Computer Technology for the Blind and Visually Impaired

In 1829 by adapting a secret code used by the military to communicate in the dark, Louis Braille brought the power and wonder of the written word to those who could not see. And while Braille remains a primary method of access to many types of information for the blind, today’s growing reliance on electronic communication, is creating new challenges for the visually impaired. John Vaughn, blind himself and a Rehabilitation Counselor, talks about the challenges he faced. “Braille was developed in the 1830’s in France, and was the primary means of reading and writing for blind people until recent years. Fortunately for me and others who were losing their eyesight in the late 1980’s that’s when we started to see the first real screen reading technology in the computer arena, unfortunately this was more custom made kinds of systems, there wasn’t a lot of standards that were being followed so sometimes your screen reader would work and sometimes it wouldn’t”

Instrumental in changing this and unlocking computers and the world of the Internet to the blind and visually impaired was a gentleman named Ted Henter. A computer engineer and motorcycle racer, Ted was blinded in an auto accident. …

Apple “iWatch”- Why I Am Watching This New Technology

Apple has a tendency to keep its newest and most innovative products a secret. However, it has applied to trademark the “iWatch” name in several countries (Taiwan, Russia, Mexico and Japan) as it prepares for to release the next generation of technology. The iWatch is rumored to be the next generation of technology that is worn rather than carried around like an iPhone. The iWatch will bring us one step closer to being wired into the internet and in constant contact. We already have technology like Google glass which is a wearable technology eyewear that can do everything from take a video to translate a foreign language. The iWatch will surely rival Google glass and other competitors.

The iWatch is likely to be a phone, music station, camera and internet accessible in the same way the iPhone will be. The bigger question is what new features it will have that make it more attractive than the pricey iPhone. It may attract a different type of consumer that wants mobile technology that is easy to transport. It also will make communication easier as you will never be concerned about searching for your phone.

I have to say that I”m really …

Scan as You Go Technology Allows for Easy, Convenient Shopping Experience

It started with the express lane. Then, the self-checkout lane. Now, some grocery shoppers can scan as they shop.

A June 17 Associated Press article revealed that some grocers around the country have implemented a new technology, which allows shoppers to utilize a hand-held scanner while shopping. What this scanner allows shoppers to do is keep track of the final bill, as well as have a total ready, allowing for a speedy checkout at the front of the store. As an added bonus, shoppers are also able to bag the groceries as they shop. So, in the end, customers will spend more time browsing the aisles than waiting in long checkout lines.

When customers arrive at the checkout, they scan a barcode that is generated by the personal scanner. This allows the total to be placed in ‘register.’ Customers then simply use any coupons and frequent shopper’s club cards and then pay. To ensure customers are paying for everything, people are randomly selected for audits.

For items without barcodes, such as produce or bulk candy, customers can utilize scales with printers. After the item is weighed, an adhesive price tag with a scannable bar code prints out. Customers just stick …