Version 4.2 of Light Box (April 2016) for iOS improves performance under iOS9 and fixes some issues for legacy switch users.

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Version 4.0 of Sound Box is available on the App Store with improved performance, 64-bit support and iOS9 fixes. December 2015’s update fixes the soft keyboard popup problem in iOS9 when using keyboard switches to control scenes.

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Switch Box Invaders

Switch Box Invaders was created for and with young people who use assistive technology switches to control the iPad. The game is a motivational means of developing and improving sequencing, timing and basic switch control skills.

The latest iOS release supports newer iPhones and iPod Touch. The app has also been ported to Windows and OSX as freeware.

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Large Macbeth Verse

Macbeth’s Witches is a simple free sound board developed to support sensory teaching activities with children who have complex learning needs and significant communication disabilities.

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On the plus side, MindWave is an increasingly cheap EEG headset which is much easier to persuade people to wear and the API is Open enough to hack games and the like (higher resolution raw EEG streams are encrypted and require a tidy fee).

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Crowd Sounds

FreeVOCA is a simple free app for Windows, OSX and iPad which allows us to publish some of the AAC sound boards from PhotoVOCA.

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MaKey MaKey is a cheap hardware interface for PCs, Macs and most tablets which allows any vaguely conductive object to be used as a switch.

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This was my personal favourite from the prototype tools I did for the Action for Kid’s Sparking Change project. We also distributed it in beta form with about a dozen testers using in earnest for a few months – mostly in school or care settings.

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Funded by Nominet Trust, I’m working with Lansbury Bridge School and The Rix Centre to look at free and open-source head and eye-tracking solutions which can be used to replace the standard computer mouse.

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Created initially as a Word Press plugin in 2008, Speeka also supports conversion of generic html pages to MP3.

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QR Generator with colourising and a smart resizer to match particular pixel sizes cleanly, only really matters when they are being printed quite small.

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This is still online as a handful of sites still use it, but the service dates back to 2007 and easier options are now available – notably reCAPTCHA.

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