Tag Archive for "Blind" tag

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.

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.”

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. […]

Typeface for Dyslexic Readers

July 17th, 2011 by Kel Smith | Comments Off on Typeface for Dyslexic Readers

Dyslexie is a typeface developed by Studio Studio to help dyslexic readers better identify and “ground” letter shapes. It’s based on the notion that of the 26 letters in the standard Latin-based alphabet, as used in English, many of the letters look similar. For example, such letters as v/w, i/j and m/n confuse people with […]

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, […]