AAC, AT, Families, Inclusion, Literacy, UDL

Digital Picture Frame with Switch Adapted Remote Control

by Samuel Sennott

Digital Picture Frame Screenshot 1

Have you seen a digital picture frame in a catalog, online, or in a store? This emerging technology will make a terrific book reader, photo browser, partner assisted communication tool, and electronic pencil. The good news is that they are quickly shifting to including a remote control with them. 🙂 That is wonderful, because we now have a wireless device to adapt much more easily than taking the whole unit apart! Truly, there will be units with sound very shortly, but until then, what a terrific way to read your PowerPoint books you made with Flickr, your books from the Accessible Book Collection, or whatever adapted books you can export as folders of JPGs.

How do you do this? Well, you need to have the soldering equipment and the switch jacks, but have no fear. The challenge is on for one of our favorite companies to provide this to us at a reasonable cost. Until then, on the assistive technology Ning site we are going to be working the project with a goal of providing directions, recommendations on the best digital picture frame, and a list of applications for the tool.

So, game on and let’s have some fun with this as we give something cool to the learners we serve! Also, feel free to put some pressure on the usual suspects…i.e.. RJ….Ablenet…Enabling…..Enablemart….

Oh, one last thing, this relates so much to the Visual Scene work and the Visual Storytelling work. Just consider how many different people with aphasia could benefit from having a tool like this to foster sharing, expression, and information transfer. I can’t wait to share the recent success we have been experiencing in this domain! Look for it in an upcoming post!

Digital Picture Frame Adapted Pencil Screenshot

November 10, 2007 - Posted by | AAC, Access, art, Assistive Technology, AT, ebooks, family, Literacy, Uncategorized, writing


  1. I love this…This is a great example of assisted technology that is going mainstream. Thanks for bringing it to me alltogethernow…

    Comment by Mark | November 10, 2007 | Reply

  2. Thanks Mark. I feel strongly that while we need highly specialized hardware and software, we also nee to get it in learners hands. Sometimes adapting things like iPods, picture frames, and $100 computers is what it takes.

    Comment by alltogether | November 11, 2007 | Reply

  3. Well I will certainly extend your challenge on to our CEO and President! This is indeed a great new tool combining switches with emerging technology.

    Now I’ve noticed there are a lot of digital picture frames/photo galleries out there already, and yes there seems to be little to no switch adapted frames, but I propose this to you as a means of working around this:

    First acquire a picture frame software tool like Photo Frame Show, or even something like Kid Pix® Deluxe 4, then hook up switches like Mini Click and a switch interface like IntelliSwitch and you instantly have a computer software-based picture frame to look through. I know this isn’t a good alternative if you are looking to use an actual digital picture frame device like an LCD display picture frame, however you might be able to use something like Mini Relax with an infrared LCD digital picture frame. Let me know what you think about these ideas. Thanks!

    Comment by Kathleen G., EnableMart | November 15, 2007 | Reply

  4. […] Digital Photo Frame Update Posted on November 19, 2007 by alltogether Things are looking interesting in the hunt to find a digital photo frame that can be used easily with students with special needs and is cost effective. Read the original post. […]

    Pingback by Digital Photo Frame Update « All Together We Can Do Our Best | November 19, 2007 | Reply

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