Google renamed TalkBack to Android Accessibility Suite back in June. It’s a collection of the company’s assistive services for phones and tablets to help with eyes-free usage. Version 7.2 for Android Accessibility Suite is widely rolling out with a number of updates.
In a new study, electrodes implanted in the brain caused parts of patients visual cortex to light up in specific patterns, allowing them to see shapes of letters in their mind’s eyes.
OrCam has introduced voice command technology to its MyEye 2 and MyReader 2 devices in its latest software update that includes Bluetooth connectivity and additional languages.
Electric cars on Switzerland’s roads will be required by mid-2019 to make an artificial noise as a safety measure for the blind, reports the Sunday newspaper NZZ am Sonntag.
The Canadian Government has a program where Internet Service Providers can participate and offer low-cost, high-speed Internet to low-income families called Connecting Families, with Telus and Rogers participating in the national program.
The wearable is a ring-like device that reads printed text out loud thanks to a mounted camera and open source software. Simply strap its to your index finger, point to an object and any words or sentences detected are spoken in real time.
Glaucoma patients can use implants to treat the condition by draining the eye, but the existing technology rarely lasts more than a few years thanks to the accumulation of microorganisms that wreck the functionality. A Purdue-led team might have a clever technological solution, using magnetism.
Retail stores still have old-fashioned operating procedures considering the technology available that could benefit people with various abilities. Replacing them with robot assistants just might be the way of the future. That is, if LG has anything to say about it.
Netflix is looking to improve accessibility where its iOS app is concerned and, as such, has shown off a feature called Eye Nav, which will allow users to control it with various facial movements.
Tech companies are generally slow when it comes to making their products accessible to people with disabilities. But lately, some of them have been working on innovative projects that will accommodate more users. One of the most interesting of these comes from a Chinese company called Alibaba, which introduced a smart display technology to help the visually impaired with shopping and payments on their phones.