This Irish Startup Wants to be a Google Maps for Persons with Disabilities
The troubling experience led the Irish graduate from the National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM) to take on the overall issue himself. He created Access Earth, a web platform and app that crowdsources data on accessible buildings and locations to help people with disabilities.
From http://mashable.com/2016/03/06/access-earth-disabilities/#CYIXfndnjGqP, March 07, 2016
CSUN Conference to Feature Latest Assistive Technology for People with Disabilities
Assistive technology — whether it’s a mobile app or a modified wheelchair — can transform the lives of people with disabilities. The latest in the field of assistive technology will be the focus of the world’s largest gathering of people who develop or use assistive technology, taking place later this month in San Diego.
California State University, Northridge’s 31st Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference is dedicated to presenting and exploring new ways technology can assist people with disabilities. It is scheduled to take place March 21-26 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel.
From http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/conference-to-feature-latest-assistive-technology-for-people-with-disabilities/http://csunshinetoday.csun.edu/media-releases/conference-to-feature-latest-assistive-technology-for-people-with-disabilities/, March 07, 2016
Georgia Tech and EdX Offer New ICT Accessibility Online Course
Although international organizations – such as the W3C – have published several different standards and recommendations to promote the design of accessible platforms, achieving the goal of accessibility will also require other interventions, including training developers and information professionals. To address this problem, Georgia Tech has partnered with the EdX online learning platform to launch a new course called “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Accessibility” targeted for mid-career professionals in different areas such as business, policy making and software development. This Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) will start on February 29 and will be available for free to any user with an internet connection.
From http://digitalinclusionnewslog.itu.int/2016/02/17/georgia-tech-and-edx-offer-new-ict-accessibility-online-course/, March 07, 2016
India: "Awareness About Assistive Technology for Persons with Disabilities is Very Less"
In today's technology driven age, and with campaigns like Digital India, Made in India and Smart Cities, people with disabilities cannot be forgotten, says Shilpi Kapoor, Managing Director of BarrierBreak. In an interview with ETHealthworld, Shilpi talks about the role and accessibility of assistive technology during the 5th Edition of Techshare India, to be organized on the 3rd and 4th March in New Delhi.
From http://bit.ly/1L0T5kW, March 07, 2016
Google.org Awards Three Indian Disability Non-Profits with INR 54 Million Grant to Pursue 3D Printing & Scanning Technology
Google.org, the philanthropic arm of Google, has provided Rs 54 million (US $800,000) worth of grant funding to three Indian non-profit organizations for disabled people: The Ratna Nidhi Charitable Trust, the Leprosy Mission Trust India, and the Public Health Foundation India. The first two organizations will use their grant money to develop 3D printing and scanning technology. The announcement was made at TechShare India, a conference on accessibility and inclusion which took place in New Delhi.
From http://www.3ders.org/articles/20160304-indian-disability-nonprofits-to-pursue-3d-printing-scanning-tech-with-googleorg-grant.html, March 07, 2016
Australia: Tesla Summon Allows Drivers to Park Vehicle From Outside Using Mobile App
Over the weekend, Tesla announced its latest software update, version 7.1.1, was being digitally delivered to Australian Model S drivers. According to Tesla, drivers will first need to enable the Summon feature in the car's controls. Once activated, drivers should align their car with a parking space at a range of less than 10 metres. They can either direct it to drive forward or reverse into the spot. The car will move until its sensors detect an obstacle, such as the wall, and then put itself into park. It can then get out of the space in the same fashion.
From http://mashable.com/2016/02/29/tesla-summon-australia/http://mashable.com/2016/02/29/tesla-summon-australia/, February 29, 2016
Sony's New Smart Accessories Herald the Future of Communications
An earpiece, life-logging camera, projector, and personal assistant round out Sony's idea of the future of communication. Share on Facebook (233) Tweet Share (15) Pin
Sony announced a line of new accessories at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, with the Xperia Ear, a new wireless earpiece, chief among them. The Xperia Ear is similar to Motorola's Moto Hint: it's a small Bluetooth device that provides "useful information such as your schedule, weather and the latest news" in your ear. It can be controlled via voice commands to make calls, perform searches, dictate messages, or get directions.
From http://www.theverge.com/2016/2/22/11090964/sony-smart-accessories-xperia-ear-agent-eye-mwc-2016, February 23, 2016
Clothing With Touchscreen Capabilities
Have you ever thought of having clothing with touchscreen capabilities built right into the fabric? Under Armour is heading toward this idea with its next generation of wearable technology. Armour39 is a digital performance monitor, which athletes wear around their torso to measure “WILLpower”, which is Under Armour’s proprietary measurement for how hard an athlete works out, considering heart rate, calories burned, past performances and other characteristics. The system functions with the help of a chest strap that contains an Under Armour “bug” and a heart monitor that captures all the information. The only drawback of the Armour39 performance monitor is the lack of a GPS element for proper run tracking.
From http://futuristicnews.com/clothing-with-touchscreen-capabilities/, February 23, 2016
3D Printing Storybooks for Visually Impaired Kids
Behavioral studies have long shown that known that reading stories to infants and children supports cognitive development (and you don't need science to recognize how much kids love hearing a story). But in 2015, the American Association of Pediatrics published a study that examined the quantifiable effects—which had not been studied before—concluding that "children from more stimulating home reading environments had greater activity in brain areas supporting narrative comprehension and visual imagery, which are important for both language and reading."
From http://www.fastcodesign.com/3056557/wanted/anyone-can-3-d-print-these-beautiful-storybooks-for-visually-impaired-kids, February 23, 2016
Designing for All: Inclusion and EdTech
The fields of blended learning and educational technology have recently been moving forward in terms of universal design. At the iNACOL Blended and Online Learning Symposium in November, there was an entire strand dedicated to universal design and making content accessible to all students. DJLN’s Associate Director, Tatyana Dvorkin, had the pleasure of attending some of the sessions, one of which she described in her recent blog post. As Tatyana wrote, the Jewish day school world has been behind in addressing the needs of students with disabilities.
From http://digitaljlearning.org/blog/2015/12/15/designing-all-inclusion-and-edtech, February 22, 2016