Flexible keyboards like this, this and this are super cheap and readily available. I wonder if we could use them to make an alternative keyboard for people with physical, visual, or cognitive disabilities?
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I think making music with loops could make an exciting activity for kids with a variety of disabilities. Unfortunately I know next to nothing about it. I'm collecting links to useful looking pages so I can think about ways to enable kids to play with music.
In this game the player moves to music. Their score depends on how well their movement is synchronized with the music and on how many different moves they made. A more advanced version allows them to play along with the music though various delays will have to be overcome to enable their sounds to be sync'ed with the music. The system keeps track of their score and rewards improvement. Perhaps new tunes get unlocked like in DDR.
I'm continuing to think about the usb visual alert for people who are hearing impaired. Tonight I saw this article on writing a linux USB driver and it points to this source of cool controllable LED lights .
Article at CNN about an accessible music game out of MIT. Sounds a bit like Guitar Hero. Gotta try it out.
This very neat interface to a sequencer is a cool idea for an accessible music system. A simplified version of this could be a ton of fun for kids with disabilities and their friends.
In reference to my earlier post about the USB-driven visual alert for people who are hearing impaired.
I was talking with Steve Lee about the lack of tactile feedback in our simple video switch. We could play an audio click or even vibrate something like one of the haptic mice that were popular a few years ago. For many users making the switch target tactually interesting will be important.
Shelley Tabakman of the NC DHHS asked about some sort of visual alert for hearing-impaired users of email and IM. They'd like to be notified of an incoming message by a signal visible when not looking at the screen. The INSTEON developer kit looks like the right goods.
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.
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