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Future of the Internet of Things and the Connected Business
Every few years, IT communities become awash with new buzzwords and trends that early adopters declare as the next big thing and skeptics decry as impractical and over-hyped. Over time, some fizzle out because of low industry acceptance, while others go on to really disrupt the industry. From smart cars to watches and even homes, connected technologies are already changing consumer lives, fueling growing expectations and apprehensions. Last year, the government demonstrated its belief in the future potential of technology when it pledged to spend GBP45m to develop the IoT, more than doubling the funds available to the UK technology firms developing everyday devices that can communicate over the internet.
From http://iotworldnews.com/2015/08/sixth-sensors-the-future-of-the-internet-of-things-and-the-connected-business/, September 16, 2015

US-EU Standards Must be Harmonized to Advance Accessibility
Making technology accessible to persons with disabilities is a critical issue to which we need to play closer attention. Within the government, the issue often falls on a federal chief information officers' long list of to-dos, rather than being a central focus. While recognizing that federal CIOs have a broad set of responsibilities and that there are many critical issues that they manage, we must place a focused eye on whether the issue of accessibility is getting the attention it should.
From http://www.fiercegovernmentit.com/story/us-eu-standards-must-be-harmonized-advance-accessibility/2015-08-20, September 15, 2015

Enabling Smart Cities With IoT
Justin Anderson is sympathetic to this assessment. As the chairman of Flexeye, vice chair of techUK’s Internet of Things Council, and a leader of government-funded tech consortium Hypercat and London regeneration project Old Oak Common, he is uniquely positioned to comment on the technological development of our urban spaces.
From http://iotworldnews.com/2015/08/enabling-smart-cities-with-iot/, September 15, 2015

Internet of Things is Already Here, Start Building Better IoT Experience
The Internet of Things isn’t coming; it’s already here. The business challenge isn’t how to implement the technology, but rather how to make it more useful. We already take advantage of the IoT through our cell phones and the sensors they contain, such as GPS and Bluetooth. The next wave of IoT is when we will start making our environment smarter. But to understand how that will happen, you need to really understand what IoT is.
From http://www.forbes.com/sites/oracle/2015/09/14/internet-of-things-is-already-here-so-start-building-a-better-iot-experience/, September 15, 2015

First Assistive Technology Expo Underway in Dubai
How assistive technology can improve functional capabilities of people with disabilities and empower them to reach their highest potential will be highlighted at an inaugural upcoming event in Dubai, UAE. The first ever Al Noor Assistive Tech-X 2015, running on November 12 and 13 at Anisa- Al Noor Indoor Sports Auditorium, will feature cutting-edge products and services, demonstrations, workshops, seminars and fun activities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/14/first-assistive-technology-expo-on-way-in-dubai/, September 14, 2015

UK: Museum Association to Offer Translation Service at Disability Access Seminar
A speech-to-text translation service will be available for delegates attending a one-day seminar hosted by the Museums Association (MA) to exploring some of the practical ways that museums can address disability access, participation and representation. The service, provided by the charity Stagetext, will display the words of speakers presenting sessions on a large screen in front of the audience. For museum tours the service can be adapted so that translated text appears on tablet devices.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/11/ma-to-offer-translation-service-at-disability-access-seminar/, September 14, 2015

UT Arlington Libraries Become First in Texas to Digitize Disability History
In the early 1970s, University of Texas at Arlington students who used wheelchairs had their choice of majors: history or accounting. Those two degrees were the only ones whose classes were held in wheelchair-accessible buildings. Since then, the University has steadily improved access and opportunities for students with disabilities and become a model campus for adaptive sports. UT Arlington Libraries are set to continue this legacy with a $25,000 TexTreasures grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to digitize and publish disability history relating to UTA and Texas.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/10/ut-arlington-libraries-become-first-in-texas-to-digitize-disability-history/, September 14, 2015

Wireless wheelchair, luggage locator and a tool for developers are among the innovations from AT&T
AT&T and Permobil announced a wirelessly connected wheelchair proof of concept this week that relies on work by AT&T Foundry innovation center engineers and designers. A woman use a gun to threaten a birthday cake with many candles. The wheelchair includes wireless location technology so that family, friends and health care professionals can monitor where a wheelchair user is located. It includes an accelerometer to detect when the chair is turned on its side, AT&T executives said at the CTIA Super Mobility 2015 event here.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2982484/internet-of-things/att-foundry-pushes-iot-concepts-like-a-wireless-wheelchair.html, September 14, 2015

Tips for Emergency Use of Mobile Devices
Basic cell phones, smart phones and other mobile wireless devices like tablets are a big part of our lives. We rarely leave home without them and we often store important information on them. In an emergency they can be a communication life line. These devices, however, should never be the only communication method you depend on in an emergency.
From http://www.jik.com/Mobile%20Devices.pdf, September 14, 2015

India: Researchers Develop Software to Convert Indian Languages into Braille
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) have developed a unique technology via a software that enables conversion of Indian languages into Braille for people with vision disabilities. The institute is also planning to go for large-scale deployment in West Bengal and other states. The Sparsha Transliteration System developed by IIT-Kgp’s Communication Empowerment Lab, led by Anupam Basu, can accept Indian language texts (such as Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada) as input and convert it into Braille.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/07/researchers-develop-software-to-convert-indian-languages-into-braille/, September 11, 2015

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