[Athen] iPhone accessible to visually impaired users? Maybe...

Shelley Haven rmhaven at stanford.edu
Tue Dec 2 17:16:18 PST 2008

Cool! I hope it moves beyond the idea stage. The approach seems
conceptually similar to the VisuAide Maestro, which is essentially a
tactile-button sleeve that slips over a touchscreen PDA, plus
accompanying software.


- Shelley Haven

At 3:27 PM -0800 12/2/08, Sean J Keegan wrote:

>Hello all,


>Saw this on Engadget.com last night and thought it was interesting.

>Basically, it is a sleeve that fits over the iPhone and has tactile

>buttons for controlling custom iPhone applications. While totally

>conceptual right now and extremely limited in its actual

>functionality (i.e., apps would need to be customized), it would be

>interesting if the basic interface could change by enabling an

>"access mode" such that the tactile sleeve could be functional.


>A similar concept was presented in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager

>for a computer terminal that adapted to a visually impaired crew

>member....not that I ever WATCHED the show.


>Anyway, check out the link for some additional information:







>Take care,



>Sean Keegan

>Associate Director, Assistive Technology

>Office of Accessible Education

>Stanford University



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