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Facebook's new face recognition service uses AI to help blind users know who is in the photos in their feeds

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 10:36 -- geeta.nair

When Matt King first got on Facebook eight years ago, the blind engineer had to weigh whether it was worth spending an entire Saturday morning checking whether a friend of his was actually in his friend list. Such were the tools at the time for the visually impaired — almost nonexistent.
Today, thanks to text-to-audio software, it just takes a few seconds for him to accomplish the same task. And because of a new face recognition service the social network is rolling out Tuesday, he can now learn which friends are in photos, even those who haven’t been tagged by another user.

Pakistani student creates a device for the visually impaired

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 11:29 -- geeta.nair

A Pakistani student from Peshawar has developed a device that helps people with visual impairment walk. The device, Sonic Eye, includes a white stick which has a navigation device attached along with a sensor that buzzes each time it detects an object in close proximity. The student behind the device, Hafsa Jamal, stated that she is also preparing a mobile app which would help the visually impaired navigate using their phone instead of a stick altogether.Late last year, students from Karachi University developed several applications for Android and websites.

100 visually impaired get white canes in Rajshahi

Mon, 11/06/2017 - 10:55 -- geeta.nair

RAJSHAHI: Some 100 visually impaired people were given white canes here on Sunday for making them safe and secured during their mobility, reports BSS.

Zila Parishad authorities provided the canes at a simple ceremony in the city.

Zila Parishad Chairman Muhammad Ali Sarker, Chief Executive Officer Dr Dewan Shahriar Firoj, Panel Chairman Naimul Huda and General Secretary of National Blind Welfare Association Habibur Rahman Khan joined the distribution ceremony.

PU installs scanners for visually impaired

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 11:12 -- geeta.nair

Chandigarh, October 30

Punjab University (PU) today installed two scanners for visually impaired students of the varsity.

According to PU librarian Dr Raj Kumar, with the help of scanners, visually disabled students can scan books, notes, magazines and other study material. After scanning, it gets stored in their laptop or computer in the PDF format. Then the text could be converted into audio book. The total cost of the scanners with software is around Rs 1.3 lakh.

Braille keypads to make smartphones accessible to blind

Mon, 10/23/2017 - 10:54 -- geeta.nair

A cab, a meal, a new outfit, bank transactions are just a few screen taps away with smartphones. But navigating the digital world can be slow and cumbersome for a visually-impaired person.

Identifying this problem, entrepreneur and engineer Vijay Raghav Varada has developed a Braille keypad called 'Tipo’ which can be attached to smartphones to improve accessibility.

Vijay has been interested in making devices accessible to the blind since 2014 and it was while working on a project on Braille laptops for keyboards that he learnt of the smartphone problem.

This is how smart glasses will help the visually impaired in UAE

Fri, 10/13/2017 - 10:25 -- geeta.nair

With its 25 features, the glasses will help the visually impaired identify people around them.

People with visual impairments will soon be able to wear smart glasses that will help them read currencies and books, and choose their daily outfits independently.

'Amal' smart glasses, which will be released in the UAE market next month, will enable people with visual impairment to live without assistance and lead independent lives.


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