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Zyrobotics Launches TabAccess for Assistive Tablet Access

Technology startup Zyrobotics has launched TabAccess, a device designed to help people with limited fine motor skills use Android and iOS devices.

According to the company, more than 3 million people in the United States struggle to use tablets because of limitations in their hands and forearms, and TabAccess aims to make tablets accessible to those people. According to the company's site, TabAccess is available in three retail options: TabAccess offers accessible switches, sip/puff devices and grasp switches; a wireless joystick offers 4-input access; and a plush toy called Zumo offers accessibility for young children.

Key features of TabAccess include:

  • Wireless tablet control;
  • Android and iOS compatibility;
  • Out-of-the box operation;
  • Lightweight, compact design;
  • Easy mounting to assistive devices such as powered wheelchairs and adjustable beds;
  • Compatibility with switch-accessible apps; and
  • Built-in apps.

In conjunction with the introduction of TabAccess, the company has also released ZyroSky, a switch-accessible gaming app for Android and iOS. The game centers around a robot named Zyro, who has crash-landed on planet AirO, and players help him repair his ship. The game is available through the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

Zyrobotics was founded through the Georgia Institute of Technology's business incubator, Venturelab.

Further information about TabAccess can be found on the company's site.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].