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The 24 best movies you probably didn't see this year

Every year, plenty of lists appear touting the best movie of the year (we're no exception), box office results are tallied, and a consensus builds around the top movies everyone loved. Some, if they're lucky, end up among the best of all time.<p>These movies are definitely worth watching. Everyone …

Roger Stone

Big data meets Big Brother as China moves to rate its citizens

On June 14, 2014, the State Council of China published an ominous-sounding document called "Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit …

Maps That You Can Hear and Touch

Scientists and architects are pioneering a new cartography for blind users.<p>Sighted people read maps almost every day. Maps help us get off at the right subway station, grasp global affairs, plan museum trips, and remember the new office floorplan. And our use of maps, and sense of what they …

Device Trains Blind People To 'See' By Listening

Seeing without sight<p>Researchers have found that newly blind people can learn to "see" with their ears. The key: technology called sensory substitution devices (SSDs) that can convert visual stimuli into aural representations of the surroundings, allowing users to reacquire lost abilities; a blind …

The Blind Feel a Flash of Their Loved One’s Smile

Through Listerine's Smile Detector app, those who can't see smiles can listen or feel them instead

How the blind use technology to see the world | Austin Seraphin | TEDxPhiladelphia

Assistive Technology in Minutes for Students Who Are Blind with Multiple Disabilities

RNIB PenFriend 2 - Andrew tells us about this audio labeller

This Gadget Could Revolutionize How the Blind Learn Braille

The Braille Writing Tutor provides guided practice for beginners learning to write braille.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn …

Learning

'RoboHon' is the tiny robot smartphone you never knew you needed

Watch the teaser video after the break. Skip along then come back to me. Sharp's RoboHon is so damn adorable, I can't look away from this <i>kawaii</i> singularity. This robot smartphone may be cute, but it's also jammed full of skills and features. A projector, articulated animated arms and legs, …

Why books need to be made more accessible for visually impaired people

As a visually impaired person, <b>Maya Haynes</b> had to wait six months for a large print copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – and when it came it was more of a doorstop than a book! Kindles and eReaders are making things better but, she argues, there is still a long way to go in making books …

Disney•Pixar is Making Movies Better for Blind People

On a warm, sunny morning last month, a group of LightHouse employees piled into a van and drove north to Skywalker Ranch, George Lucas’ historic …

I went blind for a day to try Microsoft's headset for the visually impaired

Microsoft is developing technology that allows blind pedestrians to know where they are using headphones and GPS. James Titcomb tests out the project's latest phase<p>It’s a cold, wet Tuesday morning in the middle of Reading town centre, and my world has gone pitch black.<p>Somebody grabs my arm, to …

Augmented Reality

4 Ways Technology Can Improve Architecture for (and by) the Blind

Seven years after waking up without sight, San Francisco-based architect Chris Downey is helping to revolutionize the built environment with …

San Francisco

A New Smartphone App Is Revolutionizing Eye Care in Developing Countries

Though there are more cell phones than toilets in the world, many eye care health workers are still slogging away filling out patient details on …

How Google designs for the blind

Laura Palmaro was 10 years old when she rubbed her eyes and noticed something was wrong with her vision. She had a hemorrhage in the left eye and lost central vision, part of a rare condition called choroidal osteoma.<p>The same condition struck her right eye four years later. Overnight, she'd become …

2015's most intriguing innovations

Emerging technologies offer new opportunities to address challenges for all people, including people with blindness and other disabilities. In 2015, …

The Swiss smartphone school for the blind

“Show me how to get home.” Arthur is speaking the words into his phone in an attempt to get it to direct him to where he lives. He’s blind, elderly …

Art exhibit designed for blind and visually impaired individuals opens in Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (January 14, 2015)- A new art exhibit opens in Indianapolis on Thursday, January 14.<p>It’s designed specifically for people who are …

Sessions for the Blind at Sunderland Museum

From 1913, John Alfred Charlton Deas, a former curator at Sunderland Museum, organised several handling sessions for the blind, first offering an …

3D Printed "Linespace" Allows Visually Impaired People to Read and Interact with Maps, Diagrams and More

The woman stands at a drafting table, her hands resting lightly on the surface. “Berlin center,” she says clearly. A voice responds, “Drawing central …

This company helps blind people see

There is a chance that I may go blind someday.<p>I have a degenerative eye disease called retinitis pigmentosa, or RP for short. Still, I consider myself to be very lucky.<p>I recently turned 43, and I was diagnosed with RP when I was 16. But for now, my vision is mostly fine.<p>I have night blindness and …

3D Printing Allows Visually Impaired to Experience Museums in a New Way

While there are thousands of people who have benefited from 3D printing technology, some of those who have benefited the most are those with …

George Washington

This Agency’s Brilliant ‘Braille Bricks’ Help Blind Children Learn to Read Through Play

Imagine if Lego-style blocks were turned into a Braille alphabet that could help visually impaired children learn to read. For a group of kids in …

Advertising Industry

Morphing Braille tablets offer graphics to the blind

You can use voice dictation and feedback to navigate a phone or tablet if you're blind, but that doesn't really answer all your needs. What if you need to read charts or other graphics? The University of Michigan has an answer. It's developing a Braille display that uses microfluidic bubbles …

New Braille Books Help Visually Impaired Kids Connect with the World

<i>Earlier this year, DK — a publisher known for its highly visual encyclopedias for kids — entered uncharted territory when they launched an all-new</i> …

visuallyimpaired

‘WhiteNote’ app helps visually impaired learn music

‘WhiteNote’ is an application that presents musical note files (in XML form), suitable for visually impaired people. There are several applications …

Apps

Netra - special ultrasonic 'eyes' for the visually impaired, inspired by bats

A few days ago, we talked about an Indian’s amateur DIY project for creating the Braille Smartphone. And, now another Indian has done his country …

Meteor Vibrating Watch for visually impaired

For people who are blind and deaf, Meteor Vibrating Watch by Alexandravision is the ideal solution to keep accurate track of time, as other normal …