Tactile display

August 12, 2010

Tactile display.

Sorry, time constraints limit me from talking much about this. Thinking of applications will have to be an exercise left to the reader.

http://www.hizook.com/blog/2010/08/11/electrotactile-arrays-texture-and-pressure-feedback-during-robotic-teleoperation

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No commentary. These articles speak for themselves.

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/05/01/world/middleeast/01blind.html?pagewanted=1

http://www.thepeninsulaqatar.com/Display_news.asp?section=local_news&month=may2008&file=local_news2008051424136.xml

Braille Rubik’s Cube

March 17, 2010

Awesome!

texture cube

A sighted person would find this one easier.

Snow Leopard

August 28, 2009

Snow Leopard, the development nickname for Macintosh OSX version 10.6, is available for sale today.
It has new accessibility features.

PCWorld article on these.

I’m particularly interested in the mirroring the screen with the trackpad feature. The trackpads on the new unibody laptops are huge. And I recall that Apple has patents on some haptic feedback touchscreen ideas. Could a built-in braille reader in the Macbook be possible?

Must remember to do a blog post about Windows 7 when it comes out.

Braille e-book

April 20, 2009

http://www.yankodesign.com/2009/04/17/braille-e-book/
braille_book

This isn’t out on the market yet, but this is a promising design.

Test for accessibility

March 20, 2009

So I ran this blog through this automated app that tests sites for Section 508 compliance. I passed.

However, I think I can do better. Especially with color choice, since brown-on-tan isn’t terribly high-contrast. And the default font size is quite small. People with vision impairments but not total blindness might have difficulty with the default stylesheet.

More on this later…

NY Times

The fact is, I blather a lot on this blog, but I don’t actually have a disability. Read this blog post about this written by someone who is actually affected by the issue.

Scroll down on his post and read his related posts on the issue.

As well as the American Foundation for the Blind’s take on it.

Tablature in Braille

February 25, 2009

How does one who uses a braille display read tab?
Being a primarily graphical method of communication, it doesn’t really do much for people who cannot see.

Turtle Dove for banjo in tab

Turtle Dove for banjo in tab

Here is a solution.

There are two ways of thinking about this alternate method.
First, it would be interesting to create a computer script that could translate this automatically.
Alternately, this is a good project for crowdsourcing. If every guitar player or banjo player translated one song into the new notation, each person would only contribute a small amount of work, but the cumulative work completed would be enormous.

This is the concept behind One to One-Thousand by Sam Sennott. How much work could we get done if we all contributed a small amount toward the same end?

UPDATE:

Check this out. The crowdsourcing has already begun.

updated post

Disabilities in pop culture 4

February 21, 2009

Zatoichi, the Blind Samurai

And none of this 2003 remake crap.


There were something like a thousand Zatoichi films and there was always, always some damsel in distress that needed rescuing.

Sometimes being blind can be an asset. (See also Audrey Hepburn in Wait Until Dark)

Disabilities in Pop Culture

February 20, 2009

Esquire has a list that I’m not sure if I should be amused or offended by.

“The Five Most Incredible Physically Disabled Action Movie Heroes”

It is a little surprising to me that Zatoichi, the Blind Samurai is not on this list.