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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

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

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