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Quest for prosthetic retinas progresses towards human trials, with a VR assist

An artificial retina would be an enormous boon to the many people with visual impairments, and the possibility is creeping closer to reality year by year. One of the latest advancements takes a different and very promising approach, using tiny dots that convert light to electricity, and virtual reality has helped show that it could ...

4 signs your product is not as accessible as you think

More than 1/4 of the U.S. adult population lives with some form of disability, and businesses that are ignorant or slow to respond to accessibility needs are producing products for a smaller group of users. ...

How to create a more inclusive future post-COVID with disability advocate Alice Wong

03.03.2021 · Posted in Technology Articles

There are two major lessons to be learned from the COVID-19 pandemic, according to Alice Wong, founder and director of the Disability Visibility project. First, we must stop striving for a return to some form of pre-COVID 'normality', because really,... ...

How Zoom is changing American Sign Language

As the pandemic has driven adoption and (over)use of videoconferencing software like Zoom, it's required changes in American Sign Language. From Scientific American: One adaptation arises as a result of a video meeting's limited frame size. "The sig... ...

3D-printed Braille dice

The DOTSRPG Project started with a few friends looking to improve accessibility in tabletop gaming. From their Patreon: While DOTS started with a focus on accessibility for those who are fully blind, we have since branched out to start address... ...

Evinced raises $17M to speed up accessibility testing for the web

Making and keeping the web accessible is a full-time job, and like any other development role, accessibility tools need to evolve to keep up with the times. Evinced is a startup that promises both richer and faster checks of websites in production or in progress, and it just raised $17M to take its tools to ...

Facebook and Instagram’s AI-generated image captions now offer far more details

Every picture posted to Facebook and Instagram gets a caption generated by an image analysis AI, and that AI just got a lot smarter. The improved system should be a treat for visually impaired users, and may help you find your photos faster in the future. Alt text is a field in an image’s metadata ...

Imagine being blind and trying to attend a virtual event. Try that next time you stage one.

How do you make a virtual event accessible for people who are blind or visually impaired? When I started work on Sight Tech Global back in June this year, I was confident that we would find the answer to that question pretty quickly. With so many virtual event platforms and online ticketing options available to ...