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Making a Colorful Video Game Work for Color Blind Gamers

Jun, 6, 2013

Zuma, a tile-matching puzzle video game created by PopCap Games, continues to be one of the most popular free games on the internet. During play, colored balls roll around the screen on a set path, and players attempt to eliminate these balls by firing like-colored balls at them from a stone frog’s mouth, in an […]

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Regal Cinemas to Offer Closed-Captioning Glasses

May, 5, 2013

From NPR’s All Tech Considered: Sony Entertainment Access Glasses are sort of like 3-D glasses, but for captioning. The captions are projected onto the glasses and appear to float about 10 feet in front of the user. They also come with audio tracks that describe the action on the screen for blind people, or they […]

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Indian Company Builds Braille Smartphone Prototype

May, 5, 2013

From Phys.org: Kriyate Design Solutions, headed and run by post-graduate student Sumit Dagar, has built a prototype Braille smartphone that makes use of a type of shape metal alloy to cause pins to raise and lower on a touchscreen—it allows users to read what is being sent using only their fingertips. Read the full article […]

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Windows Phone 8 and the Rising Demand for Better Speech Recognition Technology

Feb, 2, 2013

Image courtesy of TheVerge.com. Windows Phone 8, the most recent Microsoft phone to be placed on the market, reflects the rising customer demand for speech recognition technology.  In addition to an on-screen keyboard that works across 50 languages,  Windows Phone 8 offers customers a speech recognition tool that can interpret 15 languages, as well as […]

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How to DJ Using Only Your Eyes

Jan, 1, 2013

Music allows people around the world to creatively express their thoughts and feelings. For people who share this passion, losing the ability to make music would be a depressing  and scary proposition.  David Anderson is one of these people.  He has a neurological disorder (ALS) that weakens the body’s muscles progressively over time.  ALS typically […]

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Wheelchair-Accessible Taxis Can Be Hailed by Smart Phone in NYC

Jan, 1, 2013

Image courtesy of Aloogasi.com. Wheelchair-accessible taxis have been available for some time in New York City, but they have never been so quickly or easily summoned.  If you have a smart phone, you can now download the Accessible Dispatch WOW Taxi app, summon a wheelchair-accessible taxi to any location in Manhattan, and be transported. The […]

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Captioning Support in Internet Explorer 10: An Accessibility Breakthrough

Jan, 1, 2013

If you frequently watch video content on the web, you may have noticed the recent increase in the availability of captions. Sometimes they are part of the video itself, while other times they are created by voice recognition software during playback. In either scenario, the increased visibility of captioning technology is a result of The […]

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How an Xbox Kinect Can Assist a Stroke Victim

Dec, 12, 2012

Developers and hackers have been using the Xbox Kinect in several ways, some of which demonstrate useful applications for assistive technology.  One such application for the Kinect involves its speech recognition capabilities, as we examined in a previous entry.  A second application involves the Kinect sensor\’s ability to record physical gestures: Users with speech impediments […]

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Magic Arms from a 3D Printer

Dec, 12, 2012

When asked where the plastic parts in a computer come from, most people will answer correctly: large factories.  But factory-made plastic is becoming less universal.  With the advent of 3D printing, companies like Stratasys are building tools that allow us to create plastic parts without leaving our desk.  As 3D printers become more affordable, their […]