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
Senior Adults Aren’t Seeking Accessibility - They Just Need a Device That Helps Them See and Hear Better
Being able to use mobile devices has become as important for senior adults as for everyone else. Ideally, the devices should be accessible and easy to use for seniors, but what does this mean it practice? Amy VanDeVelde, National Connections Program Manager at OASIS and member of AT&T’s accessibility panel, explains to us how to approach mobile accessibility for seniors and which features senior adults appreciate most.
From http://blog.mobileaccessibility.info/2016/02/senior-adults-dont-need-accessibility.htmlhttp://blog.mobileaccessibility.info/2016/02/senior-adults-dont-need-accessibility.html, February 22, 2016
India: Market Size of Assistive Technology for Persons with Disability is INR 4,500 Crore
The 5th Edition of Techshare India will be organized on March 3 and 4, as a two-day conference and exhibition. Techshare India aims to bring together the government, corporates, educators, NGOs and the disabled people so as to understand the needs and provide information on available solutions that can include people with disabilities to participate independently in all walks of life. Techshare India is organized by BarrierBreak, in partnership with NCPEDP & RNIB, UK.
From http://bit.ly/1RWh7iq, February 22, 2016
First Look at Simband, Samsung's Health-Tracking Wearable of the Future
Samsung's health-focused Simband looks like a smartwatch but it contains six sensors capable of monitoring your heart rate, blood pressure, and skin temperature. When Samsung first revealed its health-focused wearable Simband earlier this year, the still-speculative device seemed more like an experiment than the futuristic wearable the company promised.
From http://mashable.com/2014/11/12/samsungs-simband/#4hcfXtWtJ8qY, February 22, 2016
Making Microsoft Products More Accessible: Our Path Forward
Accessibility is top of mind at Microsoft when we think about living our mission. In the past few months, we have outlined commitments that will guide our progress as a company and announced a number of organizational investments to make our products more accessible and better serve people with disabilities. I know I speak for the entire accessibility leadership team at Microsoft when I say that we’re excited about the journey ahead.
From http://blogs.microsoft.com/on-the-issues/2016/02/18/making-microsoft-products-accessible-path-forward/, February 20, 2016
This 18-year-old CEO in Poland is Making the First Messaging App for Deaf People
Over the weekend, 18-year-old Polish entrepreneur Mateusz Mach went to his high school's senior prom. Today, on Monday morning, Mach announced that his app, Five, had raised the equivalent of about $150,000 in funding - no easy feat in Poland, where venture capital cash can be hard to find even for seasoned entrepreneurs. Five started as a silly app, designed by Mach and developed by a bunch of freelance coders, that lets you and your friends send one another custom hand signs, like the kind rappers throw.
From http://www.businessinsider.in/This-18-year-old-CEO-in-Poland-is-making-the-first-messaging-app-for-deaf-people/articleshow/50813222.cms, February 18, 2016
Trinidad to Host High-Level Caribbean Technology Forum
Senior Caribbean government officials will meet here on Thursday to explore new mechanisms for facilitating comprehensive regional approaches for the planning and execution of information and communications technology (ICT) projects to foster development in the region. The two-day first Caribbean ICT Collaboration Forum is being convened by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union (CTU), whose Secretary General Bernadette Lewis noted that “countries have been working in silos in their pursuit of development, seeking assistance from funding agencies without reference to similar activities being undertaken in other countries.
From http://antiguaobserver.com/trinidad-to-host-high-level-caribbean-technology-forum/, February 18, 2016