The New Year traditionally is about setting new goals and resolutions for improving ourselves throughout the coming year. But, at Cool Blind Tech we’re all about highlighting new technology and products that improve the lives of those with disabilities no matter the time of year. This week, join Nelson Rego and Joel Ramos as they showcase some of the hottest accessible technology presented at the 2017 Consumer Electronic Show that took place in Las Vegas Nevada.
One of the most exciting releases that was announced at CES 2017, was the new Nvidia Shield. This device is about the size of a cell phone. It has an Ethernet connection, HDMI port, and a USB port. It comes with a standard controller and a gaming controller. It runs Android TV along was some features that are exclusive to Nvidia.
Just like Google Home, Nvidia’s Google Assistant is always listening, but this assistant supports conversation mode. That means if you have a follow-up question, you do not have to say OK Google before asking the next question in the conversation thread.
To extend Google Assistant throughout your home at an affordable price, you can purchase Nvidia Spot. Nvidia Spot is a device that you can plug into any outlet. It has a speaker and a microphone. The Spot connects back to the NVidia Shield, which serves as a central hub.
You can pre-order the Nvidia Shield here for $199.00. Google Assistant is currently not available, but will be added to Shield in a few months.
Windows 10 Build 15002 was released today, and per Dona Sarkar, here is a list of the accessibility features to be found in this new release.
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a Bucharest-based Innovator, Silviu-Tudor Serban and his team have designed Helios, which uses Intel® RealSense™ 3D cameras to give those with severe visual impairments a clearer view of the world. And for those with total blindness, Helios features like reading assistance, facial recognition, and a haptic interface provide a much enhanced sense of their surroundings.
CooperVision is unveiling a new kind of contact lens designed for people who stare at a digital screen for two or more hours a day.
The annual CES Innovation Awards celebrate outstanding product design and engineering in brand-new consumer technology products. The prestigious Innovation Awards program recognizes top honorees among 28 award categories, including “Tech for A Better World,” which honors products that provide positive societal and/or global impact.
The Tobii Dynavox PCEye Mini is the smallest and most robust eye tracker on the market for assistive technology. Optimized for individuals that do not have use of their hands-due in part to disabilities such as Spinal Cord Injuries, ALS, Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Rett Syndrome, or other degenerative conditions-the device enables users to control a computer, laptop or tablet using only their eyes.
“We are incredibly grateful and humbled to receive this honor,” said Fredrik Ruben, President of Tobii Dynavox. “For individuals who are non-verbal and have mobility challenges, this product is life-changing. Mere decades ago, living with conditions that restricted voice and movement meant living with the inability to communicate-beyond a blink for ‘yes’ or ‘no.’ Today, we are revolutionizing access to technology and making it possible for individuals to not only find their voice and be heard, but also gain life-changing independence.”
With the PCEye Mini, individuals with disabilities that inhibit the use of their hands or arms can remain in the workplace longer or even return to work because the device allows for completely hands-free computing. The PCEye Mini allows users to communicate and stay in touch online by effortlessly connecting with others via email, text messaging, Skype (News – Alert), Facebook®and other social media. Enabling users to surf the web, connect with friends online, play games, turn on the lights or TV, or even make spreadsheets and documents using only their eyes ultimately gives the user greater personal freedom and independence.
“Our users are playing competitive chess, performing stand-up comedy, directing internationally recognized films, working professionally as artists, and even going before Congress with the aid of their technology. We’re opening up a new realm of possibilities for individuals with physical challenges,” added Ruben.
The PCEye Mini featuring IS4 eye tracker will be displayed January 5-8, 2017 at CES 2017 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall 2, Booth 26602. To learn more about PCEye Mini featuring IS4 eye tracker, visit here.
Intelligent audio solutions provider, especially hearables, med-tech and intelligent audio, The GN Group, has won the CES Best of Innovation Award for Accessible Tech for its ReSound ENZO smart hearing aid. This award recognizes ReSound ENZO as the highest rated technology/product in the Accessible Technology category.
Resound ENZO is a smart, super power, hearing aid which is designed for people who have severe to profound hearing loss. It is also the first ReSound product to have won the Best of Innovation award from CES.
“ReSound has had a great experience exhibiting at CES for the past three years, and we are excited to return in 2017 to share our comprehensive portfolio of Smart Hearing technologies,” says Kim Lody, President & Senior Vice President, GN Hearing, North America. “At ReSound, we are committed to innovation and always prioritize users as the company develops its breakthrough design and technological capabilities. We are excited to share how ReSound is driving the hearing industry forward and transforming the user experience through new developments in audiology, connectivity, design and apps.”
The GN Group has also launched ReSound LiNX which is a collection of hearing aids Made for iPhone, which allows users a revolutionary way to personalize the settings of the hearing aid, apart from direct sound streaming capabilities. It also includes the ReSound Smart app.