A Bumper Crop of Holiday Gifts for Disabled KidsBy Williams, John M.; Business Week Online,
Publication Date: November 2000
Article provides some insight on holiday gifts for children with disabilities, including Sonar-Vision Glasses, Brick Out, Scooter Board, and Wheels. Sonar-Vision Glasses are meant for children with visual impairments. They have a small electronic device that emits sound waves just like sonar equipment on submarines. The waves bounce off nearby objects and back to the sonar transmitter-receiver on the glasses, which measures the time period of the round trip. The beeps are higher-pitched when objects are closer than four feet and lower-pitched when they're farther away. Brick Out is a computer version of the arcade game Breakout, where players hammer at bricks with balls. The user can set the speed of play and the size of the objects on the screen, and voice recognition is offered for control of the player's bat. Scooter Board is aimed at very young children who can't move independently. It is steered by way of a sensitive control jack mounted prominently on the front of the board. Kids can use their chin or their feet to steer. The design allows riders to wear braces or other physical aids. Wheels, a software game built from a three-dimensional perspective, provides simulation training for a power wheelchair. Players can use a joystick or trackball to steer their way through a maze of easily customized school hallways. The game features funny monsters and clowns, but there is no blood or gore. It is suitable for any age, and siblings can play together.
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