Pinterest is finally making accessibility a priority to people who are blind or have low vision. On Wednesday, it announced steps to ensure that the blind and visually impaired are not left out.
The app will provide access to art for deaf and hard-of-hearing, and other people with disabilities. It provides content in various forms, including video in American Sign Language, transcripts and audio and visual descriptions.
On iPhone or iPad:
Launch Settings > Display & Brightness. From there you can tap on the Text Size menu option, and then slide the slider at the bottom to your desired text size.
Eyes-Free Fitness is the first app designed to help people who are blind and visually impaired reach their health and fitness goals.
Austin Seraphin, a 41-year-old accessibility consultant who’s been blind since birth due to a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, is combining Western medicine with herbal remedies to cope with the excruciating pain that his calcifying corneas are causing him.
Ramona Williams, 34, from Fulham, London, has had her design turned into a physical buggy by students at Imperial College, London. Williams has a series of eye conditions including congenital toxoplasmosis, which has impaired her vision since birth. She says she wouldn’t feel comfortable using a buggy as she would have to hold her cane folded up under her hands on top of the handle bar.
Soulbound is an audio game created by Cloverbit and designed primarily for a visually impaired and blind audience.
Google researchers have developed a deep learning system that can pick out specific voices by looking at people’s faces when they’re speaking.
Walkity is a new shoe attachable that helps you navigate. It is two-piece wearable which works by using vibrational motors to generate haptic feedback. The generated feedback is used to notify turns and arrivals. Vibration on the left module indicates a left turn and vice versa. When both motors are active it indicates an arrival. A vigorous vibration will notify the user about the wrong path taken. The placement of vibrational motors causes NO tickles, unlike other similar products.
Essential recently rolled out the latest Android security update for the Essential Phone with improvements that lets you dictate how apps treat the notch.