Volume 28I 2022
Monthly Focus!
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This month's focus is
on new and exciting technology!
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Smart Home Technology*
Echo Show 15
The new Echo Show 15 is Amazon's newest Echo Show. It features a 15.6-inch smart display that was designed to hang on a wall (in portrait or landscape mode), but can also be mounted on a stand if you prefer to place it on a table.

This device would be a great support for reminders and supporting executive functioning. Widgets include shared calendars, personal sticky notes, to-do lists, shopping lists, and assigned reminders. Individuals can also create personal profiles and use visual ID and voice ID to see their specific appointments, reminders, recently played music, and more.

The Echo Show 15 is currently priced at $249.99

*TechACCESS has access to this equipment and is able to provide evaluations for smart home technology. Please contact us for more information.
Technology for Gaming*
Many people are familiar with the Xbox Adaptive Controller, released in 2018. This device is a large, flat gaming pad with two large buttons and nineteen 3.5mm ports to plug in external devices such as joysticks, buttons, switches, pedals, and other specially-designed devices. It is fully customizable and allows gamers to save three controller profiles based on their needs and the specific games they’re playing.

A second option that exists is the QuadStick. The QuadStick FPS is one of three hands-free gaming devices in the QuadStick family. The QuadStick FPS is operated entirely by the user’s mouth and is appropriate for those with limited or no arm and hand function.

The QuadStick FPS is made up of a joystick, four sip-and-puff sensors, and a lip button. Each component can be customized to execute a different function on the computer or gaming console being used.

The device can be mounted to a wheelchair for efficient access.

*TechACCESS has access to this equipment and is able to provide evaluations for gaming technology. Please contact us for more information.

The Assistive Technology Conference of New England is hosting a workshop entitled The Basics of Gaming Accessibility and How to Identify if a Game is Accessible or Not on February 7th. For a full workshop description and to register, please visit the ATCNE Session Page.
Technology for Vision
Dot Watch with Braille
The Dot is a braille smartwatch for people who have visual impairments. It allows them to learn the time and date in braille. By connecting the watch to a smartphone over Bluetooth, they can also read notifications, messages, memos, and other types of content in braille. 

Its display comprises 24 dots, which automatically move up and down to provide four braille letters. Other features include alarms, timers, a stopwatch, a braille dictionary, the capability to answer and reject phone calls, a 5-day battery life, find my phone functionality, and lots more. The aluminum smartwatch works with both Android and iOS devices, and is priced at $299.

WeWalk is a high-tech handle that is installed on the top of a white cane. Its built-in sensor identifies elevated obstructions that users may encounter as they walk outside, like street signs and tree branches, and vibrate to alert them. 

Users can also connect their smart cane to a smartphone app to determine where they are, find their way to different locations, and receive public transport information. The device provides voice responses through a built-in speaker or a pair of Bluetooth headphones. 

Should users ever misplace their cane or phone, they can also get voice alerts to help locate it. WeWalk continues to add new features and integrations by regularly updating its smartphone app. The smart cane currently costs $539. 
Technology for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
iPhone with AirPods
Live Listen from Apple is an excellent piece of assistive tech for the hearing impaired. It essentially turns iPhones, iPads, and iPad Touches into microphones that monitor sound in noisy environments and replays those sounds on a pair of AirPods or Powerbeats Pro. 

Apple claims that the solution can help deaf and hard-of-hearing users listen to conversations in loud spaces and listen to people talking from the other side of a room more clearly.

To use this feature, you need to add it to the Control Center in settings, tap the ear symbol in the Control Centre, tap Live Listen, and place your phone close to the person who’s speaking.
Assistive Technology Conference of
New England
ATCNE 2021-2022 will feature 16 half-day presentations that will take place between November of 2021 and May of 2022! The full session list is available at the Conference Website!

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