Arizona State University Student Develops Sensing Technology for People with Vision Disabilities
A man with vision disability can’t see the interviewer sitting across from him but knows that the questioner has a smile on his face. Motors in person with vision disability’s chair give the sensation of having a shape – a smile – drawn on his back. “We use that as a way to communicate the face,” said Shantanu Bala, an Arizona State University graduate. Vision through chair massage.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/09/arizona-state-university-student-develops-sensing-technology-for-people-with-vision-disabilities/, March 09, 2015
Huawei Launches Exclusive ICT Leaders Roundtable at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona
Huawei partnered with Heavy Reading, the research division of Light Reading, to host an exclusive ICT Leaders Roundtable on March 1, 2015 at the Renaissance Barcelona Fira Hotel in Barcelona, in conjunction with Mobile World Congress. Designed for ICT leaders from communications service providers, IT companies and digital services companies, the roundtable, packed with over 50 CXOs, senior executives and specialists, discussed the core issues that are changing the business foundations for the communications industry.
From http://ubm.io/1Fcshq9, March 05, 2015
14th International Conference on Mobility and Transport for Elderly and Disabled Persons
The 14th TRANSED conference will be hosted by Instituto Superior Técnico (IST), a prestigious school of Engineering, Science and Technology of the Universidade de Lisboa IST, well known by its short name Técnico, created in 1911, is the largest and most reputed school of Engineering, Science and Technology in Portugal.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/02/14th-international-conference-on-mobility-and-transport-for-elderly-and-disabled-persons/, March 04, 2015
User Interface for Technology Used by an Ageing Population
The trend of an ageing population is reflected across Europe. It is estimated that by 2035 nearly a quarter of the population in the United Kingdom will be over 65 years. Ageing is traditionally associated with a decrease in mobility and social interaction, and this can have detrimental effects upon well being and access to good nutrition and health. Fortunately there has been much research into the effects of age upon product interaction.
From http://www.experientia.com/blog/ux-for-technology-used-by-an-ageing-population/, March 04, 2015
India: Mumbai Suburban Railway Stations to be Accessible by December 31
Suburban stations in Mumbai would be made accessible for persons with disabilities and have facilities like low height ticket counters by December 31, Railways today told the Bombay High Court. The Railway authorities assured the court that facilities for commuters with disabilities would be provided at suburban stations by December 31.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/02/mumbai-suburban-stations-to-be-accessible-by-december-31/, March 04, 2015
USA: AT&T to Link its Connected Car and Smart Home Tech
AT&T will link its connected car and smart home technologies to bolster its foothold in the fast-growing market for internet-connected devices, a new battleground for the company and rivals ranging from Verizon to Google. The wireless company's home security and automation service 'Digital Life' and connected car service 'Drive' will be integrated so users can control their homes from a dashboard in their vehicles, Glenn Lurie, chief executive of AT&T Mobility told Reuters last week ahead of the company's announcement at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
From http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/tech/tech-news/ATT-to-link-its-connected-car-and-smart-home-tech/articleshow/46439822.cms, March 04, 2015
The Growing Importance of ICT in Education
Jim Stearns, Deputy Principal at the Victoria International School of Sharjah (VISS), has highlighted the increasing significance and benefits of applying technology in education. Speaking to a group of academic specialists at the GESS Lead Meet education event at the World Trade Centre in Dubai, Mr Stearns said technology has become a crucial facilitator in delivering world-class education.
From https://www.zawya.com/story/The_growing_importance_of_ICT_in_education-ZAWYA20150303063614/, March 03, 2015
UAE Central Bank to Release Banknotes in Braille
The UAE Central Bank will soon release Dh100 and Dh50 bank notes that have been reprinted in Braille to enable people who are blind or have low vision to recognize the value of the currency.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/03/uae-central-bank-to-release-banknotes-in-braille/, March 03, 2015
IBM Helps Developers Design Mobile Apps for People With Disabilities
IBM researchers have created a new tool for iOS and Android mobile applications expected to potentially benefit as many as one billion people with disabilities worldwide, including those who are vision and hearing disabilities, as well as the elderly. The new Mobile Accessibility Checker is an automated test to help strengthen the accessibility features of mobile applications.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/03/ibm-helps-developers-design-mobile-apps-for-people-with-disabilities/, March 03, 2015
Wireless Technology Helps People With Vision Disabilities
People who are blind or have low vision often have to rely on others for help with basic life tasks such as matching clothing, distinguishing bills or reading a menu at a restaurant. There’s some technology that can help, but it often involves purchasing expensive devices or carrying around specific equipment for each purpose. That’s all about to change. After several years of trials and testing at one of the most well-known institutes for people who are blind and ongoing work and coordination with respected industry organizations, VelaSense by Visus, a first-of-its-kind technology with potentially life-changing benefits for the visually-impaired, is now available exclusively to Verizon Wireless customers with Android smartphones.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/03/02/wireless-technology-helps-people-with-vision-disabilities/, March 03, 2015