Monday, 14 July 2014

Talking TEch for July15 2014

Update on Texpo 2014 Locations.

 

Texpo locations have been confirmed:

Melbourne: 10 and 11 October.

Sydney: 17 and 18 October.

 

http://www.visionaustralia.org/texpo

 

The ACCAN Apps for All Challenge Extended to July 23 2014

 

There is still time to submit your accessible app as part of the App for All Challenge with the date being extended to Wednesday July 23 2014.

 

The categories in which you can submit your nominations include: most accessible main stream app, most innovative app for seniors, most accessible children’s app, and most accessible game app.

 

Submit your nominations to:

appsforall@accan.org.au

 

http://accan.org.au/our-work/app

 

Zagga - Upcoming Video Description On Demand Streaming Service

 

This service is to come online in the fall or spring on our side of the world.  This paid subscription service will allow you to stream audio described movies, TV shows etc to your computer, phone or tablet.

The subscription price will be comparable to other paid subscription services.  Even though the service is world wide, due to copyright restrictions, some content will only be available in certain countries.

You can sign up now to register for the service, and you will be noticed when it is online.

They have a few sample video s which you can watch/lisen to including Up, Toy Story, and a few others.

 

http://zagga.tv/how-it-works/

 

AccessWorld for July 2014

 

Amongst other things in this issue were the Perkins Smart Brailler, ($2195) and the ScanSnap SV600 over head scanner ($799).

 

http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw1507toc

 

A More Certain Future for NVDA

 

The developers of NVDA have received a grant from the NIPPON foundation which will ensure the ongoing development and support of this free screen reader for Windows in to the future.

 

The Japan-based Nippon Foundation supports many social innovation projects, including those which enhance the lives of disabled people in the developing world. NVDA is valued by people in over 120 countries, but it has a particularly profound effect on the lives of people in developing countries. Without NVDA, blind people in many developing countries would never have been able to use a computer.

 

http://www.nvaccess.org/post/a-more-certain-future-for-free-screen-reader-nvda/

 

Finger Reader - a device to read out printed text to the blind

 

a Prototype from MIT for reading text on a printed page by sliding your across a line of text at a time.

 

http://mashable.com/2014/07/13/blind-fingerreader/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw

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