The CWDT offer support, services and equipment to local children with physical, learning or complex disabilities. They also offer additional support to their families.
The idea was to develop an accessible, easily navigable home automation app to give greater independence to children with disabilities. We were asked to develop an app which children with disabilities could use to control their TVs and other devices. The app needed to have infrared connectivity to achieve this.
The app is incredibly intuitive and thoroughly tested but we have also made more than just a useful tool. MIRemote has been designed to be fun and engaging for its young audience. It contains a storybook feature that creates interactive stories out of the functions. This makes the app much more playful than a regular universal remote.
The app has been designed to be fully accessible and includes features such as: switch & touch anywhere access, auditory support and touch accommodations. Users may also create audio buttons, so that non-verbal users can communicate messages without having to leave the app.
Children love toys and games so we decided to add a playful storybook feature into the app. These interactive stories contain an image, an audio recording, a text caption and an infrared action – which is used to control an infrared remote control toy.
Users can choose between two grid sizes, a 4 cell layout, for users who wanted a clearer, less overwhelming view; and a 9 cell layout, for users who wanted maximum functionality available to them at any moment.