Google has announced it is developing an app that it hopes will help blind and visually impaired people become more independent. The web giant said it is working on an Android app called Lookout, which gives users auditory cues as they encounter objects, text and people around them.
It is designed to be used on a lanyard around your neck, or in your shirt pocket, with the camera pointing away from your body.
Microsoft has collaborated with Apple and industry organizations to develop an USB-IF Human Interface Design (HID) standard for braille displays. Announced by the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF) today, the standard will enable plug and play support for braille displays and has received broad support from the tech industry, assistive technology (AT) companies and non-governmental organizations advocating for people who are blind or have low vision.
Sriraj Aiyer and Paymon Menhadji are studying an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction at University College London. Together we are conducting a project in Accessibility and Assistive Technologies. Specifically, we are looking at studying the use of the London Underground by visually impaired travellers. Our project is hence based on creating a prototype for an audio-tactile Tube map.