Wednesday, 16 April 2014

About the Interactive iHouse Stand at the Recent International Low Vision Conference Mar/Apr 2014

At the recent international Low vision conference held in Melbourne from the 31st of March to the 4th of April 2014, the interactive iHouse was dreamt up by Vision Australia and input from Apple as a perfect mix of Apple technology enabling every day activities for people living with vision loss.

 

Split into four rooms (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen and lounge room) as a square, the iHouse replicated a vision impaired persons' experience in the home with the assistance of the latest accessible technology with Apple or 3rd party related products.

 

Each of the rooms  in the iHouse was appropriately furnished:

Bed, side table, clothing stand in the bedroom,

Fridge, cook top and bench in the kitchen,

Shower stall and cupboards in the bathroom, and

Comfortable charrs, coffee table and large screen TV in the lounge room.

 

Each of the zones measured 5 by 5 metres, walls with a door separated  each room, a large comfortable rug was underfoot in the lounge room, and a sensory garden was located beside the iHouse.   If visitors to the stand din’t wish to utilise the doors, they could go out and round the walls separating each room.

 

Each room for demonstration purposes had its own iPhone and iPad with specific apps plus an Airplay speaker.  An iMac was setup in the kitchen, and a Apple TV was connected to a large screen TV in the lounge  room.  In addition, a stand with an iPad was also connected via Airplay to a large TV screen.

 

An Apple Wireless keyboard was paired to the Apple TV in the lounge room to allow the navigation of the Apple TV and searching for movies etc.  The Logitech Solar KS760 keyboard was also discussed which allows the pairing of up to 3 devices from the one keyboard, so that a person can easily switch from the Apple TV, to the iPad, and then to the iMac if required.

 

A treadmill, blood pressure monitor, scales, and a Fitbit were all grouped under health in the bathroom.  The treadmill was to show case the Fitbit flex app and hardware, whilst the blood pressure monitor and the scales were to show case the ease of use of these Bluetooth  connected  devices with an iPhone or iPad  with their accompanying accessibility options.  The Zombies Run App was discussed as a sort of fun way to keep running on the treadmill.  The blood pressure monitor proved to be a popular item for visitors to try out.

 

The sensory Garden next to the iHouse showed visitors the use of the Parrot Flower Power Sensor connected to an iPad via Bluetooth to allow monitoring of soil moisture, temperature etc to allow some one with low vision to take easy care of their herbs, vegetables, plants etc.

 

The Kitchen show cased the use of the iDevices Kitchen Thermometer  to monitor the temperature of meat when cooking, the Woolworth’s app for checking what was in the pantry and adding to a shopping list, and using an iPhone, iPad or a Mac for looking up recipes on the internet.  Again, accessed by the built-in accessibility options.  

 

The iMac via the iBooks application allowed visitors to take a look at the free iSee publication by David Woodbridge and iPad Tips and Tricks by Jeanette Davies.  Visitors could also find out about all of the items on show case via Safari which showed the iHouse page from the conference website at:

 

http://www.vision2014.org/ihouse.html

 

The bedroom show cased:

Siri for setting alarms, checking the weather, and checking appointments for the day,

ABC Radio app for listening to any of the ABC Radio stations from around Australia,

eSleep app for crating different mood sound    environments for relaxing or going to sleep,

Looktel Money Reader app for identifying paper notes in a wallet,

Digit-Eyes app to identify colour of clothing, and

a big clock app  running on the iPad to easily tell the time.  

 

The lounge room show cased:

the use of the Apple TV to stream movies and TV shows to the large screen TV accessed by either speech output or high contrast low vision options by either the dedicated hardware remote or the Remote app on the iPhone or iPad,

Streaming from the iPad or iPhone the aBC iView app via the Apple TV to the large TV, and

Using the Belkin Stage Tablet stand with the iPad via the Vision Assist app to magnify or OCR hard copy documents such as mail and display again to the Apple TV on to the large  screen TV or view just on the iPad itself.  The Find My iPhone app was demonstrated from the iPad to find the iPhone via sound so that a person can find where they had put it down or let it slip behind the lounge etc.

 

Of course, all of the iOS devices (iPhones and iPads), the Apple tV, and the iMac could AirPlay to any of the speakers in the iHouse.

 

There was a dedicated person in each of the rooms to explain how the apps and hardware worked together and to answer any questions.  When a person finished with one room, they were introduced to the person looking after the next room, and so on around the iHouse.

 

Interestingly, all of the items that were on display in the iHouse, matched pretty well what I use in my own home.  This really does show that Apple does not just sell a bunch of separate devices, but devices which can when put all together become a life style and personal solution in the home.

 

Some of the Apps Used in the iHouse:

 

Lounge Room

 

VisionAssist

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/visionassist/id502356279?mt=8

 

Remote (for Apple TV)

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/remote/id284417350?mt=8

 

ABC iView

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-iview/id401778175?mt=8

 

 Find My iPhone

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/find-my-iphone/id376101648?mt=8

 

Bed Room

 

ABC Radio

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/abc-radio/id544149504?mt=8

 

Big Clock

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/big-clock-hd/id364394834?mt=8

 

DigitEyes

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/digit-eyes/id376424490?mt=8 

 

eSleep

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/esleep/id306710842?mt=8

 

Looktel Money Reader

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/looktel-money-reader/id417476558?mt=8

 

Kitchen

 

Woolworth's

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/woolworths/id448267836?mt=8

 

iSee Getting Started with Apple Devices from a Blind Persons Perspective by David Woodbridge

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/isee/id786823972?mt=11

 

iPad Tips and Tricks by Jeanette Davies

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/book/ipad-tips-tricks/id562515466?mt=11

 

Bathroom

 

Fitbit

 

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/fitbit-activity-calorie-tracker/id462638897?mt=8&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

 

Zombies Run

 

https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/zombies-run!/id503519713?mt=8

 

 Some of the Hardware Used in the iHouse

 

In All Rooms

 

iPad air

 

http://store.apple.com/au/buy-ipad/ipad-air?fnode=5b3abcc454654c56a0e1d775d3d6376d21c0cb8a4606fb6780aef2c543304b587e95e4ba9da2992023d1a69ad4a3d37e

 

iPhone 5s

 

http://store.apple.com/au/buy-iphone/iphone5s?fnode=5b3abcc454654c56a0e1d775d3d6376de340c4f1cfc2e0efd66c21b6d131cf44dc40c52d1fa5bccfdb997c02ed216a9f

 

Harman Kardon Wireless AirPlay Speakers

 

http://store.apple.com/au/product/HD915X/A/harman-kardon-aura-wireless-home-speaker-system?fnode=3f

 

Lounge Room

 

Apple TV

 

http://store.apple.com/au/buy-appletv/appletv?fnode=76884a5ceb56a05b6aad0682837845b6df25f65369ffe85c23b0b89148939f354496d63e2c8b87ec8d5d7769e876b5757b16016291495c67dc7123a616ff9b4164097edfc9e400ab540cf9222dedf1804909405bd41190ad6af7e008f39170bb

 

Belkin Stage Tablet Stand

 

http://store.apple.com/au/product/HD058VC/A/belkin-tablet-stage-stand-and-app-for-ipad

 

Logitech Solar KS760 Bluetooth Keyboard

 

http://store.apple.com/au/product/H9258X/A/logitech-bluetooth-wireless-solar-keyboard-k760?fnode=3e

 

Bathroom

 

Withings Wireless BMI Weight Scale

 

http://store.apple.com/au/product/HA007VC/A/withings-wireless-bmi-weight-scale-ws30?fnode=a9f83e3c4e96403a3e9ad5f5e407382c218e2712b1b5e183140bbc9ae759df59aac023e0b1b21e07ea063c0d6a6819c59dfce058d59314cd4a247395ea99bff791bc51bdf0bed727c101de68da55504cd0f3a529fcb8873fe9cfba352af0706469c2a664c19fa3c59b21f3ca300dbafb

 

Fitbit Flex

 

http://store.apple.com/au/product/HC618Z/A/fitbit-flex-wireless-health-fitness-tracker-black?fnode=4a

 

Withings Blood Pressure Monitor

 

http://store.apple.com/au/product/H6012ZM/A/withings-smart-blood-pressure-monitor?fnode=90ee738ae448d4987b2132fa78a26c1a009064a8d8b15528fc9251fd60f30010b19983f50e14ef3357c24b21aba070cbebd5a0b228b667b4db02c6e8f6e1117ae7ddbbef918ba385783f93de653fdd565dc070a6478ed72e80ac3898ca387a80ab7eca5ef4b8866f924f3dfac425dd58 

 

Kitchen

 

iMac 27 inch

 

http://store.apple.com/au/buy-mac/imac

 

iDevices Kitchen Thermometer

 

http://store.apple.com/au/product/HE992LL/A/idevices-kitchen-thermometer?fnode=0001050701

 

Sensory Garden

 

Parrot Flower Power Plant Health Sensor

 

http://store.apple.com/au/search/Plant?fnode=3e#!

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