"Hello, Computer,” Star Trek’s space engineer Scotty says pleasantly, while holding a computer mouse up to his mouth as if it were a microphone. No response. “Just use the keyboard,” he’s advised. “The keyboard,” he says. “How quaint.”
In the 1986 movie “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home,” the starship Enterprise’s engineer has traveled back in time, where Scotty can’t fathom a computer without voice...
What’s ready now and what’s in your future
Entering into the world of disability should come with a giant neon sign that reads “Warning: Technology Ahead.” It’s inescapable. Not only is it all around us but for many of us, technology keeps us alive well beyond what the naysayers predict.
Different neuromuscular diseases progress at different rates, but eventually we all start losing mobility, strength and/or dexterity. Some of us will...
More than 33 million people in the United States are gamers with disabilities. That number grows every year. Once considered frivolous, video games have become an important part of modern culture. Decades ago, no one could have foreseen the video game craze — or the impact it would have on the lives of players with disabilities.
Here’s yet another way technology lets the music come through
"I hear cymbals, but I don't see them," Stephenie Och recalls a fellow parade watcher announcing as the Long Prairie-Grey Eagle Area High School Marching Band marched by this summer.
Don't let hand weakness interfere with using a tablet, e-reader or smartphone
Technology has put the world into the palms of our hands through hand-held mobile devices such as the iPad, smartphone and e-reader. But when disability caused by muscle disease takes the “hand” out of “hand-held,” the tips and products detailed in this article may help.
Bedtime is when I prefer to curl up with a good book.
Hunching over the hardcover in the dark, I squint and squirm trying to find a comfortable position and read my Book Club’s selection of the month. A lamp would disturb my husband’s slumber, so I use a book light. The tiny beam needs constant adjusting. To save eye strain, I’ve even borrowed the “large type” books from the library. No matter...
Video games can serve the higher public good when players work alone or with a team to solve genetic and biochemical puzzles
Note: This article was updated Sept. 19, 2011.
Video games have a reputation for being big time-wasters. But what if you could help solve scientific mysteries — such as unraveling the origins of a genetic disease — at the same time as you’re having fun?
That’s the idea behind several new online games designed to harness the collective brain power of computer users — a process known as “...