Microsoft Kinect Sign Language Translation System
A video from Microsoft Research showcases a system that uses the Kinect motion sensing input device to translate between American Sign Language and other sign and spoken languages.
From http://kottke.org/13/11/sign-language-translation-system, November 07, 2013
Israeli Startup Develops Computer-Assisted Vision Device for People with Visual Impairments
Liat Negrin has had trouble with his vision her childhood. But on a recent day, a film crew recorded the Israeli walking into a grocery store and doing something that’s always been difficult for her — read the ingredients on a cereal box. Thanks to a very special of glasses. Negrin is one of the first people to test a new computer-assisted vision device, developed by an Israeli startup called OrCam Technologies.
From http://venturebeat.com/2013/11/06/this-amazing-device-gives-visually-impaired-people-a-way-to-read/, November 07, 2013
Research: Market to See 200 Million Mobile Augmented Reality Users by 2018
Mobile augmented reality user base is set to increase dramatically from 60 million unique users this year to nearly 200 million in 2018. According to Juniper Research, the market will expand from the early adopting gaming segment and navigation based utility to become an integral part of the consumer’s ecosystem. The research firm argues that despite initial trepidation and single use applications of the technology, AR will emerge a key future platform for communication and commerce due to its potential to engage a new generation of consumers in a unique manner.
From http://www.intomobile.com/2013/11/07/there-almost-200-million-mobile-augmented-reality-users-2018/, November 07, 2013
Australia: Access to the Internet, Citizenship & Identity
Tomorrow is the final RightsTalk for 2013, with Disability Discrimination Commissioner Graeme Innes chairing a discussion about access to the internet as a human right. “The internet is intertwined with everything we do. It influences how we access goods and services, how we communicate with each other, and how we access news and information,” says Commissioner Innes. “But what happens if you don’t have access to the internet? What happens if you can’t tap into the network because of a disability? What if you can’t afford to pay for internet connections or you can’t find content that is accessible and readable?”
From http://www.humanrights.gov.au/news/stories/rightstalk-access-internet-citizenship-identity, November 06, 2013
Mobile Accessibility and Employment of People with Disabilities
In recent years and on a global scale, the spread of smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices has been dramatic. A driving force behind this has been the revolution in mobile apps. Hundreds of thousands of apps have been developed for various mobile platforms, including Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Nokia, and Windows Phone. From a disability perspective, apps may be subdivided into the categories of accessible apps and assistive apps.
From http://www.fcc.gov/blog/mobile-accessibility-and-employment-people-disabilities, November 06, 2013
USA: Voting Problems Widespread for Persons with Disabilities
More than a decade after Congress took steps to ensure equal access for people with disabilities at the polls, a new report finds that legal, physical and attitudinal barriers remain. During the 2012 election cycle, 1 in 5 voters with disabilities said they were kept from casting their ballot on their own and more than half said they encountered hurdles — including rude or condescending attitudes from election workers — while inside their polling place.
From http://www.disabilityscoop.com/2013/11/04/voting-problems-widespread/18860/, November 05, 2013
Ratification of the Disabilities Treaty: An Opportunity To Reinforce U.S. Leadership on Disability Rights
This is an important week for people with disabilities, including myself. In fact, it’s important to anyone who supports opening the world to Americans with disabilities, Americans who wish to enjoy the same opportunities as our fellow citizens to study, travel, serve, and work overseas. On Tuesday, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will begin considering the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (Disabilities Treaty), which embodies, at the international level, the principles of non-discrimination, equality of opportunity, accessibility, and inclusion grounded in our own Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
From http://blogs.state.gov/stories/2013/11/04/ratification-disabilities-treaty-opportunity-reinforce-us-leadership-disability, November 05, 2013
How to Use Your iPhone's Accessibility Features
iPhone's Accessibility tools (available on the 3GS and 4 only) are targeted at people with certain disabilities. If you are hearing or visually impaired, the iPhone offers solutions so that you can easily check your messages, browse Web content, and more.
From http://ht.ly/quoYf, November 05, 2013
Pan-African Conference on Disability Rights in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights
A Pan-African conference on the rights of people with disabilities and the launch of the African Disability Rights Yearbook and the final round of the first Southern African Disability Rights Moot Court Competition will be hosted by the Centre for Human Rights on 5 and 6 November 2013. The theme of the conference is ‘Overcoming obstacles: towards the effective implementation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in Africa’. The conference will reflect on the relevance for Africa of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), which the UN adopted in 2006.
From http://www1.chr.up.ac.za/index.php/centre-news-2013/1231-pan-african-conference-and-other-events-on-disability-rights-in-africa-at-the-centre-for-human-rights.html, November 05, 2013
Singapore: New Technology to Improve Rehabilitation Services for Elderly and Disabled
A suite of equipment featuring enhanced technology was launched on Friday by Temasek Cares, Singapore Polytechnic and the Agency for Integrated Care to improve rehabilitation services for the elderly and the disabled.
From http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/singapore/new-technology-to-improve/861688.html#!, November 05, 2013