Marie-Claire Bilyk works in peer support for CNIB in London, Ontario. Bilyk says she’s heard from a number of CNIB clients who want the province to update its assistive devices program. When Marie Claire Bilyk drops an earring and can’t find it, she reaches for her smart phone.
A non-profit organization called YGA, located in London and Istanbul is developing a smart cane for the blind called WeWalk.
In this session, Google covers ways to make Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality more accessible to more users.
At this year’s Google I/O developer conference, the Android accessibility services team announced new changes coming to Android P in order to make the operating system easier to use for everyone. In preparation for Google’s release of Android P, the team added new features that allow users to accomplish more tasks easier than ever.
Learn about the latest feature additions to Android P, get an update on accessibility testing and best practices, and hear about new APIs that developers can use to create more accessible app experiences. This session will also offer a unique look into how Google conducts UX research for users with disabilities.
Google has announced one of its upcoming apps called Lookout as part of the annual I/O conference. The tech giant’s Lookout was designed to help the blind and the visually impaired be more independent by giving spoken notifications about their environment. For instance, it can tell them that there’s a “chair 3 o’clock,” so they don’t bump into the object to their right. The app can also read texts, such as Exit signs over doors.
The Big Day has arrived, FlickType is finally live on the App Store. FlickType Keyboard is the Fastest Available Typing Method for Blind and Low-Vision
Every year at Google’s I/O developer conference, the Internet giant hosts the Google Play Awards to recognize the best Android apps from the Play Store.
Alexa and Google Assistant power 92% of smart speakers. In smartphones, Google enjoys an advantage as Google Assistant is pre-installed on Android smartphones as the successor to Google Now and Voice Search. On the majority of Android phones, Alexa is not pre-loaded, which means that users have to download it from the Play Store. It’s worth noting that some smartphones did come with Alexa integration in the past.
Since 2016, Google Assistant has been refined with more features and services, and it has also become available on more Android smartphones but also dedicated hardware like the Google Home and smart displays. It is one of the most used virtual assistants available, though it still falls behind Amazon Alexa in terms of market share. Alexa has a Fandango skill to help you buy movie tickets, and now Google Assistant is catching up by offering Fandango integration as well.