Blind Woman Developing Tech

The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

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  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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Latest News: RNIB Product Grant!

RNIB Product Grant - Orbit Reader 20 & Air 2

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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New Tech for Glaucoma Treatment

Innovative Tech for Glaucoma Treatment
 Note: posting for info only, it’ll likely be a few years before there is significant availability in the UK.
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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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Google’s Lookout App!

Lookout App by Google

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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