The Rise of Revolutionary Technology for Persons with Visual Impairments
Technology is increasingly playing a key role in improving the lives of persons with visual impairments. Connectivity has become feasible as apps link them to sighted volunteers. This has ushered a new era in assistive technology.
From The Guardian, June 29, 2017
New Map technology to Help Passengers Navigate Airports
Using the new map technology, passengers can easily access the interactive map technology from any device or browser. The navigation tool provides directions to help passengers get from place to place within the airport, including gates, ticket kiosks, shops, restaurants and security checkpoints. According to the Houston Airport System, Bush Intercontinental Airport and Hobby Airport will be the first in the world to implement this technology.
From Click 2 Houston, June 28, 2017
Living in an Accessible Smart Home
Smart homes may be convenient and futuristic, however their design in terms of accessibility can either have immense potential or pitfalls. This holds true for a diverse range of disabilities. While assistive technology used in smart homes has great emotional benefits, the intelligent technology is ultimately artificial. To gauge the future of home automation, one has to wait and watch how it will mature.
From Social Tech Crunch, June 05, 2017
Website Streamlines Disabilities Searches
A new disability services database website was launched recently to streamline the search for such services. IndianaPop.org is a new an unique database with a user friendly site for persons with disabilities. Each result is a link to a service with contact information, maps and other tools.
From The Journal Gazette, June 03, 2017
Wearable System Helps Persons with Disabilities Navigate
Researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) have developed a electronically reconfigurable Braille interface wearable system to give blind users more information about their environments. The system, researchers say, could be used in conjunction with or as an alternative to a cane.
From beSpacific, June 02, 2017
How Persons with Disabilities Use Technology to Readjust
The Museum of Discovery in Arkansas has opened a unique exhibit titled, The new Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering, displays how people with disabilities use technology to readjust and how it ignited a passion for science, technology, and math for people of all ages.
From THV11, May 23, 2017
Assistive Educational Technology: How eLearning Helps Students With Disabilities
Assistive technology has greatly impacted the education of students with disabilities. Some of these technologies include customary voice recorders, headphones, screen readers and other interesting innovations. The articles explores some benefits of Assistive Educational Technology.
From eLearning Industry, May 22, 2017
Application for Easy App Accessibility
Students at the University of Illinois are helping make the campus more accessible by improving campus maps. The web app called Access Illinois puts all the information on one web page, which was previously difficult for many to toggle between. It is currently in the development stages.
From Illinois Homepage, May 21, 2017
Four Tools to Ensure ‘Smart Cities’ Don’t Leave Behind Persons with Disabilities
Cities will need to change their approach to digital inclusion in order to meet the objectives of several recent global agreements.The Smart Cities Toolkit, with support from Microsoft, aims to give city leaders four strategies to bring change to city halls.
From Citiscope, May 17, 2017
Smart Cities for All: Meet the Women Leading the Next Generation of Smart Cities
The recently launched Smart Cities for All toolkit developed by G3ict and World ENABLED has been supported by Microsoft. In this interview, Toni Townes-Whitley, Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Worldwide Public Sector and Industry talks about her vision for Smart Cities 2.0, her thoughts on Artificial Intelligence, and her work around next generation smart cities that are inclusive and equitable.
From Huffington Post, May 17, 2017