I liked Teletext a lot, the free information service broadcast using analogue airwaves and converted into text on most British TVs. It's pretty much gone now. This was the people's internet long before most people got on-line. Prestel was more internet like, but barmy expensive. It brought colour-coded subtitles for programmes and instant-ish news, weather and entertainment.
It was how I discovered my eye-sight was getting worse (my brother mocked me for using the enlarge text option). It also had the funniest game site I've ever seen to date, Digitiser, which I still miss. Ah well, roll on the new wave.
London based MyndPlay have pulled off something I'd not experienced before Tuesday. Genuinely fun and enjoyable games for pure mind-control. Take a look around their App Store to get an idea, and keep an eye out for reviews at SpecialEffect's Accessible GameBase.
I'd love to see MyndPlay tie up with the genius Tim Hunkin as I'm sure the combination would be brilliant fun. I'd equally like to see Neurosky's Indiegogo campaign 'Trapped in my Mind' reach it's target, to support the development of mind controlled communication software.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Monday, 9 April 2012 10:47 pm.
Christopher Hills speaks eloquently above on why the hype around Touch-Screen devices scares him. The likes of Apple iPads and Samsung Galaxy Tabs broadly forget the needs of switch users and others who can't easily use a touch screen.
This is a frustration the likes of the Komodo Open Lab and others are trying to overcome, but the barriers seem so high that it's hard not to see these devices as incredibly disabling for some. I hope Apple especially wake up to this soon.
It's easy to see what is possible just by looking at some of Christopher's other videos such as his brilliant "One Switch. One Head. The World." video.
Over on the fledgling Thurrock Point blog there's some top information on dating when disabled, especially so if learning disabled living in and around Essex. The post also includes a link to the Channel 4 programme The Undateables. Don't be put off by the title, as it's a really entertaining and human portrayal of a mix of fascinating characters trying to find love.
Published by OneSwitch.org.uk Wednesday, 4 April 2012 9:41 pm.
"SYMO went to find the 'people behind the headlines', those at the sharp end of cuts to their benefits and services. This powerful documentary highlights the worries disabled people face as the governments spending review begins to take effect."
The Hardest Hit Campaign
Disabled People Against the Cuts