Lyft is making it easier for anyone and everyone to grab a ride, and that includes People with visual impairments. Recently, the ridesharing giant announced a new partnership with Aira, an assistive community focused on those who are blind or have impaired vision. Together, the two teams are looking to make transportation more accessible to all.
When Matt King first got on Facebook eight years ago, the blind engineer had to weigh whether it was worth spending an entire Saturday morning checking whether a friend of his was actually in his friend list. Such were the tools at the time for the visually impaired – almost nonexistent.
Today, thanks to text-to-audio software, it just takes a few seconds for him to accomplish the same task. And because of a new face recognition service the social network is rolling out, he can now learn which friends are in photos, even those who haven’t been tagged by another user.
In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James discuss the top stories from assistive tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about.
In 2008, Satoshi Nakamoto released the whitepaper ‘Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash system.’ Soon after its release, the whitepaper was translated into numerous languages and is available for free online; now there is an effort underway to produce the documents in tactile form.
Facebook’s “Snooze” button allows users to mute people, Pages, and Groups for 30 days. This is beneficial if you find someone’s posts very annoying, but do not want to unfriend them for whatever reason. Snooze also allows Pages and Groups to retain less-active users that would otherwise unlike a page or leave a group.
Want to access Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant from one device without any other hardware? Jinni—pronounced “genie”—helps you do just that by offering a take-along device you can use almost anywhere, even if you don’t own an Echo or Google Home.
Apple has added airport terminal maps, featuring check-in locations, dining options, and shopping outlets, into its Apple Maps app in iOS 11 as part of a new indoor maps feature.
In order to use your Mac for phone calls, you will need to sign in to both iCloud and FaceTime with the same Apple ID on both your Mac and iPhone. And both devices will need to be connected to the same network. A Bluetooth connection is not needed.
Recently, Artificial intelligence took center stage at Microsoft’s AI Summit in San Francisco. Aside from announcing AI smarts for a range of software, Microsoft is also ramping up its Seeing AI app for iOS, which uses computer vision to audibly help blind and visually impaired people to see the world around them.
Glaucoma affects more than 3 million people in the United States, but half of those people don’t know they have the disease that can lead to blindness.