WSJ: “As the new technologies have changed life for the blind”


Published on May 30, 2018


A new article published by the Wall Street Journal analyzes how technology accessibility has the “potential to radically change the mobility, the employment and the style of life of the blind and visually impaired“. The piece analyzes the progress made by Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Google and other companies, both in terms of hardware and software.

Mike May has spoken of Air, a technology that provides users of the special glasses that connect them to a person of flesh and bones and in real time, which proceeds to describe the surrounding environment and the users with vision problems move. The price of the service Aira goes from 89$ for 100 minutes per month to 329$ monthly for unlimited access

There is also who has told of the importance of the Apple products, always careful to meet the needs of blind and visually impaired. Examples such as those of the buying experience in an Apple Store, that is perfectly optimized for the visually impaired thanks to VoiceOver, or from the same Siri essential to send messages or obtain particular information without having to touch the iPhone.

Mr. Weihenmayer, for example, use the remote control voice Comcast to find TV programs, Apple's Siri to send messages, and Alexa of the Amazon search for your favorite music.

The article concludes with a focus on the future, with Apple in the foreground in the development of an automatic driving system that can allow visually impaired people to move autonomously in the car.

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