Category Archives: Functional limitations (disability categories)

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FDA Empowers Hearing Aid Users

In another step away from the medical model, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) removed the requirement for a professional evaluation before hearing aids can be purchased. This accelerates the trend to direct-to-consumer sales, and may be followed by the creation of … Continue reading

Posted in Hard of hearing, Laws, regulations, Mainstream-AT market interaction, Theories, models, frameworks, Volume control, clarity | Leave a comment

Another Step Forward in Automatic Speechreading

Bit by bit, computer vision analysis is advancing to the point of offering rapid, accurate speechreading. Cornell’s LipNet uses sentence-length, natural utterances to improve its accuracy, which at 93%, surpasses skilled humans. Just a prototype for now, we hope to … Continue reading

Posted in Communication, Computer vision, Deaf, Hard of hearing, Just a prototype so far, Redundant output, Speech-to-text | Leave a comment

Smile and Move Along

We’ve seen a lot of progress in facial recognition recently; now we’ve got facial expression recognition. That’s right, smile to control your wheelchair (or whatever). It’s a control capability and a way to authenticate a user.

Posted in Communication, Computer vision, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Dexterity impaired, Education, Gesture interface, Identity/authentication, Just a prototype so far, Personal management and self-care, Redundant input, Transportation | Leave a comment

Do You Hearable What I Hear?

Hearables are wearable devices you listen to, such as earbuds and headphones. These product parts or accessories, already obviously popular, are positioned to grow in use and take over new functions, including replacing some visual interfaces, with embedded microphones, gyro … Continue reading

Posted in Blind, Cognitively impaired, Communication, Hard of hearing, Mainstream-AT market interaction, Personal management and self-care, Redundant output, Simplicity, ease of use, Transportation, Volume control, clarity, Work | Leave a comment

Google Maps Adds Accessibility Info

Over the years we’ve seen several attempts to collect information about architectural accessibility (mostly wheelchair access) into consumer-friendly resources. These turned out to be too hard to disseminate or too local to attract enough usage — the bitter end for millions … Continue reading

Posted in Building the culture of accessibility, Information management, Mobility impaired, Social participation, Theories, models, frameworks, Transportation | Leave a comment

First Sighting: VR in the Workplace

Interesting speculative article on VR for work. We’ve heard a lot of these ideas one at a time — less commuting, how to create happy-accidental encounters — but there’s all here in one place, along with some new ideas and … Continue reading

Posted in Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Horizon scan, Most or all disabilities, Okay, sometimes it *is* about the technology, Redundant input, Redundant output, Simplicity, ease of use, Virtual/augmented reality, Work | Leave a comment