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Vision Assistive Technology - by James Pickard
For the visually impaired, viewing the stars is hard to do. But Harvard’s Astronomy Lab can help you see the light! A new accessibility device uses sound to allow you to envision the stars. They already produce tactile maps of star systems for people to explore with their hands. LightSound uses sensors that convert light to sound – brighter light is higher pitched.
Microsoft has four new Eyes First games. You can play them with your eyes on Windows 10 Eyecontrol. Powered by eye tracking APIs, the games are designed and optimized for an Eyes First experience, but they are still mouse and touchscreen friendly.
Getting around the New York City transit system can be a Herculean effort. So they are turning a downtown Brooklyn subway stop into a proving ground to test new accessibility measures. This includes Braille, tactile signage, interactive station maps, and multiple cell phone apps aimed at assisting visually impaired consumers.
A new app for your phone, AIPoly identifies things in 26 different languages in real-time as you move your phone. It can recognize thousands of common objects, food, plants and animals. It even knows over 200 different colors. And it doesn’t require an internet connection.
Turn your hearing aids into a wireless stereo headset with ConnectClip. You can make hands-free phone calls, stream music, listen to someone speak with a remote microphone, and even chat over the computer via Skype, etc. You can even adjust your hearing aids discreetly with a remote.