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New Obi™ Robotic Dining Device a Breakthrough for People Living with Physical Challenges

Spouses, parents and others also enjoy the charming robot
PR Newswire, BLOOMFIELD HILLS, MICH.July 12, 2016

The simple act of eating a meal will become more dignified and enjoyable for many people with physical challenges with the launch of Obi, a revolutionary robotic dining device.

Obi blends cutting-edge robotics, elegant design, intuitive controls and a friendly personality to give individuals who are fed by others the ability to take control of their meals at home and in public.

We believe dining is one of lifes greatest pleasures that absolutely everyone should enjoy, said Jon Dekar, DES?Ns co-founder. What our device stands for is equally as important as what it does. It represents our belief that living with physical challenges can be fulfilling and inspiring. Technology, and specifically robotics, combined with modern design, should facilitate that.

New Book Released: Tapping Into Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Global Companies Improve their Bottom Line by Employing Persons with Disabilities

Aug 15, 2016

G3ict, the Global Initiative for Inclusive Information and Communication Technologies announced the publication of a new book authored by Debra Ruh, G3ict’s EmployAbility Program Chair.

In this book, Tapping into Hidden Human Capital: How Leading Global Companies Improve their Bottom Line by Employing Persons with Disabilities,” Debra Ruh presents a new, game-changing perspective about the employment of persons with disabilities. By documenting existing practices of some of the largest companies in the world, the author shows that employees with disabilities are proactively recruited for their positive contributions to the competitiveness and financial performance of major businesses.

Searching for and Finding the Right Women’s Health Products Can be a Challenge, but Here is the Answer!

Have you been looking for effective women’s vitamins and been unable to find just the right product line? Good news!
Vitanica is a line of women’s vitamins with just one purpose in mindnatural health care for women.

This company is committed to serving women by combining education, research and the best quality possible in completely effective nutritional supplements. This company is particularly noted for its attention to detail and quick response to needs within the area of women’s health. Also, the friendly, personalized customer service representatives are seldom matched in quality elsewhere.


MARKHAM, Monday 4th July, 2016

Since its inception, Pharmaceutical Innovation Ltd. has developed notable, original products that consumers need for accessible medication and healthcare management. With the launch of its latest product offering, the new application called Health Espresso, Pharmaceutical Innovation continues to fulfill its mandate of making pharmaceutical technology accessible to everyone.

Health Espresso is a Bluetooth-enabled app that acts as a virtual caregiver through innovative technology. The primary user, typically an elderly or disabled individual, wears a Bluetooth enabled medical data collection device such as a heart rate or blood pressure monitor that provides body readings in real time and stores the readings, along with other medical information, on a secure network. A secondary user, either a family member or doctor, is connected to the data from the app at all times allowing the secondary user to oversee, manage and intervene if necessary.

NuEyes, the Newest Head-Mounted and Hands-Free Wearable Technology, Makes CCTV and Text-to-Speech Capabilities Available in an Easy-to-Use Headset

AL BEACH, California, June 21, 2016, PRNewswire

NuEyes, a pioneer in the field of low vision technology, and mac-fusion, Orange County’s Premier Apple Authorized Reseller and Service Provider, are proud to announce an exclusive partnership to bring NuEyes wireless, a wearable CCTV headset, to visually impaired users across Southern California.

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NuEyes, featuring ODG smartglasses, magnifies (up to 12x) and displays enhanced versions of anything that a user looks at.

mac-fusion and NuEye’s shared dream for this partnership is to give people with vision loss in Orange County access to wireless hand-free magnification technology that can be used anywhere to increase their mobility, independence and quality of life.

Wearable Device to Guide People With Vision Disabilities

Jun 13, 2016

“It is better than any cane or guide dogs”. That is how a user describes a new assistive device in the market for people with vision disabilities. Another 20-yr-old B.Com student says, “I feel liberated. There is a sense of freedom. I am very, very happy.”

Blind Cane UserRelegating the traditional blind man’s walking stick to the past, a recently developed wearable device in the form of a ring seeks to change the way the people with vision disabilities can move around.

This mobility device can help a person with vision disability navigate his way by sending haptic feedback or vibrations through the sense of touch.

Braille Maps for Blind and Visually Impaired Created with 3-D Printing Technology at Rutgers

An engineering student and professor help the blind and visually impaired in the Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick to navigate their surroundings Monday, February 22, 2016
By Todd B. Bates

Using a high-tech 3-D printer, a Rutgers undergraduate and his professor created sophisticated braille maps to help blind and visually impaired people navigate a local training center.

The three plastic tactile maps are for each floor at the Joseph Kohn Training Center, a state-funded facility for the blind and visually impaired in New Brunswick. And the goal is to print maps for all of the center’s students.

Student Designers Make Spaces, Products More Accessible

USC Davis competition puts principles of Universal Design to work on everyday items and locations BY Beth Newcomb
January 26, 2016

From a wheelchair-friendly home bathroom to computer equipment that’s easier on arthritic hands, student innovators from across California designed products and spaces to better serve individuals of all abilities for the USC Davis School of Gerontology’s Morton Kesten Universal Design Competition.

Fitness Technology That Helps the Blind Get Moving

A drone that guides blind runners around a track is just one of several new fitness technologies designed to assist the visually impaired. By Christina Couch
October 16, 2015

While NASA is working to make drones quieter, one researcher at the University of Nevada, Reno, is using its noise to benefit blind athletes.

Eelke Folmer, an associate professor of computer science and the head of UNR’s Human Plus Lab, has built a prototype drone system that guides blind runners around a track, allowing them to exercise independently without a sighted guide. Equipped with two cameras-a downward-facing one that follows
the lines on a track and a separate camera that focuses on a marker on the runner’s shirt-Folmer’s quadcopter flies at eye level, about 10 feet ahead of a runner, guiding them by sound. If the runner speeds up or slows down, the drone adjusts its own speed.

Master WordPress With This 3 in 1 Accessible Online Book!

Have a product to sell? Want a Membership Only website? How about a Community Forum?

If you are new to WordPress or not this 3 in 1 online book will walk you through setting up any or all of the above.

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Wearable Tech to Decode Sign Language

College Station, TX
By Ben Gruber

The communication barrier between deaf people who use sign language and those that don’t understand it may be coming to an end thanks to a new wearable technology being developed at Texas A&M University.

The device incorporates a system of sensors that records the motion of hand gestures, as well as the electromyography or EMG signals produced by muscles in the wrist when signing.

“We decode the muscle activities we are capturing from the wrist. Some of it is coming from the fingers indirectly because if I happen to keep my fist like this versus this, the muscle activation is going to be a little different,” said Roozbeh Jafari, an Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering at Texas A&M University.

3D Printing Creates Major Breakthrough for Blind People

CHATHAM, N.Y., Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire

3DPhotoWorks LLC, with support from the National Federation of the Blind, announces a 3D printing process that allows blind people to “see” fine art, diagrams, and other images. This recently patented process converts any conventional painting, drawing, collage or photograph into a 3D Tactile Fine Art Print. Prints have length, width, depth, and texture and are available in sizes up to 60″ x 120″.

The Company has devoted seven years to the development of this exciting new technology with the goal of making art and photography available to blind people at every museum, science center and institution, first in the United States and then worldwide.

IBM Research and Carnegie Mellon Create Open Platform to Help the Blind Navigate Surroundings

PR Newswire, October 15, 2015: 0

Scientists from IBM Research (NYSE: IBM) and Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) today announced the first of a kind open platform designed to support the creation of smartphone apps that can enable
the blind to better navigate their surroundings.

The IBM and CMU researchers used the platform to create a pilot app, called NavCog, that draws on existing sensors and cognitive technologies to inform
blind people on the CMU campus about their surroundings by “whispering” into their ears through earbuds or by creating vibrations on smartphones. The app analyzes signals from Bluetooth beacons located along walkways and from smartphone sensors to help enable users to move without human assistance, whether inside campus buildings or outdoors. Researchers are exploring additional capabilities for future versions of the app to detect who is approaching and what is their mood.

New Affordable Tablet-Based Intelligent Game Helps Children With Learning Disabilities

Those who work with children and adults with developmental and language disorders are constantly looking for tools to help boost performance through training.

GeoBee! from new tech start-up VisionMechanic, Inc., is a new intelligent, accessible, and affordable tablet game for training basic skills needed for success in the classroom.

OKOTOKS, Alberta, Sept. 1, 2015

Reggie and Anita live in a small community. Like many other families today, they are affected by obstacles to learning and reading: Their son T. is a very smart very capable boy in Gr 3, but he struggles with making sense of words on a page. While they appreciate the support they get from local sources, they are always looking for additional tools to help their son move forward.

New Talking Scientific Calculator Breaks Down Barriers for Blind Students

The Orion TI-30XS MultiView levels the educational playing field for students who are visually impaired

The new Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator is the world’s first fully accessible multi-line scientific calculator, created for students who are visually impaired. DALLAS, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/

Texas Instruments (TI) (NASDAQ: TXN), Orbit Research and the American Printing House for the Blind (APH) today unveiled the Orion TI-30XS MultiView Talking Scientific Calculator, the world’s first fully accessible multi-line scientific calculator, created for students who are visually impaired, and available for the upcoming school year.

Based on the popular TI-30XS Multiview scientific calculator from Texas Instruments, the Orion TI-30XS represents a breakthrough in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education for students with vision impairment.

Apple To Receive AFB’s Helen Keller Achievement Award

Apple has today been named as one of four recipients of the American Foundation For the Blind 2015 Helen Keller Achievement Award , according to a press release on the foundation’s website.

Specifically, Apple is being recognized for its implementation of the VoiceOver screen reader on iOS devices:

AFB is recognizing Apple for VoiceOver, a gesture-based screen reader that allows users to hear a description of everything happening on the display, and other features that make iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices accessible to people with vision loss. Apple received an AFB Access Award in 2009 for its trailblazing engineering of accessible products and continues its extraordinary efforts to make their products accessible for everyone.

Fedora Outlier LLC Blazes a Trail in Assistive Technology Teaching for the Blind and Deaf-Blind with its iOS Master Series

March 7, 2015


Fedora Outlier LLC, a nationally recognized firm of all blind and low-vision team
members, announces the iOS Master Series with Access Touch.

Fedora raises the bar for both the blind and deaf-blind with its signature Access
Touch feature for the iOS Master Series. Produced for Fedora Outlier by
iHabilitation Canada, Access Touch is an optional tactile enhancement to the
series that allows users to literally “get a feel” for their iPhone and iPad screens.
This gives users a better understanding of their devices and promotes faster
learning than traditional methods of assistive technology teaching.

New App Connects Visually Impaired With Sighted Assistants

The Globe and Mail
Published Wednesday, Jan. 21 2015

From his couch at home in New York City, Sam Marcus helped a woman bake corn muffins in Jefferson City, Mo., last week.

The woman, who is blind, needed someone to read the instructions on a box of muffin mix. She connected with Marcus through Be My Eyes, a new mobile app that matches visually impaired people with sighted volunteers who assist with everyday challenges via a live video connection.

Siemens Introduces Smart Hearing Aids at the 2015 International CES

Smart hearing aids work with both iPhone and Android devices Wearer can control microphone direction via smartphone
Intelligent devices continuously learn and automatically adapt

At the 2015 International CES, Siemens is unveiling smart hearing aidstheir latest in wearable hearing technology. The hearing aids can be discreetly controlled via both iPhone® and Android devices, with latest models clinically proven to outperform people with normal hearing in background noise. When two hearing aids are worn (the most common case), Siemens new smart hearing aids utilize intelligent, two-way wireless communication to zero in on desired speech with pinpoint accuracy. This enables better-than-normal hearing in crowded situations like noisy restaurants and cocktail parties where background chatter has historically been a challenge.

Gaming Technology Makes its Way Into Headsets for the Visually Impaired

Nov 25, 2014

EU researchers have developed a 3D headset that could help visually impaired people move around more safely and easily.

The DIGIGLASSES project, which kicked off in 2012, set out to develop a marketable digital tool for the
visually impaired using stereoscopic vision, corrected and customised for the specific symptoms of the user’s eye disease.

The project’s latest YouTube video announces the opening of product lines for participating SMEs. The project hopes it can be on market at the end of 2015.

With around 5 million people in Europe (285 million globally) living with a degree of
visual impairment that takes them beyond the help of normal glasses, the market for DIGIGLASSES’ innovative headset is clear.