Happy holidays everyone
I have tons of materials i would like to share with readers on tech helping blind people, but have limited time, so i decided to write weekly digest to cover most interesting articles.
After quite holiday time lets start with some fun.
Blind gamer Terry Garrett is completing 3d game – legends of Zelda. Really amazing and nice to see that people like Garrett can enjoy things we think are inaccessible for visually impaired people. He finishe Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee before Zelda, which was insane complex game for me, and i was not able to get to the games end. So Terry looks like real hardcore gamer.
He is using stereo-speakers that help him to orient in the game.
Make sure to check more videos on his youtube channel
Now back to tech. Nowadays almost all IT giants have their own solution on picture recognition. Some of them are even developing these solutions not only for commercial purposes, but actually to help blind people to “see” – i wrote a little bout this initiatives in previous blog post Teaching machine to see and recognize.
Fortunately there are some number of mobile solutions on the market made by enthusiast and researchers.
More info on how it work can be foundhere
Another cool app called Bemyeyes is connecting volunteers with blind people, establishing video connection between them in case blind need some urgent help with “seeing” something. For visually impaired people, small domestic tasks can be challenging, and app can be in handy in this case.
Latest mobile OS have strong accessibility features, more and more apps coming to market to help blind people, but what of visually impaired person doesnt know how to use smartphones?
Some interesting news from Switzerland, which have now approximately 325,000 blind or visually impaired people. There is a school teaching bout 250 visually impaired people on how to use iphones to make their life easier.