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Cracked-it’s New Look

March 10, 2016 in Post

The New Look

Over the last few months we’ve been working on improving the way users interact with cracked-it to ensure that the process is a straight forward and enjoyable as possible and we are happy to announce that we have just launched our brand new page based text editor, you can now contribute to the site directly through each webpage when logged in.

Below is a quick look at the new editor, you can now input text, images and hyper-links, embed videos and upload pdfs and other relevant file types to your post directly through the new webpage text editor and click submit to post! If you’re not quite happy with your post, you can always save it as a ‘draft’ and come back to it later, all your published and draft posts can be accessed through the ‘My Posts’ link in the right hand sidebar.

Cracked-it Editor

Your Posts

As we briefly mentioned above, we’ve now added a ‘My Posts’ section to cracked-it allowing each using to manage their content quickly and easily. The new ‘My Posts’ manager is shown in the image below, here you can see all the posts you’ve published and edit, delete and share them as you require.

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The Reserve, A wheelchair mounted Tennis ball feeder

November 28, 2015 in Post

board board2Hey Everyone.

We have designed a product called the reserve to allow wheelchair bound people access to backup tennis balls during their tennis game without having to call for outside help having to reach down into awkward positions. This product was designed to help the game flow smoother and to allow the players to continue with their game without having to stop for longer periods of time just to restock on balls.

The reserve in its basic form is essentially a hollow polymer tube with enough space for 4 balls to be held with a little space at the top, underneath the balls is a disk with a spring mechanism to push the balls up towards the top of the tube where a catch switch is located to stop the balls from escaping. On the side there is slot that allows the player to see how many balls are left inside the reserve and plan accordingly. The spring mechanism is equipped with a small handle on the side to allow the player to pull back the spring and allow the player to restock the product without difficulty.

The clips on the side of the reserve are fully adjustable to allow it to clip onto many different kinds of wheelchair without any problems because we realise that there are many different varieties of wheelchairs that are available to people to use. When the reserve is clipped on it is firmly gripped in place and will not move. It can however be moved side to side by the played to be placed somewhere to be accessed easier to each particular player depending on their preferences.

On top of the reserve there is a catch switch that prevents the balls from escaping the tube while the product is in use. To allow the player to access one of the balls inside, he or she must simply press on the release switch with a thumb or finger and it will push it back and out of the way temporarily for enough time to allow the spring mechanism underneath the balls to push one of them into the housing unit above. the player can then let go of the switch and it will return to its original position and lock the remaining balls inside the tube.

One of the main reasons that chose this particular area to design for was that we noticed a distinct lack of existing products that dealt with the problem. from primary and secondary research we noticed that many players just held the ball around their person and about 70% of them simply stuck their spare balls in the spokes of their wheelchair. not only could this damage the balls but it could possible impair their ability to play or damage the wheel itself. This is why we designed the reserve to allow players access to their spare balls without problems or damage to player or equipment.


The Camera Mouse

February 11, 2014 in Post

Posted by bespoken administrator on February 6, 2014 at 11:10 in Featured InnovationView Discussions

In today’s Information Age, access to a computer is fast becoming an essential part of day to day life, even in the domestic space. With over 76% of UK adults using the internet daily, many aspects of everyday living such as receiving mail, news and telecommunication are being converted to a solely digital platform leaving those who are physically unable to use a computer at a disadvantage.

Despite the amount of technological innovation over the years, modern human-computer interaction still requires a certain level of physical interfacing. For those people with a disability which leaves them unable to use a mouse or a keyboard, access to the Internet is a very difficult task indeed.

Certain hardware adaptations, such as joystick controls or speech interface, have helped make computers more accessible. However a number of software adaptations have been developed which can help make any ordinary computer easier to control without the need of special equipment.

Camera Mouse is a free downloadable program which allows users without the use of their hands to control their computer. Developed by Prof. James Gips and Prof. Margrit Betke at Boston College, Camera Mouse was created with the intention of helping people with limited motion use a computer by using small muscle and head movements to directly control a computers mouse, as their website states “Camera Mouse is intended for people with physical disabilities, people who cannot move their hands to control a mouse or speak to a voice recognition program.”

Using mainly head movements, Camera Mouse can track the on screen mouse pointer and is compatible with most Windows based programs. Since being made public in June 2007, Camera Mouse has made over 2,000,000 downloads at a current average of one download per minute.

If you would like to learn more about Camera Mouse please visit their website here

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via The Camera Mouse – bespoken.

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