Tag Archive for "cognitive" tag

Mind-Controlled Video Games

May 30th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Mind-Controlled Video Games

Timothy Hay of the Wall Street Journal yesterday released a great piece on the emerging prevalence of mind-controlled video games.

Kinetix Academy Begins at Lakeside Center for Autism

May 20th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Kinetix Academy Begins at Lakeside Center for Autism

A great new development is the creation of Kinetix Academy, the result of LCA winning the “Innovation in Issaquah” award for their use of the Kinect in therapy.

Using the Kinect for Children with Behavioral Disorders

May 9th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Using the Kinect for Children with Behavioral Disorders

An automated system that keeps watch over children could spot the telltale signs of autism and lead to earlier diagnoses, according to an article in New Scientist.

Using the iPad to Teach Music to Learning Disabled Students

February 22nd, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Using the iPad to Teach Music to Learning Disabled Students

A teacher in the suburbs of Chicago teaches traditional piano lessons by incorporating the iPad as a way to broaden disabled students’ learning opportunities.

Of Bees and Chess

December 10th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

A young chess player learns a lesson applicable to the innovation cycle and people with special needs.

The Business Rationale for Virtual Accessibility

November 14th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

How would a merger between virtual worlds and commercial retailers affect consumers with disabilities? First in a series of sample chapters.

Digital Dreams to Solve Real Nightmares

October 28th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Digital Dreams to Solve Real Nightmares

A story this week from Wired describes the U.S. Army’s efforts to develop methods for digitally manufacturing dreams. The intention is to soothe the minds of combat veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a serious affliction where nightmares affect 52% of the patient population. The idea is to “take control of … customized […]

FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

October 3rd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on FDA Approval for Cognitive Video Games?

An article this week on NewScientist Health mentions a recent example of video game creators seeking approval from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to market their products as therapeutic drugs. Brain Plasticity (who received $3.65 million in funding in 2010) is a company that has developed a game to help people with schizophrenia improve […]

Communication Apps for Children with Autism

July 24th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Communication Apps for Children with Autism

The fine folks at Enabled have compiled a list of communication apps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Among those listed are apps previously mentioned in this space (such as ProLoQuo2Go), plus a few new entries. Nice to see Dragon Dictation evolve to a newly emerging use case; I personally have used this desktop […]

Typeface for Dyslexic Readers

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Typeface for Dyslexic Readers

Dyslexie is a typeface developed by Studio Studio to help dyslexic readers better identify and “ground” letter shapes. It’s based on the notion that of the 26 letters in the standard Latin-based alphabet, as used in English, many of the letters look similar. For example, such letters as v/w, i/j and m/n confuse people with […]