Category : Blind

Podcast Interview with Karo Caran of “The Joy Cast”

April 20th, 2013 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Podcast Interview with Karo Caran of “The Joy Cast”

I spent a wonderful two hours the other day lost in conversation with Karo Caran, founder of The Joy Cast podcast series and herself a published author. We discussed many things related to the life experience, discovering that we share similar attitudes regarding our place on this here planet. You can listen to the interview […]

The Blind Reinvent the iPhone

May 3rd, 2012 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

Nice piece in The Atlantic on how blind people have embraced the iPhone, a device that offers surprising accessibility features despite its flat screen and visual interface.

Ten-Year-Old Creates Audio Only Game for his Blind Grandmother

April 15th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Ten-Year-Old Creates Audio Only Game for his Blind Grandmother

Dylan Viale created an audio-only game to share his enjoyment of video games with his grandmother, who is blind.

Texting for the Blind

February 21st, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Texting for the Blind

“Users who know how to type Braille well never move their hands. When users hold the phone they hold the phone with the screen facing away from them in landscape mode. It’s not like the Qwerty keyboard where you move up and down. That’s why this thing works – we can get away with only six keys.”

Blind Photographer “Sees” Through Her Pictures

January 5th, 2012 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Blind Photographer “Sees” Through Her Pictures

A legally blind photographer finds a voice and an audience through her images.

Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind

November 8th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Robotic Guide Dog for the Blind

Always seeking the new and weird, engadget reports on work being done in Japan to develop a mechanized canine using Microsoft Kinect technology. The quadrupedal robot can navigate flights of stairs, identify rough patches in a path and avoid obstacles with specially made bumper sensors. Check out these two videos of the device at work. […]

What Steve Jobs Meant to Digital Outcasts

October 8th, 2011 by Kel Smith | 1 comment

As most folks undoubtedly know, this week the world lost Steve Jobs after his quasi-secretive battle with pancreatic cancer. From a consumer standpoint, Jobs was arguably the most significant business figure of the past quarter century. A number of technology and innovation pundits have already published lengthy blog posts detailing what Jobs meant to the […]

Use of the iPad for Autism and Blindness

July 2nd, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Use of the iPad for Autism and Blindness

A story in this week’s Herald Sun from Melbourne, Australia described a young girl with a vision disorder who has used the Apple touch-screen tablet to improve her reading. Where Holly Bligh once used a heavy magnifying glass, she is now able to zoom and swipe to read classroom materials. Holly lives with albino nystagmus, […]

Seeing With Sound

June 26th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Seeing With Sound

Sometimes a blind person’s best assistive technology is their remaining senses. In Germany, a number of blind people have developed a bat-like method of navigating their surroundings through noise response. Some are even using “flash sonar” to conduct such activities as bike riding and hiking. An article in Spiegel Online International describes one subject, a […]