Assistive technology news and info.
Android 13 will at long last include built-in braille support without the need to download a separate app. The feature was announced by Google's Nimer Jaber during a session at this year's IO conference.
#CSUNATC22: Envision's Glasses Gain New Smarts with OCR Improvements, New Languages, Currency Recognition
Envision has announced a major update for its AI-powered smart glasses including improvements to optical character recognition, currency identification, new languages, and document guidance. The new glasses will debut at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Anaheim this week.
Fresh off the successful launch of the second edition of the BlindShell Classic cell phone, the company is expanding its presence in the United States. BlindShell USA will provide sales and support for the company's products, with a new office based in Aventura, Florida. The BlindShell Classic 2 will remain available from dealers including A T Guys, and customers can expect an enhanced and localized level of service going forward.
Listen to a Sound-Enhanced Broadcast of Sunday Morning's Australian Open Men's Final from Action Audio
The audio track of a tennis match is typically pretty homogeneous, a series of sounds from a tennis racquet hitting a ball, followed by some cheering and the announcement of the score. But what if this experience could be made immersive, providing a dynamic, stereo representation of the game? That's the challenge tackled by Action Audio, who has succeeded in bringing the technology to this year's Australian Open, one of tennis's four major events.
Remember 2021? Remember Clubhouse? Tonight, we'll be merging both of these things into a look back and forward audio event. And if you are reading this later on in our newsletter, you can listen to the replay.
You may have seen friends posting their daily results from Wordle, the hot new word game craze. Now, there's an easy way to play the game with a screen reader.
The National Federation of the Blind is nearly doubling the value of it's scholarship program and guaranteeing all winners an $8,000 prize. Applications are available now.
Back just in time for the holidays, Let's Go Shopping is a two-day, virtual mall crawl featuring businesses owned by blind and low vision individuals. We are excited to once again join this dynamic event, November 5 and 6.
J.J. will be presenting two sessions:
Friday, 2 PM Eastern, The Blindshell Classic 2 and Other Cool Stuff
Saturday, 6:30 PM, Tech and Gadgets for the Holidays
For security links, we aren't posting the Zoom link on this website, but there's an easy way to get it. To get more information about Let's Go Shopping events, subscribe to their Email list by sending a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org
Aira has released a new version of their Android app, bringing new bug fixes and improvements. Read on to find out what's new in the update.
From their website,
The Vale is a story driven, action-adventure that utilizes the full potential of 3D audio and haptic controller feedback to deliver visceral gameplay that shatters the barrier between player and character.
As an audio based game, The Vale sets out to breathe new life into medieval combat and provide a truly novel experience for visually impaired and sighted gamers alike.
Read more about the game below.
Many people who are blind or have low vision do not have independent access to comic books due to their visual nature, the Comics for All project intends to change that. The idea sprang from the concept of audio description because if people can do that for movies, why not graphic novels and comics as well.
The National Federation of the Blind has revoked the convention sponsorship an benefits from AccessiBee, due to questionable business practices by the company.
Read on to find out about a new accessible rpg, Serania: Path of the Scion, available now for both iOS and Android
In partnership with the White House's initiative to vaccinate 70% of Americans by July 4, Uber and Lyft will offer free or discounted transportation to vaccination sites nationwide between now and then. Read on to find out the particulars of each company's offer and how to access them.
Apple has announced improvements to VoiceOver's image recognition features among other forthcoming updates, as a part of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day press release.
On the 10th anniversary of Global Accessibility awareness Day, a new nonprofit seeks to take accessibility awareness to the next level and further embed it within organizational culture.
GoodMaps has brought their free outdoor and indoor navigation app to the United Kingdom and Ireland. The successor to Nearby Explorer has been available in North America since last fall.
APH will be sponsoring a free symposium for educators, students, and coating professionals Tuesday, May 11 through Friday, May 14. It is free to attend, features panels and talks from blind and visually impaired coders throughout the industry, and will provide resources for blind and visually impaired students and educators. There will be opportunities to win cash prizes and Amazon gift cards as well.
A new version of Voice Dream Reader has been released, bringing new fonts, Bookshare changes, improved cloud services and more. Read more about the update below.
Shortly after their most recent screen reader voices survey, Microsoft is launching another survey on your experiences with screen readers. Hopefully, this data will lead to even more advancements in screen reader accessibility and usability in the coming months and years. Read more and take the survey below.
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