Amazon has announced that it’s finally launching its voice-controlled Echo speakers in Canada on December 5.
CBT is back with the unveiling of the new iPhone X! Is this iPhone for you? Find out by listening in as we give our impressions and show what happens when you call emergency services!
Just in time for the holidays! It’s one thing to watch movies with audio description or captions on your own, but being able to watch with friends and family is a huge leap forward for equality in entertainment.
The FDA has granted Second Sight Medical an Expedited Access Pathway designation for its new visual prosthesis system designed to restore sight to patients who are completely blind.
This project is the work of computer vision scientist Philip Torr and neuroscientist Stephen Hicks, both of whom work at the United Kingdom’s University of Oxford. For the past several years, they’ve been developing smart AR glasses, which pick up on visual weaknesses in a person’s eyesight and enhance these details — allowing individuals to navigate independently, avoid collisions, or see better in dark or low-light conditions. These glasses use a combination of smart computer vision algorithms and cameras to register scenes in front of an individual, and then exaggerate certain details of it — such as increasing image contrast, highlight specific features, or creating “cartoonish representations of reality” — depending on the requirements of the user. For example, a person with blurry vision due to glaucoma can have the salience of certain important parts of an image enhanced.
In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James are joined by Carlos Alvarez. They discuss the top stories from Cool Blind Tech and give you some Cool Picks to think about.
The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) Foundation announced the winners of the annual Eureka Park Accessibility Contest at CES® 2018: Blind Touch, Lili Smart, SignAll, SofiHub and Unaliwear. The CTA Foundation, a national foundation with the mission to link seniors and people with disabilities with technologies to enhance their lives, is providing each winner with a booth in Eureka Park – the home of startups during CES – and a $2,500 cash prize. CES 2018, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 9-12, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
In iOS 11, Apple added a new emergency feature to the iPhone, which is designed to allow you to quickly and discreetly place a call to emergency services. In Canada and the United States, SOS dials 911, and in other countries, it works with local emergency response teams.
Simon Wheatcroft, a blind runner, used wearable technology that enabled him to run about 16 miles of Sunday’s New York City Marathon with minimal human assistance. As Simon Wheatcroft walked onto the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to start the New York City Marathon, he could sense other runners moving around him but could see them only as one smudged shape.
HumanWare announced the launch of the VictorReader Trek earlier this year and now they have started to ship out 200 units to fill their pre-orders with another 600 units coming later this month. Priced at 599 USD (795 CDN) and expected to go up 100 USD after pre-orders are filled. Combining the cutting-edge GPS technology of the Trekker Breeze with the innovative media reading & playback capabilities of the VictorReader Stream, this multiuse handheld device is designed to make mobility easy and enjoyable for people who are blind or visually impaired.