Major Milestone as Ratification of UN CRPD Reaches 150 States
Disability rights worldwide have reached a major milestone after the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was ratified by the 150th country.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/18/major-milestone-as-ratification-of-un-crpd-reaches-150-states/, September 22, 2014
Australia: ACCAN Announces Apps For All Challenge Winners
The winners of the inaugural competition to recognize the work of Australian accessible app developers, the Apps For All Challenge 2014, have been announced. The challenge, announced earlier this year, was run by the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), and sponsored by Telstra.
From http://www.mediaaccess.org.au/latest_news/digital-technology/accan-announces-apps-for-all-challenge-winners, September 18, 2014
Cosmos for Android Lets You Browse the Web Via SMS
From http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/16/cosmos-android-text-message-browsing/, September 17, 2014
Philips Aims to Relieve Persistent Pain With Smartphone-Controlled Devices
Philips will soon launch a couple of iPhone- and iPad-controlled devices, but they're not the company's usual phone docks or Hue smartlight models -- they're gadgets designed to help suppress persistent pain. The first device (above) called PulseRelief uses Transcutaneous Electronic Nerve Stimulation or TENS technology, which delivers electric pulses straight to your nerves. That's supposed to prevent pain signals from reaching your brain and to release endorphins, chemicals that make you feel good and happy. There are tons of similar gadgets out there, but Philips' version lets you choose from 60 intensity levels through its smartphone app.
From http://www.engadget.com/2014/09/17/philips-app-controlled-pain-reliever/, September 17, 2014
MIT Students Learn New Technologies While Making Meaningful Contributions to People With Disabilities
The late professor Seth Teller created 6.811 (Principles and Practices in Assistive Technologies, or PPAT) in the fall of 2011. Through his extensive experience developing assistive technologies (AT) at MIT, his compassion for making technology available to all, and his innovative approach and drive to build this class, student interest in PPAT and AT has grown steadily since.
From https://newsoffice.mit.edu/2014/continuing-seth-teller-legacy-assistive-technologies-mit-0910, September 16, 2014
India: How to Make Workplace More Disabled-Friendly
The JAWS screen reader, a computer program that allows visually disabled users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or by a refreshable Braille display, allowed him to do the work. He has also used a free and open-source NVDA screen reader for Windows.
From http://www.livemint.com/Leisure/h1F1nwxKXP7kSMUd6Kzc0O/An-equal-music-How-to-make-workplace-more-disabledfriendly.html, September 16, 2014
UN Rights Office Hails Ratification of Disability Convention By 150 States As 'Major Milestone'
Guyana became the latest country to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, which is widely regarded as the first international human rights treaty of the twenty-first century and one of the fastest to be ratified.
From http://allafrica.com/stories/201409152663.html, September 16, 2014
Driverless Search-and-Rescue Boat Can Think for Itself in Crises
There’s no shortage of online chatter about driverless cars, but on the other side of the world a team of young roboticists have been working hard on the world’s first driverless search-and-rescue boat. Originating from Queensland University of Technology (QUT), the team are designing vessels that can search for oil slicks, track down missing debris, and rescue anyone who’s gone overboard.
From http://www.psfk.com/2014/09/autonomous-maritime-vessels-queensland.html, September 16, 2014
Tesla CEO: Our Cars Will be Fully Autonomous ‘in the Five or Six-Year Time Frame’
The self-driving car debate continues to rage with strong opinions on both sides, but that isn’t stopping major automakers from progressing toward autonomy. Tesla CEO Elon Musk, speaking with Japanese news source Nikkei, recently said that his company will produce partially self-driving vehicles in three years, with more advancements to follow soon after.
From http://www.digitaltrends.com/cars/tesla-ceo-cars-will-fully-autonomous-five-six-year-time-frame/, September 16, 2014
Worldwide Text-To-Speech Audio Description for Cavena with Acapela Voices
Audio description (AD) is a growing requirement for broadcasters, and serves the needs of people with vision disabilities who want to be able to access TV content. AD has established itself as a media access service for people who are blind and low vision across a range of countries, for different media and types of audiovisual performance (e.g. film, TV, theatre, opera) and is at the heart of European projects for the development of adequate Accessibility policies.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2014/09/15/worldwide-text-to-speech-audio-description-for-cavena-with-acapela-voices/, September 15, 2014