New Touchable Tablet Guides Persons with Visual Impairment
Researchers at Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland have developed a lightweight and reconfigurable touchscreen tablet capable of generating shapes and maps. The tablet helps persons with visual impairment find their way around unfamiliar places using their fingers. It quickly forms shapes and relief maps that users can then explore with their fingers, using their sense of touch.
From Daily News & Analysis, May 07, 2017
Windows for Residents with Dementia
Dutch designers have developed interactive art screens to help nursing home residents reconnect in a more meaningful way with family, caregivers and the outside world. VENSTER shows pre-recorded calming content, such as a nearby park.
From mcknights.com, May 06, 2017
Designing for Disability and Breaking Barriers
People with disabilities represent a vast market that is often overlooked and largely untapped. It is a market ripe with opportunities for innovative companies, including small businesses, many of which are founded by those closest to the market, people affected by disabilities, who create their own solution to the daily challenges they face.
From The Guardian, May 05, 2017
Robots Help Embrace a More Human View of Disability
The digital age is shattering barriers, and what used to the norm is now being challenged. The field of human-computer interaction is about how things work between humans and computers or robots. Today, a robot "buddy" can help a person with autism navigate the nuances of workplace politics. In contrast, the digital world is all about systems.
From Phys.org, May 04, 2017
Meet Two Guys on a Mission to Make Smart Cities Accessible for All
Last June, Microsoft announced its support of a new initiative, Smart Cities for All (SC4A), a partnership between the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies (G3ict) and World ENABLED. The initiative is aimed at increasing awareness about the role that accessible technology must play in the planning, deployment, and functioning of smart cities worldwide and how smart cities can better engage people with disabilities and aging communities in those processes.
From Microsoft, May 03, 2017
Designing Cities that Connect for Everyone
According to G3ict and World Enabled, people with disabilities are being excluded as cities move toward high-tech access to government services and support.
As more municipal agencies embrace the “smart city” concept — from data-gathering sensors and internet connectivity that monitors day-to-day operations — concerns are growing about whether tech-driven places will be designed for everyone.
From Next City, May 03, 2017
Govt’s ‘Digital India’ Push Fails to Help Persons with Disability
It has been observed that top government websites lack electronic accessibility for persons with disabilities, despite guidelines. This comes in the light of Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi’s pitch for “Digital India” . The government had in 2009 formulated a national policy for electronic accessibility; however, the websites are not “user friendly” for all, irrespective of their ability.
From The Asian Age, April 30, 2017
How Tech can Restore Dignity for People with Disabilities and Boost Economy
The section of people with disabilities within a population, around the world represent, a largely untapped workforce, market and economic engine, and technology is now helping them to contribute more. Technology can not only help them make a living and improve their lives, but also boost the economy.
From South China Morning Post, April 30, 2017
A Guidance App Called Drishti for People with Visual Impairment
An interview with the makers of Drishti - an app that uses advances in deep learning, artificial intelligence, image recognition, person identification, speech-to-text and accessibility technologies to provide a guidance mechanism for people with visual impairments.
From tech.firstpost.com, April 28, 2017
Google TalkBack 5.2 Adds New Spoken Feedback Settings & More
The latest update for the Google TalkBack accessibility app for people with visual impairment has been released on the Google Play Store. It has a number of new features and improvements meant to ennoble the overall user experience of Google’s service. The latest software update for the Google TalkBack service also ships with a completely new accessibility service called Select to Speak. Other notable features of the latest Google TalkBack build include new earcons and spoken character counts for password fields in Chrome.
From Android Headlines, April 27, 2017