A group of six grade school girls in Los Fresnos, Texas took it upon themselves to solve a problem for blind kids. They built an app for them.
The app, Hello Navi, first came from the imagination of a particular girl in the group, Grecia Cano. She says her heart went out to the blind students in her school who had a hard time figuring out how to get around.
Continue reading New navigational app for blind people on Android coming soon.
The South African Human Rights commission has converted its Library in such a way that people with visual disability are catered for.
According to Hellen Makwana, they have created a section in the Library which is equipped with screen reading devices.
Continue reading The South African Human Rights commission is now accessible to the blind and visually aimpaired.
London-based firm OwnFone has released what it says is the world’s first Braille phone.
The front and back of the phone is constructed using 3D printing techniques and can be customised.
Continue reading First Braille phone goes on sale – BBC
Samsung GALAXY S5 moves technological innovation beyond boundaries
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – May 14, 2014 – People with disabilities face many barriers; however, the emergence of computing technology for tasks such as reading and writing documents, communicating with others, and searching for information on the Internet, is helping to bridge this gap. As a result, students and employees with disabilities are capable of handling a wide range of activities independently.
According to Statistics SA, more than 2 million people in South Africa are living with a disability, meaning that 4.3% of the South African population is disabled*.
The new Samsung GALAXY S5 smartphone comes packed with tools to assist users with special needs – by providing significantly better accessibility for the disabled, in many communities in our country.
Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics SA: “We are immensely honoured to be in a position to offer technology to assist the disabled community in our country. At Samsung we believe that the only way technology can be meaningful, is to put it in the hands of customers, in order to improve their lives.”
Continue reading Innovation for the Visually, Hearing and Physically Impaired