• Assistive Technology

    Google introduces new accessibility features with the release of Android 9.0 Oreo

    Marshmallow, Nougat and now finally the Oreo. Google recently unveiled its latest software update in line with its dessert naming tradition for the world’s most popular smartphone operating system. The Android 8.0 Oreo comes with some exciting new features and improvements over the Android Nougat. Over the last few versions, Android has produced a decent… Continue Reading »

    Researchers develop technology for self-driving electric wheelchairs

    TORONTO: A team of Canadian researchers and robotics experts say they’ve developed cost-effective technology that would allow electric wheelchairs to drive themselves. Its creators, from Cyberworks Robotics Inc, the University of Toronto and Université de Sherbrooke, say it will be a gamechanger for people with severe disabilities, giving them greater mobility and independence. The technology… Continue Reading »

    Samsung launches ‘Relúmĭno’ visual aid application

    Samsung Electronics announced that it will launch ‘Relúmĭno,’ a visual aid application for people with low vision. Relúmĭno’ is a visual aid application that works in conjunction with the Gear VR to enhance the vision of people with vision disabilities. Users with newer models of Galaxy smartphones, including the Galaxy S7, S7 Edge, S8 and… Continue Reading »

    Team Wins Award for Armenian Sign Language App

    YEREVAN: Students from the Vahan Tekeyan School in the Karbi village of Aragatsotn Province were selected as finalists of the 2017 Technovation Challenge, an all-girls international competition, winning the People’s Choice Award for an app to help people learn Armenian Sign Language. The competition was held from August 7 to 11 in Silicon Valley. The… Continue Reading »

    NASA paves a way for people who are blind to experience a Total Solar Eclipse

    On August 21, 2017, just a few days away, the United States of America will fall under the path of a total solar eclipse. Said to be an unforgettable experience, many people plan to descend upon this path of totality and view complete darkness. But what about those who will not be able to “see”… Continue Reading »

    New hearing aid dispensing initiative at UNM

    This month The University of New Mexico Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences (SHS) is launching a new campaign to help get hearing aids to those who need them. Michael Flores, audiologist and clinical instructor at SHS, is heading up the new initiative. It’s an extension of an already existing program which provides students, staff,… Continue Reading »

    Accenture develops AI-powered solution to help people with vision disabilities

    BANGALORE: Accenture has developed a new artificial intelligence (AI) powered solution  to help people who are blind or have low vision improve the way they experience the world around them and enhance their productivity in the workplace. The solution, called Drishti,which means “vision” in Sanskrit, was developed as a part of Accenture’s focus on Tech4Good,… Continue Reading »

    Technology Equality for People with Disabilities

    The year 2017 will be remembered as a major milestone in the relationship between technology and equality for people with disabilities. Earlier this year, updates were finally approved to the Section 508 Amendment of the U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Revised 508 Standards and 255 Guidelines have transformed turn-of-the-century accessibility for procurement and services of… Continue Reading »

    Smart walk assist improves rehabilitation

    A mobile harness suspended from the ceiling is now equipped with intelligent motion analysis for tailored walking rehabilitation in people with spinal cord injury, stroke and other neurological disorders affecting gait. Scientists from NCCR Robotics at EPFL and at the Lausanne University Hospital (CHUV) developed an algorithm that adjusts how a mobile harness, suspended from… Continue Reading »