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An up and coming challenger to the LiveScribe that can digitize writing for pen lovers.

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Pump-up ‘rock n roll’ ball chairs for back to school?  These seats encourage active sitting and muscle use.  #ergofit

Pump-up ‘rock n roll’ ball chairs for back to school?  These seats encourage active sitting and muscle use.  #ergofit

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This article on using Xbox and Surface Pro for access shows that you can get creative to get accommodated. #a11y

This article on using Xbox and Surface Pro for access shows that you can get creative to get accommodated. #a11y

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Modifying a Retina MacBook with the upcoming Modbook seems like a useful way to make technology work for you.

Modifying a Retina MacBook with the upcoming Modbook seems like a useful way to make technology work for you.

(Source: Engadget)

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FingerReader is the name of a wearable gadget that could help visually impaired people read printed text in books and even on electronic devices, thus opening up additional possibilities to them. Developed by MIT researchers, FingerReader wants to help the blind access more resources than what’s already available in Braille format. TechCrunch reports that, according to a recent study from the Royal National Institute of the Blind in Britain cited by one of the researchers, in 2011 only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio, and Braille. One feature the MIT researchers do not explain is how readers will move seamlessly from one line of text in a book to the next, given that their visual impairment may prevent them from actually seeing the text.

FingerReader is the name of a wearable gadget that could help visually impaired people read printed text in books and even on electronic devices, thus opening up additional possibilities to them. Developed by MIT researchers, FingerReader wants to help the blind access more resources than what’s already available in Braille format. TechCrunch reports that, according to a recent study from the Royal National Institute of the Blind in Britain cited by one of the researchers, in 2011 only 7% of books are available in large print, unabridged audio, and Braille. One feature the MIT researchers do not explain is how readers will move seamlessly from one line of text in a book to the next, given that their visual impairment may prevent them from actually seeing the text.

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This Samsung smartphone accessory technology is designed specifically to help disabled or visually impaired users do more with their Android device”

This Samsung smartphone accessory technology is designed specifically to help disabled or visually impaired users do more with their Android device”

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Apple’s collaboration on a hearing aid that works simply with the iPhone is a nice extension of their product design philosophy that will benefit individuals with hearing loss.  It is also noteworthy given the rising age of iPhone users.

Apple’s collaboration on a hearing aid that works simply with the iPhone is a nice extension of their product design philosophy that will benefit individuals with hearing loss.  It is also noteworthy given the rising age of iPhone users.

(Source: Yahoo!)

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FingerReader

Ring-like wearable device that can read aloud text as you guide it with your finger - video embedded below:

The FingerReader is a wearable device that assists in reading printed text. It is a tool both for visually impaired people that require help with accessing printed text, as well as an aid for language translation. Wearers scan a text line with their finger and receive an audio feedback of the words and a haptic feedback of the layout: start and end of line, new line, and other cues. The FingerReader algorithm knows to detect and give feedback when the user veers away from the baseline of the text, and helps them maintain a straight scanning motion within the line.

Developed by the Fluid Interfaces Group at MIT, you can find out more here

(via procrastinaut)

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If you’re looking to sound smart or to keep your head above water on the topic of crazy keyboard concepts, then you’ve come to the right article. With this gadget, “typing” is done via one-handed finger gestures (nothing too rude, don’t worry).

If you’re looking to sound smart or to keep your head above water on the topic of crazy keyboard concepts, then you’ve come to the right article. With this gadget, “typing” is done via one-handed finger gestures (nothing too rude, don’t worry).

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See laptops levitate at our Center courtesy of Humanscale

See laptops levitate at our Center courtesy of Humanscale