The Canute is one of the devices in line being heralded by media as the “kindle for the blind”. Among assistive technology developers, is a race to see who can design and build such a device first, but so far no one has succeeded. Canute, built by Bristol Braille located in Bristol, is working on the first multi-line braille display—and it is nearly ready for distribution.Read More
If you are color blind or otherwise have limited vision, you know that indeed the struggle is real when trying to figure out what looks good in the morning. But what if there was a device that allowed someone who is blind or visually impaired to get an idea of how they looked to a sighted person? Such a device could have a major impact on independence, especially for women who are frequently judged more harshly on their appearance.Read More
Blind children are often not given an opportunity to get involved with STEM (science technology engineering and mathematics) subjects. Nemeth code is not often introduced, and main streamed students simply don’t get access to biology, physics, and chemistry in the same way their sighted peers do. Youth Slam, run by the National Federation for the Blind’s National Center for Blind Youth in Science (NCBYS) is stepping in to change all of that.Read More
Dot Inc. has created the first viable braille smartwatch, called the Dot Watch. Or… Have they? Do a quick Google search and you find article after article praising the product—but none of the authors of those articles are blind or otherwise have an invested interest in the product. Here’s what we know about the smartwatch. Does it live up to the hype?
So what can be so exciting about yet another update to Windows? Believe it or not, the big reveal is that they will finally be adding native braille support. While this seems inconsequential, it is in fact the first time braille users will be able to access the capabilities of a windows OS without needing third party software.Read More