Microsoft recently awarded RallyPoint/6 a grant to equip its Veteran and Military Family Outreach and Resource Center with the latest accessible technology, including the Surface. These tablets will be loaded with Windows 8, including its speech recognition technology that will allow users to command devices with their voices. With the Surface, veterans with mobility issues will be able to search for jobs, housing and services and navigate the mountains of paperwork they often confront. When the Resource Center opens at the end of December, it also will feature an accessible computer platform designed for veterans who are in wheelchairs or who have other disabilities.
We often think of Microsoft’s Kinect as a cool part of video games, but researchers created a new prototype that uses Kinect to translate sign language into spoken and written words and spoken words into sign.
Every year when school rolls around, I make a list. I don’t make the typical list of school supplies and socks. I make a list the adaptations that need to be in place so my son can complete his school work. Adapting a mainstream school experience for a child who does not talk or write is a big task, but at its core it is simply helping my son live his life.
In a previous post, Alex Li challenged the assertion that a keyboard must control all of a computer’s software.
So, if a keyboard is not required, what alternatives could meet the needs of users with disabilities?