Category Archives: Communication

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

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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

iPad dock will add gesture control

A dock for the Apple iPad will allow users to sweep and swipe in mid-air, as far away as a foot from the iPad.  No word yet on what gestures will be included, but they will let you control regular … Continue reading

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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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Bedside table serves as Twitter interface

An art project recently displayed in Saint-Etienne, France, has an interesting interface: it uses a bedside table with a scanner built into its drawer. Place a photo (or a handwritten note?) into the drawer, and the image is automatically scanned … Continue reading

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