In this week’s Cool Picks, The CBT Team bring you their top picks from the assistive tech world.
A Cincinnati-based startup recently launched a DIY kit of smart-home connected products – which includes voice-controlled Amazon Echo Dot technology — that it says can help senior citizens live independently for longer.
An innovative student-led project at the UAE University in Al Ain is hoping to make reading easier for visually impaired people by developing a pocket-sized portable device that can translate reading materials into Braille.
In a recent opening of the Lions’ Sensory Garden at the botanical garden on September 8, 2017, which was attended by 60 Lions club members from across the West Rand (Wilro Park, Helderkruin, Roodepoort Host, Clearwater Cyber and Krugersdorp), honoured guests from the botanical garden, and the Guide Dog Association SA.
Microsoft has won an award for the level of inclusion found in their product design. The award came from the Annual U.S. Business Leadership Network (USBLN) National Conference, and celebrates another milestone in the company’s advancement in technology for accessibility users.
Guy Carriere’s sense of independence has grown by leaps and bounds since acquiring his service dog, Dixon, a little over a year ago.
Google just unveiled new features at a Google Developer Days keynote. The AI is also pulling up answers faster. They indicate that Google Assistant now possesses better contextual awareness. Not only will it be able to answer some of your vaguest questions, but it will also come in handy on your travels.
In this week’s VIP, Nelson and James bring you the top stories from Cool Blind Tech along with some really Cool Picks.
Apple and Microsoft already have dedicated staff who are made available to help customers with accessibility related questions. Now Google will do the same in a limited capacity.
The disability support team is available Monday through Friday, from 8:00AM to 5:00PM PST by email only. The team will respond to your questions within 72 hours. Obviously, this is no where near the support level you can get from Microsoft or Apple, but at least it is a start.
At the IFA consumer electronics trade show, LG showed off a robot lawn mower that they first announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this year. The robot can be controlled with your voice via the Amazon Alexa or Google voice assistant. You need to setup a perimeter wire around your lawn, so that the mower will know where to stop mowing. But after that, everything is easy. The mower also comes equipped with GPS, so if it is stolen, you will be able to track it down. This is important sense the robot needs to be left outside. Soon you be able to say, “Alexa, mow my lawn.”