In my 14 years of working with disabled people and the technology designed to help them, I have spent a lot of time with Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC). The type of AAC that I have been involved in is provided by computer technology, a branch of electronic assistive technology (eAT).
As part of my latest insight into the world of Electronic Assistive Technology, I’ve decided to dip into the world of Switches. An alternative way for people with greatly reduced mobility and/or cognitive ability to access computers.
Eye tracking (also known as Eye Gaze) technology, is something that wouldn’t have looked out of place in a science fiction movie a few years ago. Now fiction has become reality, though there are mixed views and reviews surrounding both its suitability and its uses.
Now, let’s look at a section of Assistive Technology for ease of argument – Communication devices (AAC). Using a computer tablet with software to select words and phrases to communicate with.
As with many arguments, there are always at least 2 camps. Those for the prices being high and those against.
You’ll either love it or hate it. However, the interface works really well with 4 switches.
It’s a game that at first looks like a sudoku puzzle, however, it isn’t. You slide tiles either left, right, up or down and if any adjacent cells have the same number in them, then they merge. If none are merged, then you’re fed a ‘2’ in a cell.