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ISAAC 2016

The International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication met in Toronto on 8-11 August, 2016. Abstracts are available here. My collaborators and I made three presentations. Through these, we got feedback for our projects and, gratifyingly, made contact with like-minded

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Sense + Act = SensAct!

For the last 3+ years I have been making custom switches for AAC users at Bruyère Continuing Care’s Saint-Vincent Hospital. The impetus came from the fact that sometimes commercial switches do not suit our users’ needs. That is understandable as

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A $10 Blink Detector for Locked-in Syndrome Users

This DIY blink detector can be made in less than 10 minutes for under $10. A borescope is mounted on a goggle to the side of one eye. Software interprets the camera’s video image to identify two (maybe three) eye

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Blink is Bliss

I have made a webcam based blink system that allows a user to blink a message. Actually, the system only requires that one can effect two gazes, a regular gaze and a ‘select’ gaze. A helper will use the keyboard

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Where we can, however we can

Featured in the Ottawa Citizen.

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Head-mounted Gyro Mouse

Using gyroscope in a mouse is not new. I bought one some ten years ago. As an in-the-air mouse replacement that does not require a mouse pad, it was novel, but not very effective. One’s action has to be so

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More media

Canadian Healthcare Technology  Nov/Dec 2014 Saint-Vincent Hospital Helps Disabled Patients Communicate Hospital News November 2014 The Power of People

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