Category: Technology

Product review: Verbalise talking watches – talking the talk, looking the look

Product review: Verbalise talking watches – talking the talk, looking the look

Ian Macrae has been looking at and listening to a couple of new additions to the range of talking watches which aim to bring a certain style. Talking watches have moved way beyond their original and most likely consumer group, namely people with impaired sight. Their presence on sites such as Amazon and in the … Continue reading Product review: Verbalise talking watches – talking the talk, looking the look

Product review: Apple Watch Series 2 – more power to your wrist

Product review: Apple Watch Series 2 – more power to your wrist

While other reviewers have focussed on enhancements to the latest version of Apple’s wearable, Ian Macrae continues to be blown away by its usability and the level of access to information it brings to disabled people. There’s a line somewhere in Douglas Adams’s The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy along the lines that humans had … Continue reading Product review: Apple Watch Series 2 – more power to your wrist

3D printing brings vision for a customised future

3D printing brings vision for a customised future

Personalisation, customised fitting, faster production and much lower costs. Helen Dolphin says there’s much to celebrate in the concept of 3D-printed wheelchairs. 3D printing or additive manufacturing is the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from a digital file. The process is additive, which means that layers of material are laid down in succession until … Continue reading 3D printing brings vision for a customised future

Product review: Button-Fix almost but not quite on the button

Product review: Button-Fix almost but not quite on the button

Ian Macrae tries out an ingeniously simple solution to a problem which has caused him small amounts of grief and regret whenever it has arisen. I’m going to let you in on a little secret. It is a matter tinged more with shame and regret than pride that I never learned to sew on a … Continue reading Product review: Button-Fix almost but not quite on the button

Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Helen Dolphin takes to the beach to test a new and revolutionary mobility vehicle developed by disabled users. Since becoming disabled (just under 20 years ago) I’ve tested many different types of wheelchairs and scooters. Some have had three wheels, lots have had four, a few have had five and some have even had caterpillar … Continue reading Segfree: as much fun as you can have on two wheels

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

After years of perceived and actual decline in its usage, the arrival of a new Braille tablet together with other advances in technology could be the saviour of the reading system which, Ian Macrae argues, is fundamental to the independence of blind people. I don’t know how sighted people feel about print. I know that … Continue reading Braille’s decline doesn’t have to be terminal

Product review: Nimble, the thimble that’s simple

Product review: Nimble, the thimble that’s simple

If you find packaging tiresome, troublesome or just difficult, Ian Macrae thinks he may have found an answer. People old enough or retro enough to remember or still be buying CDs and DVDs will also be aware of the irritation packaging can bring. Shrink-wrap that’s been shrunk tighter and more clinging than a soaked pair … Continue reading Product review: Nimble, the thimble that’s simple

App could bring more forecourt freedom

App could bring more forecourt freedom

A disabled man has invented a smartphone app which aims to make getting assistance at petrol stations less of a lottery for wheelchair users and people with restricted mobility, reports Helen Dolphin. Thanks to many developments in driving adaptations there are now many severely disabled people able to drive. However, the question of how you put … Continue reading App could bring more forecourt freedom