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Ingenious Ideas: Wrist Straps

A customised mobile phone wrist strap

At Living with Disability we’ve been impressed by the work of @touretteshero on Twitter and in the newspapers, battling against prejudice and ignorance. We have been looking at her blog has some pretty interesting and useful gadgets if you have Tourettes Syndrome or in fact a range of conditions which may result in tics such as Myoclonus or Distonia. Some of her ideas could also be considered if you have a stereotypic movement disorder. Today, we’re going to have a look at a simple item which wasn’t designed for those living with disabilities in mind.

A mobile phone wrist strap may seem like a simple invention which helps any mobile phone user keep their phone close at bay and in most senses it is, but reading this great blog post from Tourettes Hero, you can see how useful a wrist strap would be for her situation as it would ensure the phone was safe and accessible whenever it was needed.

There are a huge range of different mobile phone wrist straps out there, as there are with most mobile phone accessories. You can find simple black ones, those that can be adjusted to different lengths and those which keep your phone firmly attached to your wrist. Whichever suits you best is dependent on your own situation and how you access your phone. A wrist strap will ensure it never goes missing or becomes out of reach and you won’t have to worry about it going missing whilst out and about. The wrist strap has been

A Smartphone Wrist Strap

revolutionised as the picture shows, so now even the newest generations of smart phone can be safely secured to your wrist to ensure you have access whenever you need it.

An ingenious idea as Tourettes Hero says and something that you wouldn’t even imagine could be such a help until you look at it in more detail and think how such a simple little thing can be used effectively on a daily basis. There is a huge range available at a range of different prices so you’ll be sure to find one which suits your circumstances. You can even use wrist straps for other gadgets including your camera. Other people might find a wrist strap for walking sticks useful or for an ipod, digital camera or purse.

Thanks Tourettes Hero for this great idea. If you think so too, you might want to look below the comparison table for exciting news about her forthcoming book “Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero”.

 

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title NYLON 13cm WRIST STRAP LANYARD – GREY OP/TECH Cam Strap QD for Compact Cameras and Binoculars – Black Walking Stick Wrist Strap – Corded NEW IPOD NANO 6 SOFT SILICONE FLEXIBLE WRIST WATCH BAND / STRAP for GENERATION 6G 8GB 16GB – BLACK Gossip Girl – Beaded Clutch Evening Prom Clubbing Lipstick Purse Wrist Strap 3 Sizes – BLACK SILVER
price 1.29 5.70 1.10 3.99 14.99
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Brand Speed Trade OP/TECH Homecraft Blue Duck Shopper Gossip Girl
Feature
  • Wrist lanyard strap
  • Ideal for small mobile phone ,card readers,camera,mp3, usb sticks
  • Approx length: 13cm (excluding palstic fastening & loop)
  • # Ideal for small cameras and electronics
  • # Fits tight connection area with 1.5mm cord
  • # Mini quick disconnect offers added versatility and convenience
  • # Secures comfortably around wrist
  • # Made in the USA
Title NYLON 13cm WRIST STRAP LANYARD – GREY OP/TECH Cam Strap QD for Compact Cameras and Binoculars – Black Walking Stick Wrist Strap – Corded NEW IPOD NANO 6 SOFT SILICONE FLEXIBLE WRIST WATCH BAND / STRAP for GENERATION 6G 8GB 16GB – BLACK Gossip Girl – Beaded Clutch Evening Prom Clubbing Lipstick Purse Wrist Strap 3 Sizes – BLACK SILVER
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TourettesHero has a new book coming out about a year in her life called “Welcome to Biscuit Land: A Year in the Life of Touretteshero”.

With a forward by no other than Stephen Fry it looks really interesting:

Meet Jess, aka Touretteshero. Jess has Tourettes Syndrome, which means that she makes sounds and movements over which she has no control. Jess swears, she s one of about 10% of people with Tourettes who do. She says biscuit a lot, about 16 times per minute (that s 6 million a year!), and then there are the sometimes life-threatening arm and leg tics… Tourettes can be tough to live with, often bringing out unpleasant behaviour in people who don t understand it, but it can also be inspiring and, above all, funny. Jess s verbal tics are often truly surreal Leisurewear Velociraptor Training Party! , Capital letters talk to themselves at night or If all the hoofed animals could count there wouldn t be a banking crisis. These excerpts from Jess s personal blog follow a year in her life and the whole spectrum of her experiences. We re introduced to her support network of close friends, including Fat Sister, Leftwing Idiot and King Russell, as well as strangers who can be unpredictably helpful or hurtful. Moving, funny, shocking, tender, and inspiring, Jess s words are courageous and optimistic in the face of the major challenges she faces. Welcome to Biscuit Land.

Ingenious Ideas: Trabasack Media Mount

The Ideal Accessory for your Trabasack Lap Tray and Bag

Trabasack Mini Connect and Media Mount supporting iPad

The newest product in the Trabasack range is designed to make their original products even more versatile and user friendly. The Trabasack Media Mount new, flexible and multi purpose mounting device. Trabasack Media Mount is really useful for supporting things like iPads, the Kindle, and remote controls at just the right angle. In addition to these multimedia devices it can be used with much much more and is already attracting attention from a range of different customers out there.

The Media Mount is made of a similar soft fabric that accepts the velcro hook and loop tape, just as the soft Trabasack Connect surface does. Is also fitted with a versatile Velcro strip to allow it to be stuck safely to your tray surface or manipulated in many ways to hold specific items and even stick to itself to create height. The two large grab handles make it easy to move and flex and it adds next to no weight at all to the Trabasack surface so you don’t need to worry about it feeling heavy or awkward. It is Pictured here with a Trabasack Mini ‘Connect’ – Lap Tray and Bag with velcroable surface, a tablet bag with a soft fabric surface to use your tablet upon.

Uses for your Media Mount

Skoog mounting aids

Media Mount supporting the accessible musical instrument The Skoog

You can use the Media Mount in any number of ways. It’s perfect for supporting electronic devices such as your smartphone or tablet device but is equally as good at ensuring your dinner plate is held in position or even securing a cup or juice bottle to your tray surface. There are so many uses once you have your own you’ll surely find new ideas that hadn’t even been thought of.

It’s great in an educational context for supporting communication aids and switches, as well as fun for accessible gaming devices and supporting controllers and much much more. Pictured here it is shown is being used with the amazing accessible musical instrument, the Skoog. Whatever use you have in mind, the Media Mount can be manipulated to support whatever you want to do.

The Media Mount is an excellent addition to your Trabasack tray and bag and will make it even more versatile, practical and user friendly.

Essential Items: Talking Watches

Essential Items: Talking Watches

Living with a visual impairment can make what used to seem very straightforward suddenly very difficult. Simple things like getting out and about and even telling the time can become more difficult and hard to manage without support. However, maintaining an independent and active lifestyle is not something that has to be sacrificed because of partial or even total sigh loss. Thinking back to telling the time, this is of course an essential requirement throughout the working day and the UK’s sight loss and visual impairment charity RNIB have once again created a product which solves this problem. Like with their Liquid Level Indicators and Talking Tin Lids, the RNIB approve products which they believe are able to have a positive impact on the lives of people living with a range of visual impairments. What’s more, their watches range has recently been extended to include children’s models and there are some really great designs soon to be launched.

Talking Watches


The Talking Watches range from RNIB, in partnership with Lifemax strives to provide a range of different and attractive watches for those living with visually impairments. Some products provided for those living with disabilities have the stigma of appearing clunky and clinical but as the photos show, this range of watches are both fashionable and completely suitable for every day use. The watch speaks in a clear, audible voice providing both time and date information when requested and the analogue or digital face of the designs is also clear and large for those who still maintain a degree of sight.

Positive Customer Reviews

Customers who have purchased products from the RNIB talking watches range have been extremely impressed with the results, with customers highlighting that the well designed products are no more expensive than a regular watch but have considerable extra functionality. What’s more, the product range includes designs from the most simple to more complex so you can choose a feature rich model if you like your gadgets or keep it simple if you just want a standard timepiece. Click in the below boxes to purchase your own talking watch from RNIB and look at the whole range.

 

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title SALE – RNIB Talking Atomic Watch – Metallic Bracelet with clasp [Electronics] Atomic Talking Watch With Leather Strap MSF Ladies Quartz Talking Wristwatch on Stainless Steel Bracelet strap with clasp – adjustable Lifemax Talking Digital Watch extra large LCD Talking LCD Analogue and Digital Watch Ladies Talking Watch with Steel Finish – Leather Strap
Binding Electronics Personal Care Electronics Misc. Personal Care
price 31.55 26.50 21.74 11.85 14.95 49.99
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Brand 407 Health and Care MSF UK_Kitchens Health and Care Carewear Clothing
Manufacturer 407 Health and Care MSF Limited KDWC.co.uk Health and Care Carewear Clothing
ProductGroup Watch Health and Beauty Watch Kitchen Sports Health and Beauty
ProductTypeName CONSUMER_ELECTRONICS HEALTH_PERSONAL_CARE CONSUMER_ELECTRONICS HOME_FURNITURE_AND_DECOR SPORTING_GOODS HEALTH_PERSONAL_CARE
Title SALE – RNIB Talking Atomic Watch – Metallic Bracelet with clasp [Electronics] Atomic Talking Watch With Leather Strap MSF Ladies Quartz Talking Wristwatch on Stainless Steel Bracelet strap with clasp – adjustable Lifemax Talking Digital Watch extra large LCD Talking LCD Analogue and Digital Watch Ladies Talking Watch with Steel Finish – Leather Strap
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