St. Cecilia, patron saint of music, especially church music, as well as that of musicians, composers, instrument makers and poets & the blind visually impaired. See a collection of St. Cecilia medals and pendants.
Cell Phone for the Blind posted on July 25, 2007 09:59:15 am The 53Ã¢Â€Â™rd Annual Design issue of ID magazine features a concept cell phone for the blind by Hong Kong designer Peter Lau that avoids using the Braille system (A system of raised dots representing letters that enables blind people to read by touching and to write using an embosser).
Gadgets offer blind users extra help posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm Whether managing staff as vice president of programs and policy at the American Foundation for the Blind or working on disability-related legislation and policy, Schroeder relies on assistive technology to keep up with colleagues, make notes of meetings on Capitol Hill, stay informed on issues, craft talking points and enjoy himself during some downtime.
He shared some of his most prized gadgets with CNN.com:
GPS navigation plan to help blind posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm An Italian technology company is pioneering a GPS satellite system that will give blind people greater independence and mobility.
The Easy Walk service has been developed by Il Village, a firm in Turin in northern Italy
Vision Board II posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm For those with certain visual impairments, or work in low light environments the Vision Board II is the "key" to a more proficient typing future. Each key on this keyboard features large print letters and numbers and high-contrast black-on-white (or black-on-yellow) lettering. This design helps reduce eyestrain and improves readability.
Sat-nav for blind 'not a gimmick' posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm Blind residents of Turin have been equipped with GPS trackers so that they can be directed around the northern Italian city by satellite.
When wearing the device, a blind user can be tracked by call-centre workers on a map of the city. If he needs help, he can press a special button on a mobile phone to ring in and be guided towards his destination.
blind reader-translate letters to braille -"bridge" posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm Blind Reader-Bride allows the blind to read printed works. When it is scanning the text in books or other presswork, it translates the text into braille, which is then displayed on its special screen for the blind to touch. At the same time, Bridge saves the text into the internal hard disk to be read later. In addition, the product can download data from the Internet.
Pocket Viewer posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm Here's the next big thing in handheld magnification
Anyone whose vision requires the assistance of magnification to read in a world filled with tiny print is well aware that handheld magnifiers traditionally only enlarge print only two or three times. The Pocket Viewer, however, is a magnifier in a class all its own. More then just a simple magnifier, this viewer uses camera style technology to create a level of clarity, brightness and contrast not found with other handhelds.
RSS Text to Speech - Open Source posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm This application let's you subscribe to RSS feeds and hear them via text-to-speech spoken over your speakers. After loading the application it will reside in your systray as a large red "T". Double click to open the options. Requires the .NET framework.
Software makers learn that improving disability access helps everyone posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm Windows offers several ways for people with disabilities to tweak the software. But a few years ago when Microsoft researched how those technologies were being used they discovered that most people didn't even know they existed. They've now begun trying to make these tweaks more accessible
Free Google Desktop Gadget: RSS to Speech posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm This gadget downloads RSS feeds from any Web sites and then reads them using Text-to-Speech and shows the feeds on a high contrast black screen. Part of the Google Desktop.
Latest JORDY product enhancement increases quality posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm Enhanced Vision, the leading manufacturer of innovative solutions for people with Macular Degeneration and other low vision conditions, today announced a new improvement to the companies popular head worn device called JORDY. As a result of this improvement, low vision patients have a wider viewing angle of the magnified image through the two new wide screen displays located inside the unit. The JORDY magnifies images at any distance up to 30 times while providing various contrast enhancements. This extremely lightweight and portable unit gives low vision patients the freedom to see magnified images anywhere.
Read Please - Open Source Screen Reading Software posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm Read Please 2003 is a free open source software program for PC that reads any text you see on your screen. Features include:
* Microsoft voices: Mike, Mary, Sam
* Customize font and background colour
* Reads text via Windows clipboard from any program (copy/paste)
* Control reading from system tray
* Reads e-mail emoticons such as :) or :(
* Adjustable voice speed (rate)
* Low vision colour option
* ReadPlease Enable your website
Gadgets get the feel of the tactile world posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm Gadgets that stimulate our sense of touch, known as haptic devices, were once too expensive for most people to afford. Now the cost is coming down, and more revolutionary haptic contraptions are just over the horizon. Cellphones could soon have a tactile "display", for example, and portable gadgets containing a GPS device will be able to nudge you towards your desired destination.
Haptic devices will add a new dimension to communications, entertainment and computer control for everybody, and for people with visual impairment they promise to transform everyday life. One proposed device consists of a headband that imprints the shape of objects in front of it onto the wearer's forehead, something that visually impaired people could find a great help when navigating though a cluttered environment.
TORMES Project posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm The TORMES product is a personal EPS navigator for incidents which provides various functions to the user:
. Navigation for a map or city street plan
. Optimal routing (looks for the most comfortable street)
. Guided by the route indicated
Developed for the ONCE (National Organisation for Spanish Blind people) by GMV Sistemas, it consists of a small computer for blind people (Sonobraille) patented by the ONCE, a small GPS receiver and a cartographic database. The device has a Braille keyboard and a voice synthesiser which facilitates interaction with the user.
Joint Optical Reflective Display(JORDY) posted on July 06, 2006 01:00:00 pm JORDY enables people with low vision to see objects at a distance, up close and at any range in between. This battery operated system can be worn like a pair of glasses or used as a Desktop video magnifier when placed on its docking stand.
Now with the push of a button, you can watch your favorite television programs, see the faces of relatives, read your favorite book, write a check, and even enjoy hobbies. The possibilities are endless.
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