Google posted a fascinating video of Steve Mahan, who is blind, driving to Taco Bell on his own, using Google’s pioneering self-driving technology. (It is captioned for the deaf, and audio-described for the blind.)Read More Blind Man Hops Into Car, Drives Himself To Taco Bell
At the end of the first full workweek of 2012 (last week was a four-day workweek in case anyone noticed), I reviewed the articles on the disability market I came across over the holiday break, and thought I’d share some of the more interesting ones.Read More DrumBeat Roundup: January 13, 2012
No joke? Today, I came across this fascinating video from Google announcing a revolutionary new feature for its Gmail application, with interesting applications for people with disabilities.Read More No Joke: Hit “Send” With A Flick of Your Wrist
Yesterday, I posted an article on my blog about software which tracks an user’s eyes as they look at websites on a computer browser. Incredible as it may seem, the capability of a webcam to track eye movements may have gotten cheaper and more widely available. Earlier this week, Lenovo, a leading PC computer maker, debuted a laptop prototype that gives users the ability to control the computer with his or her eyes.Read More Eye Tracking, Revisited
One of the buzz phrases of the Internet has always been “How many eyeballs can my website get?” Since the dawn of the mass Internet, countless companies have attempted to measure user behavior by counting, tracking and analyzing consumers’ visits to their websites. Lately, it is no longer the number of eyeballs, but what the eyeballs are looking at on a website. This provides a powerful tool for designing websites to be more accessible.Read More You. Yes, You!
Raul Krauthausen, a German wheelchair user, has developed an innovative application which enables wheelchair users to locate accessible places, and even report on locations that are not accessible. The application, Wheelmap, is primarily focused on German cities, but includes locations around the world overlaid on a global world map.Read More Wheelmap: A Search for Accessibility
The Yahoo! Accessibility Lab brought to my attention a very helpful add-on for the browser: the Readability app developed by Arc90, available here as a Firefox-add on, or directly from the Readability page for all browsers. I had become acquainted with the Readability concept last month when I downloaded the Reeder RSS application for my…Read More Readability for Your Browser
For many people, videogames are a luxury, a guilt trip, like eating a piece of sinful chocolate. It is not always looked on favorably, usually by parents, if videogames are played more than a few hours each day. For people with disabilities, the perspective is refreshingly different. Video games have been an effective way for…Read More Making Videogames Accessible for Disabled Gamers: The Value of Brand Equity