Posts Tagged smartphone
Thought for the day from Twitter – definition of photographer: person who tries to make "blind" people see the beauty found on this planet. Thanks, janko333.
[Video] Blind Shooting – 1 Minute with Willy Ep12. Photography Tips – this is really for fully sighted photographers, but is maybe useful for some of my readers too.
Bridging the Us and Them gap | DNA : Daily News & Analysis; Mumbai | Find Articles at BNET – the recent children’s blind photography workshop in Mumbai provided by the Beyond Sight Foundation. Also visit
Click of a different kind | TopNews Arab Emirates – blind children took part in photography seminar, guided by Partho Bhowmick of Beyond Sight Foundation.
If bridges look like this, you could be going blind | Mail Online – John Wylie, now registered blind, has come up with cards that illustrate the effects of several eye conditions.
Observations: A return to photography, after a bout with being almost blind… – Micro Four Thirds User Forum – the author developed cataracts and then had them treated. The effects on photography are described.
The Ultimate Smartphone Camera Battle – now that phones have such impressive cameras, it may be more important to check out their salient features.
This entry promised to go on forever, such is the volume of stories coming in at the moment. That’s why I’ve divided this entry into two entries, the first going up to the initial letter M, the other covering N to Z.
Navigating And Updating – AccessWatch – using the Human ware web site and updating the Victor Reader Stream.
Optelec Gets Creative: CSUN San Diego and VisionZone Premier with Special Movie Debut « AccessTech News – the company will demonstrate its technology and promote eye health.
Samsung Super AMOLED Touchscreens – ZiggyTek – the video on this page apparently has no sound-track. AMOLED screens promise to be brighter than normal and have touch sensors built into the panel.
SharePoint Accessibility – Planet MOSS – despite some non-compliant code on the site, better accessibility is possible.
[Book] Social Networking and You: Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin for Blind Users – available in paper or electronic Braille, DAISY or text.
SpeedyFox 1.4.2 Download – speed up your Firefox browser.
THE ASSISTANCE TRAVEL SERVICE – the one stop shop for all your assisted holiday needs – UK based.
Think Globally, Act Locally – blog about this year’s Round Table Conference in Auckland, New Zealand, involving accessible format producers
[Video] Todd Kloots – Building Accessible Widgets with YUI 3 – providing for people with disabilities, and those with a preference for using the keyboard.
Training: Learning How To Use The Internet For People Who Are Blind Or Visually Impaired | NVSC – London, E12 on Wednesday 24th March
Videos/Podcasts | Accessibility | Computing @ UW-Madison – several videos introducing access technology.
Virtual Magnifying Glass 3.3.2 – A free, open source, screen magnifier, for Windows, Linux, FreeBSD and Mac OS X.
WebAIM: Keyboard Accessibility – many other great resources for developers and users on this site.
Webinar: Bookshare – VR Stream Download Training – Tuesday, March 16, 2010 4:30 PM – 5:00 PM EDT.
Why is Braille dying? – Disability – Salon.com – and is listening to an audio book the same as reading a book?
Why websites shouldn’t accommodate disabled users | Because it’s good – don’t be misled by the title…..
Windows User Experience Interaction Guidelines – guidelines for Windows applications.
Xsticky-Addon for Firefox – leave a sticky note on web sites you visit, and it will still be there next time you go there. Under development, author welcomes feedback. At present the download button isn’t working.
YouTube – EyesFreeAndroid’s Channel – T V Rahman and Charles Chan present numerous accessibility videos. Ouch, that audio really hurts my ears, man.
10 Best Nokia Beta Labs Apps -include the experimental Braille Reader, indoor GPS, magnifier
A vision for inclusion – A Guide to the European Blind Union. Includes a section on inaccessible products and services.
Abilities Expo | Events for People with Disabilities – USA organization for disabled people and proefessionals. Events display latest technology, products and services.
Access Keys -Accessibility Assessments – these are awards for web sites that meet particular needs.
Accessible Alternatives for CAPTCHA – those visual puzzles you have to solve before you can enter some web sites are not a whole heap of use to blind people, so here are some solutions.
Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 – what’s ARIA all about?
Accessibility tools, web developer tools, wizards and markup generators | Accessify – warning: a script on this page generated a threat warning from AVG anti-virus. Probably trivial, but it’s your choice whether to follow this link.
ADA Online: Is a Website a “Place of Public Accommodation”? | Citizen Media Law Project – in the light of the recent case claiming that Sony’s games site was not made accessible to visually impaired people, questions arise about the status of websites.
AMP Express – get a free accessibility report for your web site.
Balabolka: Free Text-to-Speech for Windows – Fred’s Head – this is a simple text-to-speech program that can read from the clipboard and save sound files from what it reads there.
Beyo CBS Reader is an OCR application for Symbian phones, cost £75. Get a demo in the UK from
Computer Room Services – supposedly the OCR program requires Talks.
Blind in business: Cutting-edge seeing aids – The Independent, UK – how a City of London blind high flyer does it.
Bookshare – Accessible Books for Individuals with Print Disabilities – books and periodicals made accessible. USA based.
Browser Keyboard and Mouse Shortcuts « AccessTech News – Firefox, IE, Chrome, Safari, Opera.
Color Vision – by Cal Henderson – a tool to simulate how someone with color deficiency would see your site – or not, as the case may be.
Discover new ways of thinking about accessibility – W3C Blog – new documents urges designers to involve users, not just stick to standards.
Dive Into Accessibility – book for site owners.
eyes-free Google Group – access to Android phones.
Finally, Posted Notes for the Visually Impaired – Fred’s Head – ever wanted bigger post-it notes? Now’s your chance!
FireVox – free text-to-speech extension for Firefox.
Free PDF to Word Converter Online – send in your scanned PDF file, and get a Word document back with page features preserved.
Global Assistive Technology Encyclopedia – accessible wiki site that everyone can help to build.
GW Micro – News & Events – Upcoming Events – Online Presentation of BookSense 2.0 Firmware! – When: Monday, December 21, 2009 – registration for this event is closed, but you will be able to hear a recording of it eventually.
IDEAL Group Android Accessibility Wizard – helping people to move from previous generation phones to Android smartphones.
Introducing Easy Web Browsing – Macy’s talking web browser in co-operation with IBM. Only works with oudated versions of Internet Explorer.
JAWS ate my tables – WebAIM Blog – is this a data table or is it a layout table? It isn’t always clear to screen readers.
JAWS scripts for Mozilla Thunderbird version 3.0 – this link starts the installer.
Lighthouse International: Get Organized – handy hints on making your whole life more accessible.
Lou Reed Launches iPhone App for the Visually Impaired – Spinner UK – yes, it is that Lou Reed. The app zooms your iPhone contacts.
Memory Fox Manages Firefox’s Memory Use, Aims to Keep It Low – Memory – Lifehacker – much as you might love Firefox, it can be a memory hog.
northtemple – The Accessibility Checklist I Vowed I’d Never Write – a guideline for developers not experienced in accessibility.
Obama Sides With Blind in Copyright-Treaty Debate – some copyright holders (authors and publishers) in the USA want to deny blind people the right to accessible bookes e.g., text-to-speech on the Kindle). Obama has laid his cards on the table on this issue.
Section 508: Summary of Section 508 Standards – site may not be available this weekend.
Simplicity launches in London computer powered by Eldy – easy computer targeted at older people.
Ubuntu brings advanced Screen features to the masses – screen profiles are very powerful, but most users don’t know about the advanced features.
UN Agencies Agree on Need for Closer Collaboration in Favor of Visually Impaired including access to literary and scientific materials.
VisionAWARE | Resources For Adults Experiencing Low Vision, Vision Loss, and Blindness – find products, services and useful information.
WCAG 2 Tutorial – learn about the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines
Web Accessibility Toolbar for IE – several manual web page testing tools for Internet Explorer only.
Windows Vista Accessibility Tutorials from Microsoft.
Let the buyer beware!
Please note that these links are only for information. You are wise to do more research before purchasing any piece of equipment or software, and make sure that it fits your requirements.
I’m in no position to conduct detailed reviews of any item listed here, so please be cautious.
Aurora Device Search freeware for the Android phones – apps and games.
EyesFreeAndroid’s Channel on YouTube.
The Mobile Phone Directory – mobile phones, glossary of terms, telecom news – information for the UK and Europe.
I knew this topic would have to run on and on. Well, at least for a second day! Some of these topics will no doubt turn up again in more detail, but for now, these are the links.
Accessible Kitchen Appliances « The BAT Channel – your views are wanted on which ones really are accessible.
Bar Code Scanners, an article at Fred’s Head.
BBC iPlayer Guide – A guide for users of the Jaws screen reader (and other screen readers), written by David Bailes
BCI: Thought control for smart home – Taking thought control from parlour trick to scientific reality using brain-computer interfaces. Emerging technology of interest to disabled people and the military.
Bioptic Driving USA – types of technology that may enable mildly visually impaired people to drive, state laws, available training and an explanation about who would be eligible for bioptic driving.
Website Introduction Video on Youtube
BookSense 1.1 Public Beta Released – GW Micro’s book reading machine gets some stability fixes.
Digidesign Demonstrates Upcoming ProTools Accessibility– The Mac-cessibility Network – improvements to this professional recording software for the Mac.
Download WebbIE 3.95 – you will need this update if you want to carry on using the BBC Live Radio program, as the BBC has scrapped its Real Audio streams. The package has several bug fixes too.
EU launches free satellite system to fine-tune GPS – free European Union satellite service could improve accuracy for pilots, drivers and blind people using GPS.
Fifth-generation iPod nano Review | iPod | Playlist | Macworld – another device uses the VloiceOver screen reader.
Flash 10.1: Full Flash for Everyone But iPhone, Actually Playable HD Vids [Flash] « The BAT Channel – up-and-coming fast Flash version invading everything except the iPhone.
High-tech glasses help the nearly blind see – eSight, developing special glasses with cameras looking out and LCDs looking in, which they claim are suitable for people with severe sight loss. Production hoped for in 2010.
jady_lady: Gadgets We Can’t Live Without – in praise of the Nokia N81
JAWS Public Beta 11 Released! from the Ranger Station Blog
Math Education and Nemeth Code for Braille users
Movies For the Blind – enjoy films without looking at a screen. Download audio-described movies.
New software helps blind venture out on their own – BlindAid, developed at tel Aviv University, allows blind people to feel and hear information about their surroundings.
Open Textbook Resources free from the Orange Grove
Orator for BlackBerry ® Smartphones – this is a Frequently Asked Questions page on this screen reader by CodeFactory, with some less than satisfactory answers.
Phone eyes documents, reads to the blind – the KNFB Reader offers increased independence by reading bills, menus, etc.
Qwitter: the Accessible Way to Access Twitter – "The Qwitter client enables blind individuals to interface with the Twitter service globally, regardless of application focus. Based off of revolutionary concepts pioneered in The Jawter Jaws Scripts, Qwitter, with full support for the three major comercial screen readers and sapi speech, provides you instant access to all aspects of the twitter microblogging service, giving you the ability to post a tweet from anywhere, read tweets, perform searches, and far, far more. "
Scanning Pens – these are pens that let you write on ordinary paper, but save your text and drawings in digital format as you go. An example is the Digiscribble. Pens, small scanners, portable printers, consumables. Request a catalogue and the site newsletter via e-e-mail forms on the site.
Solona – a site that can solve CAPTCHAs by getting volunteers to read and decipher the graphics.
Ten Innovative Designs To Help The Sight Impaired » Yanko Design – introduces several products, including Siafu PC, B-Touch mobile phone, Braille Label Maker The Visual Assistance Card, Braille Interpreter, Braille E-Book, Voice Stick, Swatch Sens, Rubik Cube For Blind.
Toshiba Touch cell phone for blind people – Google translation from Russian.
Traveleyes – world-wide travel for blind and sighted people. That’s accessibility all right!
VINUX Project Page – A Customized Version of Ubuntu for Visually Impaired Users
Virtual reality used for blind to map real world – VR used to deal with the world, not escape from it!
Visionplus Sightstick for the Blind – not any old cane, this one has GPS, can output sound, vibration and braille and can bookmark specific locations.
WebAIM Screen Reader Users’ Survey – you may have seen one of these before, but this is a new one. Your chance to influence the industry.
Webvisum – your web helper – WebVisum is an add-on for Firefox that lets you solve CAPTCHAs, those mangled symbols that you have to decipher to get into some web sites. It also lets you label graphics on a site to make clear what they are.