Tag Archives: accessibility

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Wireless Meat Thermometer

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Sanjay Batra brought up a fantastic example of inclusive design during the Accessibility Panel at the HFES Annual Meeting this year. For someone who is visually impaired, it is very hard to judge if their meat is sufficiently cooked. Because of the health risks of undercooked meat, this is both a perception challenge and a high anxiety context.

Accessibility Word Cloud

Connecting Accessibility and UX in the Mobile Age

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When Sanjay Batra told me about his plans for this panel, I was thrilled to participate. User Experience pros from Google, IBM, Motorola, and my mélange of affiliations shared our experiences and ideas about accessibility and mobile technology. The dynamic interaction among the panelists and with the audience brought out lots of very interesting issues, challenges, and concerns.

Lego Color Bricks

Lego Prosthetic

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This was just too cool not to share.

When Carlos Torres started designing his IKO Creative Prosthetic System, he hoped to do more than create just another artificial limb. He wanted something that would excite kids and help combat the social isolation the disabled often suffer alongside their physical injuries. To that end, he created a functional prosthetic arm that doubles as a Lego toy-set.

People walking on treadmills at a gym while watching television.

Supporting Accessibility: Closed Captioning the Whole Experience

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This article on closed captioning came out a few weeks ago, but it has been on my mind ever since. When you are watching a movie or TV show, the words are not the only part of the audio that is important. Even within the words, it is not the word alone that conveys the message. So how can you capture that in a closed captioning window without taking the viewer’s attention away from the video for too long?…