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WHILL raises $45M to help people with disabilities get around airports and other large venues

By | accessibility, electric vehicles, Fundings & Exits, Gadgets, Last mile, personal mobility, Startups, TC, Transportation, wheelchair, Whill

WHILL, the startup known for creating sleek, high-tech personal mobility devices, announced today that it has closed a $45 million Series C. The funding will be used for expanding into new international markets, as well as developing new products for large venues, including airports and “last-mile” sidewalk transportation. The round’s lead investors were SBI Investment, […]

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Ebay’s HeadGaze lets motor-impaired users navigate the site with head movements

By | accessibility, Apps, Augmented Reality, eBay, Gadgets, Hardware, TC

The sophisticated head-tracking system like the one built into the iPhone X may have been intended for AR and security purposes, but it may also turn out to be very useful for people with disabilities. A proof of concept app from an eBay intern shows how someone with very little motor function can navigate the site with nothing but head movements.

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The Xbox Adaptive Controller goes on sale today and is also now part of the V&A museum’s collection

By | accessibility, Diversity, Gadgets, Gaming, Microsoft, TC, xbox

In an important move for inclusion in the gaming community, the Xbox Adaptive Controller, created for gamers with mobility issues, is now on sale. The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) also announced today that it has acquired the Xbox Adaptive Controller for display in its Rapid Response gallery dedicated to current events and pop culture. […]

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VR optics could help old folks keep the world in focus

By | accessibility, disability, Gadgets, Hardware, Health, Science, siggraph, stanford, Stanford University, TC, Wearables

The complex optics involved with putting a screen an inch away from the eye in VR headsets could make for smart glasses that correct for vision problems. These prototype “autofocals” from Stanford researchers use depth sensing and gaze tracking to bring the world into focus when someone lacks the ability to do it on their own.

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HoloLens acts as eyes for blind users and guides them with audio prompts

By | accessibility, Augmented Reality, Gadgets, Hardware, Health, HoloLens, Microsoft, Science, Wearables

Microsoft’s HoloLens has an impressive ability to quickly sense its surroundings, but limiting it to displaying emails or game characters on them would show a lack of creativity. New research shows that it works quite well as a visual prosthesis for the vision impaired, not relaying actual visual data but guiding them in real time with audio cues and instructions.

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Microsoft’s Xbox Adaptive Controller is an inspiring example of inclusive design

By | accessibility, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Health, Microsoft, xbox, Xbox One

Every gamer with a disability faces a unique challenge for many reasons, one of which is the relative dearth of accessibility-focused peripherals for consoles. Microsoft is taking a big step towards fixing this with its Xbox Adaptive Controller, a device created to address the needs of gamers for whom ordinary gamepads aren’t an option.

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