Google recently announced Project Tango, a prototype smartphone that uses cameras and robotics to track its motion in 3D. Among the many potential applications of such a device is mapping indoor spaces. By knowing where and how its moving and what's all around it, such a device could send auditory signals to users with vision impairments to help them better navigate an indoor space. Very cool!
Here are some other recent news items and information about the development of accessible technology:
Last week WebAIM released the results of their recent survey of screen reader users, the fifth such survey they're conducted. Among the findings, almost 80% of users are OK with websites detecting whether they use a screen reader. One blind user, however, thinks screen reader detection is a bad idea.
Educators who are interested in learning how to teach programming to blind students should consider attending the Experience Programming in Quorum (EPIQ) workshop offered July 17-23 this year in Vancouver, Washington. It's offered by the team behind Quorum, a fully-accessible programming language.
On the accessible technology job front, Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing Accessibility Team is looking for a Senior Software Development Engineer in Test.
Was there other big news from the world of accessible technology that I missed? Let me know in the comments.
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