The Mood Phone

A guy named John Finan came up with a cool new concept, known as the Mood Phone, that could greatly help Asperger's Syndrome sufferers while talking on the phone.

The Mood Phone is a cell phone that flashes various colors to the user to indicate the mood of the person on the other end of the phone!

Unfortunately, because it's a concept and not a new invention, the Mood Phone is not available for purchase BUT I see a HUGE benefit here to "Aspies" even if the phone NEVER makes it on the market...

Mr. Finan invented this phone as part of a contest put on by Motorola. The contest was known as MOTOFWRD and the pool of entries represented more than 500 students and 220 universities.

Before we can make the world a better place for Aspies we need to make the world aware of Asperger's Syndrome. Thanks to John Finan, Asperger's Syndrome is now on the minds of many more people that it was, and many of these newly aware folks are in a position to make a technological difference for Asperger's Syndrome sufferers.

Not only that but... part of the prize that John Finan won is an apprenticeship with Motorola’s Chief Technology Office focusing on the next generation of Motorola mobile technology and just like in his winning “Mood Phone” entry, he will be researching how devices that give physical cues enhance user experience.

This can't be anything but good for Asperger's Syndrome sufferers. Physical cues = visual cues and visual is more often than not exactly what helps an Aspie to understand!

John Finan is a biomedical engineering Ph.D. candidate at Duke University. He also holds a masters degree from Duke in head injury biomechanics and a bachelor’s degree from the University College Dublin in mechanical engineering.

Sounds like a good guy to have looking for new things to help. :)


Wonderful Autism Apps / Applications ... and ... some of my favorite books and other goodies

autism apps applications

Books that I'm currently reading

I'm so tickled that authors have been contacting me and asking me to review their new books for them!

For as much time as I spend researching Asperger's Syndrome this website should have thousands of pages but because my son has Asperger's Syndrome I find that the things I want to work on very often are not the things that I have to work on so I'm still not able to spend as much time on it as I'd like to.

As he heads into adulthood (he turned 18 on Dec 13 and yes I need to update some things at my website such as my home page that says he's 17) I'm finding that I have even less time on my hands as I spend more time trying to master the puzzle of how to help him transition into "life after high school".

That's where Autism Tomorrow: The Complete Guide To Help Your Child Thrive In The Real World comes in. It's a guide to help your kids after high school. You'll find parts of the book will be applicable and some won't depending on your child's current age. Although the title implies "Autism after high school" there is still quite a bit in there about what to do before your child hits "real life". But overall a helpful book.

Please contact me if you'd like to send a copy of your book to me for review. I would absolutely love it!

Fiction, Non-fiction, Auto-Biographies, Instructional books, etc. I'm interested in them all. :) And if you autograph it that would be SUPER cool! ;)