AT&T and Aira are developing and testing a solution designed to help people who are blind or have low vision better manage their prescription medication. The companies are working through the AT&T Foundry to develop the solution.
Conigital Group is developing a range of inclusive and accessible solutions, including a virtual concierge called Gemma (similar to KIT from the Knight Rider series), a patented 4D tactile map for blind and partially sighted users, a Mobility as a Service app, as well as a fleet management system facilitating the coordination and the telematic health of autonomous vehicles.
Originally announced at Google I/O 2017, Lens is a visual search engine. When you take a picture with your phone, Google will do an analysis and provide insights into what you’re looking at. Now, it’s getting even better, and can store information from business cards as contacts, and even describe landmarks you’ve spotted.
Microsoft has a new iOS app out called Soundscape that uses 3D audio technology to help map out landmarks and points of interest through audio cues.
Microsoft Researchers have developed a device that makes virtual spaces accessible to blind and visually impaired users. The VR technology has made huge strides to become more immersive than ever.
Amazon said Tuesday that it had acquired Ring, a maker of internet-connected doorbells and cameras, pushing more deeply into the home security market.
Lighthouse Guild is collaborating with the Palm Beach Libraries to provide annual memberships to Bookshare for Palm Beach County residents who have vision impairment. Bookshare, a Benetech initiative, is the world’s largest online library for people who read differently due to blindness, low vision, a physical disability, or dyslexia.
Apple has come under criticism in recent months for finally admitting that they throttle CPU speeds on iPhones with old batteries. After pressure from media and customers, the company is including a way to disable this throttling in iOS 11.3, which is expected to be available in a few weeks.
The latest update for Google’s Phone app adds “Google-powered voicemail transcriptions for Pixel and Nexus smartphone owners on T-Mobile USA.” That sounds very similar to what Google Voice customers are already familiar with. When someone leaves you a voicemail, Google transcribes that message and puts the text right in the voicemail tab. It’s not always accurate, but gives some accessibility to hearing impaired users.
The Sonos One smart speaker has been updated with support for Amazon Alexa in Canada. Voice control with Amazon Alexa is now available on Sonos One in Canada (English only.)