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Google is testing an AI system to help vision-impaired people run races

By accessibility, AI, artificial intelligence, artificialintelligence, blind, engadget, gear, google, News, project guideline, vision impaired

Google is testing an artificial intelligence system designed to help blind and vision-impaired people to run races by themselves. Project Guideline, which is an early-phase research program, is an attempt to give those people more independence…

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Cyberpunk 2077’s dialogue was lip-synced by AI

By accessibility, AI, artificial intelligence, artificialintelligence, cyberpunk 2077, cyberpunk2077, engadget, gaming, jali research, jaliresearch, langauges, News, procedural generation, proceduralgeneration

Cyberpunk 2077 is just a few weeks away and the action-packed RPG will launch with support for dialogue in 10 languages and subtitle options for several others. CD Projekt Red is aiming to add a deeper layer of immersion for players by using a…

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The latest Chrome OS update improves accessibility on Chromebooks

By accessibility, chrome, Chrome OS, chrome os 86, chromeos, engadget, gear, google, News, operating system, operatingsystem, OS, text-to-speech, texttospeech

Google has released Chrome OS 86, which will bring more accessibility options to Chromebooks. You can change the color of your cursor in the mouse and touchpad settings. The seven new hues are red, yellow, green, cyan, blue, magenta and pink. …

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Twitter says two new teams will address its accessibility issues

By accessibility, accessibility center of excellence, ada, audio, captions, disabilities, engadget, experience accessibility team, gear, News, teams, tweets, Twitter

When Twitter tested a new feature that let users share audio clips with tweets, the company received criticism for not including accessibility tools like closed captioning. That set off a larger debate about how Twitter approaches accessibilit…

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Naughty Dog details the extensive accessibility in ‘The Last of Us Part II’

By accessibility, blind, colorblind, deaf, engadget, games, gaming, naughty dog, News, ps4, the last of us, the last of us part ii, video games

Naughty Dog declared that The Last of Us Part II would be one of the most accessible games yet in a recent interview with The Verge, but it’s now clear exactly how far the studio was willing to go to make sure people could play. The developer …

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Google releases Action Blocks to aid people with cognitive disabilities

By accessibility, action blocks, android, disability, engadget, gear, google, google assistant, live transcribe, Mobile, News, smartphone

Google’s flurry of accessibility updates goes well beyond improvements to Maps. It’s releasing its long-promised Action Blocks feature (above) as an Android app, greatly simplifying Google Assistant tasks for people with cognitive and motion d…

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The terrible, fantastic life of AbleGamers COO Steven Spohn

By ablegamers, accessibility, av, design, disabilities, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, interview, personal computing, personalcomputing, robots, services, steven spohn, wearables, xbox adaptive controller

When Twitch streamer DrDisrespect won the Trending Gamer prize at the 2017 Game Awards, there was a tiny riot on Twitter. There’s always a buzz of hashtag activity after a winner is announced as people congratulate or disagree with the pick, but this…

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Adapter turns power wheelchairs into Xbox controllers

By ablegamers, accessibility, adafruit, atmakers, av, engadget, feather, gadgetry, Gadgets, games, gaming, gear, joyboard, Microsoft, video, video games, wheelchair, xbox adaptive controller, xbox one

The Xbox Adaptive Controller already makes gaming more accessible if you’re in a wheelchair, but wouldn’t it be better if you could use the wheelchair itself as a controller? You can now. AbleGamers Charity has unveiled a Freedom Wing Adapter that…

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Via now provides veterans with free rides in the DC area

By accessibility, dc, dfhv, engadget, FREE, gear, mayors office of veterans affairs, mova, ridesharing, services, tomorrow, Transportation, veterans, vetrides, via, washington dc, wheelchair

Veterans in the DC area can now book up to four free rides per month through the ride-sharing company Via. The new VetRides program could help veterans get to medical appointments, classes and job interviews.

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Nike puts an accessibility twist on its iconic Air Jordan 1

By accessibility, adaptive, air jordan, air jordan 1, design, disabilities, disability, disabled, engadget, fitadapt, flyease, footwear, gear, Jordan, jordan 1, nike, nike adapt, nike air, nike air jordan, nike fitadapt, nike flyease, shoe, shoes, sneaker, sneakers, wearables

The Air Jordan 1, which NBA legend Michael Jordan debuted in 1985, continues to be one of Nike’s most popular sneakers to this day. Throughout the years, the company has launched hundreds of different iterations of its iconic model, and now it’s putt…

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Google rolls out real-time captioning starting with Pixel 4

By accessibility, android, audio, captioning, captions, engadget, gear, google, live caption, live captions, livecaption, livecaptions, pixel 4, pixel4, services, transcription

At I/O in May, Google showcased its Live Caption tech, which provides captions for all audio on your device in real-time, except for voice and video calls. Google has now revealed when you’ll be able to take advantage of the accessibility feature.

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Google Maps is getting more detailed spoken walking directions

By accessibility, engadget, google, Google: Maps, googlemaps, Mobile, navigation, tomorrow, Transportation, turn by turn, turnbyturn, vision impaired, visionimpaired

Google is rolling out a Maps update that adds more in-depth spoken walking directions, with the aim of helping vision-impaired people navigate with more ease. The detailed voice guidance feature will inform users when to turn and tell them when they’…

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Alexa’s Show and Tell feature IDs objects for blind and low-vision users

By accessibility, alexa, Amazon, blind, blindness, echoshow, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, home, low vision, show and tell, vista center for the blind, visually impaired, voice control

For people with vision impairments, figuring out what’s in a can or jar of food without opening it can be difficult or impossible. Amazon thinks it has a solution to that and other daily challenges that its blind and low-vision users face. Today, the…

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Hulu hackathon leads to eye-tracking controls for Roku

By accessibility, av, Business, campfire, chat, disabilities, engadget, entertainment, eye tracking, gear, hackathon, home, hulu, immersion, Inclusion, inclusive, IoT, mobility, roku, services, smart home, video chat

Of the 40 project ideas that came out of Hulu’s annual hackathon this summer, more than a quarter addressed the needs of users with disabilities. Today, Hulu shared some of those accessibility-focused concepts.

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Google Pixel phones can use text-to-speech to talk to 911 for you

By 0, accessibility, android, automated, automated voice calls, emergency, emergency calling, emergency calls, engadget, feature, fire, gear, google, Mobile, pixel, police, safety, Security, tts, voice message

In the event of an emergency, your first instinct might be to call 911. But in certain situations, you may not be able to speak with an operator. Whether that’s because you’re injured, in a dangerous situation or have a speech impairment, Google want…

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Firefox is about to get much, much faster

By accessibility, av, browser, browsing, cryptomining, engadget, fast, fingerprinting, Firefox, gear, Internet, Microsoft, personal computing, personalcomputing, privacy, services, speed

Firefox got speedy last year when its Quantum browser rolled out — now it’s set to get even faster. The latest release prioritizes its performance management “to-do” list with a set of features that’ll load pages up to 40-80 percent quicker. The bro…

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Google’s how-to videos explain Assistant’s accessibility features

By accessibility, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, global accessibility awareness day, google, google assistant, google home, home, How To, Internet, robots, Smart Devices, tutorial, video, youtube

As part of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Google revealed a series of video tutorials meant to help people with disabilities set up and use their Assistant-enabled smart devices. The videos are available in a YouTube playlist, and so far …

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Microsoft invests in seven AI projects to help people with disabilities

By accessibility, AI, azure, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gear, global accessibility awareness day, grant, medicine, Microsoft, tomorrow, wearables

Today marks the eighth annual Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and for the second year, Microsoft is awarding grants to AI projects meant to make the world more inclusive. The grants are part of a five-year initiative that will invest $25 m…

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Microsoft designs an Xbox controller with Braille

By accessibility, adaptive controller, braille, controller, engadget, gadgetry, Gadgets, gaming, gear, haptic, Microsoft, patent, personal computing, personalcomputing, tomorrow, xbox, xbox adaptive controller

Microsoft is clearly invested in adaptive gaming controllers. Its Xbox Adaptive Controller for Xbox One and PC was the star of its latest Super Bowl ad. The company spent more than a year designing accessible packaging, and it recently teamed …

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Xbox Adaptive Controllers will be used for veteran therapy

By accessibility, av, controller, department of veterans affairs, engadget, games, gaming, gear, medicine, Microsoft, rehabilitation, therapy, veterans, veterans affairs, video games, xbox adaptive controller, xbox one

The Xbox Adaptive Controller might just become an important tool for some US military veterans. Microsoft and the Department of Veterans Affairs have formed a partnership that will donate controllers, consoles, games and adaptive gear to 22 Ve…

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Things that hurt your SEO rankings and how to fix them, part 2

By accessibility, broken links, Google search console, indexation, links, meta-tags, redirects, robots.txt, searchenginewatch, SEO, SEO rankings, SERP

Accessibility and indexation, broken links and bad redirects, not maximizing Google Search Console, and missing / poor meta tags can hurt SEO rankings.

The post Things that hurt your SEO rankings and how to fix them, part 2 appeared first on Search Engine Watch.

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Microsoft brings live captions and subtitles to PowerPoint

By accessibility, AI, av, captions, engadget, gear, Microsoft, personal computing, personalcomputing, powerpoint, subtitles, transcription, translation

Microsoft is rolling out a new accessibility feature for PowerPoint, one that stands to help speakers ensure their presentations are understood by their entire audience. The company notes that in cases where audience members are hard of hearin…

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AR technology helps the blind navigate by making objects ‘talk’

By accessibility, augmentedreality, blind, caltech, computervision, engadget, gear, headset, hololens, Microsoft, navigation, science, tomorrow, video, wearables

If you’re blind, finding your way through a new area can sometimes be challenging. In the future, though, you might just need to wear a headset. Caltech researchers have developed a Cognitive Augmented Reality Assistant (CARA) that uses Microsoft’s…

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Netflix hack day project uses eye tracking to navigate its iOS app

By accessibility, engadget, entertainment, eyetracking, faceid, facerecognition, gear, Internet, ios, iPad, iPhone, iphonex, iphonexr, iphonexs, Mobile, netflix, services, truedepth, video

Netflix’s hack days frequently produce fanciful results, but its latest might be key to making its streaming service more accessible. The company’s engineers have developed an experimental “Eye Nav” feature that lets you navigate the iOS app using t…

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Microsoft adds dictation to Office web apps to help with dyslexia

By accessibility, dictation, dyslexia, Education, engadget, gear, immersivereader, Internet, Microsoft, office, onenote, productivity, video, voicecontrol, Web, word

Microsoft has made voice dictation available for desktop Office users for months. Now, though, it’s making the feature available to web users in the name of aiding those with dyslexia. The browser versions of both Word and OneNote will enable dicta…

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