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The world's first' Braille phone for visually-impaired people goes on sale

Mon, 05/19/2014 - 11:36 -- nikita.jain

OwnFone, a London-based company, claims to have put the world's first Braille phone, which costs just 60 pounds, for sale in UK. The phone has been designed to provide an instant connection between blind users and their friends and family, its manufacturers said. The front and back of the phone, which is currently only available in the UK, is constructed using 3D printing techniques and can be customised. The company can even print raised text on the keypad for those who can not read Braille.
 

Echo-Sense CheckMates Network Glasses Launch Wearables for Blind & Visually Impaired at CSUN 29th Annual International Technology & Person with Disabilities Conference

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 13:24 -- nikita.jain

Echo-Sense CheckMates Network Glasses Launch Wearables for Blind & Visually Impaired at CSUN 29th Annual International Technology & Person with Disabilities Conference

Wearables for the Visually Impaired & Blind all the Rage in the CSUN Exhibit Hall. Assistive Technology manufacturers from around the world featured their wares.

Revel Systems unveils iPad-based POS features for the visually impaired

Thu, 05/01/2014 - 12:52 -- nikita.jain

Revel Systems, a provider of iPad POS solutions, has announced a new hardware and software product bundle aimed at providing technology features for the visually impaired. The inherent touchscreen features of iPad POS terminals are without tactile qualities, making them not fully accessible and independently usable by the visually impaired. Revel's new accessibility bundle allows its merchants and customers of restaurants, grocery stores, retailers and quick-serve establishments, to easily use Revel's platform, according to a company release.

Android and iOS apps to help visually impaired find venues, people nearby

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 14:47 -- nikita.jain

For the visually impaired, navigating through neighborhoods can be a struggle, but apps aim to shed light on places, people, and obstacles that lie in their paths.

There are 285 million visually impaired people worldwide, about 39 million of whom are blind, according to the World Health Organization.

Guide Dots, a free app for Android, detects a person’s location and uses audio voice-overs to announce nearby attractions, including restaurants, shops – and even friends.

Apps help the visually impaired find venues, people nearby

Wed, 04/30/2014 - 14:04 -- nikita.jain

For the visually impaired, navigating through neighborhoods can be a struggle, but apps aim to shed light on places, people, and obstacles that lie in their paths.

There are 285 million visually impaired people worldwide, about 39 million of whom are blind, according to the World Health Organisation.

Digital Braille: Helping the visually impaired get digital

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:02 -- nikita.jain

Who knew a trip to a blind school would have the potential of completely changing the future of blind technology.
 
When 23 year old Rakshith visited an institution for the blind in his city of Bangalore,he was shocked at how difficult learning was for the visually impaired, specially the beginners for whom each lesson was torturous.
 

Virtual Cane Helps Blind People Move Around with Voice Prompts

Mon, 04/14/2014 - 11:45 -- nikita.jain

Last year we saw a robot cane for visually impaired people that warns its user of obstacles with an audible alert. The Virtual Aid for the Visually Impaired or VAVI by grade 10 student Roman Kozak is an even more convenient prototype for a high tech cane. It lets the user search Google Maps and be guided towards his or her destination by voice prompts.

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