visually impaired

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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

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

BackMap helps people who are visually impaired navigate cities and indoor areas

I’m not sure what it would be like to navigate the streets of New York if I were visually impaired, but I imagine it would not be the most comfortable experience. BackMap, which came out of TechCrun

OxSight uses augmented reality to aid the visually impaired

One percent of the world's population, approximately 70 million people, are blind. That is not a huge number when you think of it in terms of a potential use base for a consumer product, but it is mas

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

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

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

Can iBeacons Be Used To Help The Visually Impaired Navigate Public Transport?

London-based digital design studio ustwo is working on a project with the Royal London Society for Blind People (RLSB) to determine whether iBeacons/Bluetooth Low Energy beacon technology can be used

Amazon Adds New Features For Blind And Visually Impaired Users To Kindle For iOS App, Coming To Other Platforms Soon

Amazon today announced a number of new features for its Kindle for iOS app that aim to make it easier to use for blind and visually impaired users. Today’s update, Amazon says, will make it easi

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