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BIG Launcher

BIG Launcher
developed by Cofis CZ, sro, Czech Republic


Improving communication

Arabic / Chinese / Croatian / Czech / Danish / Dutch / English / Estonian / Finnish / French / German / Greek / Hebrew / Hindi / Hungarian / Indonesian / Italian / Japanese / Korean / Lithuanian / Norwegian / Polish / Portuguese / Romanian / Russian / Slovak / Spanish / Swedish / Thai / Turkish / Vietnamese

Cost: 'demo' version free, £7.50 [approximately €10.81, $11.70]

Simplified phone ‘home’ screen for older people, and for people with visual impairment (and even for anyone who dislikes numerous phone icons).

Recommended by AGE Platform Europe (AGE) and by the European Disability Forum (EDF) as part of the 2011 Vodafone Foundation’s ‘Smart Accessibility’ competition Recommended by AGE Platform Europe (AGE) and by the European Disability Forum (EDF) as part of the 2011 Vodafone Foundation | http://bit.ly/OWoFOo


Tags: Disability

CaringBridge

CaringBridge
developed by Andrew Kandels of CaringBridge.org; Hyper IQ


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsRemindersSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free
A social network for people with an illness. Allows the user to connect with family, friends, carers.
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A social network for people with an illness. Allows the user to connect with family, friends, carers.
“CaringBridge - ease of sharing information with friends and family.” Person living with adrenomyoneuropathy (AMN), USA | PatientView survey, August 2014


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Color ID (Free)

Color ID (Free)
developed by GreenGar; Chirag Mehta, USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

When a user photographs an object, and then taps the on-screen image of the photographed object, the app will read aloud the object's colour.

Recommended by the Kent Association for the Blind (KAB), UK Kent Association for the Blind (KAB), UK | PatientView survey 2012-2013


Tags: Disability

Lockitron

Lockitron
developed by Apigy Inc


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free, the lock is £63.37 [approximately €90.14, $99.00]
Allows a door (when fitted with a Lockitron lock) to be unlocked without the need for a key.
“Knock, knock, who’s there? Sometimes it’s someone you’d like to let into your home – say a friend, family member or caregiver. But it’s tough to get to the door. Perhaps you want a plumber, repair person, or other helper to be able to come in when you’re out. Or you would like to avoid having to fumble for your keys when you get home. Now there’s a gadget designed to make your life a little easier. It’s called a ‘smart lock’. Visitors can use their smartphones to gain access to your home. Many of these new lock systems allow you to send a ‘virtual key’ to anyone you choose. Most models retrofit to an existing deadbolt lock, but others require that your door’s lock be replaced. … The ‘Lockitron’ goes right over the deadbolt on the inside of the door. It offers keyless entry. You lock and unlock your door with just a finger tap, and you can grant access to anyone you’d like, using the app. It can also provide keyless entry with the iPhone 4S or 5. It costs $179.” ‘Cool Gadgets: Smartphone-Powered Door Locks’, ALS Association, USA | http://bit.ly/1L5Ezar


Tags: Disability

LookTel Money Reader

LookTel Money Reader
developed by Ipplex Holdings Corporation, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

Bokmål / Chinese / Danish / English / Finnish / French / German / Greek / Hungarian / Italian / Japanese / Korean / Norwegian / Polish / Russian / Spanish / Swedish

Cost: £7.99 [approximately €8.90, $12.48]

Recognises currency, and speaks the denomination, enabling people with a visual impairment or blindness to identify and count banknotes.

“Scans money of a wide range of different currencies, and it will tell you the value of each note. [Item 48 on RNIB list.]” Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB), UK | Source no longer available


Tags: Disability

National Public Toilet Map

National Public Toilet Map
developed by Human Solutions Pty Ltd, Australia


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

Shows the location of 14,000-plus toilets in Australia.

"The National Public Toilet Map shows the location of more than 14,000 public and private toilet facilities across Australia. Useful information is provided about each toilet, such as location, opening hours, availability of baby-change rooms, accessibility for people with disabilities, and the details of other nearby toilets." Crohn's and Colitis Australia | PatientView survey 2012-2013


Tags: Disability

Qcard

Qcard
developed by iDeaWORKS, Mohawk College, Canada


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free 30 day trial, thereafter £1.92 per month [approximately €2.75, $2.99]

Tool that helps people remember, and manage and organise their lives.

“We highlighted the story of the person who developed the ‘Qcard’ app in the 2012 issue of ‘OBIA Review’ [http://bit.ly/OSX2Gf], which is our quarterly magazine. Designed by a survivor of acquired brain injury (ABI) for ABI survivors, ‘Qcard’ assists people who aren’t organised to become organised, and helps those who forget to remember. This life-management app is the ultimate in memory and organisation. Please note that the app does take some cognitive skills to use. It has just been released.” Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA), Canada | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Sign 4 Me

Sign 4 Me
developed by Vcom3D, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: £7.99 [approximately €11.26, $12.58]

A tool for learning a basic sign language called ‘Signed English’, or ‘manually-coded English’ (MCE).

“Once the desired sentences, phrases, words and letters are typed in, a 3D avatar signs for the user. Everything the user types is saved in history, and used as shortcuts. The 3D avatar can be adjusted for speed, zoomed in or out and rotated to provide the best vantage point for every sign. The ‘Sign 4 Me’ library includes more than 11,500 words, and is growing. This app is an easy way to ensure efficient communication between the hearing and individuals who are deaf/hard of hearing.” National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Massachusetts, USA | http://bit.ly/MGxnnZ


Tags: Disability

Sorenson BuzzCards

Sorenson BuzzCards
developed by Sorenson Communications Inc, USA


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free

Designed to help people who are deaf to communicate more easily with people who do not know any sign language.

Recommended by the National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), UK National Deaf Children | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Disability

Tap Tap

Tap Tap
developed by Designs in Blue, USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: £1.91 [approximately €2.37, $2.99]

Vibrates the phone to alert a user who is deaf (or hearing impaired) that a sound which might be relevant to them is occurring nearby (for instance, someone might be calling out to them).

“ ‘Tap Tap’ alerts the user when a loud noise has been made near them.” National Deaf Children’s Society (NDCS), UK | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Disability

Toahjälpen

Toahjälpen
developed by Yomaco


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English / Swedish

Cost: Free

Shows the location of the nearest public lavatories (including disabled toilets) in Stockholm, Visby, and Gothenburg in Sweden.

Recommended by a representative of Mag- och tarmförbundet [National Association for Gastrointestinal Disease], Sweden Mag- och tarmförbundet, Sweden | PatientView survey 2012-2013


Tags: Disability

Toilet Finder

Toilet Finder
developed by BeTomorrow, France


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

Dutch / English / French / German / Spanish

Cost:

Is meant to be one of world’s largest directory of public lavatories/restrooms, with over 60,000 listed and mapped by users through crowd-sourcing.

“Anyone who needs to find a toilet in a hurry can now do so with the aid of the new toilet map app, ‘Toilet Finder’, which can find the nearest toilet using your GPS. It is also a user-generated content (UGC) application, as the toilet database is created entirely by users who can now add new, or flag up missing, toilets.” Inside Out Stoma Support Group (IOSSG), UK | http://bit.ly/1gE08gO


Tags: Disability

VizWiz

VizWiz
developed by Rochester Human Computer Interaction (ROC HCI), USA


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsImproving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

Allows a visually-impaired user to put specific questions to sighted people, and then receive spoken answers from them in nearly real-time (sometimes in less than 30 seconds).

“We at the RNIB heard from someone who’s been using ‘VizWiz’ for a while: “I was very excited when I first heard about this app, particularly the bit about getting answers to questions from web workers, and from people on my Twitter account. This meant that I could ask a wide variety of questions, not just the usual “What's this?” I’ve used the app quite a few times now. At times, I did get a ropey Internet connection, which meant that I couldn’t get any answers. However, once I got the connection, then I only had to wait about a minute for the answers to my questions. I think, to be honest, this app would work better with an iPhone 4, as it has a better camera and a flash—which means that you get better quality pictures. So, say for asking questions about colours, the picture would be a more accurate representation of the colour. However, I have used the app successfully for many things, including finding out how many slices of cold meat I had in a packet—which you probably couldn’t find out if you used something such as ‘oMoby’. So, I’d definitely recommend this app to anyone wanting to find information”. Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB), UK | Source no longer available


Tags: Disability

Wheelmate

Wheelmate
developed by Advance, Denmark


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English / French / German

Cost: Free

Lets wheelchair users around the world locate lavatories accessible to them.

Recommended by Spinal Injuries Ireland Spinal Injuries Ireland, Ireland | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Disability

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