.
includes learning disabilties.
A recent Washington Post overview:

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