Category Archives: Technology in Education

iBeacon (Beacon) Technology

The term iBeacon and Beacon are often used interchangeably. iBeacon is the name for Apple’s technology standard, which allows Mobile Apps (running on both iOS and Android devices) to listen for signals from beacons in the physical world and react … Continue reading

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BLITAB – a Tactile tablet

BLITAB is the world’s first tactile tablet for blind and visually impaired people (http://blitab.com).  The Austrian innovation team demonstrated the BLITAB at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas on January 5 – 8, 2017.  In addition, the BLITAB was … Continue reading

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Encouragement and Success

Today is the last day of 2016 so instead of talking about technology, I would like to express my appreciation to the educators, rehabilitation counselors, practitioners, caregivers, parents, and their family members who are helping individuals with disabilities. I encourage … Continue reading

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Pepper – Intelligent robot

Many researchers and developers have been working on robotic applications to support the physical and educational needs of persons with disabilities.  S0me examples are medical devices that can be used during surgery procedures, robot-assisted rehab to enhance human motor controls … Continue reading

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Mounting systems and holders

Mobile devices such as iOS and Android phones and tablets have become a necessity in our daily activities. These portable devices are popular among wheelchair users as well, but some users with limited hand dexterity face challenges to use their … Continue reading

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YouTube Kids app

YouTube Kids is a free app from Google.  This YouTube Kids app includes age-appropriate videos, popular children channels, and playlists. A few examples of programming playlists are from Sesame Street, POCOYO, LEGO, Little Baby Bum, EvanTube, Stampylonghead, and more. In … Continue reading

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Speech Recognition

Speech recognition (SR) is the translation of spoken words into text vs. Text to speech (TTS) system converts normal language text into speech (Wikipedia). The speech or voice recognition feature (i.e. Siri or Google Now) has been added to many … Continue reading

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Samsung EYECAN+ open source technology

Eyegaze or eye tracking is a computer access method for persons with disabilities who cannot access a computer by a regular mouse and keyboard or touchscreen. Unfortunately it may be difficult for anyone to obtain an eye tracking device because of their high cost. … Continue reading

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Text-to-Speech (Read Aloud) options

Do you or someone you know has difficulty in reading? If so, a text-to-speech feature may be helpful for reading. Text-to-speech options have helped persons who are blind, have low-vision or suffer from Dyslexia. Scanning/Reading devices such as DaVinci HD/OCR All-in-one desktop … Continue reading

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FingerReader

The FingerReader is a wearable prototype device that helps in reading printed text aloud. The device was in the news this spring, 2014.  Dr. Pattie Maes and the researchers at the MIT Media laboratory designed the prototype by using 3D-printing technology. Users scan a … Continue reading

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