Category Archives: Blind

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

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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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Buzz Me In

Travel site Triposo has a new fashion accessory for you and your smartphone: the Travel Belt. Its 4 vibrating motors buzz at your waist to give you turning and walking directions to your destination. This saves you from constantly consulting … Continue reading

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Disney Prototypes ‘Puff of Air’ Haptic Interface

Disney Research has developed a prototype device that lets the user feel the presence of virtual objects through carefully constructed and aimed puffs of air. Aireal aims the puffs based on the virtual reality interface — the puffs could be … Continue reading

Posted in Blind, Cognitively impaired, Controls: number, size, spacing, force, Controls: shape, texture, color, grouping, Gesture interface, Hardware, Just a prototype so far, Okay, sometimes it *is* about the technology, Redundant output, Simplicity, ease of use | Leave a comment

New phone designs could help users with disabilities

Nonobject is an offbeat design studio in Palo Alto that’s proposing three new cell phone designs, all of which have accessibility implications. The Rawphisticated, which looks like a crumpled business card, could be refined so that the crumples provide tactile … Continue reading

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Optical character recognition tool might have applications for assistive technology users

WordLens is a new iPhone app that can be used to recognize text within graphics and translate it (just Spanish->English and English->Spanish for now). Because this uses optical character recognition, we wonder if the technology could also be used to … Continue reading

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