End of January update

I have been asked about for advice on travelling for people with high levels of immobility a number of times recently. The following is one of those responsesā€¦
“good to be in touch, probably best if you check my website (link below) for the links to the Guardian article on travelling. There is also another bit of writing from one of the posts in September/October about advice.
Important things are WAV which can be expensive and something I found I just have to fork out for, I always take familiar carers with me (obviously some are better suited for travelling than others). Lists list lists so you don’t forget anything and I would take shower chair and ramp if I wasn’t able to arrange at the destination (same with hoist although this isn’t always possible)
some airlines are better than others”

I’m working hard at the moment on a report for a customer regarding a secure network with hardware-based platform security.

Enjoying spending a lot of time at home with friends on the weekend. It’s great to see a lot of mum, Russell, Lucy and Higgs and of course the great Angela, Glenn and most importantly, the Gorgeous Wife.

Spent some great time with dad and Josephine a couple of weeks ago.

iPhone 3GS fully controlled via voice

After a lot of googling I am controlling my iPhone completely via my PC.

The legend that is Colin James has given me his iPhone 3GS to play with and I now have it (in jail broken and with a vnc server) fully accessible via my PC either using Wi-Fi or USB (useful in the car). So I can control it completely using Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice recognition on the PC.

Below are the details… Thank you to Colin James and numerous forums.

Collins phone
iPhone 3GS, old boot ROM
6.0.1 restore ispw loaded
snowbreeze and redsnow applications used
only iPhone three GS with old boot ROM can have an untethered jailbreak (and boot into jail broken state without being plugged into PC). This allows tweaks and running cydia. Have to restore to ispw configured for old boot ROM in order to have untethered capability. Put into boot loader mode (pwnd) before restoring phone (hold power button four seconds then home button as well for 10 seconds then just home button for 20 seconds) then can open iTunes (which should detect phone in restore mode) and hold shift while clicking on restore button which should allow user to navigate to snowbreeze old boot ROM ispw image file. Takes a while to restore.
Cannot find veency on cydia possibly because, firmware is too old? Apparently doesn’t run on pre-2.x fw.
veency doesn’t work with IOS6 apparently. Need to downgrade to 5.1.1? Yes apparently!

Verency install okay, installed SBsettings as well
keyboard does not work
(suggestion of using laptop as Bluetooth keyboard when vnc windows open?)
Install ifunbox to create tunnel over USB (in quick tools option tab in fun box application)
keyboard still does not work.
ONLY works in landscape mode now!!!
WORKS when the cursor is disabled in the veency application on the iPhone.

Tight vnc client on the PC is used to connect over USB tunnel (using fun box, VNC port from the iPhone is forwarded to loopback on the PC)

upcoming holidays

Depart 28th February
return between the fourth and the sixth March
We want to go somewhere very pretty in France (but not South France) any suggestions of some possibilities which have disabled access?

Depart 16 may
return between the 20th and 22nd may
We want to go to Seville, please help me find tickets with an airline which has good reputation for wheelchair-bound travellers
good airlines I have travelled with include:
BMI baby

Dragon NaturallySpeaking through the iPhone

always thought this would be good idea, given the prowess of the microphone and audio system on the iPhone. Unfortunately the iPhone app only works in the foreground so preclude you from using other applications at the same time (e.g. an application to assist with text input- HappyFingers or VNc/Remote Desktop to control another PC from your phone) and is therefore unfortunately not going to suit my lifestyle. šŸ™
back to my Jabra and Lync

New Year events and January update

Upcoming gigs that Lucy Robinson and I have booked tickets to:

Modestep (live dub step) 10 February @O2 Academy Oxford
Angus stone 13 February @Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Jessie Ware 11. March @O2 Academy Oxford
NaS 19th March @ O2 arena, Greenwich
King Charles 18th of April @Shepherd’s Bush Empire
major laser 2 May @O2 Academy Oxford
Caravan Palace 23rd of May @Shepherd’s Bush Empire

I’m enjoying mentoring although sometimes it can be taxing and emotionally draining, obviously. Helping start-up a mentoring system with the regain charity.

Spending time looking at more “voice recognition compatible” methods of documentation e.g. nongraphical. Specifically TeX for *nix systems. Extending the voice recognition application “Dragon naturally speaking” with python scripting and using related frameworks e.g. dragonfly. This will enable me to interact more seamlessly with Dragon in day-to-day life and reduce the amount of manual intervention required for its use.

Will hopefully be booking some holidays in March and May soon. Investigating the Etac power wheelchairs and maintenance options.

eye tracking technology for computer control

The eye tracking mouse input control will help alleviate some of the problems associated with trying to work purely with voice recognition. Example applications include drawing diagrams, efficient use of point-and-click for web browser usage, scrolling, dragging and other precision tasks.
Trying to draw diagrams or use online or other applications which do not adhere to standard Windows forms application models (e.g. Java/flash/xcode/Python) requires using extremely slow voice recognition methods of mouse navigation (specifying coordinates and/or issuing mouse directions e.g. “mouse up” and waiting for the mouse to move and then “mouse stop”). This is obviously tedious and a huge waste of productivity. Having a more intuitive pointer input mechanism would greatly help my productivity.
This technology uses an eye tracking technology (camera array) to control a pointing device and desktop software is used to first select an option and then specify locations for the action. I have trialled the system and found it to be extremely useful. (link below)