Amazon has been improving Alexa’s diary-managing skills for a while now, adding support for Outlook and iCloud in 2017. This made it easy to ask Alexa to put a meeting in your calendar on a set time and day. Just say: “Alexa, schedule a meeting for 2pm tomorrow afternoon.”
Making a hands-free phone call through Google Home can be a convenience once you get used to doing it. However, hands-free calling was limited because you couldn’t communicate with automated systems that ask you to speak or press a number to choose a menu option until now. Android Police reports that this limitation has been overcome.
World’s fastest growing assistive technology platform announces global expansion in recognition of Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
Fujitsu is working on an accessory called Ontenna for the hearing impaired. It’s a simple premise, the device vibrates more aggressively the louder a nearby sound is. For example, if you are at the movies and the scene includes an explosion, Ontenna will vibrate at maximum capacity.
Images for an unannounced Xbox controller have leaked online. The controller is designed for people with accessibility needs and was likely going to get a big reveal at next month’s Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles.
In Tokyo, Fujitsu has revealed Oton Glass, it is hoping can eliminate—or at least ease—the difficulties of life without full sight. One button reads the text aloud in Japanese and the other in English. The sound is transmitted to an earpiece.
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.
Since Brandon Foshee lost his sight 15 years ago while in college, little has changed to help the blind find their way in a world built for the sighted, so he’s trying to do something about it.
Tap Systems has built a wearable keyboard controller that is accessible using VoiceOver and lets you tap messages on your devices without a physical keyboard. You just put the Tap device on your hand and air type your messages.