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Get the latest TC stories read to you over the phone with BrailleVoice

It can be a pain for the visually impaired to keep up with your favorite publications the way sighted app users do. BrailleVoice is a project that puts the news in a touch-tone phone interface, readin

Microsoft Soundscape helps the visually impaired navigate cities

Microsoft today launched Soundscape, a new iOS app that aims to give people who are blind or visually impaired a greater awareness of their surrounding by using 3D cues. It’s worth stressing tha

HR has lost the trust of employees. Here is who has it now

Human resources has to be one of the greatest bait-and-switch professions one can join today. HR departments position themselves with a forward-facing fluffy image, whether improving the productivity

The BecDot is a toy that helps teach vision-impaired kids to read braille

Learning braille is a skill that, like most, is best learned at an early age by those who need it. But toddlers with vision impairment often have few or no options to do so, leaving them behind their

Bullish: Increasing access to technology for blind people

Technology can be central to the lives of the 285 million people in the world who are blind or visually impaired, as long as they know how to use it. That’s where Erin Lauridsen, access technolo

MIT develops a vibrating wearable to help people with visual impairments navigate

For such a simple tool, the white cane has been incredibly enduring. With all of the technological advances that have been made over the past century, we haven’t come up with much better than a stic

Uber employees are chatting with each other about Uber’s leadership on anonymous workplace app Blind

Uber employees have flocked to an anonymous workplace app called Blind as a sort of catharsis since ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler Rigetti posted about being propositioned and discriminated against whi

Unseen Art Is Crowdfunding An Open Source Platform To Make Fine Art Accessible Via 3D Printing

Making art more accessible to blind and visually impaired people is founder Marc Dillon's new mission. After almost a quarter century working in the mobile industry -- latterly at alternative mobile O

Talk With Your Colleagues Anonymously, With Blind

Tired of being monitored by your company while wanting to dish with colleagues about said company? Or maybe you’re curious about what people with similar work experience are making at other

Aipoly Puts Machine Vision In The Hands Of The Visually Impaired

It's 3.30am in the featureless Singularity University meeting room I'm peering into via Skype and I've just asked Marita Cheng to take a photo of the buttons on her co-founder, Alberto Rizzoli's, shir

Creator Of BlindType, A Keyboard App For The Blind Acquired By Google, Reveals New Keyboard App Called Fleksy

<a target="_blank" href="http://fleksy.com/">Fleksy</a> is a new keyboard replacement app for iOS, originally designed for use by the blind or partially sighted, which was created by co-founders <a ta

Crazy but real: Device lets blind people see using their tongue

<img src="http://www.crunchgear.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/09/brainport.jpg" />Invention of the year? Quite possibly! It's the BrainPort, and it, in effect, gives blind people the ability to see by u

Camera for the blind captures images in braille

Ho-lee crap. Now I’ve seen it all (no pun intended). This camera, called the Touch Sight, was developed by Chueh Lee of Samsung China. The basic short and sweet is that you hold the camera against y

New technology lets visually impaired people sing karaoke, too

Two companies from the motherland of Karaoke, Japan, partnered up to develop a new Karaoke system that is tailor-made to meet the demands of the blind and visually impaired. Tokyo-based Nippon Telesof

U.S. bionic eye recently tested successfully in Europe

I bet we’ll start to see more and more of these types of stories in the next two to three years. Apparently two British men have received successful eye operations that have restored their sight

Vibrating, Braille-enabled cellphone for the blind invented in Japan

Using vibrations much like a Morse code, professor Nobuyuki Sasaki has invented a type of cellphone that works in Braille for blind dialers. Using a Braille keybaord, the phone uses tactile feedback i