Facebook originally launched the automatic alt-text feature aimed at improving accessibility of its website in 2016. The feature makes it easier for the blind and visually impaired to use Facebook by generating a description of a photo by utilizing object recognition technology and now the same accessibility feature might soon become available on Instagram.
A smartphone application to assist visually impaired people to read document files on mobile phones was recently launched. Innovation Garage Limited, a local tech-based company, developed the application with assistance from VIEW Foundation, a non-government organization, and jointly arranged the launching programme at Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka.
Israeli company ICI Vision has developed digital eyewear with the potential to give millions of legally blind people the ability to see.
In a recent TEDx talk, high school graduate Caroline Karbowski explained how her organization is developing tactile “visuals” that are complicated enough to be useful while inexpensive enough to be practical for the blind and visually impaired with 3D printing.
Last month, Samsung Electronics Brazil announced the launch of Samsung Audio Acordes (Chords), a free application that teaches people with visual impairments to play the guitar in a practical and intuitive way.
The first blind-friendly supermarket in the Middle East opened Sept. 27 in Beirut, as part of a project launched by Lebanese non-profit Red Oak. This supermarket initiative coincides with their other recent projects aimed at bringing blind and visually impaired people to museums.
Amazon’s line of Echo products is set to expand significantly over the next few months. At a surprise event in Seattle, Washington, Amazon announced a variety of new Alexa-enabled Echo products, including a revamped Echo Dot, a new Echo Plus, a dedicated subwoofer called the Echo Sub and other Alexa-enabled accessories.
Audible’s latest update brings the app to your Apple Watch, so you can listen to your audiobooks and podcasts without an iPhone. The new feature takes advantage of watchOS 5, which just rolled out this week to allow third-party apps like Audible to play background audio from the watch. Just make sure you sync the book from your iPhone before heading out, as the Apple Watch doesn’t support streaming from third-party apps yet.
Tune your ears to the Zombies or you will die. Save the Fairies and they will give you light. But don’t ever stop.
This fall, for the first time, Jonathan Mark will be able to appreciate the bright reds, oranges and yellows that appear in the trees before they shed their leaves.