jump to article
AFB  ®
Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 May 2016 Issue  Volume 17  Number 5
Photo of HumanWare Prodigi HumanWare Prodigi Connect 12 Unites Magnification and Mobile Computing
Professionals and students, for whom portability and connectedness are as important as powerful magnification, are embracing a new breed of magnifiers that also function as computing devices. This is especially true in the mid-range of the marketplace, where you'll find HumanWare's Prodigi Connect 12. The device exemplifies the ways access technology companies can provide both important accessibility features and modern computing.
Shelly Brisbin


In This Issue


Editor's Page

AccessWorld Is Listening!


Product Evaluations and Guides

HumanWare Prodigi Connect 12 Unites Magnification and Mobile Computing
by Shelly Brisbin Professionals and students, for whom portability and connectedness are as important as powerful magnification, are embracing a new breed of magnifiers that also function as computing devices. This is especially true in the mid-range of the marketplace, where you'll find HumanWare's Prodigi Connect 12. The device exemplifies the ways access technology companies can provide both important accessibility features and modern computing.

Freedom Scientific's Apple iOS Training Bundle: Let's Have a Listen
by Bill Holton The Freedom Scientific Apple iOS Training Bundle is a good starting point for learning VoiceOver. Rehab agencies, Lighthouses for the Blind, and other educational organizations will also benefit from owning a copy or two to loan to their students to reinforce hands-on training sessions.

Learning to Use the Amazon Echo with the Mystic Access Audio Tutorial
by Bill Holton Amazon Fire users do not currently have a built-in personal assistant, such as Siri or Google Now, and for those users the Echo does add some much-needed functionality. Many people also still prefer to use a feature phone, and the Echo would make an extremely useful addition to their accessibility technology. I can also see a strong use case for seniors who are newly blind and others with limited screen reader experience.

Independent Navigation

Project BLAID: Toyota's Contribution to Indoor Navigation for the Blind
by Jamie Pauls As with most projects, the work being done on Project BLAID will provide a springboard for new projects. What yet-to-be-released technology will make the difficulties associated with indoor navigation a distant memory? In the short term, perhaps developers of technologies such as Apple's iBeacons can work with Toyota and others to bring the needs of the visually impaired to the forefront.

Software Update Information

Apple Software Roundup: Updates to Apple Product Operating Systems
by Janet Ingber The latest updates for iOS, Mac, Apple TV and Apple Watch are definitely worth installing. Each has convenient new features. Updates contain internal fixes that the user may not even notice.

AccessWorld News

AccessWorld News


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor



Download the free AccessWorld appDownload the free AccessWorld app
 
Back Issues
Search AccessWorld
AccessWorld Alerts Signup
For Advertisers
Contact AccessWorld
 

Related Links

Using Assistive Technology
AccessWorld Appliance Accessibility Guide
Product Database for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
AFB Consulting
 
 Advertising
HIMS New All In One Video Magnifier

M-Enabling Summit 2016

Interactive US Map with Talking Tactile Pen

I-M-ABLE

NEW! iOS in the Classroom: A Guide for Teaching Students with Visual Impairments

Hope. Help. Connections for People with Vision Loss. VisionConnect FREE iOS app!

AccessNote Accessible Notetaker App FREE on Android and iOS

Low Vision Simulators Plus VSRT (Pepper) Test LUV Reading Workbook

iPad Learning Success

Bioptic Driving new from eLearning

Making Life More Livable, 3rd Edition

O & M for Independent Living
 
 End of advertising

Copyright © 2016 American Foundation for the Blind. All rights reserved.
AccessWorld® is a trademark of the American Foundation for the Blind.
Products included in AccessWorld® are not necessarily endorsed by AccessWorld® or AFB.