10/11/2011, Remember the LookTel Money Reader app we talked about back in March? In case you forgot, Money Reader is an app that helps visually impaired folks to count their money with the aid of their iPhones. Using the camera on the phone, Money Reader can recognize US bills placed in front of it, regardless of whether they are partially covered or folded. A voice will then read out how much […]
10/03/2011, If you’re visually impaired or you know someone who is, and you want to help them experience their smartphone in an easier way, AT&T has just announced the Mobile Accessibility Lite application by Code Factory. It brings to the table a suite of accessible applications that will allow a user with visual impairment to enjoy common tasks that regular Android users do everyday.
07/07/2011, It seems that there have been quite a lot of new technologies that are coming up directed at those who are visually impaired or blind, and that can only be a good thing! We had previously reported on a “virtual cane” that made use of sonar to help map out obstacles and objects, and only a couple of hours ago we wrote a post on a prototype high-tech glasses that […]
07/07/2011, Having one’s vision impaired can be life altering; the way we go about our daily life, the things we can and cannot do have all been changed. Sure we could use seeing-eye dogs which are extremely effective, but compare the cost of training up a seeing-eye dog which is reportedly at 25,000 GBP, with a set of high-tech glasses which could potentially cost 500 GBP. In terms of cost effectiveness, […]
07/01/2011, A team affiliated with Israel’s Hebrew University, has developed a new device that would allow the blind and visually impaired to navigate their way by the use of “virtual canes”. The device makes use of sonar-like technology (much like how bats use sonar to “see”) to detect objects within 10 meters, which would allow the blind or visually impaired to make their way about safely.
06/21/2011, Jacob Rynkiewicz decided that perhaps it was time to start focusing on the basic needs of those who are visually impaired. Sure there are fancy gadgets and devices that allow those who are visually impaired to get along with their lives but perhaps one such need, one as basic as keeping time, has been neglected, which is why he has come up with the concept watch that would allow those […]
03/17/2011, The Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Group from the university of Konstanz has created Navigational Aids for the Visually Impaired (or NAVI), an application that uses Kinect’s perception of depth to guide visually impaired people in buildings. It works by having Kinect “see” the volumes around the user and use that information to provide guidance via a vibrating belt, it’s a bit like a bat. In addition to that, the developers have been […]
03/10/2011, A company called LookTel has come up with an app that will help visually impaired folks with their everyday lives. Called Money Reader, this app makes use of the iPhone’s camera to recognize any US bill held in front of the screen and announces in a clear voice its value. It works pretty fast, taking less than a second to finish scanning a note, and it can even recognize both […]
12/03/2010, It’s not always easy for the visually impaired to enjoy some of the things that we take for granted but the Readot concept might be able to help them do so if it were turned into a reality. This device allows users to scan pictures and other content and have it converted into Braille or something that can be read/sensed by touch, allowing users to be in touch with what […]
09/02/2010, It’s not always easy for the visually impaired to use mobile phones, but a designer has come up with a concept phone that might be able to solve the problem, dubbed the Tactile. The Tactile uses digital texture to allow the visually impaired to access a variety of features that are offered by modern multi-touch phones. This is achieved by using an array of conductive pins under the multi-touch display, […]
08/26/2010, Sending text messages might be troublesome if you have a visual impairment, but this tactile texting device might go some way to making things easier. The prototype was designed as a project at the Eindhoven University of Technology and features gullies which can be traced to type messages that can then be sent without the user even needing to look at it. The design is meant to be integrated at […]
08/04/2010, Mobile phones for the visually impaired are always harder to design, but a Russian designer has come up with the Aicomobile, which is a design that resembles a Rubik’s Cube, and offers Braille fonts and numbers so that the blind can use to identify and make calls or even send text messages with the phone without much hassle. The Aicomobile can also be worn around the neck for easy storage.
05/14/2010, While you might not hear that much news on the patents that RIM files, you can be sure that the company is busy churning out new ideas too and its latest patent filing with the USPTO describes a “multi-tap keyboard user interface”. The system would be a great boon to the visually impaired, as it offers an auditory feedback system, allowing users to invoke applications by hitting a specific set […]
07/13/2009, CASBliP, also known as Cognitive Aid System for Blind People is a work in progress that aims at using visual sensors to help the visually impaired. People who could benefit from CASBliP range from those who see very little to totally blind persons. The system can either amplify visual stimuli (by enhancing contrasts, colors etc…) or turn visual/obstacle information into sounds that can be interpreted by the wearer. The project […]