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gsacks   1/18/2015 9:45:08 AM
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This seems to be a solution in search of a problem. The iPhone has been accessible to people with vision loss for years. Take a look at this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NQKtSR5Li1A. Note that it's from 2010, and the accessiblity features of iOS have improved significantly since then. For blind people who know print letters, there's now handwriting input, and new in iOS 8 is a virtual braille keyboard. There's also connectivity to refreshable braille displays. The website www.applevis.com is a resource for visually impaired users of iOS devices.

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Re: An ab-initio design for visually impaired.
Ariella   1/17/2015 6:42:32 PM
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@prabhakar_deosthali Great minds must think alike. I wrote this about a month ago. Now I see that the Project Ray sites includes a wearable. The  RAY M360 – "world's very first Android Based Smartwatch" is now available for preorder. It's to cme to market around the second quarter of 2015.

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An ab-initio design for visually impaired.
prabhakar_deosthali   1/17/2015 2:07:34 AM
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Instead of adapting the existing smartphones for the blind, with an App or some other interface, it may be worthwhile to develop something ab-initio only for the visually impaired people.

 

With IoT and the new era of wearables , it is possible to develop a smart phone as a wearable device with no display but purely an audi interface for both input and output , in my opinion.

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Ariella   1/14/2015 4:00:54 PM
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@antedeluvian Certainly, that's why Project Ray has both blind and visually impaired people on staff working on the development and testing. To quote exactly what he wrote to me, "Actually, all of my QA and Support people are blind (two completely blind and two with partial sight)"

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Difficult to design
antedeluvian   1/14/2015 3:49:34 PM
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Ariella

It must be incredibly difficult  to design these approaches when you have no concept of what the diasadvantaged user experiences. There cannot be a check list or even some sort of simulator- it has to be done with the user right by you, and even then some of the requirements may be unique.

I am sure that the interface will improve and develop over the years as we all gain experience.

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Re: My cousin Graham
Ariella   1/14/2015 2:49:03 PM
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@Max It's always nice to hear about people finding technology really useful. I hope it will prove helpful for your cousin. And your Auntie sounds like quite a woman with great dedication and determination.  

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Brail, A.E.Housman, and Yours Truly
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/14/2015 2:44:56 PM
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@Ariella: With regard to Brail, as I mentioned in my blog A. E. Housman & Moi, my Auntie Hilda was a well-known teacher of the blind in Harrogate, England. She used to care for an Anglican Minister who had gone blind. He mentioned that the one thing he really missed was being able to read the Bible in Greek, so Hilda went off and learned Greek so she could teach the Minister to read Greek in Braille.

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My cousin Graham
Clive"Max"Maxfield   1/14/2015 2:43:30 PM
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@Ariella: Thanks for this column. In fact my cousin Graham became legally blind a few years ago. He's only a couple of years older than me. I think this will be very interesting to him and I'm going to email him about it immediately (he has text-to-speech software on his PC).

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