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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Touching Masterpieces

Touching Masterpeices

original article from theSun.co.uk

A GALLERY is giving blind people the chance to experience art like never before, thanks to virtual reality and some cutting-edge gloves.Touching Masterpieces is a new exhibition at Prague’s National Gallery that lets users touch 3D models of famous statues in a VR environment.

The works include Michelangelo’s David, the Venus de Milo, and the bust of ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti.

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Gaming Project for Blind & VI 13-16 yrs!

Games Project for 13 to 16 year olds

Blind in Business – Gaming Project for 13-16 year olds

Are you blind or visually impaired and would like to try mainstream games on devices such as the PlayStation 4 or try VR (Virtual Reality) on the Oculus Rift? We would like you to review hardware and software, so you can make a real impact in the gaming industry.

You can join us to play current PlayStation 4 Games on projector screens. Play audio-only games. Enjoy virtual reality simulations on the Oculus Rift, play group based multiplayer games. Continue reading Gaming Project for Blind & VI 13-16 yrs!

Why Amazon’s Alexa is ‘Life Changing!

Why Amazons Alexa Is Life Changing for the Blind

original  article by  pcmag.com 

Bill Boules, blind since birth, has three Amazon Echos at his home in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. and says they’ve been “life changing.”

Boules, 42, bought the smart speaker as soon as it came out and found that right away it helped him more easily access audio content on the web. Previously, he had to use a screen reader, which is software that orally announces the contents of a web page. Continue reading Why Amazon’s Alexa is ‘Life Changing!