Introducing Accessible Hangouts for Google+
My new Chrome Extension!

Today I was in a hangout, where I met a blind war veteran. It was really inspiring to see him use such technology. But it was really hard for him to use it since it wasn't accessible friendly. I was writing on the chat on the left, and it was really difficult for him to read the text. I am really into Accessibility, and I worked on it a lot in Chromium in the past, and I really wanted to help him.

So I told Tim, "what if the chat spoke to you?" Tim said, "that would be awesome". When I saw the big smile on his face, I had to do it! So I created this extension for Chrome!

Help me spread the word to those who are blind, and please help me test it, I really want to eliminate the bugs and implement more features to make it easier for them to use this great service!

Download it from the gallery: http://goo.gl/DCP3m
As usual, Source Code in GitHub: http://goo.gl/UlxXW (fork and contribute!)

This extension uses text to speech technology and reads everything that appears in the chat box to the user. This will add a whole new experience for the Blind to use hangouts, and hopefully Google+ can integrate that natively!

I have added this demo on how the extension works. Thanks to +Cam Meadows for helping me demo this :)

Thanks to +M Monica and +Robert Anderson for introducing me to +Ken Smith and +Tim Hornik. I hope Google integrates this into Hangouts, so that the blind could enjoy hangouts as much as we do :)
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