UK: Museum Association to Offer Translation Service at Disability Access Seminar
A speech-to-text translation service will be available for delegates attending a one-day seminar hosted by the Museums Association (MA) to exploring some of the practical ways that museums can address disability access, participation and representation. The service, provided by the charity Stagetext, will display the words of speakers presenting sessions on a large screen in front of the audience. For museum tours the service can be adapted so that translated text appears on tablet devices.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/11/ma-to-offer-translation-service-at-disability-access-seminar/, September 14, 2015
UT Arlington Libraries Become First in Texas to Digitize Disability History
In the early 1970s, University of Texas at Arlington students who used wheelchairs had their choice of majors: history or accounting. Those two degrees were the only ones whose classes were held in wheelchair-accessible buildings. Since then, the University has steadily improved access and opportunities for students with disabilities and become a model campus for adaptive sports. UT Arlington Libraries are set to continue this legacy with a $25,000 TexTreasures grant from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission to digitize and publish disability history relating to UTA and Texas.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/10/ut-arlington-libraries-become-first-in-texas-to-digitize-disability-history/, September 14, 2015
Wireless wheelchair, luggage locator and a tool for developers are among the innovations from AT&T
AT&T and Permobil announced a wirelessly connected wheelchair proof of concept this week that relies on work by AT&T Foundry innovation center engineers and designers. A woman use a gun to threaten a birthday cake with many candles. The wheelchair includes wireless location technology so that family, friends and health care professionals can monitor where a wheelchair user is located. It includes an accelerometer to detect when the chair is turned on its side, AT&T executives said at the CTIA Super Mobility 2015 event here.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2982484/internet-of-things/att-foundry-pushes-iot-concepts-like-a-wireless-wheelchair.html, September 14, 2015
Tips for Emergency Use of Mobile Devices
Basic cell phones, smart phones and other mobile wireless devices like tablets are a big part of our lives. We rarely leave home without them and we often store important information on them. In an emergency they can be a communication life line. These devices, however, should never be the only communication method you depend on in an emergency.
From http://www.jik.com/Mobile%20Devices.pdf, September 14, 2015
India: Researchers Develop Software to Convert Indian Languages into Braille
Researchers at the Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur (IIT-Kgp) have developed a unique technology via a software that enables conversion of Indian languages into Braille for people with vision disabilities. The institute is also planning to go for large-scale deployment in West Bengal and other states. The Sparsha Transliteration System developed by IIT-Kgp’s Communication Empowerment Lab, led by Anupam Basu, can accept Indian language texts (such as Hindi, Bengali, Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu, Oriya, Kannada) as input and convert it into Braille.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/07/researchers-develop-software-to-convert-indian-languages-into-braille/, September 11, 2015
India: Device to Aid People with Vision Disabilities Find Right Bus
The Social Welfare Department has proposed to introduce an alert system in Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) buses to make travel easy for people with vision disabilities. Minister for Social Welfare B. Valarmathi announced in the Assembly on Monday that Rs. 9.50 lakh had been allotted for the purpose. The facility will be available in 75 bus routes in the city. The equipment will have a ‘sender’ and ‘receiver’ unit.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/01/device-to-aid-people-with-vision-disabilities-find-right-bus/, September 11, 2015
AT&T Makes Big Push Into IoT
AT&T has been working in recent years to capitalize on just such innovations, and now boasts it has 23 million different devices connected to its network -- everything from automobiles to wheelchairs to home thermostats. Even though AT&T's involvement in IoT is impressive, it is minuscule when compared to the nearly 5 billion devices and machines that are connected to the Internet. Research firm Gartner believes that number will explode to 25 billion by 2020.
From http://www.computerworld.com/article/2983218/internet-of-things/att-makes-a-big-push-into-iot.html, September 11, 2015
USA: New Talking Scientific Calculator Breaks Down Barriers for Students with Vision Disabilities
Texas Instruments, Orbit Research and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) unveiled the Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator, the world’s first fully accessible multi-line scientific calculator, created for students with vision disabilities, and available for the upcoming school year. Based on the popular TI-30XS Multiview scientific calculator from Texas Instruments, the Orion TI-30XS represents a breakthrough in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for students with vision disabilities.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/09/05/new-talking-scientific-calculator-breaks-down-barriers-for-students-with-vision-disabilities/, September 10, 2015
Virtual Sign Language Translator Helping People with Hearing Disabilities
Dubai’s virtual sign language translator has served not only people with hearing disabilities in UAE but also those outside the country in just two months of operation. And this is just the beginning, a senior official said. The Sanad Relay Centre is a contact centre that provides instant support for people with hearing disabilities by translating their sign language to the people they are talking to via a smartphone application. The Community Development Authority (CDA) launched the smart app in June which is available for iPhones and Android devices.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/31/virtual-sign-language-translator-helping-people-with-hearing-disabilities/, September 10, 2015
Student Creates Hands-free Mouse for Persons with Disabilities
A 16-year-old student in Coimbatore city, of Tamil Nadu has developed a hands-free mouse for the people with mobility disabilities. Nisanth Kumar, a resident of Coimbatore said he developed the idea when during a recent visit to a home for people with a disability he saw people with the talent and skill to use computers being unable to do so due to physical limitations. Kumar says through this mouse he wants to enable people with mobility disabilities to find a job. The mouse has been uniquely designed as the mouse is worn as a headgear and has an air sensitive microphone. The movement of the head gear moves the mouse on screen. The mouse clicks on the computer screen every time the operator blows on the microphone.
From http://globalaccessibilitynews.com/2015/08/28/student-creates-hands-free-mouse-for-persons-with-disabilities/, September 09, 2015