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Blind engineer builds a SMART cane that has Google Maps, Bluetooth, and a sensory device

Fri, 10/18/2019 - 16:02 -- geeta.nair

In today’s age of advance technology, a lot of devices, gadgets, and programs are built to make our lives easier and more convenient. While the more recent innovations were designed for entertainment, some companies are taking technology to the next level by incorporating a high level of help and hopefully, to make a difference to the lives of people who need it the most.

Making mobile app to help visually impaired identify currency: RBI to Bombay High Court

Mon, 03/25/2019 - 10:43 -- geeta.nair

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday told the Bombay High Court that it is in the process of making a mobile application to aid visually impaired persons to identify Indian currency notes.

Chief Justice Naresh Patil and Justice N M Jamdar were hearing a petition filed by the National Association of the Blind (NAB), seeking directions to include distinctive features in new coins and notes for easier identification by the visually impaired.
 

IIT Ropar launches Android App to help visually impaired recognise currency

Thu, 01/24/2019 - 10:59 -- geeta.nair

It is often difficult for the visually impaired people to identify the denomination of the currency note.  To assist them easily determine denomination of INR currency notes, a team from IIT Ropar, Punjab has developed an Android App “Roshni”, using image processing and analytics.

Braille e-reading gets easier for visually-impaired, thanks to new Kindle .

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 11:43 -- geeta.nair

LONDON: A British company plans to launch a Braille e-reader for blind people this year that should greatly enhance their reading experience and spare them from lugging around hefty print volumes. 

Since it was developed by Louis Braille in the 19th Century, the alphabet of raised dots has brought the joy of reading to millions of blind and partially-sighted people. 

But in its printed form it's not exactly convenient or portable: A Braille copy of the Bible can take up about 5  feet (1.5 metres) of shelf space. 

Using mobile phones to educate visually-impaired students

Wed, 12/19/2018 - 12:39 -- geeta.nair

For 50 visually-impaired government school students aged between 14 and 16 years in Chhattisgarh, it marked the beginning of new hopes and a freedom from Braille. With the help of latest mobile technology, these excited children were trained to study their textbooks, helping them overcome their physical challenge in a way they did not think was possible before this. Each of them got a phone which had preloaded accessible textbooks, and they were taught to study these textbooks using latest mobile applications.   

I WANT TO MAKE A MOBILE APP ACCESSIBLE TO VISUALLY IMPAIRED! REALLY?

Fri, 09/14/2018 - 10:42 -- geeta.nair

A common myth about web accessibility is that it “Only helps visually impaired”. It’s one we hear again and again. We only want to test with screen readers.

This approach of building accessibility and inclusion for only one group at a times, is not really practical.

Let me share how I see it with a very real world example. Let’s take the example of an elevator which will be used by lots of different people with diverse needs. Imagine if we went with only one disability at a time, when we thought of accessibility. Let’s look at the needs one at a time:

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