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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

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Health Care Kiosks Popping Up Everywhere?

HealthSpot is preparing to offer large, enclosed health care kiosks in public locations so people can access their records, their physicians, and other medical services from anywhere. What a great idea! These virtual clinics could be in pharmacies, airports, college … Continue reading

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AFB Publishes Another Worthwhile Study of “Consumer Vs. Technology”

The American Foundation for the Blind’s (AFB) AccessWorld has published the results of a new study on barriers encountered by people who are blind or have low vision when they use everyday household and electronic devices. The results include an … Continue reading

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Google improves its Accessible View search mode

Google just upgraded its Accessible View experimental search version.  The new one shows up in large print, with sound alerts, keyboard navigation, and screen reader compatibility. In Brief: Google Upgrades Accessible Search

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Simple social networking gadget for elders

A British ICT designer has come up with an interesting blend of technology and elder market awareness.  “jive” has a router that’s configured at the point of sale, and a mouseless interface for information retrieval and communication.  Each of your … Continue reading

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Multitouch and gesture interfaces

What was first a trickle is now a torrent. Apple’s iPhone, Nintendo’s Wii, and Microsoft’s Surface and Windows 7 all confirm that multitouch and gesture interfaces are likely to dominate input hardware soon. They’re often less expensive to engineer and … Continue reading

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