The HomePod, which will be released in December and cost $349, was unveiled at Apple’s annual developer conference in San Jose, where the company also unveiled new software features and hardware upgrades.
iOS 11 introduces hundreds of changes to the operating system, from a redesigned Control Centre to accessibility features that have been added to the beta that went unmentioned during Apple’s keynote announcement.
Visually impaired and blind people will be test-driving new driverless pods, which have been designed for short low-speed journeys.
Nuance unveils Nina for Amazon Alexa, the first intelligent enterprise virtual assistant that integrates with the popular internet-of-things (IoT) device to enable a new way for consumers to connect with their bank, airline, telco and retail brands, without needing to dial a phone number.
In Canada, Google Home is $179.00 CDN. The shipping time for the Google Home is listed at “2-3 weeks” for customers on the Google Store.
It seems that the number of free apps that can help a visually impaired person with Optical Character Recognition on their smart phone keeps growing and growing. Some of them are specifically designed to help the visually impaired and some are just well coded and can be used by the blind with little or no difficulty.
In this Spotlight Interview, James Oates sits down with Brad Turner, the vice president of global literacy at Benetech. They discuss:
The latest innovative technology for the blind and visually impaired, OrCam, is a device that can change everything for those with visual problems. Essentially, it’s a tiny high-tech camera that attaches to reading glasses. They are a pair of smart glasses for the visually impaired and for the blind that can revolutionize reading, and help blind and visually impaired, even those with reading disabilities, to re-gain their confidence and independence. All one has to do is point their finger towards anything that they want to “see”–be it text, a street sign, even the face of a loved one. And with that point of a finger, the device can “read” the text aloud in your ear within seconds. It’s truly cutting-edge technology. This device is life-changing, and this assistive technology for visually impaired people, as well as blind people, has the potential to dramatically change the lives of thousands.
In this podcast, Olivier Danjou shows us Windows Defender, a program built in to Windows 10 Creator’s Update that provides protection against viruses and other threats.