Disability and Gadgets: Using Technology for Accessibility
Robert Wemyss is the IT guru at Really Useful Stuff. RUS is delighted to join in with Disability Horizons to offer a monthly roundup of all things tech and gadget. We will take a quick look at new ideas on the horizon as well as great new inventions already on the market that make life easier and a lot more fun.
From http://disabilityhorizons.com/2015/01/disability-gadgets-using-technology-accessibility/, January 30, 2015
New Report by Deloitte Highlights the Need for VOD Accessibility
A new review into current and future trends in technology, media and telecommunications refutes the idea that younger people are reluctant to spend money on media content, including video on demand (VOD) services, and reinforces the need for these services to be made accessible with captions and audio description.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/news/new-report-highlights-the-need-for-vod-accessibility, January 30, 2015
Qatar Among Top Five in ICT Usage
Qatar ranks among the top five countries in the world when it comes to ICT usage by the government, according to the World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2014. The Ministry of Information and Communications Technology (ictQatar) yesterday released its report for 2013-14 which showcases its accomplishments during the past year and progress across the five strategic thrusts of National ICT Plan 2015. The report says Qatar ranks 23rd out of 148 developed and developing countries and first among Arab countries on the World Economic Forum’s 2014 Networked Readiness Index rankings, up from 28th in 2012.
From http://thepeninsulaqatar.com/news/qatar/319135/qatar-among-top-five-in-ict-usage, January 29, 2015
Nigeria: UNESCO Offers ICT Training to 60,000 Women
he United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) on Wednesday promised to train 60, 000 Nigerian women and girls on Information Communication Technology (ICT) to reduce illiteracy in the country. The training Project Coordinator, Dr Safiya Muhammad, made this known in Abuja on Wednesday on the sidelines of the beginning of the three-day ICT training workshop.
From http://en.starafrica.com/education/nigeria-unesco-offers-ict-training-to-60000-women.html, January 29, 2015
UK: Modular Disability Aids for World's Poorest
Brunel University London design engineering student Cara O'Sullivan's final year project aims to help developing countries make their own disability aids using modular components. A modular kit of interchangeable mobility aid parts from crutches to walking frames is set to change the lives of some of the world's poorest people with disabilities thanks to a design engineering student from Brunel University London.
From http://phys.org/news/2015-01-modular-disability-aids-world-poorest.html, January 29, 2015
Microsoft Windows Holographic Revealed
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates held a Reddit AMA today, and, as you could have probably guessed, someone asked him about the company's recently announced HoloLens technology. Gates' verdict? He's excited, but says it might be a few years before we see the true potential of the technology. "The HoLolens is pretty amazing," Gates said. "Microsoft has put a lot into the chips and the software. It is the start of virtual reality. Making the device so you don't get dizzy or nauseous is really hard--the speed of the alignment has to be super super fast. It will take a few years of software applications being built to realize the full promise of this."
From http://www.gamespot.com/articles/bill-gates-hololens-is-pretty-amazing-but-will-tak/1100-6424961/, January 29, 2015
2015 Predictions: Accessibility Key to Capturing Emerging Market Attention in 2015
According to the GSMA, more than 65% of the global population will adopt smartphones by 2020, with emerging markets forecasted to lead this growth. In its 2015 forecast, global research firm Gfk states that seven of the 10 leading smartphone markets are emerging nations. With this in mind, in order to capture the attention of consumers in developing nations, mobile device manufacturers and network operators will need to adapt their offerings over the next few years.
From http://www.rcrwireless.com/20150121/opinion/2015-predictions-accessibility-key-to-capturing-emerging-market-attention-in-2015-tag10, January 28, 2015
Meet Watson, Your New Doctor: Next Generation of Computing is Changing the World of Wellness
Since IBM’s artificially intelligent computing system, took on Jeopardy! 2011, Watson has been studying hard. Enrolling in med school, Watson—like many midlife career changers—has emerged with a radically stepped-up game. Powering the New York Genome Center, Watson is leading researchers to new drug therapies, and matching patients to clinical trials. Rob Merkel, healthcare and life sciences leader for the IBM Watson Group, talks about how Watson may make your future healthier.
From http://lifereimagined.aarp.org/stories/29161-Meet-Watson-Your-New-Doctor, January 28, 2015
Microsoft's Kinect Serves as Basis for Innovative Approach to Pediatric Stroke Rehabilitation
Roberto and Francesca became parents in 2011 with the birth of their son Mario, but ten days after birth, the infant suffered a stroke which impaired his ability to move his left arm and leg. Following the stroke, there wasn’t much doctors could do other than suggest a slow rehabilitation program that has been used for decades. So Roberto and Francesca co-founded FlightTheStroke.org, a non-profit organization that combines advanced technology, healthcare, and social enterprise development to push for new advances in research and therapy for pediatric stroke survivors.
From http://www.winbeta.org/news/microsofts-kinect-serves-basis-innovative-approach-pediatric-stroke-rehabilitation, January 28, 2015
The Digital Divide is not Binary
Economic growth and social inclusion, critical issues for many countries, will be promoted by bringing the four-plus billion non-Internet users around the world online. The common view of this digital divide is that it separates the Internet “haves” from the “have-nots”; dividing those who are online from those who would like to get online, but are prevented based on the availability or affordability of access.
From http://www.wired.com/2015/01/the-digital-divide-is-not-binary/, January 28, 2015