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Category Archives: Assisitive Technology
Google Offering New Tools To Help Those With Disabilities
Google is introducing new technology to simplify smartphones for those with cognitive disabilities and it’s beefing up its map program to make it easier to know if destinations are accessible.
Apple Watch Could Soon Measure Activity Of Wheelchair Users
Fitness trackers normally help users keep track of their fitness levels by measuring the number of steps they take in a day, the distance they walked or ran, and also by measuring how many calories they burn while doing things such as running or exercising.
How Tech Is Improving Soccer Experience For Visually Impaired Fans
In December 2018, a clip of a Liverpool fan at Anfield celebrating a goal during a Champions League match went viral. Such an event isn’t unusual in itself given fans love to take videos on their smartphones to share on social media.
Accessible Coding: Opening the Door to the Next Generation
“For anyone with a visual impairment, who has some sight, they know the feeling of leaning over and getting close to the screen,” explains Jason Grieves, who is a member of the Window’s Accessibility Team. “Doing that all day is tough on the body, on the back, but also tough on the eyes.”
Voice Control: When technology becomes more accessible everyone wins
I broke my finger and have been using Voice Control for four weeks — a reminder of why accessibility is super important.
Amazon’s Echo can now help describe grocery items to the visually impaired
Amazon.com’s virtual assistant just got more intelligent after the company revealed Monday that the visually impaired can now ask it what they are holding.
Google Maps adds voice guidance for visually impaired
Google Maps launched a new feature on World Sight Day that provides detailed voice guidance for people with visual impairments.
‘It’s my escape.’ How video games help people cope with disabilities.
When Jackson Reece lost his arms and legs to sepsis after already being paralyzed, he thought his life was over. It was video games that brought him back.
Blind Man Develops Smart Cane That Uses Google Maps and Sensors to Identify One’s Surroundings
This electronic walking stick is revolutionizing the way that blind people can navigate the world. As a means of protecting people from low-hanging objects and obstacles above chest level, the WeWalk smart cane uses ultrasonic sensors to warn the user of nearby hindrances through vibrations in the handle.