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A lot of smartphones and their user interfaces tend to be designed for regular people in mind, as opposed to being catered to users with special needs. Sure there are some accessibility options, but for the most part they feel like an afterthought. Well if you know someone who is visually impaired or who is old and has poor eyesight, perhaps the Koala phone launcher might be of interest to you.

The launcher is designed for those with visual impairments or for those who are old. Basically the UI is a blown up UI that offers users larger icons and font to make things more readable at a glance, as opposed to forcing users to squint in order to see simple things like icons or the clock or the date.

The launcher will also make apps like the camera, photo viewer, and flashlight (just to name a few) more accessible to the user, which is better than having these users dig through the various pages of their app drawer in order to find what they are looking for. It also has the ability to read back incoming messages to the user if they choose.

The launcher should work on Android devices running Android 4.0 or later, so if you know anyone who might benefit from this, perhaps you could direct them to the launcher’s download page for the details on how to install the launcher and what it can do for the user.

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Ubergizmo Microsoft Patents Eye-Tracking Keyboard

spell-catWhile some of us still prefer tapping out keys on the keyboard when typing on our smartphones and tablets, there are some who believe that using keyboards like Swype is a faster alternative. For those who are unfamiliar with Swype, it’s basically a keyboard that lets you slide your finger over the letters you want to type out words.

Well wouldn’t it be more awesome if you could type out words and sentences in that method, except using your eyes? Well that’s an idea that Microsoft has and one that they have recently patented. The idea is similar to swiping keyboards, except that in this case the system would be able to recognize your eye movements instead, so users can glance left and right, up and down to type out their words.

So in what kind of systems could such an idea work for? Using it in head-mounted displays could be a possibility. Imagine being able to type out an email or a document while wearing a headset like Google Glass just by using your eyes. We have to admit that while it does sound like a clever idea, it also seems like it could end up being a bit tiring on your eyes to having to continuously dart around looking for the different keys, but what do you guys think?

Is this a feature you’d like to see in your future smartphone/tablet or head-mounted displays?

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The PLAC Test for Lp-PLA2 screens for cardiovascular inflammation which can lead to a buil...

 

Coronary heart disease (CHD) kills more than 385,000 people in the United States each year, and more than half of those who die suddenly have no previous symptoms. A new blood test that could reduce CHD-related illness and mortality by predicting the risk of future heart disease has been cleared by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The PLAC Test for Lp-PLA2 screens for cardiovascular inflammation which can lead to a build up of rupture-prone plaque and result in a heart attack or stroke. .. Continue Reading FDA approves blood test that predicts risk of coronary heart disease

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Gizmag | New and Emerging Technology News Harvard coloring tech could be an attractive alternative to paint

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Most people probably don't think of a coating of paint as being a particularly major component of a manufactured item. If the object is quite large, however, or if a lot of them are being made, paint can add considerably to its weight and/or production costs. With that in mind, researchers from Harvard University's Laboratory for Integrated Science and Engineering have created a new lightweight, low-cost coloring technology for both rough and smooth surfaces. .. Continue Reading Harvard coloring tech could be an attractive alternative to paint

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TechCrunch Startup Brain Power Uses Google Glass To Develop Apps For Kids With Autism

Brain Power Ned Sahin Though many developers have begun to abandon Google Glass, a Cambridge, Massachusetts-based startup called Brain Power believes that the hardware still has plenty of possibilities for children with autism. Brain Power develops Google Glass apps, as well as hardware add-ons, that help kids learn social and communication skills while at the same time providing feedback to caregivers. Brain… Read More



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mobihealthnews Samsung Canada’s new app helps coach kids with autism on eye contact, social skills

Samsung Canada has partnered with Autism Speaks Canada to launch “Look At Me”, an Android tablet app designed to help children with autism improve their eye contact and social skills. The app will be available for free on Google Play for various Samsung Galaxy Tab, Note, and Zoom devices. Samsung is also launching The Look At […]


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The more you read about the wonders of modern day technology, accompanying it would also be their corresponding dangers, making you wonder whether you would be better off increasing your life expectancy by being a Luddite. Having said that, if you happen to find e-book readers to be an indispensable part of your technological regime, then you might want to take note that you could be damaging your health each time you curl up and sleep with your e-book reader, according to US doctors.

A team over from Harvard Medical School have compared reading paper books and light-emitting e-readers before sleep, where they discovered that it took a whole lot longer to actually grab some shuteye with an e-reader, which indirectly leads to poorer quality of sleep and as a natural consequence, being more tired in the morning after. In fact, the experts claims that people ought to minimize the amount of light exposure in the evening, and that is probably very sound advice.

Blue light is a wavelength that is commonly found in smartphones, tablets, e-book readers and LED lighting, where it will work to disrupt the body clock, as well as slow down or even prevent altogether the production of the sleep hormone melatonin.

 

Ubergizmo Google Maps Now Offer Business View

business viewWhen it comes to Christmas shopping, there are people who love to get things done a whole lot earlier than before, while others do not mind holding it out to the last minute – and at the same time, jostle with one another to get that gift. It seems that Google has something that will keep those last minute shoppers happy by introducing a brand new Google Maps feature, which is known as Business View.

The Business View feature was introduced quietly without any kind of fanfare or major announcement, where it will allow regular couch potatoes to actually check out select businesses and buildings with the help of Street View extensions, not to mention having the most recent store windows shown off – and since ‘tis the Christmas season, you can be sure that you will be greeted by decorations that are in line with the festivities.

Google mentioned, “So much of the fun of holiday shopping is seeing the lavish, seasonal displays in the windows of shops and department stores as you pass by. “Starting today, with Google Maps Business View, you can see decked out displays in New York and London—without braving the cold weather, lugging bags around or fighting for sidewalk space with fellow shoppers. Now grab your virtual reindeer because we’re off to our holiday window tour!”

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