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Google Drive and Docs gain accessibility options for visually-impaired users

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 14:34 -- nikita.jain

With a visual impairment, using any software or service can be anything from tricky to impossible. Windows and other operating systems have long included features that make them easier for blind and partially sighted people to use, and now Google is adding similar playing-field-levelling features to Google Drives and Docs. While traditional desktop software has been quick to adopt new methods of opening up to as many people as possible, the same cannot be said of online tools -- Google is looking to change that.

Successfully Crowdfunded Blind Accessible Audio Game, Grail to the Thief, Now Available for Download

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 15:14 -- nikita.jain

For All To Play today announced the launch of Grail to the Thief, an interactive audio adventure for Windows, Mac, and Linux that can be played using only sound,
without the need for visuals. The game has been designed with the needs of the blind and visually impaired in mind but can be enjoyed by everyone. The game delivers an exciting, immersive experience in which the player is always fully aware of what is happening through the use of voice-overs, sound effects, ambient sound and music.

US Gateway unveils app for the visually impaired passengers

Fri, 08/08/2014 - 14:03 -- nikita.jain
San Francisco International Airport has unveiled a prototype version of a smartphone app, which can help visually-impaired passengers to navigate through an airport terminal.
The app was developed through San Francisco Mayor, Ed Lee’s, Entrepreneur-in-Residence Programme, which paired the Californian gateway with, an indoor navigation technology firm, and was developed in the space of 16 weeks.

Soon 'smart glasses' that could help the blind to see

Wed, 08/06/2014 - 16:18 -- nikita.jain

Researchers have developed new 'Star Trek-style' smart glasses that could transform the lives of blind and partially-sighted people.
According to a report, the glasses don’t replace lost vision but assist with spatial awareness and this will also be the first large-scale test of smart glasses and augmented reality for sight enhancement worldwide.
The joint project between the University of Oxford and the Royal National Institute of Blind People, will first create 100 pairs to test on 1,000 people.

Lab for visually impaired gets Sh4.5mn GE donation

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:39 -- nikita.jain

Kenya is among several African countries set to benefit from a skills transfer programme supported by General Electric (GE) the global infrastructure leader.
The citizenship programme dubbed ‘Kujenga’ aims at empowering people by building valuable skills, equipping communities with new tools and technology, and elevating ideas that will help solve Africa’s challenges.

Start-ups coming up with new applications for the visually impaired

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 11:14 -- nikita.jain

A host of applications that help the visually impaired navigate the world- both digital and real- is being developed by about half a dozen startups that are also gaining investor attention.

These ventures which are building mobile applications, braille enabled printers and personal devices are enthused by policy support in this year's union budget to increase production of braille textbooks and currency notes with braille markings.


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