iPod iNnovations

The new iPod Shuffle model announces song titles and artist names, which is obviously more accommodating to blind people than higher-end models with only a visual display. However, the controls have been moved to the earbud cord, so we have to wonder if these will be accessible without vision; we’re also curious about how well they could be used by people with various types of dexterity impairments or who have difficulty raising their arms.

Gizmodo: The new iPod Shuffle ditches buttons, features text-to-speech

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  1. Further info isn’t good news: the controls involve various combinations of clicking and holding, which may be problematic for people with dexterity disabilities, the user needs to memorize a lot of commands, which may be hard for people with (or without) cognitive disabilities, and the Shuffle responds to commands by flashing lights, which is an obvious vision barrier. We will give Apple props for having one status light response that redundantly uses a distinct color and a number of lights that isn’t used for any other function, which benefits people with color perception issues.

    Gizmodo: Apple’s control scheme for the iPod Shuffle looks like friggin’ Morse code

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