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Blindshell: A Simple Phone Interface For Blind Users
VoiceOver on iOS and TalkBack on Android have definitely made it possible for blind users to use smartphones on a daily basis. As the user navigates around on the interface, the phone talks back to the user, letting them know the apps they have access to, a...
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[VIDEO] Assistive Technology For Quadriplegic Student: Conversation With Francis Feoko
I recently got a chance to talk with Francis Feoko, a C5 quadriplegic, who is a sophomore in the Bay Area in California. Francis wanted to share with Assistive Technology Blog's readers how, being a college student, he takes care of his home and school work...
I recently got a chance to talk with Francis Feoko, a C5 quadriplegic, who is a sophomore in the Bay Area in California. Francis wanted to share with Assistive Technology Blog's readers how, being a college student, he takes care of his home and school work and how technology has made him more ...
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Digital Animation To Help Kids With Autism Develop Social Skills
Gary Jesch, owner of Invirtua and a digital puppeteer who has been in the live animation industry for 20 years, was inspired to see what he could do for those on the autism spectrum. Eye contact, social skills & social interaction, and difficulties with att...
Eye contact, social skills & social interaction, and difficulties with attention and concentration are some of the many challenges children with autism face on a regular basis. Going to therapy sessions to develop or enhance these skills is not unusual for these children.
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Gesture Vocalizer: Device That Converts Sign Language To Speech & Text
Along the lines of MotionSavvy and UNI , a group of engineering students from India have created a prototype that translates sign language into audio and text so that speech impaired people could communicate with those who don't know sign language. Unlike M...
Along the lines of MotionSavvy and UNI, a group of engineering students from India have created a prototype that translates sign language into audio and text so that speech impaired people could communicate with those who don't know sign language. Unlike MotionSavvy, which is essentially just a ...
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Lechal Footwear: Shoes And Insoles For Blind Walkers
If you walk a lot to get from one place to another, you probably appreciate a good pair of shoes that make your walk comfortable. What if that same shoe could tell you where to go? Lechal shoes and insoles, that connect to a phone app via bluetooth do exact...
If you walk a lot to get from one place to another, you probably appreciate a good pair of shoes that make your walk comfortable. What if that same shoe could tell you where to go? lechal phone app showing steps taken, distance walked, calories burned etc. Lechal shoes and insoles, that connect ...
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Autcraft: Minecraft For Autistic Children
In the last few years, Minecraft has taken the world by storm.  We all perhaps know that it is a video game, but we don't know much beyond that. Almost all kids, on the other hand, not only know what it is (a video game!), but also know how to maneuver that...
In the last few years, Minecraft has taken the world by storm. We all perhaps know that it is a video game, but we don't know much beyond that. Almost all kids, on the other hand, not only know what it is (a video game!), but also know how to maneuver that game very well, and pick up all sorts ...
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Simple Audiobook Player For Seniors And Blind People
Books are an integral part of our lives! Doesn't matter if we are voracious or occasional readers - we always appreciate the entertainment and knowledge books impart. However, in case of blind people or sighted people losing their partial or full vision, ph...
Books are an integral part of our lives! Doesn't matter if we are voracious or occasional readers - we always appreciate the entertainment and knowledge books impart. However, in case of blind people or sighted people losing their partial or full vision, physical books can seldom be an option.
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Self-Driving Cars Open Up New Opportunities for the Disabled
Transportation is one of the main obstacles that those with disabilities face.  Though public transport tries to be accommodating, there are still several obstacles that the disabled have to navigate in order to get to a specific location -- walking from tr...
Transportation is one of the main obstacles that those with disabilities face. Though public transport tries to be accommodating, there are still several obstacles that the disabled have to navigate in order to get to a specific location -- walking from train or bus stops, shelling out money for ...
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This Is How You Do Makeup When You Are Blind
Lucy Edwards is a 19 year old who lost vision in her right eye when she was 11 and left eye two years ago because of a rare genetic disorder called Incontinentia Pigmenti. Lucy has a great fashion sense and is very much into fashion, make up and being a soc...
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Sesame Enable: Phone That Tracks Head Movement
 There are lots of people with paralysis, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities that make them have limited or no movement in their hands. What that means is that communicating using a phone for them can be challenging, and in quite m...
There are lots of people with paralysis, spinal cord injuries, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities that make them have limited or no movement in their hands. What that means is that communicating using a phone for them can be challenging, and in quite many cases, not possible, since a touch ...
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3D Printed, Multi-Attachment Prosthetic Arm For a 9 Year Old Born Without Left Limb
It is imperative to understand that we live in a world where nothing is impossible. If we don't have a solution yet, we can build it ourselves, thanks to the knowledge and resources available in abundance. 9 year old Aidan Robinson was born with a left limb...
It is imperative to understand that we live in a world where nothing is impossible. If we don't have a solution yet, we can build it ourselves, thanks to the knowledge and resources available in abundance. 9 year old Aidan Robinson was born with a left limb that ended just below his elbow.
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