What do Windows, Cars and Underwear have in common? They’re all topics on this week’s episode of VIP. Join Joel Ramos, Nelson Rego and guest host Hugo Gallegos as they discuss the latest in accessible technology. Don’t worry, all three hosts are fully clothed for this week’s recording.
ABC television will broadcast the presidential inauguration on Friday January 20 with audio description that has been sponsored by the ACB audio description project. Coverage runs from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST. Audio description headsets will also be provided for those attending the inauguration parade.
Working with Rice University in Texas, IBM has developed a prototype robot that can serve as a personal assistant to the elderly. This will potentially give millions of people the opportunity to live independent lives without having to go to a care facility or cause their loved ones to worry so much about them.
Watch this video on IBM’s MERA project, and read the press release below.
Have you ever wanted to do more with your Apple Watch without having to bring your iPhone along for the ride? Now you can go for a walk or run and listen to your favorite podcasts without having to have your iPhone. The app is called WatchPlayer, and it allows you to transfer podcasts from an iOS device on to your watch. Another cool feature is that you don’t need wireless earbuds either. You can use the watch’s built-in speakers to play your favorite podcasts from Cool
Blind Tech. Here is a description of the app from the developer.
Google Maps will now allow you to request an Uber ride while in the app, but I was curious about how useful and accessible it is. I will leave the determination of how useful it is to you, but it is accessible in both iOS and Android. Below I will give step by step instructions on how to use this feature on both platforms.
“What would you like for…” You name the holiday, there’s a reason to create a list for it. And Amazon has you covered with registries and wishlists. This article will provide a brief guide to creating a registry and how to access various features.
Almost everyone is involved in producing self-driving cars, but did you know that most of them are not accessible? The funny thing is; these companies are marketing autonomous cars as a life changer for people with disabilities without making them accessible. Olli could be a game changer for people with disabilities who are expecting self-driving cars to be a part of their lives. Checkout this video, and read the press release from CES 2017.
Adobe has announced a voice assistant that helps edit your photos and post them to social media. This could be a very helpful tool for blind people, because you just tell the assistant what to do, and it does it. Of course, the only problem is that you still can’t see if you like the way it looks before posting, but it is still better than what was available before.
Watch this demonstration of Adobe’s voice assistant in action.
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed a wearable assistive device for the visually impaired, which enables them to sense their environment and move around more safely.