Author Archives: Jim Tobias

Audio Aware App Amplifies Alerts, Alarms, Accidents

Say you’re walking down the street, distractedly listening to the music on your mobile device, just about to step off the curb. Wouldn’t you want to be aware of any nearby sirens or alarms going off? One Llama has developed … Continue reading

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New Accessibility Guidance Is On the Way!

This can’t be a coincidence: 3 EU standards bodies (ETSI, CEN, and CENELEC) issue a comprehensive accessibility standard. A day later the US Access Board completes its revision of Section 255 and 508 rules and submits them to OMB for regulatory … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Marta Russell

Although few in the domain of accessible technology may have known of her work, we lost a powerful and unique thinker in the field of disability and inclusion this week with the death of Marta Russell. Russell’s book, Beyond Ramps: Disability … Continue reading

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Accessibility Continues Its Climb Into Mainstream Media

Gizmodo is a leading tech blog, a long-time go-to spot for what’s new in the world of technology and what it means. They’ve just added a sub-blog called Abler, whose tag line we love: “All technology is assistive technology”. Go … Continue reading

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Another Step In Computer Vision

Welcome the Structure Sensor — a device you attach to your iPad that lets you capture 3D objects in space automatically. That is, move it around the object a bit, and it begins to appear as a 3D model that … Continue reading

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Going Steadier

Liftware is a new gadget that reduces the effect of hand tremor. Hand-held, it detects your tremor and compensates for it by counter-moving its attachment (such as a spoon). Could it one day have a stylus attachment, to improve performance … Continue reading

Posted in Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Dexterity impaired, Hardware, Personal management and self-care, Size, weight, stability, grip | Leave a comment