Monday, October 17, 2016

Why should blind or visually impaired people choose Apple's Products?


This post will contain some testimonials and segment on why they chose apple products.


Matthew
They are stable, their operating systems are reliable. All the Apple stuff I have owned seems to be built tough. Also right now, Apple is at the top of excess ability. Most stuff ends up being accessible. Gestures for navigation are easy to learn and teach  to other people.

Trish
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right.
I personally feel that Apple has always been making it possible for the blind, deaf, visually impaired and the hearing impaired to function in the world of smart technology.  Just look at their latest release.  

Sure there are some bugs, but they totally have the market on accessibility.  People should always do research and do what is best for them.  
No need to fly flags about it, just do what is best for you.
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right. Every app that can be is accessible, and they're truly focused on making everything usable, rather than just losing money because they're hard to use. 
Apple products are designed with accessibility included. There is minimal setup required. In my experience, Apple products have more accessibility features built in than Windows or Android.

Carlene  
Apple has more apps for blind or impaired vision. I have had both Android and now a Apple and love apples iOS system. Android does not offer a lot of the apps that iOS does. 
 And at this time I feel that Apple  is the  best and will stay with apples iPhone.
 
Dick
 I am visually impaired myself and  have a Generation 1 apple watch and i think it's great. On the apple watch there is a watch face with extra large digits, secondly you can make the watch speak the time and with SIRI and Voice Over enabled it is a great watch for visually impaired people.

Taylor  
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right. Every app that can be is accessible, and they're truly focused on making everything usable, rather than just losing money because they're hard to use.

Sandra
The iPhone might be a status symbol I think with some sighted people. As for me as a blind person, I saw my nieces Samsung galaxy. It was definitely more confusing than the iPhone. Now I have learned the iPhone so instead of trying to find something else I need to try to learn, I've basically stuck with that. I do think that lots of blind folks in the beginning purchased the iPhone because of the excess ability, not because of the status symbol.  


Permenter  
In my case I like iPhone zoom function I can zoom anything and I don't use VO very often. But I do have to invert the colors  and its way easier with my iPhone than it was with android. I could care less about being a "status symbol"

Alex  
Because it is the easiest and best smartphone for the visually impaired.


Ann
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right.
I personally feel that Apple has always been making it possible for the blind, deaf, visually impaired and the hearing impaired to function in the world of smart technology.  Just look at their latest release.  

Sure there are some bugs, but they totally have the market on accessibility.  People should always do research and do what is best for them.  
No need to fly flags about it, just do what is best for you.
For me, it's about the fact they're fully built to be usable to people with any disability. You don't need to pay extra, nor argue with a system that just doesn't work quite right. Every app that can be is accessible, and they're truly focused on making everything usable, rather than just losing money because they're hard to use. 
Apple products are designed with accessibility included. There is minimal setup required. In my experience, Apple products have more accessibility features built in than Windows or Android.

Teresa
Apple products are designed with accessibility included. There is minimal setup required. In my experience, Apple products have more accessibility features built in than Windows or Android.
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Gerry
I have been using Apple products for about 6 years. I have an iPhone 6 and an iPad mini. I am able to use a smartphone now, where before I couldn't. Voice Over is a built in screen reader that works quite well. I listen to Bard Moblie, Audible.com and music all from my iphone with the help of a bluetooth speaker. I also check my emails and send and recieve text messages. Oh btw I am almost totally blind.

Diane
Basically, Apple products can be used right out of the box. Might cost a bit more but if you include screen readers for other products you're still paying around the same.

Bridget  
In my case I like iPhone because I can zoom anything and I don't use VO very often but I do have to invert the colors  and its way easier with my iPhone than it was with android. I could care less about being a "status symbol"

Alex  
Because it is the easiest and best smartphone for the visually impaired.

Victoria  
Well, I can tell you that I use an iPhone because it is extremely user-friendly for me. I don't have to struggle to figure out how to do things. Voiceover is reliable and many many apps are accessible with it. I can rest a short that every app made by Apple will be accessible.

Barry 
After listening to lots of reviews by visually impaired people , it seemed that the iPhone was the simplest to use for those of us who cannot actually see what's on the screen at all. That is why I bought mine, and I am very, very pleased that I did. …And people hardly ever see my phone so it most certainly is not a status symbol in my case…

Ann 
I have lost all of my high partial vision to retinitis pigmentosa several years ago. When I got  my iPhone, I felt like I've been given my vision back in someways. Not everyone can get a computer from blind services and similar organizations.
To me, and I phone is just perfect for what I wanted to do for me. For many years, I had net by phone and Internet speech. I wish someone had told me back then, that an iPhone had speech on it I could've save myself a lot of $$.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Hotmail And iPhone4s Frenzy

Hotmail And iPhone4s Frenzy


If you have a Hotmail email account you probably went through this Tuesday, November 22, 2016.


On Tuesday between 9 and 10 AM my father's iphone4s was no longer fetching any new  email from hotmail.  So I got on the web and tried to find a solution. I found these suggestions to fix the problem.

1 restart the phone.

2 remove the mail account from the phone and reenter the information.

3 update your iPhone to the latest iOS.

4 Do a soft restart.

5 Reset your phone to factory settings and re-enter all your information.


I did steps 1 through 4 but was not very interested in doing step 5. After doing the software update which took approximately two hours it still did not solve the problem.  Extremely frustrating.


He also has an iPad Air that's running iOS 10. His iPad was still fetching his mail. 

After all that I went through I   Figured it had something to do with the version of iOS that he was running on his iPhone4s. After spending five hours trying to figure this out I downloaded and loaded in different email client so he can collect his mail. And decided to take a break until the next morning.  


Woke up this morning and my father mentioned that his iphone is now fetching his Hotmail email again. Not sure what the problem was. But I'm guessing possibly that Hotmail had some issues and only iPhones running iOS 9 and below were affected. 

I am quite curious to find out if anybody else who has a iphone running iOS 9 and has  a hotmail Account had the same problem.


This was a very very frustrating experience.  

I really wish that Hotmail would have taken a bigger effort to notify people who have Hotmail  account that there was a problem. If they were aware of it. That would save a bunch of people stress and unnecessary work.

Would love to hear anybody else's story regarding this problem. And what they went through.


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Assistive Technology Blog: Live Braille: Lightest Travel Aid For Visually Imp...

Assistive Technology Blog: Live Braille: Lightest Travel Aid For Visually Imp...: We have heard about  many 3D printed assistive technology solutions in the recent past, and  Live Braille is the latest addition to tha...Assistive Technology Blog: Live Braille: Lightest Travel Aid For Visually Imp...: We have heard about  many 3D printed assistive technology solutions in the recent past, and  Live Braille is the latest addition to tha...
Pa person displaying live braille on their hand

We have heard about  many 3D printed assistive technology solutions in the recent past, and  Live Braille is the latest addition to that set of solutions. Developed by an Indian startup, Live Braille is worn like a ring on a finger. Once worn by a visually impaired person,  Live Braille detects objects and hurdles around them and provides haptic and audio feedback, indicating where and how far the objects are. 

The Mini version of Live Braille weighs only 29 grams (1 ounce), and is so light that it is barely felt on the wearer's hand.   Charged via USB, it can last for up to 6 hours of continuous use. There is also a Mine E version that comes in three different variations. Mini E has internal storage that can hold audio books and files, and also has an in built FM radio. Mini E can also detect obstacles within 4.5 meters long range whereas the Mini goes up to 3.5 meters. Both versions of Live Braille start shipping worldwide starting July 1. Prices range from $299 - $699.

Check out the video below to hear more about what  Live Braille does and how it does it, straight from the inventor of the product Abhinav Verma. This video also features a 7th grader who is blind, and has been using Live Braille for one year. The interview with him is in Hindi, but basically the kid seems to suggest that he likes Live Braille for the most part. He explains a little bit about how the haptic feedback works - the vibrations are slower when the object is farther but gets faster as the object gets closer.



[Thanks for sharing, Savitha!]

Website: www.livebraille.com

Source, Image Source: Digit

Monday, June 13, 2016

Here is my latest experience with my iPhone 6 and Apple..

Iwoke up on Thursday morning and noticed my iPhone 6's battery wasn't working right.  So I grabbed a cable and a wallplug and started charging my phone. I put the phone to charge at 8:00 AM this morning. By noon, my phones battery only charged to 2%.   I have tried five different cables, and six different wall plugs. I'm now on cable number five.  I've tried charging it with the phone off and also tried charging it in airplane mode.  But the battery stayed at 2%. So I decided to call Apple and see if there's something they can do for me.  The lady on the phone walked me through some diagnostic steps.  But since the fact that my phone was now 1% charge, it would not do anything other then turn on. Occasionally, it will turn off and back on.  So she tried to book me a appointment same-day to get my phone looked at. She looked if there was any openings in any of the stores near me.  But apparently there were no openings until Sunday. 
But she said that my phone would probably not make it till then.So she called the Apple store that is closest to me and told them that I was blind and needed my phone. Since it was my lifeline and how I do day-to-day things. Somehow, she managed to get them to give me an appointment in one hour. Robert took me to the Apple Store in Townsquare, and I only had to wait one hour before someone was able to help me.  We went through all the diagnostics. Which took 10 minutes. They said it looks like I need a new battery.  They said come back in two hours and your phone should be ready. It will cost you $85.  If the new battery does not solve the problem, they will give me a new phone for the same amount. 
So I left and went back two hours later. Apparently, the new battery did the trick.  My phone is now running great. I am now at 100%. I'm extremely happy with the service I got from the Apple Store in Townsquare.  I've heard a lot of people complaints about apples service. But are no complaints here for me.  It cost me $85 to get a new battery installed in my phone that I probably had for a year and six months. But it is the cheapest fix and I don't need to worry about loading all my stuff on a new phone. If I had to get a new phone, I probably would've paid a little extra and got a iPhone 6+.  I was extremely happy that my original phone is now running excellent. Thank you to the awesome people at the Apple Store in Town Square in Las Vegas.

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

About Blindy.TV If you are blind or he's really a pair of leaves he really truly is this programs.


Blindy.TV is a charitable project created by blind people that believe that the blind should be able to enjoy the same television programming that entertains and contributes to the shared culture of their sighted family and friends. They contribute freely of there time and resources to provide a free described television programming service to those that are served by neither commercial products nor government programs. The current service provides a few channels of audio-only television programming, in several genres, all with audio description.
If you'd like, you can read more about Blindy.TV, and the people that bring it to you.
To keep up-to-date with the latest Blindy.TV news, you can follow @BlindyTV on Twitter, sign up for the Blindy.TV Email News List, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.
If you need to contact someone at Blindy.TV directly, you can use the Contact form.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

Happy Mother's Day to my Mom

Went over to my mothers this week and dropped off her Mother's Day present. She was so excited to open her present. Believe it or not this Image is one of her favorite photos. Here is a  photo of the image hanging on her living room wall. She placed it where everyone could see it when they walk in. I am so happy she loved it. Thank you to Robert Park and Daniel from  Nevada Art Printers for making my mom's Mother's Day present such a hit.

Saturday, May 7, 2016

My first canvas print.

Here is a picture of me holding my first canvas print. The image is titled Hidden fall.  This is a Mother's Day/birthday gift for my mom.  I would like to  thank Robert Park and the staff and Nevada or Printers for helping me get this Mother's Day gift done so quickly. I can't wait to seep the look on her face when she gets it.


Thursday, April 21, 2016

Toyota is developing a wearable to help blind people | DisabledGo News and Blog

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Toyota is working on a wearable that helps blind and visually impaired people better navigate indoor spaces.

While assistance dogs and canes are effective aiding in every day life, Toyota’s Project Blaid device wants to fill the gaps by providing users with more information about their surroundings. Large spaces that are multi-floored, like malls, airports and so forth aren’t as easy to get around if you need to go somewhere specific.

Indoor mapping, object identification and facial recognition will be integrated to make use of the cameras that Blaid is equipped with. The wearable sits on the shoulders like a horseshoe pillow and communicates information through speakers and vibration motors where users will also be to interact with the device through voice recognition and buttons.

With cars on-boarding connected kits like Android Auto and Apple Carplay, or augmented reality, Toyota’s certainly taken a different approach to wearables. In general, the company has kept its cars as well, cars, instead of technological hubs involving wearables. But if Blaid works, it may be far more useful and practical than connected cars – and we may see more wearables from Toyota.

For now, Project Blaid is still only a prototype but we’re interested in seeing how this plays out in the future.

Read the full article online: https://www.wareable.com/wearable-tech/toyota-wearable-for-blind-people-2416

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Toyota is working on a wearable that helps blind and visually impaired people better navigate indoor spaces. While assistance dogs and canes are effective

http://www.disabledgo.com/blog/2016/03/toyota-is-developing-a-wearable-to-help-blind-people-2/




Monday, April 11, 2016

Apple’s VoiceOver receives Award from the American Foundation for the Blind

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Apple’s VoiceOver technology has impressed the American Foundation for the Blind enough to '' the company its Helen Keller Achievement Award for “breakthroughs in accessible technology.”
Part of Apple’s rich set of accessibility features available across Mac, iPhone, iPad and iPod devicesVoiceOver for OS X and iOS is a gesture-based screen reader that lets visually impaired users navigate their devices via spoken word and gestures.
The organization has recognized not only VoiceOver, but other features that make the iPhone, iPad and other iOS devices accessible to people with vision loss.
“Apple received an AFB Access Award in 2009 for its trailblazing engineering of accessible products and continues its extraordinary efforts to make their products accessible for everyone,” reads the press release.
Other awardees include actor Charlie Cox for his portrayal of a blind superhero, Ward Marston a musician and recording engineer with vision loss, and VandaPharmaceuticals Inc. for pioneering treatment of a circadian rhythm disorder, Non-24 Sleep-Wake Disorder, that can affect people who are totally blind.
Apple’s accessibility features have made it into the Apple Watch, too. For example, the device lets you the set a larger text size, enable bold text, turn on sharper contrast, use VoiceOver and more.
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Interestingly enough, Apple recently put its Vice President of Environment, Lisa Jackson, in charge of accessibility efforts across the company.
“We want all of our products to be accessible,” CEO Tim Cook told employees in March 2015 during his visit to the company’s flagship Apple Store in Berlin, Germany, asquoted by 9to5Mac.
In every product we do, we want it to be accessible for everyone. This is not something that we sit around and figure out what the ROI is. I can give a rats what the ROI is. It’s one of those things that goes in the just and right column.
He then said the Apple Watch “will start with doing some things, but it will become better at more things over time” in response to questions related to the device’s accessibility features.
Show below: font adjustment on the Apple Watch at left and VoiceOver at right. VoiceOver on the Apple Watch is compatible with built-in apps and is available in all 14 supported languages.
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Molly Watt, pictured further below, lives with Usher Syndrome, an incurable genetic disorder, and has reviewed the Apple Watch from her perspective as a near-blind and deaf person.
In an inspiring write-up on her popular blog, Molly said she was initially concerned not just about the face size but how busy it would appear to her and also if there would be an uncomfortable glare.
Molly was born deaf, registered blind when she was 14 and has only a very small tunnel of vision in her right eye.
So far for me the most useful App on the Apple Watch is Maps – on my iPhone I can plan my journey from one destination to another, for me it will be on foot with Unis my guidedog.
This is where Haptics really come into its own – I can be directed without hearing or sight, but by a series of taps via the watch onto my wrist.
According to Wikipedia, Usher Syndrome is a relatively rare genetic disorder caused by a mutation in any one of ten genes resulting in a combination of hearing loss and visual impairment, and is a leading cause of deaf blindness.
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“I am fortunate to have a few friends who also have the Apple Watch and together have devised ways of communicating in ‘Code’ when out, particularly when out at night and in dark situations when I am completely blind,” she continued.
“I can get message to friend I’m uncomfortable or I need assistance or help of some kind,” she added.
It’s encouraging to see VoiceOver  being implemented into some iOS games, too. To that extent, an extensive piece by TouchArcade offers interesting testimonies from blind gamers and provides the short list for the best accessible iOS gaming experiences out now.
A good example of VoiceOver in games is King of Dragon Pass, largely a text-based adventure game for iOS which caters to blind players by offering VoiceOver controls for reading text aloud.
Although the original PC release skipped on accessibility because such features are not easy to implement on Windows, designer David Dunham was able to add VoiceOver to the game without any extra work done.
King of Dragon Pass uses Apple’s UIKit framework so “The only part that required extensive work was the game’s map, which was originally designed as being coordinate-based,” the article explains.
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“The new VoiceOver map is actually composed of discrete tappable areas, according to Dunham, something that came about as a result of enthusiastic testers and would-be players.”
Since implementing VoiceOver, seven percent of players have enabled VoiceOver in King of Dragon Pass. A Dark Room is another inspiring example of a game that supports VoiceOver, its developer stressing that “It’s worth it to get a thank you email from a father with a blind daughter that can enjoy a popular game that her seeing friends play too.”
With VoiceOver for iOS, triple-clicking the Home button lets you hear a spoken description of everything happening on the screen, from battery level to who’s calling and more.
Using a customizable virtual control called the rotor, users can rotate two fingers on the trackpad or the touchscreen as if they were turning an actual dial to access a rich set of commands, like browsing a webpage more quickly, navigating a document to check spelling and grammar, hearing settings like “word” or “character” and more.
VoiceOver for OS X “doesn’t just tell you what’s happening, it helps you make things happen,” explains Apple.
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In addition to telling you what’s on your Mac’s screen, VoiceOver gives vision impaired users complete control of their Mac and actually walks them through actions like selecting a menu option or activating a button using the keyboard or trackpad.
On both iOS and OS X, users can adjust the speaking rate and pitch to suit their needs, which comes in handy when consuming long passages of text on webpages, electronic books, documents and more.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

My Apple Watch by Chelsea Stark Part 2

My good friend Audrey suggested that I also do a post talking about WHY I wanted an Apple Watch. And what features and capabilities does it have for people who are visually impaired.

So here I go.
 I will first talk about why I wanted an Apple Watch.
I guess one of the reasons why I wanted an Apple Watch is because I'm a Apple fan. I own a iPhone, iPad and Mac as well. I seriously have been thinking about getting one ever since they came out. But I first want to do some research to make sure that it was going to be beneficial for me is a visually impaired person before I spend the money.. 

So I spent some time reading some articles. And listening to a lot of YouTube videos. Believer not I found quite a few articles and YouTube videos from other blind or visually impaired people that have purchased the Apple Watch. And they were extremely happy. 

 So after reading and listening to a bunch of people's impressions of the Apple Watch and seeing what it does for them. I started thinking about what did I needed to do for me?

First thing I did was I made a list of key things that my iPhone and iPad do for me.  Here is the list.  
1 Send and receive phone calls.
2Send and receive messages.
3Play my music.
4Help me with staying fit.
5 Keep track of my tweets with my multiple Twitter accounts.
6Let me know what's on my calendar for today.
7Check my mail.
8 Help me find stores or addresses and give me turn by turn directions.
9 The capability to sit alarms and turn them on and off.
10 Give me the weather for where I'm at.  After I found that all the things on my first list were key things that the Apple Watch does. I decide to go dig a little more.

 Over the years I have had issues with my neck. At one point of my life I herniated three discs in my neck. And because of that my head tends to droop when I try to be read. And it's not good. I do use the voice over function on my iPad and iPhone but I .

Now for the second question my friend asked.  what features and capabilities does it have for people who are visually impaired.

First obviously it has a standard voice over function. And majority of your standard functions. Here is a few. Mail, Phone calls, messages, tweets , Clock maps timers, Weather, Music, calendar, and a great one called activity. As the watch because more popular. And time goes by. More apps will be custom for the Apple Watch. 

The Apple Watch contains an unheralded feature that allows you to ping and locate your paired iPhone—handy for when you’ve misplaced your iPhone nearby while still connected. This can be done via the Settings glance, which happens to be the only mandatory glance on Apple Watch.

As I spend more time with my Apple Watch I will learn more things that will be beneficial for me and other blind or visually impaired people and I will keep doing posts regarding this topic. So stay tuned for part three haven't picked a theme for yet but it will come to me.


Sunday, February 28, 2016

My Apple Watch by Chelsea Stark Part One


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Yesterday I purchased a Rose Gold Apple Watch. Today is my first full day using the watch. Still learning how to customize it to my liking. I will try to do regular posts regarding the Apple Watch from my Point of view is a visually impaired person.
So here we go.
Here are some key things you need to do when you’re planning to get your Apple Watch so when you go to the store and have them help you set up it goes smoothly. I was not aware of a few of these things and it probably would’ve save me a little bit of headache.
If you’re going to have someone from the store you’re purchasing the Apple Watch from help you set it up.
1 make sure your iPhone is updated to the latest greatest iOS. You need to bee running IOS9.
2 Make sure the Apple Watch app is loaded. 
3 Make sure your phone has a full charge.
4Make sure you know your iTunes password.
5 Bring a jump pack. This would be helpful because the Apple Watch does not come with a full charge and if they have problems pairing your device they have a way to charge your Watch as you’re doing it.
Notes if you’re going to try to do it yourself at home.
1 make sure your so phone and Apple Watch are fully charged.
2  Make Sure your phone is running IOS9 or earlier.
Also make sure that the Apple Watch app is installed.
3 make sure your so phone is connected to a Wi-Fi network this will make the process go faster.
4 Reed and listen to is much info about setting up the Apple Watch as you can before you get started.
5Make sure Bluetooth is turned on on your phone. Have your iTunes password handy.
Here is a list of YouTube videos and links I recommend for you to read and listen to.

Friday, February 19, 2016

iPhone and iPad Apps for the Blind And Visually Impaired : Should Apple comply with the order to unlock San B...



News broke yesterday that a United States magistrate judge in California ordered Apple to comply with the FBI’s request for assistance in bypassing the passcode lock of the San Bernardino gunman’s iPhone. Hours later Apple published an open letter by Tim Cook explaining that creating a tool to bypass this specific iPhone would jeopardize the security of all iPhones.The battle between personal privacy and information gathering as it relates to Apple and security has been building up for years now, and the government narrowing it down to one specific iPhone used by a terrorist in the U.S. has caused the debate to reach new levels. This may be Apple’s battle to lose, but it will be a very public one nonetheless.Since Apple’s response to the FBI and court order, the White House has stood by the Department of Justice and argued that it’s not about a backdoor for all devices but just a single device, which Tim Cook’s argument already addressed.Tim Cook’s open letter is on Apple’s homepage and headlines about the government’s demands are all over the news.  Tim Cook’s open letter is on Apple’s homepage and headlines about the government’s demands are all over the news. From my view, Apple customers seem to be overwhelmingly in favor of Tim Cook’s position, while presidential candidates are unsurprisingly siding with the FBI. Where do you weigh in? Here’s what we know so far.
iPhones with passcode locks are currently disabled after multiple failed attempts to guess passwords. Try too many incorrect passcodes on an iPhone and you’re temporarily only allowed to place emergency calls for 1 minute. Try again after that and it extends to 5 minutes, then 15 minutes, and so on. Optionally, iPhones can be set to erase all data after just 10 failed attempts.
In Cook’s words, this is how he describes the government’s request:The government would have us remove security features and add new capabilities to the operating system, allowing a passcode to be input electronically. This would make it easier to unlock an iPhone by “brute force,” trying thousands or millions of combinations with the speed of a modern computer.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

REVEALED: How blind people could soon get behind the wheel of a car on their OWN

BLIND people could soon be able to travel independently in their own car, according to scientists.
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The new vehicles could revolutionise the lives of the disabled.
The computer and motoring industries are ready to launch a wave of AI driverless vehicles on the roads, meaning blind and other disabled people could own and use their own vehicle to take them anywhere with no assistance from another human. The news emerged during a debate of industry experts about the future of driving and the move to so-called driverless vehicles, which are pre-programmed to drive the vehicle for the owner and any other passengers. Dr John Baruch, of the Artificial Intelligence Research Group at Bradford University, said the computer-controlled vehicles would revolutionise car safety and open up driving to everyone within a decade. He said: "Someone texted me saying they were blind and they wanted this because they will finally be able to travel somewhere on their own.
"It would be the same for people with brain injuries and other disabilities that currently stop them driving. "You would just get in and say I want to go home and it would deposit you there."
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Adriverless car Mercedes style
He said in the UK six people die a day in car accidents, with more than half of these children, and autonomous cars, which were pre-programmed could prevent the bulk of these deaths and also ease congestion.
He added: "they can go through taffic lights, distinguish between a rock and bag in the road and deal with fog etc. The technology has been there for ten years." A debate on driverless vehicles at the university heard that soon after the introduction of driverless cars, all forms of transport are likely to become fully automated. Liz Green, BBC Leeds breakfast show presenter, who chaired the debate, said: "The experts say trains, trucks, cars and even aircraft will be controlled by autonomous robots and It will transform the way we live our lives." The industry aims to make automated vehicles which can use the existing road network with conventional cars.
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Google has developed a number of driverless vehicles for testing  Someone texted me saying they were blind and they wanted this because they will finally be able to travel somewhere on their own
Dr John Baruch, of the Artificial Intelligence Research Group at Bradford University Lawyer Ian Miller, who is researching the legal implications of driverless cars, said road accident insurance claims could become a thing of the past in a driverless world. He said: "If what they are saying is correct my colleagues in road traffic accident litigation will all be redundant in 20 years time. "A machine acts in a far more efficient way than humans, so that means far less accidents. "But who would be liable between the pod and the human inside it?"  That is the question he is investigating. He said: "A car does not have a legal personality. My view is either the software manufacturer running the vehicle or the manufacturer of the vehicle will have to take on the responsibility." But he also raised the ethics behind it. He said: "Will young men lose the right to drive?
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This is a much smaller pod driverless car version by Google
"Can I move around incognito? What about data collection and protection - the human aspect?
"Will the pod know where ever I have been?"
Concerns raised by the audience included whether there was a risk of hackers getting into to the control system and forcing crashes.
One man said: "My worry is the loss of personal0 freedom. If I go to another town can I still park on double yellow lines and have individual choice or would the car be in control?"
But the debate heard the need for yellow lines may also be phased out as the cars would be "programmed to obey all traffic laws"