Category Archives: Laws, regulations

More invisible touch, yeah

Apple has patented a technique to hide sensors beneath the skin of a product.  They will be completely invisible and undiscernible any other way as well (in direct contravention of 1194.23(k)(1) of Section 508, which is now under review).  But … Continue reading

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Send in the clowns…don’t bother, we won’t see ’em

To the list of disabilities that technology use emulates–like ADD–we can now add “inattentional blindness,” which causes cell phone users to miss blatant changes in their visual field, such as the appearance of a brightly-dressed clown on a unicycle. In … Continue reading

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A waste of money

Here’s the dark side of accessibility features in mainstream products: Insurance companies may refuse to pay for, say, a communication aid if it’s implemented as part of a standard computer or cell phone, or may insist that all features unrelated … Continue reading

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Travels with my Ant

Ya know, California’s new hands-free-phone-use-while-driving law is one of the best design impetuses we could have ever wished for. Witness BlueAnt’s new Supertooth 3 phone: clips on anywhere, has voice dialing capability, automatically adjusts sound levels based on ambient noise, … Continue reading

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Polly wants a Bluetooth

In just over two weeks, California law will require hands-free use of cell phones while driving. It’s a natural product development opportunity that Parrot has jumped on by creating a line of Bluetooth conversion products (not to mention an insufferably … Continue reading

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I dropped out before I could turn on

Here’s an interesting lawsuit. Some wireless subscribers feel they are paying for unwanted text messaging because SMS is turned on by default and it’s either impossible to turn off or hard to find the setting in your account. The outcome … Continue reading

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