Recently, Artificial intelligence took center stage at Microsoft’s AI Summit in San Francisco. Aside from announcing AI smarts for a range of software, Microsoft is also ramping up its Seeing AI app for iOS, which uses computer vision to audibly help blind and visually impaired people to see the world around them.
New features to make public transport more accessible for People with disabilities, such as bright yellow lines to mark out the edges of footpaths for those with low vision and benches to take rest breaks, are being tested around Redhill MRT Station, with similar installations expected at other transport nodes in time to come.
Google Maps will soon guide you through every step of a mass transit ride, including telling you when it’s time to get off. Once the feature rolls out, you should find a “start” button at the bottom of the screen when you look up how to go to a certain destination. If you select that button, you’ll get live updates on where you are as you walk or as your ride moves, not only within the app, but also on your Android lock screen.
On Friday, Jan. 26, 2018, the Newseum will open its latest exhibit, “The Marines and Tet: The Battle That Changed the Vietnam War.” The innovative exhibit will feature 20 large-format photographs from the 1968 Tet Offensive and 10 tactile versions of those photographs with touch-activated sensors that provide audio interviews, allowing blind and low-vision visitors to experience the images through touch and sound.
Amazon has announced that its Fire 7 and Fire HD 8 Tablets are now available in Canada through Amazon.ca. The tablets were previously only available in the U.S. At a cost of $59.99 CAD, the Fire 7 Tablet features a 7-inch, up to eight hours of mixed use battery life and 8 GB of storage (with support for up to 256 GB of expandable storage). A 16GB model is available for $79.99. The Fire HD 8 Tablet, meanwhile, retails for $99.99 and sports an 8-inch HD display, a quad-core processor, up to 12 hours of battery life and 16 GB of storage (with support for up to 256 GB of expandable storage). A 32GB model is available for $129.99. Both tablets feature a Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, front- and rear-facing cameras and support free, unlimited cloud storage from Amazon for all photos taken on Fire devices.
A senior at Miami Dade College’s West Campus has programmed the Amazon Echo to help students in need of directions, department hours and other information.
The app and partnership was originally announced in June during Apple’s annual developer conference. It allows Amazon Prime members to stream a wide array of movies and TV shows, including exclusive content created by Amazon Studios such as The Grand Tour and The Man in the High Castle.
Blind Customers have been defrauded by cyber criminals after the RNIB website was targeted by hackers.
Ophthalmologist Dr. Arnold Prywes has fulfilled a mission years in the making — helping a patient with a challenging case of glaucoma by implanting a sight-saving device that he invented in 1991.
Google celebrated the 50th anniversary of Logo, the world’s first programming language designed for kids, on Monday with a Doodle that celebrates kids coding languages and is aimed at teaching children to code.