Microsoft's bone-conducting headset helps blind navigate in cities
User-friendly electronic 'EyeCane' enhances navigational abilities for the blind
White Canes provide low-tech assistance to the visually impaired, but some blind people object to their use because they are cumbersome, fail to detect elevated obstacles, or require long training periods ...
Connected computing offers a new life for blind people, and job opportunities too
There are many examples of individuals with different disabilities who excel and accomplish much in their lifetime, rendering physical or mental attributes meaningless – consider Stephen Hawking, Stevie Wonder and Helen Kel ...
Blind lead the way in brave new world of tactile technology
Imagine feeling a slimy jellyfish, a prickly cactus or map directions on your iPad mini Retina display, because that's where tactile technology is headed. But you'll need more than just an index finger to ...
Good vibrations bring braille into the 21st century
Even in a world of digital devices, braille continues to be a vital part of life for blind people. For nearly 200 years, this versatile writing system has allowed them to learn, work and live in a more independent ...
Researcher launches successful tech start-up to help the blind
Michael Rosen has produced research related to people with disabilities for the past four decades, the last ten as an associate professor in the School of Engineering. It wasn't until he co-founded Engineering ...
Indian inventor wins cash to develop Braille phone
A 29-year-old Indian inventor on Tuesday won $50,000 to help him make a new low-cost mobile phone for the blind that uses a Braille display.
Building a 'blind-friendly' Internet
Rakesh Babu demonstrates how a blind person uses the Internet.
Parts of brain can switch functions: study
(PhysOrg.com) -- When your brain encounters sensory stimuli, such as the scent of your morning coffee or the sound of a honking car, that input gets shuttled to the appropriate brain region for analysis. The ...
Blind people perceive touch faster than those with sight
People who are blind from birth are able to detect tactile information faster than people with normal vision, according to a study in the Oct. 27 issue of The Journal of Neuroscience.
Younger brains are easier to rewire
About a decade ago, scientists studying the brains of blind people made a surprising discovery: A brain region normally devoted to processing images had been rewired to interpret tactile information, such as input from the ...
Tool manipulation is represented similarly in the brains of the blind and the sighted
Blind people think about manipulating tools in the same regions of the brain as do people who can see, according to a new study. The researchers say this adds to evidence that the brain has a fairly defined organization, ...
Project puts 1M books online for blind, dyslexic
(AP) -- Even as audio versions of best-sellers fill store shelves and new technology fuels the popularity of digitized books, the number of titles accessible to people who are blind or dyslexic is minuscule.
Google funds new research to help blind web surfers
(PhysOrg.com) -- New research by University of Manchester scientists that could help blind people find their way around the World Wide Web has been given a boost with a £50,000 grant from Google.