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Microsoft wants to use AI to help people with disabilities

By Devindra Hardawar (Engadget) One of Microsoft’s biggest announcements at Build this year is all about using artificial intelligence for social good. Through the new AI for Accessibility program, Microsoft has committed $25 million over the next five years to helping people with disabilities worldwide (a figure that currently sits at over one billion, according […]

How Artificial Intelligence is Improving Assistive Technology

By Matthew Lynch (The Tech Edvocate) The advances in technology could mean more for society than just new educational technology and virtual reality video games. People with disabilities are finding innovative ways to put artificial intelligence to work with their current conditions. As the science improves, assistive technology will continue producing new and improved platforms […]

3D Printing Brings Learning to Life Across Subject Areas

By Zuzana Kozinova – (reprint from EmergintEdTech) For generations, students have been expected to absorb huge amounts of information, sometimes by simply being lectured to. And while the variety of activities we see now in class has greatly increased and become more student-centered, we are still often lacking tangible artifacts of learning that students take […]

Robots Bring the Class to the Student

By Michael Gagne, District Administration These days, McKenna Smith is back in the classroom. She’s a high school student in Missouri’s Nixa Public Schools, but had been unable to attend classes since elementary school because of chemotherapy treatment. But Smith didn’t miss as much interaction with teachers and classmates as she could have because she […]

Making Work Possible for More People Using Assistive Technologies

Reprint from Marlin With the national unemployment rate below 4.0%, businesses across the country are becoming more diverse and accommodating to a wider array of employees. More older employees are remaining on the job to stay active and engaged as they bolster retirement savings. In addition, many disabled individuals seek employment opportunities and welcome efforts […]

Microsoft and Novartis: Commercializing Scene Description Assistive Technology

Microsoft is working with Novartis to create an application that can be used by the visually impaired or blind to describe scenes captures by the camera of a smartphone audibly and thereby improve the independence of users. The Viaopta Hello app is available in preview for iOS, Android and Windows and features: Uses Cognitive services and Microsoft […]

BlindWays & Be My Eyes… Apps For Independence!

GPS technology is only accurate to within 30 feet or so – not a problem for sighted commuters, but that “last 30 feet of frustration” could mean missing the bus entirely for those who are blind or have low vision. Funded by a $750,000 Google Grant, Perkins Solutions, the technology arm of the Perkins School […]

“Seeing AI”: A New App from Microsoft

While the number of apps for folks with visual impairments that use Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the ubiquitous “cloud” continues to grow, Microsoft’s latest entry, Seeing AI, may be a game changer. According to Business Insider magazine, Microsoft first showed off the prototype over a year ago, but released the official version this week. According […]

Wearable EMG Assistive Technology

Reprint from Wearable Technology Insights  NeuroNode is the world’s first wearable EMG assistive technology device developed by Control Bionics. It gives those with ALS/MND, spinal cord injury, or any other condition causing paralysis and loss of speech a connection to the world. The NEURONODE uses the body’s bioelectric EMG (electromyographic) signals to completely control a […]

GlassOuse Assistive Device Gives Extra Hands to Those With Limited Mobility

By Shelby Rogers (Interesting Engineering) A new pair of glasses could help revolutionize computer usage in those with restricted mobility. The tech startup GlassOuse uses a modified pair of glasses to help people with no hands or no usage of their hands use technology. Millions of people suffer from debilitating physical disabilities around the world. […]