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
Students Develop Device That Uses Sonar Technology to Aid People with Vision Disabilities
When a biologist who studies bats and a computer scientist cross paths, amazingly cool things can happen. Cool things such as a sonar device to assist people with vision disabilities. Jack Janes, a senior computer science major; Dominic Prado, a senior biology major; and Ran Chang, a sophomore computer science major, began brainstorming during the first STEM incubator meeting of the Fall 2014 semester.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/01/20/students-develop-device-uses-sonar-technology-to-aid-people-with-vision-disabilities/, January 27, 2015
USA: National Federation of the Blind to Host the 2015 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium this March
The National Federation of the Blind is hosting the 2015 Jacobus tenBroek Disability Law Symposium from March 26 – 27 in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme is “The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at 50: The Future of Disability Law and the Right to Live in the World.” Join legal experts and advocates to discuss the rights of people with disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/01/25/nfb-disability-law-symposium-march-26-27/, January 27, 2015
App Improves Safety of Pedestrians with Vision Disabilities
Siemens is developing a system that helps people who are blind or have low vision walk safely through cities. In cooperation with the Technical University of Braunschweig and several partners, Siemens is working on a comprehensive assistance system for people with vision disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/01/23/app-improves-the-safety-of-pedestrians-with-vision-disabilities-in-cities/, January 27, 2015
India: Sign Language Dictionary for People with Hearing Disabilities Released
‘Sign Language for Beginners’, the Indian sign language dictionary was released here on Friday. The book, written by Arun C. Rao, Editor of TheDeafWay.org, and released by Kannada actor Yash, promises to help both parents and teachers to communicate with children who have hearing impairment. The book has over 600 pictures introducing 500 common words that are useful for children in their daily life. The book also includes explanations of how the signs are created. “Sign language should be considered as a medium of instruction and should be included in the syllabus of Bachelor of Special Education in Hearing Impairment (B.Ed. SE -HI). This will help teachers know how to interact with students with hearing disabilities and help them learn the same,” said Mr. Rao.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/01/26/sign-language-dictionary-for-people-with-hearing-disabilities-released/, January 27, 2015
Venice Launches Accessible Gondolas for Wheelchair Users
In Venice, Gondolas4ALL – accessible gondolas for people with disabilities – will soon be available. The service will be based in the city’s Piazzale Roma, where a platform will help people in wheelchairs to board a gondola and enjoy a more suggestive experience of the lagoon. It’s the brainchild of Alessandro Dalla Pietà and Enrico Greifenberg, two gondolier friends.
From http://www.west-info.eu/venice-launches-accessible-gondolas-for-wheelchair-users/, January 27, 2015