Chieko Asakawa received Japan’s Medal of Honour for her contribution to accessibility research – photo © BBC
The blind woman developing tech for the good of others!
original article on bbc.co.uk by By Virginia Harrison
An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she’s worked to create technology – now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) – to transform life for the visually impaired.
“When I started out there was no assistive technology,” Japanese-born Dr Asakawa says.”I couldn’t read any information by myself. I couldn’t go anywhere by myself.”
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Augmented Reality to Help Guide the Blind
Augmented reality technology gives objects “voices,” enabling a vision-impaired person to hear what is in their surroundings.
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Orbit Reader 20 now available in addition to the Apple iPad Air 2
RNIB and VICTA are working together to support children and young people who are blind or partially sighted to study with greater independence using technology.
If you are registered blind or partially sighted and a UK resident you could be eligible for an Apple iPad Air 2 (32GB) with case and/or an Orbit Reader 20.
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Note: posting for info only, it’ll likely be a few years before there is significant availability in the UK.
Purdue’s giant leap toward personalized medicine helps eyes drain themselves for glaucoma patients
Innovative Tech for Glaucoma Treatment
The Purdue University glaucoma drainage device is built with microactuators that vibrate when a magnetic field is introduced. Purdue University
researchers have invented a new smart drainage device to help patients with glaucoma, a leading cause of blindness in the world, as they try to save their eyesight.
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Have you heard about Google‘s new app to help blind and partially sighted people learn about their surroundings? Lookout is coming soon.
The tech giant’s Lookout was designed to help the blind and the visually impaired be more independent by giving them spoken notifications about their environment. For instance, it can tell them that there’s a “chair 3 o’clock,” so they don’t bump into the object to their right. The app can also read texts, such as Exit signs over doors.
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