I describe an idea for a simple and inexpensive tactile display and keyboard for Braille. The key simplification enabling this design is displaying Braille on six finger tips instead of as six tiny dots under one finger tip. The display is arranged in the same format as standard Braille embossers so users read and write in a reciprocal fashion. The display and keyboard might be useful for teaching Braille to blind children, as a communication system for deaf-blind people, and as a reading aid for blinded adults whose fingers are not sufficiently sensitive to read traditional Braille.
I should investigate progress in simple face detection methods. These could be the basis of a simple head-switch.
Could be applied to lots of Linux apps. http://sourceforge.net/forum/message.php?msg_id=3874468
Very interesting collection of posts on xpcom, mozilla, python, etc. over at BSBlog . I'd love to make the browser the platform for our applications for kids with disabilities. Sound is the key limitation. Should we do our own extension for sound?
TC sent this link to cheap Donkey Kong Bongos . If we can figure out how to interface to USB these could be cool for a music game.
Comes highly recommended and is available in the Information & Library Science Library
Scratch looks interesting. What can we learn from it about educational content for kids with disabilities?
Interesting post over at ZDNet by Dion Hinchcliffe on approaches to creating Rich Internet Applications. Talks about Flash, OpenLazlo, AJAX, and others.
An AJAX toolkit that considers accessibility.
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