The Next Web: Honor’s latest app helps the visually impaired read documents and roadsigns

The Next Web: Honor’s latest app helps the visually impaired read documents and roadsigns. “Honor announced PocketVision on Friday at a fringe event to the IFA consumer technology trade show. The app leans on Huawei’s expertise in AI and camera technology to make text easier to consume by those with limited vision.”

EurekAlert: New tool makes web browsing easier for the visually impaired

EurekAlert: New tool makes web browsing easier for the visually impaired. “In a new study, led by University of Waterloo Faculty of Mathematics student, Alexandra Vtyurina, who collaborated with Microsoft researchers and the University of Washington’s Assistant Professor, Leah Findlater, a way was found to merge the best elements of voice assistants with screen readers to create a tool that makes free-form web searches easier. The tool is called Voice Exploration, Retrieval, and Search (VERSE).”

Google Blog: With Lookout, discover your surroundings with the help of AI

Google Blog: With Lookout, discover your surroundings with the help of AI. “Now available to people with Pixel devices in the U.S. (in English only), Lookout helps those who are blind or have low vision identify information about their surroundings. It draws upon similar underlying technology as Google Lens, which lets you search and take action on the objects around you, simply by pointing your phone. Since we announced Lookout at Google I/O last year, we’ve been working on testing and improving the quality of the app’s results.”

Neowin: Microsoft updates Seeing AI, now lets users explore by touch, and more

Neowin: Microsoft updates Seeing AI, now lets users explore by touch, and more . “For starters, users are now able to ‘explore’ photos by simply tapping on an image on their touch screen. The description of the objects included in the image will be read out loud, while the spatial relationship between various such entities will be described as well. Photos taken on the Scene channel, stored in the photo browser, or shared on social media can also now be explored through a menu that will be accessible through other apps.”

Wired: Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible

Wired: Meet the Blind YouTubers Making the Internet More Accessible. “To be blind on the internet, at its worst, is to be told that you are a liar. ‘Every time I say I’m visually impaired,’ says Casey Greer. ‘someone will try to shut me down, saying “Well then how did you type this comment?!” It feels silly that in 2019, I always have to explain that blind people use and love the internet just as much as anybody else.’ The antidote? YouTube’s thriving community of blind creators, which includes Greer.”

Fast Company: These tactile blocks teach blind kids to code

Fast Company: These tactile blocks teach blind kids to code. “A couple of years ago, as an 8-year-old trying to learn to code, a student named Theo was frustrated. Theo happens to be blind, and the standard tools designed to teach children to code rely heavily on visuals. But over the last year, he’s been a beta tester for something new: a set of physical blocks designed specifically to teach coding to kids with visual impairments. He’s moved on, and now codes in Python.”

BBC: Domino’s Pizza app must be accessible to blind people

BBC: Domino’s Pizza app must be accessible to blind people. “Domino’s Pizza has been told its website and app must be made fully accessible to blind people, after losing a legal case in the US. It follows a complaint from a blind customer who said he first struggled to change toppings and then was unable to complete a pizza’s purchase using the company’s iPhone app.”