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USA: Breakthrough Technology Helps Students with Limited Vision to Communicate
Eye gaze technology allows Emily to control a computer using only her existing vision. “It’s for the kids who can’t use the touchscreen and can’t reliably access a switch,” said Wendy Buckley, a teacher in Perkins’ Deafblind Program. Emily has cortical visual impairment (CVI), which means she has some vision but her brain has difficulty processing visual information. Because of other cognitive impairments, she is non-verbal and does not use sign language. Her physical disabilities make it difficult for her to use her arms or sit up straight for long periods of time.
From http://www.perkins.org/stories/blog/power-in-the-eye-of-the-beholder, October 01, 2015

Ericsson CTO: ICT Essential to Global Development
Public-private partnerships will be a key component of meeting ICT-based sustainable development goals adopted by the United Nations, Ericsson CTO Ulf Ewaldsson told RCR Wireless News in an exclusive interview. Ericsson, in conjunction with Columbia University’s Earth Institute, conducted joint research highlighting the importance of ICT in achieving U.N. goals by the target 2030 date. The 17 U.N. goals are broad ranging and include addressing poverty, gender equality, changes to the production and consumption of goods and sustainable urban development.
From http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150929/internet-of-things/ericsson-cto-ict-essential-to-global-development-tag17, October 01, 2015

Australia: ATAG 2.0 is Here and There's Lots to Celebrate
In 2011, Media Access Australia and the University of South Australia co-founded the Professional Certificate in Web Accessibility Compliance course. As part of the course, we believed at the time it was vital to ensure that the then-draft Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG) 2.0 was included to support ICT professionals in the creation and use of authoring tools that can be used both by people with disabilities and produce accessible content. While the journey towards ATAG 2.0 was a long one, it’s now a recommendation. From my perspective, the timing of this new standard couldn’t be better and its relevance will be quite profound.
From http://www.accessiq.org/news/w3c-column/2015/10/atag-20-is-here-and-theres-lots-to-celebrate, October 01, 2015

Disaster Response Gets Boost From AI, Crowdsourced Data
It may indeed be possible to save the world with a click. Digital humanitarianism is a new grass-roots movement that employs advanced technologies (like robots), social media (and crowdsourcing), and cutting-edge computing (like artificial intelligence) to accelerate relief efforts during major disasters such as the recent Nepal earthquake. In essence, Digital humanitarianism uses crowd-sourcing, social media, aerial imagery, and disaster mapping to save lives and find actionable data in the flood of information following a disaster.
From http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/208180-crowdsourcing-data-for-humanitarian-disaster-response, September 29, 2015

USA: Math App for Children with Disabilities Wins Platinum App Award
Zyrobotics, a leading assistive technology company, continues to demonstrate its ability to develop award-winning technologies with its newest addition ZyroMath, which received the best mobile app award for children and toddlers. Zyrobotics earned the platinum award for ZyroMath, the highest honor in the category. The Best Mobile App Awards (BMAA) is dedicated to discovering and sharing the best mobile apps on the market.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/29/math-app-for-children-with-disabilities-wins-platinum-app-award/, September 29, 2015

Telecoms Trends for 2016: Big Data, M2M, Wearables
This report provides a valuable insight into the developments and trends taking place in the worldwide telecoms market. It presents a snapshot of the overall global telecoms market including key statistics such as overall telecoms capital expenditure (CAPEX) and telecoms revenue. Statistics and information on the overall number of fixed lines; Internet users; mobile subscribers (worldwide and by region); text messages; top carriers’; outsourcing; MVNO and telecoms M&A market statistics are also provided on a global level.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/09/28/telecoms-trends-for-2016-big-data-m2m-wearables/, September 29, 2015

Japan: International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Tokyo
The Home Care Rehabilitation (HCR) is the largest International Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition in Asia. Last year 585 exhibitors from 15 countries & 1 territory participated, and more than 20,000 cutting-edge welfare and rehabilitation products along with the latest information were introduced.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/28/international-home-care-and-rehabilitation-exhibition-in-tokyo/, September 28, 2015

GAATES Releases Toolkit on Accessibility Indicators
The Global Alliance on Accessible Technologies and Environments (GAATES) is pleased to announce the release of its Toolkit: Key Indicators of Accessibility.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/28/gaates-releases-toolkit-on-accessibility-indicators/, September 28, 2015

UK: Health App Wins ARM IoT Product Design Competition
A new device to help tackle sleep apnea has claimed first prize in the ARM® Smart Product Design Competition. The Apnea Observer was designed by developer Clemente di Caprio from Rome, Italy, who has been awarded $5,000 to help advance his prototype.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/09/24/health-app-wins-arm-iot-product-design-competition/, September 28, 2015

UK: SHELL to Present at IoT World Forum 2015 on “Exploring the Future of Connected Cars"
SHELL today confirmed its participation in the annual IoT WORLD FORUM 2015 (http://iotinternetofthingsconference.com) taking place in London on November 18 and 19, 2015. David Bunch, Vice President, SHELL (ROYAL DUTCH SHELL), will be presenting on “Exploring The Future of Connected Cars with Retail and Infotainment!”.
From http://www.machinetomachinemagazine.com/2015/09/22/shell-to-present-at-iot-world-forum-2015, September 28, 2015

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