The comprehensive report showed users preferences such as devices used, operating system, their primary screen reader, browser, etc. Also shown what kind of mobile platform these users use. It’s interesting to see that the conclusion remains the same: there is no typical screen reader user.
Specific interesting notes that they mentioned:
- JAWS is still the software most widely used, but there’s an increase in NVDA and Apple’s VoiceOver usage as well.
- There’s an increase in use of a screen reader on a mobile device
- Flash content and CAPTCHA are still problematic.
Few interesting technology developments that would benefit people with disabilities:
- Mind-controlled Computing for the Disabled: A new Israeli-developed tool enables the disabled to send emails by thought alone, and could revolutionize the world of mind-controlled computing.
- Virtual Mouse, an Invetion to Help the Disabled: Computer engineering student at Khalifa university develops software that allows control of a mouse through the movement of a person’s eyes.
- NHK develops and automatic sign language translation systems for TV (w/ video): Researchers at the NHK Science & Technology Research laboratories in Japan have developed a new animated sign language translation system. The system takes a string of words, in Japanese obviously, and converts them into the gestures that make up sign language.
I’m quite excited about these developments. These by no means are the only development in progress, I’m quite sure. But these show the kind of possibilities one could develop to help people with disabilities.
Speaking of controlled tool, this news about robot cat ears that are responding to brain waves came out several months ago. The robotic cat ears are cute, sure thing, but think about the possibilities of creating brain wave controlled tools for people who can’t even move any part of their body. That would be awesome.
On a related note, I’m looking forward to be able to send tweets just by the thoughts. Heh. :-D