Jan 292018

Andy Pinkard (Berkshire Remap) writes:

I have a project that involves vibration (or haptic) feedback to a young autistic girl. While it is early days, and the requirements aren’t yet fully understood, it is likely that the system will have to accept a number of binary inputs associated with her position, output a variety of vibration profiles to one or more vibration motors. It may also be required to process an audio feed from iPad applications to determine whether certain goals have been achieved. The iPad apps already exist and cannot be altered to provide any custom signaling.

My chosen route is Arduino (actual the Atmel AVR series) using a variety of existing Arduino peripherals, primarily because I have an existing development environment and reasonable experience.


I wondered whether there is sufficient interest amongst panel members to establish a community interested in Arduino (or other embedded platform)  based projects.  While they are few and far between currently, I feel that they are likely to become more prevalent, especially as we look to integrate a variety of other sensors (inc voice), and controls.


I can be reached at berks.publicity@remapgroups.org.uk



Issue 2 of Secure Project Record

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Mar 212017

Following feedback from some panels, issue 2 of the Secure Project Record is now available for distribution. It includes some amendments as follows:

Guidance and compatibility notes added

Age if under 17 box added

Publicity section added

Change to location of Remap case number


Please contact me for further details.

Sep 082016

Further to the presentation at the AGM, a number of panels are now using our Office 365 solution. This gives panels:

  • A number of mailboxes in the form PanelName.Function@remapgroups.org.uk (e.g. PanelName.Chairman@remapgroups.org.uk, PanelName.Treasurer@remapgroups.org.uk  etc. )
  • The online versions of MS Office products such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint
  • User storage and shared panel storage in the cloud
  • Other tools such as shared calendars if you wish to use them

The service was launched in order to:

  1. Give a more professional image by using consistent email address formats, and to save panels having to publish personal email addresses or having to apply for webmail accounts
  2. Make it easier for panels to change people in and out of key roles
  3. Reduce the risk of data loss through people’s personal machines failing, as data is stored in the cloud
  4. Remove the need for panels to buy their own copies of MS Office in most cases
  5. Assist panels who might have very little IT experience within their teams

If you have any questions regarding the service, please post them up.