The South African Mobile Telecommunications Accessibility Survey

As people living with disabilities in South Africa, we are faced with various challenges, from the mundane to the most unimaginable levels of discrimination.

 

When I interact with my mobile or cellular provider, I find a lot of things lacking.  Instead of complaining about it though, I am currently interacting with some parties to do something about this.

 

For this reason, I have created a survey.

 

If you are living with a disability and if you have the means and the time to fill it in, it will be appreciated.

 

You could even ask someone to fill it in for you.

 

To register for participation, please go to http://www.3bhost.co.za/surveys/index.php/866376/lang-en

 

This survey will be available until 11:59 PM on 23 April, 2013.

 

Your answers will be kept anonymous even though you would be registering an account for participation.

 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this survey, please feel free to email me at admin@AccessTech.co.za

 

Thanks for reading and have a lovely day further.

TapTapSee, a real easy camera app for the visually impaired

TapTapSee is a lightweight application designed to help the visually impaired and blind community identify objects they encounter in their daily lives.

Once the user takes a picture of what is in front of them, the application identifies and speaks the identification back to the user*.

The application also features instant recognition on all US paper currency.

* Spoken identification requires VoiceOver to be turned on.

Version

1.1

Free or Paid

Free

Compatibility

This is a native iPhone and iPod Touch app that is displayed in 2x mode on an iPad

Device(s) App Was Tested On

iPhone 4
I’ve had loads of fun with this app.  It’s real easy to use.  There are only two buttons in the app.  The about and the take picture button.
The only issue I have at present, is that one is not able to recall previous results.  You can’t share the info and you don’t have a way of repeating your results.
In this podcast, I demonstrate the ability of the TapTapSee application to recognize objects rather accurately.
Enjoy.

Fleksy – A very quick audio intro

Fleksy is a text input system specifically designed for people with visual impairments.

This free app gives you the full Fleksy typing experience, with the option to upgrade to the full version to email, copy, or message the text you enter from within the application itself.

For those who are too lazy to install the demo yourself, or if you don’t have access to an IOS device, I’ve given a very basic demonstration of how fleksy works. No word correction or anything more complicated.

The podcast is right at the end of this post.

How to use Fleksy

Fleksy is complementary to Apple’s VoiceOver technology.

With Fleksy, you don’t have to hover over the keyboard to find the correct letter You need to lightly tap once where you think the letter roughly is, and continue with the next letter. Avoid pressing and holding on each key and waiting to hear feedback.

To type “bananas” for example, first tap approximately where you think the letter B is. That should be near the middle and bottom part of the screen, and you only need to do a single tap. Don’t worry about being too accurate. You will hear a clicking sound to indicate that a keypress has been registered. Next tap where you think the letter A is. That should be on the left part of the screen, and somewhat higher than your previous tap. Continue tapping the rest of the letters N A N A S to form the word “bananas”.

Once you are done typing a word, perform a right swipe gesture to indicate a space. The system will automatically correct your input and read out the word that you typed.

To type your next word, you simply start tapping on the next letters as described. Make sure to spell words correctly.

If the suggestion was not right the first time, you can swipe down to navigate between alternative suggestions. Or swipe left to delete the last word you entered and enter a different one.

Fleksy has more functions for entering punctuation marks, typing custom words (such as names), and includes innovative ways to help you type easily. Make sure you read the instructions contained within the app.

Visit the developer’s web site.

Get fleksy on the appstore.

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Zello, free Walky Talky application for Android, Blackberry, iOS and the PC.

Zello is a free program that will allow you to talk to people from all over the world, with your voice. It works on Android phones, Blackberry devices, Apple’s iOS devices and computers.

In this podcast, I demonstrate very briefly, what Zello sounds like on the computer and on my Android device.

Visit Zello on the net at www.Zello.com to download Zello for the pc.

If you are using Android, Blackberry or an iOS device, visit the respective market places to download Zello. Remember that it is free.

Papa Sangre, Game Play

The ultimate first-person game, you’re trapped in Papa Sangre’s palace — a ‘Day of the Dead’ style afterlife. Your task: save the soul of someone you love.

Do you dare enter the dark palace of Papa Sangre?

“An essential addition to the genre. Don’t miss it” — The Observer

***Featured in Wired Magazine, the BBC, The Guardian and Ars Technica***

YOU ARE LOST, DEEP IN THE DARKNESS OF THE LAND OF THE DEAD …

  • Explore an entire world created in real-time using incredibly realistic 3D binaural audio
  • “See” with your ears — we’ll teach you how, and then it’s up to you to survive …
  • Turn, walk and run using a beautiful, intuitive interface
  • Escape back to the land of the living without getting eaten … or worse!
  • Solve Papa Sangre’s puzzles and dilemmas
  • A fully accessible game, tested by ourselves at www.AccessTech.co.za.

“Terrifying … I’m sure Papa Sangre will be a hit” — The Guardian

—Please note:Requires headphones

ESCAPE. SAVE THE ONE YOU LOVE. DO THE RIGHT THING.

If you like it, you can
buy it from here.

Visit the Developer web site at www.Papasangre.com

And now for the podcast.