As more and more people have iPhones, smart phones and tablets, there is a proliferation of apps for these devices. App developers are having a field day producing a diversity of products that range from the extremely trivial to the extremely useful. Niche market apps targeted to specific sections of society, especially the disabled community, are proving their worth and in some cases becoming essential choices for everyday living.
Chartwell Insurance, a completely independent insurance broker that offers a specialist, caring service for disabled customers, takes a look at sex apps that aim to make life easier for disabled people.
- PillBox, available for an iPhone, reminds people to take their medication. It presents a weekly view allowing patients to see each day what medication they need to take and when they need to take it. It does of course rely on the user to mark that the medication has been taken. PillBox Alert is a similar app for Android devices.
- MobileSign, a free British Sign Language lexicon app, available for both iPhones and Android devices, has been developed by the University of Bristol. It includes a library of over 4000 signs, all accessed using a predictive search engine.
- HelpTalk available from Google Play, is designed to help communication for people who have difficulty using spoken language, allowing users to customise the profile to suit their day to day requirements or for a specific event.
- LdnAccess developed by Daniel Biddle, a 7/7 survivor, aims at helping those with disabilities travel around London more easily. It shows step-free access, ramps and usable toilet facilities at thousands of venues. It also works offline, meaning even being underground on the Tube is no barrier to knowing where it is possible to get off easily.
- Tunewiki is great for the hard of hearing (and anyone else who has trouble deciphering lyrics to songs). As a song plays it displays real-time scrolling lyrics, on smart phones and tablets. It works for songs saved on the device as well as for songs played through streaming radio.
- Colour Blindness Simulate Correct allows normally sighted people to see what the world looks like to those who are colour blind. It also corrects colour blindness in real-time using your device’s camera. All common types of colour blindness are supported.