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Assistive Technology Update - A fast-paced weekly update for AT professionals and enthusiasts

Jun 2, 2011


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“Hi, this is Wade Wingler with the INDATA Project at Easter Seals Crossroads in Indiana and this… is your Assistive Technology Update—a weekly dose of information that keeps you up to date on the latest developments in the field of technology designed to assist people with disabilities and special needs”

First off, have you ever wished your iphone had a larger screen, larger buttons or other large print features for low vision? Well, ipad islam is planning to release a new application designed to convert your ipad into an iphone. This app is reported to allow you to make voice calls, facetime calls, sms messages and more. Although a jailbreak is required, this may prove to be a very promising telephony tool for people who are visually impaired.

Ever wish you didn’t have to physically handle credit cards? Google has just announced a new service called google wallet that will take advantage of near field communications technology. That means that you will be able to pay for your groceries, gas or gadgets with you cellphone. For some people with physical challenges, this may open up a new way to independently pay for everyday goods and services.


Speaking of money, did you ever wonder how people with limited vision can tell a one dollar bill from a five dollar bill from a ten dollar bill without sighted assistance? There’s a new iphone application from the Looktel group that does just that. For $1.99, you can download the moneyreader application that will quickly and accurately tell you if you’re holding a one dollar bill or a twenty. According to looktel, this is just the first product in their future. Imagine an application that you could use at the food court at the mall to determine the location of a starbucks, a burger king or a taco bell. Object recognition is an up and coming technology and we look forward to more developments in this area.


“Want more? Find links to all this great new technology at check out our blog at or follow us on Twitter @INDATAProject. Until next time, this has been your Assistive Technology Update.”