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Can technology provide solutions to the various difficulties that disabled people face every day in areas where full accessibility is lacking?
Clever new technology has made our lives easier and better in ways we could never have imagined. For June Maylin, it has given her one of the most precious gifts of all: her independence. June, 64, has been blind almost since birth and once despaired of the way her disability left her feeling dependent on her family and friends. But, through embracing new technologies, she has now taken real control over her finances – and, with that, over other aspects of her life.
Microsoft’s Seeing AI app, which helps blind and partially sighted people by narrating the world around them, has been released in the UK.
The free program uses artificial intelligence to recognise objects, people and text via a phone or tablet’s camera and describes them to the user.
Seeing AI, an ongoing research project from Microsoft, is designed to help people with vision impairments complete everyday tasks and offer new levels of independence.
Something has to change - that was the message from key decision makers in Peterborough after discovering first hand the difficulties of reaching the city centre from the train station if you are disabled.
Spending more than an hour in a wheelchair navigating the ramps, lifts, slopes and crossings which make shopping here so difficult for so many, proved to be an eye opening experience for executives at two of the city’s biggest shopping centres, as well as the two men responsible for development in the city
Facebook is using artificial intelligence to understand what is in a photo and “read” it to people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to see it.
The new accessibility technology is intended to allow blind and visually-impaired people to share and take part in photos on Facebook.
Twitter has added a new feature to ensure that people who are visually-impaired don’t miss out on pictures on the service.
The company will now support “alternative text” in all of its photos, meaning that people can add descriptions to pictures that will help those who otherwise couldn’t see them be involved in the post.
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