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Poland: Wearable Sensor 'Illuminates' Surroundings for the Blind
High school students in Poland develop wearable technology to help blind people navigate their surroundings. The device, nicknamed 'Torch', uses infrared sensors attached to the head and chest which emit a sound or vibrate at increasing intensity as the wearer approaches an object - much like the way torchlight illuminates whatever the beam is focused on.
From http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/technology/wearable-sensor-illuminates-surroundings-for-the-blind/vp-BBgBcAW, December 22, 2014

The Invasion Of Wearables In The Workforce
Wearables have hit the market like a hailstorm. From watches to glasses, headgear to belts, to all assortments of chips and sensors built into clothes and accessories, this market doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. In fact, wearables are estimated to be more than a $70 billion market by 2024, according to IDTechEx.
From http://techcrunch.com/2014/12/14/the-invasion-of-wearables-in-the-workforce/, December 19, 2014

Accessibility Technology Opening New Channels of Online Commerce
IBM Tealeaf has integrated accessibility functionality from IBM Research into its latest release, IBM Tealeaf Customer Experience (cxOversat), to improve interactions, increase loyalty and expand market reach. Consider the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping extravaganzas. According to the recent IBM Digital Analytics Benchmark, online sales grew 12.6% compared to 2013. Specifically, on Cyber Monday, desktop PCs accounted for 58.6% of all online traffic and 78% of all online sales.
From http://ibmresearchnews.blogspot.in/2014/12/accessibility-technology-opening-new.html?spref=tw, December 19, 2014

Ghana to Implement Inclusive Education Policy in 2015
Ghana will implement an Inclusive Education Policy next year, and pre-service and in-service training enrolled for teachers in inclusive education to manage children with disabilities educational needs. The Policy is a national document that has a clear cut comprehensive policy document to give guidance to Inclusive Education implementation in Ghana.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/17/ghana-to-implement-inclusive-education-policy-in-2015/, December 19, 2014

Partnership to Promote Website Usability for People with Disabilities
My Blind Spot (MBS) is partnering with sitecues by Ai Squared, the makers of the ZoomText family of products and Window-Eyes, to ensure the organization’s website is easier to see, hear, and use for people who are blind or have low vision. By partnering with sitecues, MBS ensures that all people can access the organization’s website without the need of costly assistive or adaptive tools.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/17/partnership-to-promote-website-usability-for-people-with-disabilities/, December 19, 2014

Canada: AMI-télé, Television That Includes Everyone, Goes on Air
AMI-télé, the world's first French-language network to present its entire schedule with open described video, goes on air today. "It is a big day for the blind or partially sighted, a defining moment in the journey towards media accessibility for all of those who cannot enjoy television in its traditional format," says David Errington, President of Accessible Media Inc.
From http://www.newswire.ca/en/story/1464257/ami-tele-television-that-includes-everyone-goes-on-air-today, December 18, 2014

Transforming Your Skin Into A Touchscreen
The booming wearables industry strives to keep users connected while exercising, working, and even eating. One new company wants to pack a number of features into a small, screen-free band that will keep wearers online anywhere — even in the tub. Less than a year old, French start-up Cicret is hoping streamline such functions as phone calls, browsing, and watching videos into a single wristband. As Cicret co-founder Guillaume Pommier told MailOnline, the minimal wearable is a “revolutionary device which could completely change how we access information.”
From http://www.psfk.com/2014/12/transforming-your-skin-into-a-touchscreen.html, December 18, 2014

UK: Alliance Formed to Improve Access to Digital Services
The UK government has announced that a new alliance has been created to form solutions for issues that people with disabilities and older people face in accessing digital services such as those used in online banking, on public transport and digital TV. The Digital Accessibility Alliance will bring together government departments, regulators, local government, business and the not for profit sector to: encourage compliance with relevant eInclusion legislation such as the Equality Act 2010; promote universal access for citizens to digital services, particularly for older people and those with disabilities; and generate and promote good practice. The Alliance will be headed up by Kevin Carey, Chair of the RNIB, and met for the first time last week to agree their priorities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/12/18/alliance-formed-to-improve-access-to-digital-services/, December 18, 2014

Visually Impaired South Korean Students Receive 3D Printed Touchable Yearbook by 3D TEK
Not only does the Touchable Yearbook provide visually impaired students with yearbooks, but it also gives them an introduction to the true innovations of 3D printing and how it can benefit them point blank — not to mention many others in the world who have other special needs. It’s a reward in more ways than one as exposure to the technology of 3D printing is invaluable in terms of encouraging and opening kids up to the wonders of STEM (science, technology, education, manufacturing) education, where 3D printing is beginning to play a substantial role.
From http://3dprint.com/31162/3d-print-touchable-yearbook/, December 17, 2014

Skype's Newest App Will Translate Your Speech in Real Time
Microsoft’s Skype software will start translating voice calls between people today. As part of a preview program, Skype Translator makes it possible for English and Spanish speakers to communicate in their native language, without having to learn a new one. It sounds like magic , but it’s the result of years of work from Microsoft’s research team and Skype to provide an early working copy of software that could help change the way the world communicates in the future.
From http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/15/7393665/skype-translator-features, December 17, 2014

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