Look Out!  Another VI App!

Lookout App by Google

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.

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HID standard for braille displays

HID standard for braille displays

Technology sector collaborates to develop HID standard for braille displays

original article on blogs.microsoft.com

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.

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Sought-after VR Dev is Blind

Virtual reality developer says blindness is an advantage not a barrier

Virtual reality developer says blindness is an advantage not a barrier

original article on STUFF  by CHLOE WINTER

Simon Che de Boer is a legally-blind, albino, VR developer taking the world by storm.

Somewhere out there is footage of a half-naked albino man running across a rooftop in central Auckland, while the house beneath him goes up in flames.

It was after this, the devastation of losing his home, that Simon Che de Boer swapped his drums for a computer and started exploring in the world of virtual reality (VR). Continue reading Sought-after VR Dev is Blind

London Underground & VI Travel

Call for Participation

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.

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