How are Creators Tweaking Technology to Get Every Player In the Game?
Technology applications can stand or fall on the facility of the user interface. Some household names rose to the top of the heap largely because they were just one or two clicks easier to use than competitors. Video and virtual reality games must focus on user interaction even more obsessively. Increasingly, creators strive to make gaming a seamless experience for diverse individual users.
From Silicon Angle, November 14, 2016
An App for People with Color Blindness
Microsoft has launched an iOS app called Colour Binoculars. It was developed to help people with color blindness see a broader spectrum of colors. It works for anyone with the three most common forms of color blindness. The app uses the iPhone's camera and adjusts colors to make them easier to differentiate. The enhanced image appears on the iPhone's screen.
From Digital Trends, November 13, 2016
Rsearchers Exploring 3D-Printed Solutions for Veterans with Disabilities
Researchers in Pittsburgh are exploring 3D-printed solutions to improve mobility and function of veterans with disabilities. In recent years, 3D printers have become increasingly useful in the design and creation of prosthetic body parts. This group of researchers believe veterans could benefit from the same technology.
From TCT Magazine, November 12, 2016
As Higher Education Turns Increasingly Digital, Disability Rights Advocates Turn to Legal Measures
More than two decades after the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 was signed into law, advocacy groups are pushing to clarify how it and other laws that prohibit discrimination against people with disabilities apply to technology that at the time seemed like science fiction but now has become reality.
From Inside Higher Ed, November 11, 2016
University of Maryland team makes app that highlights inaccessible areas in D.C.
A University of Maryland professor and a team of graduate students have developed a web app called Project Sidewalk, which remotely maps the accessibility of cities for people with mobility impairments. The web app allows volunteers to remotely go through the city and mark factors that could limit accessibility for someone with a mobility impairment, such as an absence of curb ramps, narrow or blocked pathways and cracks in sidewalks and roads.
From The Diamond Back, November 10, 2016
Apple's New MacBook Touch Bar Could Hurt Users with Visual Impairments
In the debate over the new MacBook Pro and its many deficiencies in the minds of Apple fans, one subject has barely been broached: accessibility. Macs built-in screenreader VoiceOver, which allows visually impaired people to use the computers, is generally seen favorably by those in the visually impaired community. But part of the design of Apple's new laptop could cause visually impaired users some real difficulty.
From Popular Mechanics, November 09, 2016
Didi’s Uber App Overlooks Users with Visual Impairments
When China’s leading car-hailing company Didi Chuxing merged with rival Uber China in August, stories of generally poor customer service were soon to follow. Now, even people with visual impairments have been forced to find alternative means of transport, as the post-acquisition version of the Uber China app, released in late October, lacks voiceover functionality.
From Sixth Tone, November 08, 2016
New Apple iOS Features to Enhance Accessibility for People with Hearing Impairment
Apple has enhanced its iOS accessibility features for users with hearing impairments. Features like Bluetooth-based AirPod-style streaming, Live Listen, have been enhanced, focusing on conversations in loud environment for hearing impairments. Apple first introduced MFi support for Bluetooth hearing aids in iOS 7 and iPhone 4s. Its latest software expands support for direct streaming of phone calls, FaceTime conversations, movies and other audio to supported hearing aids, without the need for a middleman device known as a "streamer".
From Economic Times, November 07, 2016
GOV.UK Accessibility Survey Identifies Problems with PDFs and Search
The Government Digital Service has started addressing accessibility issues with PDFs on GOV.UK following a survey of assistive technology users. The survey, which received more than 700 responses, aimed to identify the types of assistive technologies people used, as well as allowing respondents to feedback more generally about accessibility on GOV.UK.
From Public Technology, November 06, 2016
New Navigation Tool Improves Campus Accessibility at Michigan State University
A new student-designed app is making it easier for those with disabilities to navigate Michigan State University’s sprawling campus. For blind users, the app works in tandem with a text reader, and it offers a wand feature, which allows people to point their phones in all directions to learn what’s around them.
For those with mobility impairments, the app provides accessible entrance information for buildings.
From MSU Today, November 05, 2016