Android Accessibility

New App for People with Vision Disabilities

A new application called SimplEye is equipped with a Braille typing feature and designed to assist people with vision disabilities with all features of their smartphone. The app was launched last week on World Sight Day. The application was developed by Kriyate, a Delhi-based enterprise and was launched by Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. The application is available for download at the Google play Store.

Talkitt gives people with speech disabilities their voice back. The app for android and iPhone differs from other speech recognition software in that it recognizes patterns. It listens to the speech of a person with a speech impediment and translates what they are saying through the use of pattern recognition and a calibrated personalized dictionary. 

IDEAL Currency Identifier (ICI) by Apps4Android is an Android app that identifies U.S. currency notes for people with vision disabilities. Today Apps4Android announced the release of the V2.0 update.

New Features:

  • Quicker identification of notes
  • Recognized the redesigned $100 bill

Legacy Features:

  • Identifies the following bills:
    • $1 (1963 – present)
    • $2 (1976 – present)
    • $5 (1993 – present)
    • $10, $20, $50 and $100 (1990 – present)

Read more about the IDEAL Currency Identifier.

TabAccess from Zyrobotics is the first assistive device of its type to allow easier access to Android and iOS tablet devices. It allows people with challenges moving their hands and arms.

“Unfortunately, most applications for smartphones and tablets are not designed with accessibility in mind, especially for people with motor disabilities,” explains Dr. Ayanna Howard, founder and Chief Technology Officer of Zyrobotics. “Our strategic launch of TabAccess is both a technology game changer and life changer for so many.”

TabAccess provides access through multiple accessible devices such as sip/puff, button switches and grasp switches.

Learn more about mobile accessibility with Kathy Wahlbin’s Mobile Accessibility on the Move Slides.

Even though WCAG 2.0 was written before smartphones put mobile accessibility in the public eye, WCAG 2.0 was written to be forward-thinking and has proved to be so.

MyEardrod, an app developed by The Tecnalia Centre of Applied Research, helps people with hearing disabilities identify ordinary sounds that are found in a typical domestic environment. Doorbells, fire alarms and dripping taps are among the everyday situations that can be challenging for people who cannot hear.

MyEardrod can be easily downloaded from Google Play and installed on a mobile phone giving the solution great flexibility and mobility addressing the limitation of fix installations. The app can also be personalized making sure it is identifying sounds that are relevant to the user.

Samsung has announced three new assistive technology accessories, which connect easily with the Galaxy Core Advanced, that add to the existing accessibility features on the devise. The accessories are designed for users who are blind or have low vision.

  • The Ultrasonic Cover: This innovative cover detects obstacles and helps users navigate unfamiliar surroundings by sending an alert through vibrations or Text-to-Speech feedback. The user holds the phone with the cover in front of them and it can detect people and objects up to two meters away.
  • The Optical Scan Stand: Allows the devise to recognize text from an image by positioning the device to focus on printed materials and activating the Optical Scan application.
  • The Vocal Label: Distinguishes objects by allowing the user to make notes and tag voice labels easily on-the-go. The user can record, stop and access their notes using NFC technology.

Sprint has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Change Marker Award for its commitment to mobile accessibility for people with disabilities by the New York charity Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC). QSAC supports children and adults with autism.

Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse, will accept the award on behalf of the company during QSAC’s annual gala, which will take place on Tuesday, June 17th, at The Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers in New York.  This annual award recognizes a company that has made a meaningful commitment to support the needs of children and adults with developmental disabilities. They are honoring Sprint for delivering innovative accessible solutions that empower individuals with disabilities.

A new fully accessible app created for the android operating system called Text Detective reads text from a page out loud. By pointing the phone’s camera at text the user can hear it read aloud as well as edit, copy and paste the text into documents, emails or other apps. The Detective works best with clean and crisp text and can help a user read mail, menus, cards, product packages, medication labels and other print.

The app, which has great implications for individuals who are blind, was created by Blindsight and supported in part by SBIR grants from the National Institutes of Health. It is available for $1.99 on Google play.

The advanced writing and reading assistive technology for people with dyslexia and dysgraphia, Ghotit Real Writer & Reader, had just released their version 3 for Android 4. The new release targets tablets but works with smartphones as well. The company has more improvements planned for smartphones.

Unlike other vendors, Ghotit has ported the software in full. Therefore, the Android version has all the features of and works similar to the original Mac and Windows version and features Android sharing.  The new release requires Android version 4 with 1 GB of RAM or more.

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