October 2012 update

Busy trying to get environment facilities improved without the help of disabled facilities Grant (I am no longer eligible because of working and being married). Installing remote control (infrared not radio frequency) dimmer switches and door openers with help of a friend called Gordon and another called Jack. Hopefully going to significantly undercut the “possum” quote of nearly 2K pounds per door opener!!! Light switches are also hopefully going to be significantly cheaper than asking a specialist company to the job. The risks are, as with most ventures in this domain, associated with servicing costs which I’m going to have to stomach.
Still working on getting a suitable solution for “phone control from wheelchair”, preferably without using a laptop/computer. If using phone through computer, advantages are associated with using the familiar voice control input, disadvantages are mainly related to the lack of portability and dependence on computer. iPhone may be the way to go as accessible technology for android seems to be unfeasible because of platform variability which threatens mobile application return on investment due to maintenance costs and reliability issues. Windows mobile has the advantage of being most compatible with Windows operating systems but due to the success of android and iOS phones, maybe a sinking ship. iphone/pad interface device from rsl steeper seems to be the most promising prospect… Let’s hope it’s not too long in coming.
PCEye eye tracking, mouse control device is definitely highest next on the wish list, will improve IT usage productivity by about 30% I estimate. At the cost of around 2.5 K (a welcome reduction from three years ago).
Lots of travelling to and from London for social, on the way back from Glastonbury today for Louise Stewart’s birthday, what a nice place.
Looking forward to talking at Mascip (Google if interested)
off-road wheelchair waiting for confirmation and programming parameters on the settings supposedly hardcoded when factory configured. This will help with steering corrections.
brushing up on web development frameworks (django) to tie into python related skill set
Hobby project to help with filing system and remotely accessible personal document repository.
Looking into message brokering systems and related efficiency.

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