Want to Grow Old at Home? Technology to the Rescue
Now more than ever, the desire to age in place is driving a new category of technological innovation — and the market potential is vast. By the year 2050, 48.4 will be over the age of 75, up from 18.8 million in 2010. Not surprisingly, over 80 percent of today’s baby boomer want to remain in their own home as they grow older.
From http://blog.ecaring.com/reuters-want-to-grow-old-at-home-technology-to-the-rescue/#.UedgfSGsa7A.twitter, July 18, 2013
The Healthcare IT Applications of Google Glass
It's basically an Android smartphone (without the cellular transmitter) capable of running Android apps, built into a pair of glasses. The small prism "screen" displays video at half HD resolution. The sound features use bone conduction, so only the wearer can hear audio output. It has a motion sensitive accelerometer for gestural commands. It has a microphone to support voice commands. The right temple is a touch pad. It has WiFi and Bluetooth. Battery power lasts about a day per charge.
From http://www.healthcareitnews.com/blog/healthcare-it-applications-google-glass, July 18, 2013
IBM: Digital Citizenship and Accessibility in a Smarter World
Are many of the elderly or poor people who lack access to the internet the new illiterates of the digital world? Is the need to get information from various resources including the internet a human right, similar to having fresh water to drink and something to eat each day? If we want to create a truly interconnected and smarter world, we have to ensure that individuals of all ages can access the information they need easily, freely, securely and in a timely way. There should be no huge barriers to using the existing technology. Smart devices to grant minimum access to the internet should be available at a very low price—or publicly.
From http://www.smartercomputingblog.com/smarter-computing/digital-citizenship/, July 17, 2013
Web Industry Urged to Embrace Color Accessibility
I don’t think most people realize how common conditions like color-blindness really are. Close to five percent of the population have some degree of reduced color vision, and that’s not counting the even larger percentage of people who have poor vision in general. Design trends these days are all about subtle details and many websites feature text or other page elements that have insufficient contrast or inappropriate color combinations. Designers are designing for what they can see, not realizing that it may be incredibly difficult to read for others.
From http://www.netmagazine.com/news/web-industry-urged-embrace-colour-accessibility-132779, July 17, 2013
Microsoft Research: Digital Assistance for Sign-Language Users
Sign language is the primary language for many deaf and hard-of-hearing people. But it currently is not possible for these people to interact with computers using their native language.
From http://blogs.technet.com/b/inside_microsoft_research/archive/2013/07/16/digital-assistance-for-sign-language-users.aspx, July 17, 2013
USA: Mixed Progress Toward Text-to-911 Emergency Service
Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile released reports outlining their progress to deployment of text-to-911. These reports were issued following an agreement made between the wireless providers, the National Emergency Number Association (NENA), and APCO International to offer text-to-911 services to subscribers. The reports note that while the four providers all deliver bounce-back messages to subscribers who attempt to send text messages to 911 in areas where the services is not yet provided, each provider is currently in a different state of text-to-911 deployment.
From http://wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/content/newsroom/mixed-progress-toward-text-911?sthash.7Sry2r6O.mjjo#sthash.7Sry2r6O.FqMD2Ew0.dpuf, July 17, 2013
Resource: Mobile Health Applications for the Most Prevalent Conditions by WHO
New possibilities for mHealth have arisen by means of the latest advances in mobile communications and technologies. With more than 1 billion smartphones and 100 million tablets around the world, these devices can be a valuable tool in health care management. Every aid for health care is welcome and necessary as shown by the more than 50 million estimated deaths caused by illnesses or health conditions in 2008. Some of these conditions have additional importance depending on their prevalence.
From http://www.jmir.org/2013/6/e120/, July 16, 2013
USA: FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee will Address Accessibility
The next meeting of the FCC Consumer Advisory Committee will be held on Friday, August 2, 2013 at 9:00 in Room TW-C305 at the FCC. The Committee will discuss a variety of issues including consumer protection and education, implementation of Commission rules and consumer participation in the FCC rulemaking process, access by people with disabilities, and impact of new and emerging technologies. A portion of the meeting will also be open to public comments and questions.
From http://wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/content/newsroom/upcoming-events/consumer-advisory-committee-will-address-accessibility?sthash.vo4T1bl7.mjjo#sthash.vo4T1bl7.6xVqzuRN.dpuf, July 16, 2013
USA: Nominations for American Foundation for the Blind Access Awards
The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) announced that they are accepting nominations for the 2014 Access Awards, due by August 30, 2013. The awards are given annually to honor individuals, corporations, and organizations that use “exceptional and innovative efforts” to improve the lives of people who are blind or have low vision through “enhancing access to information, the environment, technology, education, or employment.” The awards will be presented at the AFB Leadership Conference on February 28, 2014 in New York.
From http://wirelessrerc.gatech.edu/content/newsroom/nominations-american-foundation-blind-access-awards?sthash.PqRkuBnj.mRB1d82G.mjjo#sthash.PqRkuBnj.KHQ9gJ8S.dpuf, July 16, 2013
USA: Proposed Bill on Technology, Education and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act, Aims to Provide Access to Technology in Class
The NFB is leading the effort through a draft bill that would mandate that the Access Board, a federal independent agency, create national accessibility standards for higher-education technology.
From http://www.tennessean.com/article/20130714/NEWS08/307140109, July 15, 2013