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FingerReader Reads Aloud To The Blind

FingerReader Reads Aloud To The Blind | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
The brainy folks over at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have done it yet again – having come up with an audio reading...
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iPads In Special Ed: What Does The Research Say?

iPads In Special Ed: What Does The Research Say? | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
There are 8 million iPads in the classroom, but only a few thousand studies of their effectiveness.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

There needs to be a "consumer reports" guide for stakeholders of AT and mobile tech. The evidence-based evaluations would be based upon efficacy and cost and free from conflicts of interest.

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Robot caregivers to help the elderly

Robot caregivers to help the elderly | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Our life expectancy lengthens and members of the ‘silver generation’ make up an ever-larger proportion of the population. Can technologies help us in caring for ourselves, our older relatives and friends? Could we learn to live together with robots while being watched over by sensors? Some people certainly think so.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

The GIRAFF+ robot will be available to consumers next year. I think it would be incredibly important to learn more about its usability from the seniors. 

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Samsung Unveils Trio Of Accessories For The Disabled

Samsung Unveils Trio Of Accessories For The Disabled | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Most of us take for granted the use of our limbs, our sight, and our hearing, but there are many out there who are living with such disabilities and...
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Can The Blind Really 'Hear' Colors And Shapes? - Health News - redOrbit

Can The Blind Really 'Hear' Colors And Shapes? - Health News - redOrbit | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Normally, people perceive colors and shapes visually, but what if you could
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Sensory Substitution Devices are a new class of assistive technology with great potential.

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The future looks bright for mHealth | mHealthNews

The future looks bright for mHealth | mHealthNews | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it

The outlook for the global mHealth market is very promising, a new market report says, with the industry poised to exceed $49.1 billion by 2020.

Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

mHealth apps are moving beyond fitness gear to medical apps that monitor chronic illnesses.

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Spritz reader: Getting words into your brain faster

Spritz reader: Getting words into your brain faster | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
The Spritz reading app flashes words at you in quick succession so you don’t have to move your eyes around a page, and in my very quick testing it allowed m...
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Spritz reader could also double as an enabling app for those with reading impairments (i.e., dyslexia).

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GlassesOff aims to eliminate reading glasses with brain training | mobihealthnews

GlassesOff aims to eliminate reading glasses with brain training | mobihealthnews | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
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Training app designed to help older adults compensate for the effects of aging on vision.

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Making dementia friendly neighbourhoods

Making dementia friendly neighbourhoods | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
A European team of experts will explore, investigate and evaluate the role of the neighborhood in the everyday lives of people with dementia and their families in a new research project announced during the G8 dementia summit.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

This type of project needs to be conducted in a variety of contexts to gain a better understanding of how to make a neighborhood "dementia friendly." I can imagine how smartly designed public spaces could extend the functionality of assistive devices.

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Connected Health & Wellnes's curator insight, January 22, 2014 2:40 AM

Environmental may influence mental? Just asked Darwin

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Suited for treatment of brain damage

Suited for treatment of brain damage | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
For those with brain damage or neurological disorders - such as MS or Parkinson's - treatment could be as close as the wardrobe.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) suit aimed at reducing pain and spasms in people with neurological impairments. It is in clinical trials and could be a viable option to surgery and botolinumtoxin injections.

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Laureen Turner's curator insight, October 31, 2013 11:17 AM

Ok - this is too cool. 

 

Connected Health & Wellnes's curator insight, January 23, 2014 4:12 AM

Un objet connecté contre la maladie de Parkinson

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Regal invests $12 million in technology for deaf, blind moviegoers

Regal invests $12 million in technology for deaf, blind moviegoers | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Regal Entertainment Group has tested and pursued technology for 15 years that would allow deaf and hearing-impaired individuals to enjoy movies anytime in theaters with their families and friends.
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33rd Square | Wireless Brain Sensor Developed At Brown University

33rd Square | Wireless Brain Sensor Developed At Brown University | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Neuroengineers at Brown University have developed a fully implantable and rechargeable wireless brain sensor capable of relaying real-time broadband signals from up to 100 neurons in freely moving subjects.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Great device, great research - time (and money) is needed to translate it for use with humans.

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The Mada Monthly Blog: Dyslexia in Arabic: Encouraging this Old Dog to start thinking about New Tricks

The Mada Monthly Blog: Dyslexia in Arabic: Encouraging this Old Dog to start thinking about New Tricks | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Thoughtful and illuminating post about the Arabic language, dyslexia, and assistive technology. This post coincides with the Qatar Assistive Technology Center's conference on dyslexia and Arabic. At the conference the center announced the release of an Arabic version of ClaroRead they developed.

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Best top five iPad apps for people with dementia | My Ageing Parent

Best top five iPad apps for people with dementia | My Ageing Parent | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Computers, tablets and apps help prevent elderly loneliness and isolation. Top UK elderly care experts suggest top apps for older people to get them online
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

myageingparent.com is a wonderful website full of thoughtful articles about using mobile technology with older adults, including people with dementia. Most articles about behavioral apps for dementia focus on patient management. What is great about this list is that it includes apps that engage patients in cognitive activities that capitalize on memories of personal pastimes.

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App paired with sensor measures stress, delivers advice to cope in real time

App paired with sensor measures stress, delivers advice to cope in real time | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
A system that combines a mobile application and sensor to detect stress in parents has been developed by computer scientists. It delivers research-based strategies to help decrease parents' stress during emotionally charged interactions with their children. The system was initially tested on a small group of parents of children with ADHD.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Terrific app! Laura Pina's research is a perfect example of how behavioral apps should be designed and evaluated. On a side note, ADHD is a highly heritable disorder and one can imagine how beneficial an app like this can be for parents with ADHD who may have difficulty managing competing demands of daily life and parenting.

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Policy paper proposes regulatory model for cognitive enhancement devices

Policy paper proposes regulatory model for cognitive enhancement devices | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Researchers from the Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford, are calling for the regulation of a new breed of devices designed to enhance the brain's performance. Cognitive enhancement devices (CEDs) offer the tantalising prospect of potentially making users' brains work faster, more effectively, ...
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Advances in Medical Jewelry Show Promise

Advances in Medical Jewelry Show Promise | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, calls mHealth and its potential "the biggest technology breakthrough of our time." Helping to
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This type of ID tech could benefit patients with cognitive and neurological diseases, i.e., epilepsy and dementia.

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These Smartshoes Help the Blind Navigate City Streets

These Smartshoes Help the Blind Navigate City Streets | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Wearable technology is a pretty busy buzzword these days, but some of the coolest inventions take the idea well beyond some gadget that lets you read email on your wrist. Wearable technology can actually be life-changing for some people. Consider, for instance, what these shoes can do for the blind.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

This clearly a concept device, but one can imagine how this wearable technology could be modified to help people with cognitive imapirments navigate on foot.

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Can an app help make life easier for children with ADHD? - SINTEF

Can an app help make life easier for children with ADHD? - SINTEF | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
We have tended to associate welfare technology with support for the elderly. Now researchers are looking at whether technology such as digital calendars and smartwatches can also provide support for children with autism and ADHD.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Great project! It will be interesting to see the types of apps they develop for these children and caregivers. 

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Seniors' Attitudes Towards Technology - Infographic | GreatCall

Seniors' Attitudes Towards Technology - Infographic | GreatCall | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Did you know that 61% of aging consumers enjoy learning about new technology products? Learn more about seniors' attitudes towards technology in this informational infographic!
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

It's interesting to note that 70% of seniors surveyed chose their current phone without input or advice from others.

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Students Remember More With Personalized Review, Even After Classes End - Association for Psychological Science

Students Remember More With Personalized Review, Even After Classes End - Association for Psychological Science | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

It would be great if textbook publishers could create multisensory "Quizlet" apps to accompany chapters. Learning disabled people often "do not know what they do not know" and a personalized review app could help those with metacognitive weakness.

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Accenture-Silver-Surfers-Are-Catching-The-eHealth-Wave.pdf

Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Mhealth applications are another way older adults can manage their health independently. Note that 83% of the US seniors surveyed believed they should have full access to their EHR.

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E-readers prove easy on the eye for some dyslexics

E-readers prove easy on the eye for some dyslexics | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Lots of visual space makes processing text easier for a subset of dyslexics.
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

The next step is to install fonts such as, "OpenDyslexic" (http://opendyslexic.org/)  and customize the spacing for each reader (http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120607105712.htm) on each e-reader!

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E.A. Draffan's curator insight, October 5, 2013 10:46 AM

If only text to speech worked with all the ebooks available

 

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Kriyate Design Solutions testing first Braille smartphone

Kriyate Design Solutions testing first Braille smartphone | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
(Phys.org) —Indian company Kriyate Design Solutions, headed and run by post-graduate student Sumit Dagar, has built a prototype Braille smartphone that makes use of a type of shape metal alloy to cause pins to raise and lower on a touchscreen—it...
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

It will be exciting when the smartphone is brought to market!

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Celebrate Deaf History Month with New Advances in Technology Which Benefit the Deaf Community

Celebrate Deaf History Month with New Advances in Technology Which Benefit the Deaf Community | Gerontechnology & Mobile Assistive Tech | Scoop.it
Wearable technologies, such as EMBRACE+, now provide the Deaf community with a richer communication experience
Allison Hermann, PhD's insight:

Great concept - unfortunately the developers failed to reach their goal on Kickstarter. They raised over $83,000 but were shooting for $220,000.

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