VoxDox: Your Friendly Text-To-Speech and Screen Reader Application

Posted on October 15, 2014
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If you’re looking for a screen reader or a text-to-speech application for your smart device, VoxDox is the right choice for you! With a natural-sounding voice, the ability to read in over ten different languages and read at different speeds, you really can’t go wrong. The special thing about VoxDox is that it gives you access to thousands of audio books that are read by actual narrators.

VoxDox is a great tool for anyone and especially for those who are visually impaired. Here’s what VoxDox can do and some of its features:

  • Read full-length books
  • Read any text, document or PDF file
  • Choose from many different voices and ten different languages
  • Take pictures of a page in a book, have VoxDox convert and read it for you
  • Text-To-Speech tool
  • Read text from your web browser by choosing “Share link” and sharing it with VoxDox

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Click the link below to visit the VoxDox website

http://www.voxdox.com/

Leap Motion: Computing with Hand Gestures

Posted on October 06, 2014
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leap-motion device held in a hand click image to go to Leap Motion Official homepage

A few weeks ago we talked about “tobii EyeMobile” a device which allowed a user to control a windows 8 tablet using their eyes today we will be talking about a device similar in nature. The Leap Motion is a device which gives users the ability to control a computer using just their hands. Leap Motion was originally created when a group of 3D model designers found using a mouse and keyboard was really inefficient when working with 3D models, what they created was a revolutionary Assistive Technology Device which can give some students an alternative method to control a computer.Lets face it the keyboard and mouse set up is not the most accessible or flexible tool out there and it takes learning a whole new set of skills(which may be difficult or nearly impossible for some) but with Leap Motion the controls can be changed and adjusted based on the users individual needs or preferences just by using different apps that are available for Mac & PC Users. The leap Motion cost $79.99 and the apps for computer controls range from free to $4.99. For more information check out the links and Videos below.

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Purchase link for the Leap Motion Device

App store for computer control apps

 

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Pointable OS (Windows 7 & 8) Demonstration Video (no vocal audio)

iOS 8: Improved Accessibility

Posted on September 29, 2014
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Today, we will be discussing iOS 8’s new and improved Accessibility Features. Before we continue, though, let’s remind ourselves of what Accessibility Features are. Accessibility features are tools that make using your computer or any other electronic device easier, quicker and more interactive, especially for those with disabilities.

Here’s What’s New:

  • Alex – A new life-like voice for your iOS device that will work with VoiceOver and interact with other aspects of your phone. In a sense, it is a replacement for the older, more robotic voice that iOS used to utilize.
  • Speak Screen - A new feature that allows you to make simple gestures to activate Alex so that he can read anything on your screen. This will be especially useful for those that are visually impaired and cannot read what’s on their screen. Unlike iOS’s previous readers, Speak Screen will read labels, buttons, and other types of text.
  • Improved Braille Keyboard – Apple has improved their braille keyboard to the point where now, 6-dot Braille is supported with its own dedicated keyboard, will translate 6-dot chords into text!
  • Zoom – iOS has made some major improvements when talking about zoom. Now, users will be able to specify exactly which spot on the screen they’d like to zoom into and how small or big they want to zoom to be. In addition, it’s able to have a regular-sized keyboard underneath the zoomed-in part of the screen. This will make it easy to type but even easier to see in large, what you’re typing.
  • Assistive Touch Improvements – Users will now easily be able to access their Notifications and Control Center from within Assistive Touch.
  • Third-Party Keyboards – With iOS, you can now download other keyboards that fits your needs directly. For example, if you’d like to swype instead of typing each letter out, you can use QuickType.

With all of these features kept in mind, iOS has made some great changes in iOS 8 to better help those in need or for those who want to use their device quicker, more easily, more interactively and efficiently. For the official Apple Accessibility Page Click The link below.

Apple Accessibility Page

Tobii EyeMobile: Tablet Access using the eyes

Posted on September 22, 2014
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Image of the Tobii EyeMobile Front and sideviews

The Tobii EyeMobile gives users the ability to access a Windows 8 pro tablets with just the use of their eyes. This gives students with mobility issues such as Lou Gehrig’s disease ALS  a new sense of independence allowing them to surf the web,write papers and write emails using just the eyes and all while on the go. I would also like to mention that this is a great alternative for student who have difficulty with speech recognition software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking. For a more in-depth look at the Tobii EyeMobile you can watch the youtube video at the end of this post or visit their website link directly below.

Tobii EyeMobile Website Link

Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator

Posted on September 15, 2014
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Image of the TI-84 Plus talking graphing calculator The Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator is a by-product of the American Printing House (APH) partnering up with Orbit Research and Texas Instruments. This calculator is a modified TI-84 Plus with an extension at the top with gives it additional accessible features. The attachment gives the calculator six extra function keys and five cursor keys in addition to stereo speakers. The user are able to access graphs using either spoken announcements or sonograph audio and vibrating feedback.Users are also able to use a built in usb port to connect their calculator to a computer to have their work embossed giving them option for a physical (accessible) copy. For more in depth info about this product please follow the link below.

Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator

 

WorkFlowy: Organize Your Brain

Posted on August 13, 2014
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WorkFlowy can help you organize personal to-dos, collaborate on large team projects, take notes, write research papers, keep a journal, and much more.

Sign-up for free

https://workflowy.com/

InstaGrok:Expanding Your Research

Posted on July 31, 2014
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instaGrok is an innovative educational search engine that combines sophisticated semantic technology with an interactive user interface to make learning more engaging, personalized and fun for everyone. instaGrok is used by hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and everyday people every month.

We are a young startup that is quickly growing in traction and revenue. We are passionate about our mission of making learning more accessible and engaging, and are striving to create a very conscious organizational culture.

Link:

http://www.instagrok.com/index.html

Study Stack: Memorization made Easy

Posted on July 23, 2014
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 Study Stack logoSince 2002 millions of students have used StudyStack to memorize information. StudyStack’s community of students and teachers have shared millions of flashcards. For each set of flashcards entered, the StudyStack website generates over a dozen ways for users to study the information they need to learn. The variety of study activities enables users to memorize data quickly without getting bored from using a single method of study. Studystack enables teacher to quickly enter data once and have a dozen different activities created for their students to memorize facts.

StudyStack’s founder, John Weidner, started the web site as a hobby out of his desire to contribute to the educational community. StudyStack has operated as a free advertiser supported business – which is the price preferred by most students and teachers. In 2013 StudyStack launched a PRO membership for users who want to be able to study without the distractions of advertisements. StudyStack’s plan for the future is to continue to add innovative ways for users to study both on the studystack web site and with apps on tablets and smart phones.

Links:

http://www.studystack.com/

Marlee Signs: Sign language app for iOS

Posted on July 15, 2014
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THE A-B-Cs OF A.S.L.
Marlee Signs© is the perfect app for learning to express yourself in American Sign Language. This app will teach you the fundamentals of ASL – from the signed alphabet and basic vocabulary through to common expressions in everyday life – using high-quality video demonstrations starring Marlee Matlin herself.

PRACTICE AT YOUR PACE
Each lesson is broken down into individual videos, making it easy to learn at your own pace. The app checks off completed lessons so that you can quickly pick up where you left off, and the “Slow Motion” setting enables you to watch any video in greater detail. You even get your first lesson pack free!

SPELL IT OUT
Need to spell something in signs? Let Marlee help you with the “Spell” section. This nifty feature shows you how to spell any word in signs. Simply type the word and watch Marlee spell it for you!

GET YOUR HANDS ON MORE
Marlee Signs© offers a library of useful lesson packs that will help build your understanding while motivating you to learn more. Tap into a dimension of new ideas, new perspectives and a new lens through which to view your world.

Links:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/marlee-signs/id566054855?mt=8

MindMeister: Mind Mapping at it’s finest

Posted on July 08, 2014
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MindMeister is a wonderful mind mapping app. Whether you’re using it in the boardroom, the classroom, the presentation hall, or the lunch meeting, MindMeister can help you organize, prioritize, and even generate new thoughts. Part of what makes MindMeister such a powerful tool is that it’s built and designed with a big focus on collaboration. This means that you not only have the ability to quickly develop your own ideas, you can also quickly share your maps to brainstorm and collaborate with as many others as needed, and all in real time. MindMeister is available on Android,IOS and the Web.

Links

Mobile download link
Sign-up for free basic services
Educational pricing info