Accessibility

Tobii Dynavox TD Pilot adds eye control to iPad

Tobii Dynavox TD Pilot adds eye control to iPad

TD Pilot is a device that fits around an iPad to enable eye tracking control. Tobii Dynavox made this TD Pilot device to provide native integration of eye tracking for iPadOS with the latest iPadOS 15 and the latest iteration of the standard iPad. This latest innovation from Tobii Dynavox adds to their already wide range of applications of eye tracking tech in multiple areas of our greater gadget industry.

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Zoom removes paywall from important accessibility feature

Zoom removes paywall from important accessibility feature

Earlier this year, Zoom announced plans to make its automatic closed captioning feature available to everyone, not just paid subscribers. The company had said at the time that it would roll out the feature to everyone at some point in fall 2021, and as promised, that time has finally come. You no longer need to pay to use the accessibility feature.

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Chromebook Select-to-speak upgrade adds more human-sounding voices

Chromebook Select-to-speak upgrade adds more human-sounding voices

The majority of today's consumer tech products are unsurprisingly designed for the majority of people that don't have physical or mental handicaps. That's not to say, however, that these are the only people who deserve to have all that power at their fingertips. In fact, they should even be the ones whose lives are made even better by modern devices and software, correcting and augmenting what would normally be huge obstacles to leading functional and productive lives. Chromebooks are often portrayed as devices designed specifically for those purposes, and Google is presenting some features that make its Chrome OS platform more accessible to people with disabilities.

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YouTube’s automatic live stream captions arrive for all creators

YouTube’s automatic live stream captions arrive for all creators

If you're tired of waiting for a live stream to end so that you can watch it with captions, YouTube's latest announcement includes some good news. The company has revealed that its automatic captions feature is now available to all creators on the platform, including accounts that didn't meet its previous subscriber requirement.

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Microsoft Store for Xbox is adding accessibility feature tags for games

Microsoft Store for Xbox is adding accessibility feature tags for games

The latest Xbox Accessibility Showcase has revealed a major change coming to the Microsoft Store for Xbox. According to the company, Xbox gamers will be able to easily find the accessibility features offered by games directly in the Microsoft Store for Xbox. The details are provided in what Xbox calls game accessibility feature tags, which are rolling out to some Insiders now.

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Android gets a slew of updates spanning Photos, Assistant, and Gboard

Android gets a slew of updates spanning Photos, Assistant, and Gboard

Today, Google announced a wide array of updates for Android that covers several different apps and services. From accessibility and Assistant to Photos and even something for Google TV, these new updates not only add new features but, in some cases, they're bringing functionality that was at one point exclusive to Pixel over to other Android smartphones.

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Surface Adaptive Kit is Microsoft’s most universal release today

Surface Adaptive Kit is Microsoft’s most universal release today

Microsoft has a set of sticky-backed strong and custom-cut materials prepared for a Surface Adaptive Kit. This kit consists of keycap labels, 3-dimensional bump labels, port indicators, and openers. With these elements, users will modify their Surface devices to their hearts' content. This sort of kit should be available from hardware manufacturers across the board - if you make moving parts, 3D labels and add-ons like these should be ready to roll at launch, by default.

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Jabra Enhance Plus are wireless earbuds with hearing enhancement

Jabra Enhance Plus are wireless earbuds with hearing enhancement

Jabra has a new set of earbuds, with the Jabra Enhance Plus straddling the line between music and hearing enhancement. Designed, the company says, for people with mild to moderate hearing loss, but who aren't quite ready yet for all-day hearing aids, the new earbuds look more like mainstream accessories though with a smaller form-factor than Jabra's other models.

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Android Camera Switches uses your face to control your phone

Android Camera Switches uses your face to control your phone

Android has quite a number of accessibility features and APIs, some of which have been used, misused, or even abused to open doors to power users and functionality Google wouldn't have normally allowed. Many of those accessibility features have focused on voice control or screen reading, but a new Camera Switches feature in the Android Accessibility Suite expands that functionality to include certain facial expressions for those who might not even be able to speak or hold an external device to control their smartphones.

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