AARP and StartUp Health Announce 50-Plus Innovation Curriculum and Industry Insight Reports
AARP and StartUp Health, a long-term academy and network for digital health and wellness entrepreneurs, are developing a customized curriculum designed to educate and inspire health tech entrepreneurs to deliver technologies that will address the needs of the aging community.
From http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/4/prweb10636939.htm?sf11763877=1, April 17, 2013
Video: Head-Mounted Laser Beam Allows Persons with Disabilities to Control Computer
asers are now being used to help people with disabilities communicate. CNN got a firsthand look at how this assistive technology works when Sandy Hanebrink, executive director of Touch the Future, gave us a demonstration of the Lucy 4 keyboard at the Abilities Expo in Atlanta.
From http://edition.cnn.com/2013/04/12/tech/innovation/orig-ideas-laser-keyboard/index.html, April 12, 2013
UK: NatWest Launches Talking Cash Machines
Some 80pc of the 4,800 ATMs and in-branch cash and deposit machines which are branded NatWest or Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), its sister bank, will be speech-enabled over the next couple of years. The upgrades will start early next year and should be completed by the end of 2015, meaning that people will be able to plug earphones into the machines so they can be verbally guided through their transactions.
From http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/banking/9983716/NatWest-launches-talking-cash-machines.html, April 11, 2013
Portalble Text to Speech Solution for Dyslexia
Last December, I reported on a few text-to-speech (TTS) apps with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for Apple (iOS) mobile devices. On the Android side of the planet, there is an app called CapturaTalk from Iansyst Ltd, whose main feature includes TTS with OCR. This full-featured app powered by ABBYY, a popular and powerful OCR engine, allows a person to take a picture of text with their Android phone or tablet (with a 5MP camera or higher) and have it read back to them while seeing the words highlighted on the screen.
From http://ndipat.org/blog/another-portable-text-to-speech-solution-for-dyslexia/, April 11, 2013
App Factory's Annual (2013-2014) Call for Proposals
Each year, the Wireless RERC’s App Factory invites experienced organizations or individual developers based in the U.S. to submit proposals for financial support to develop assistive and/or accessibility apps for mobile platforms (e.g., Android, Blackberry 10, iOS, Windows Phone). Apps developed through this program include AccessNote by the American Foundation for the Blind, BrailleTouch by BrailleTech, LLC, and Sprint ID Accessibility Packs, Currency Identifier, and IDEAL Group Reader by Apps4Android.
From http://www.wirelessrerc.org/content/newsroom/app-factorys-annual-2013-2014-call-proposals, April 10, 2013
Hyundai Unveils the Future of Personal Mobility
At the Seoul Motor Show, Hyundai's engineers unveiled a moveable egg concept that promises speeds faster than a Segway. The egg is entitled the E4U – standing for Egg, Evolution, Electricity and Eco-friendliness. The result of an annual invention contest among Hyundai engineers in South Korea, the odd-egg was designed as a potential future of personal mobility: It can travel up to speeds just shy of 20 mph, weighs 176 lbs, and boasts a 24V battery attached to a 500W electric motor.
From http://autos.yahoo.com/blogs/motoramic/hyundai-unveils-future-personal-mobility-because-walking-doesn-150759928.html, April 10, 2013
US Justice Department May Revise Web Accessibility Rules
As vendors such as Adobe look to make websites and documents like PDFs accessible for people with disabilities, the tech industry and disabled users await more clarity on accessibility laws. The US Justice Department may update the 1990 American With Disabilities Act (ADA) to outline how state and local government websites can make “services, programs, or activities” accessible to people with disabilities, according to DOJ guidance at Reginfo.gov. A notice of proposed rulemaking (NPRM) is scheduled for July 2013.
From http://www.techweekeurope.co.uk/news/us-justice-department-may-revise-web-accessibility-rules-112315, April 10, 2013
Columbia Business School has Produced a Pioneering Business School Case Study Profiling the Disability Market
In early 2012, supported by a seed grant from PepsiCo, Nithya Raman, then a masters student in marketing at Columbia Business School (CBS), partnered with Rich Donovan, CBS ’02, a world-renowned expert in the convergence of people with disabilities (PWD) and corporate profitability. Together, they framed a lead user study to gain PWD-inspired insights into innovation in the retail space. In this case, students learn of past applications of the lead user method to achieve breakthrough innovation and the step-by-step process by which Raman framed and carried out her study.
From http://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/caseworks/node/449/A+Lead+User+Template%3A+Unlocking+the+Value+of+PWD, April 10, 2013
How Windows Screen Readers Work on the Web
If you try to use a Windows screen reader on the web for the first time, you might find the experience to be daunting and confusing. This is because Windows screen readers introduce new access paradigms which do not always match what is displayed visually. Windows screen readers offer several modes to allow a user to review and interact with web content. Successfully using a screen reader on the web requires the user to be able to determine which mode is currently active, the operation paradigm for each mode, and how to switch modes as required.
From https://www.ssbbartgroup.com/blog/2013/04/08/how-windows-screen-readers-work-on-the-web/, April 10, 2013
Do We Need Specialized Hardware for the Deaf?
A company called Purple Communications this week unveiled a product called SmartVP. It’s a videophone with applications and features to help deaf people communicate. Purple says it’s the first videophone to feature “true HD quality.” How do deaf people use the telephone? In the past, most used a typing system called TTY. Paging devices soon followed; the term became so fixed that the deaf community is said to still call all wireless devices, including iPhones, “pagers.”
From http://www.technologyreview.com/view/513336/do-we-need-specialized-hardware-for-the-deaf/, April 09, 2013