Microsoft has patented a major change to the standard Xbox controller, adding a Braille display for vision-impaired gamers and paddles for Braille input.
Now you can pick between Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Google announced a few new accessibility features that should make smartphones and Google services even easier to use.
Google Lens text-to-speech
While demoing Google Lens for Google Go, the search app for entry-level devices, Google revealed that the app will be able to read any text aloud and even translate it into the user’s native language. The code needed for the feature supposedly measures 100KB, so the feature can be included in very cheap smartphones. Google gave a practical example of what that might mean for people who struggle to read:
Supersense is a new kind of app for the blind and low vision community. It locates objects around you. Do you need to find an empty chair or a trash can? Are you trying to locate the door of a building? Choose what you are looking for and scan your environment with your smartphone. Supersense will find it in real-time without an internet connection.
Hasan Özdemir, a visually impaired software developer known for his work for visually impaired users in Turkey, has been promoted to lead Microsoft’s accessibility team at the company’s US headquarters.
After being added to Xbox Game Pass, Minecraft fans have more to shout about this month as the game has received it’s long awaiting “Village and Pillage” update.
Since 2015, when the Denmark-based platform Be My Eyes launched, more than 2 million volunteers have signed up to assist some 120,000 blind and low-vision users, according to the company.
HyperDot has a very simple premise — all players need to do is dodge everything that comes at them.
The AbleGamers Charity recently launched Accessible.Games, a site with free resources for developers who want to make their games accessible to a wider audience.
A research team at Microsoft has been working on SeeingVR: a set of 14 tools designed to make virtual reality accessible to visually impaired users.