Google adds a wheelchair-accessible option for transit maps

Google Maps has a pretty solid set of data for taking transit from here to there, but anyone with a physical disability knows it isn't quite that simple. Some stations may be wheelchair-unfriendly, ha

BlindPAD’s tablet makes visual information tactile for the vision-impaired

It's truly amazing, the wealth of information we all have at our fingertips — that is, of course, unless your fingertips are how you have to access that information. An innovative new tablet that us

Making VR less painful for the vision-impaired

You don't have to have perfect vision to enjoy VR, but brother, it helps. Otherwise you're looking at having to worry about accommodating glasses, eye tracking not working, ocular distances maxing out

App lets visually impaired in India hear books in their native language

For the millions upon millions of visually impaired people in India, it can be difficult getting hold of the audiobook they want in the language they need it in. A project from Carnegie Mellon Univers

Furenexo’s SoundSense is a simple, open-source gadget that helps deaf people stay aware of their surroundings

People with deafness have plenty of ways to navigate everyday situations as if they had no disability at all, but there are still situations that present dangers unique to them — not being able to h

Marrakesh Treaty will limit copyright, easing book access for blind and print-disabled worldwide

It's difficult enough already for the visually impaired to read the books and publications sighted people take for granted, but it's downright impossible when the content isn't even available in acces

Depth-sensing walker monitors and connects the elderly and mobility impaired

The so-called Internet of Things is often underwhelming — who really needs a tweeting oven? — but inspiring applications of embedded sensors and ubiquitous connectivity still appear, and sometimes

3D-printed bespoke wheelchair debuts at Design Week in London

For all their being motion-enabling platforms, wheelchairs are themselves rather static. A frame of steel and aluminum supporting foam-filled leather or plastic, with a handful of settings that may or

The Accessibility Of The iPhone 6s

With each passing year, Apple releases a new iPhone. And with each passing year, I'm faced with the question of upgrading. On one hand, I want to be practical and save money. My phone still works grea

Future Transhumanist Tech May Soon Change The Definition Of Disability

Radical technologies around the world may soon overhaul the field of disability and immobility, which affects in some way more than a billion people around the world. MIT bionics designer Hugh Herr, w

GPS System Helps Blind People Mosey Around Town

An Italian company has developed a GPS system that helps blind people easily and safely get around town. Called Easy Walk, the system is comprised of a Symbian cellphone, a Bluetooth GPS receiver and