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How Assistive Technologies Enable People with Disabilities

The emergence of mobile “assistive” technologies, influenced heavily by the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) 25 years ago, marks a major step forward for people with disabilities, unlocking unprecedented new possibilities for communication, navigation and independence

Smart Cane Could Help Blind ID Faces

High-tech sticks could help visually impaired people spot obstacles and even identify acquaintances as they approach. Larry Greenemeier reports  

May 26, 2015 — Larry Greenemeier
"Made for iPhone" hearing aid set for launch

"Made for iPhone" hearing aid set for launch

A Danish company has collaborated with tech giant Apple to produce an advanced hearing aid that connects to an iPhone. The device allows the partially deaf to stream enhanced Internet and recorded audio directly to their ear...

February 4, 2014

Wearable Computer Gives Visually Impaired a Way to Read

A new device called OrCam could be life changing for the visually impaired. The tiny wearable computer uses audio feedback to relay visual information that they can not see, enabling them to take on new tasks they are unable to perform alone...

July 26, 2013

The Eyes Have IT Scrolling

Samsung's next product is expected to have a display that senses eye movement and can scroll accordingly. Larry Greenemeier reports

March 7, 2013
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