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What is an RTT call? How the text accessibility feature lets you send real-time text messages

RTT stands for Real-time Text, a call feature that assists deaf, heard of hearing, and other phone users with communication during voice calls. Sladic/Getty RTT, or real-time text, sends text messages immediately as you type them, without requiring you to hit send. For RTT to work, you need a wireless handset like an iPhone or Android phone using IP-based technology on networks that support RTT. For device users who are deaf, deaf-blind, or have speech-related disabilities, RTT can elimin...
Tags: Iphone, Android, Fcc, Trends, Accessibility, Sprint, AT T T Mobile, Tech Insider, RTT, TTY, Voice Calling, Tech Reference, Tech How To, Smartphones (Reference, Ennica Jacob, Real-Time text

Cognixion’s brain-monitoring headset enables fluid communication for people with severe disabilities

Of the many frustrations of having a severe motor impairment, the difficulty of communicating must surely be among the worst. The tech world has not offered much succor to those affected by things like locked-in syndrome, ALS, and severe strokes, but startup Cognixion aims to with a novel form of brain monitoring that, combined with a modern interface, could make speaking and interaction far simpler and faster. The company’s One headset tracks brain activity closely in such a way that the wearer...
Tags: Startups, TC, Gadgets, Wearables, Science, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Disability, Hud, Fda, Disabilities, Brain-computer Interface, Alexa, Eeg

Instagram adds a captions option for Stories and soon, Reels

Instagram is making its video Stories and Reels more accessible with the launch of a new “captions sticker” that will allow users to watch without having the sound on. The addition will not only make it easier for users who are hard of hearing or deaf to engage with video content, it also offers a way for users to watch videos when they’re somewhere they don’t want to have their sound on — and either don’t want to wear or don’t have access to headphones or earbuds. To use the feature, creators w...
Tags: Social, Videos, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Video, Media, Instagram, Tech, Mit, Accessibility, Creators, Stories, Deaf, Captions, Reels

SLAIT’s real-time sign language translation promises more accessible online communication

Sign language is used by millions of people around the world, but unlike Spanish, Mandarin or even Latin, there’s no automatic translation available for those who can’t use it. SLAIT claims the first such tool available for general use, which can translate around 200 words and simple sentences to start — using nothing but an ordinary computer and webcam. People with hearing impairments, or other conditions that make vocal speech difficult, number in the hundreds of millions, rely on the same com...
Tags: Google, Startups, TC, Science, Microsoft, Germany, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Deaf, Computer Vision, Disabilities, Sign Language, Domenech, ASL, FOMIN

Finding more accessible ways to connect

In 2020, global searches for "how to say i love you in sign language" reached an all-time high. While social distancing has been difficult for everyone, it’s disproportionately affected people who are deaf or hard of hearing. Wearing face masks and connecting over video calls has helped to keep us safe, but it’s made it harder to follow conversation through lipreading and more difficult to follow sign language that’s confined to a small screen. So it makes sense that we’re searching for ways to ...
Tags: Google, Youtube, Accessibility, Googlers, ASL, Tony Lee, Dimitri Kanevsky, KR Liu, Ken Harrenstien, Ricardo Garcia Rago, Sean Kinzler

A CODA story: Why accessible technology matters

I’ve been a Googler for over four years, but many of my coworkers only recently learned that I’m a CODA or “child of a deaf adult.” And in my case, I’m the child of two because both of my parents were born deaf. Growing up in the ‘90s, communicating with my parents was the one thing that made me realize my experiences were different from those of my friends. Long before texting (let alone video chatting) was a thing, my family had a TTY — a complex, and frankly cumbersome device that sent messag...
Tags: Accessibility, Googlers, Owen, Google Meet, Tony Lee, Owen Distance

Ikumi Kobayashi on taking inclusion seriously

Welcome to the latest edition of “My Path to Google,” where we talk to Googlers, interns and alumni about how they got to Google, what their roles are like and even some tips on how to prepare for interviews.Today’s post is all about Ikumi Kobayashi, a Search Optimization Specialist based out of Tokyo whose search for an inclusive and accessible workplace ultimately led her to her role at Google and a newfound confidence.Can you tell us about your decision to apply to Google? I have profound hea...
Tags: Google, Japan, Accessibility, Tokyo, Googlers, Life at Google, My Path to Google, Jessie Linn, Ikumi Kobayashi, Ikumi, Disability Alliance

How to use iOS 14’s Magnifier app

The iPhone Magnifier app has a new location and great new features both in iOS 14 and for advanced iPhone 12 models. We show you how to find and use them.
Tags: Apple, Mobile, Trends, Accessibility, How-to, iOS 14 Magnifier

TikTok adds auto captions to make videos accessible to hard of hearing and deaf

TikTok this morning announced the launch of a new feature designed to make its app accessible to people who are hard of hearing or deaf. The company is today debuting auto captions — a feature that, when enabled, will automatically transcribe the speech from a video so viewers can read what’s being said in the video as an alternative to listening. Initially, auto captions will support American English and Japanese, with additional languages coming in the months ahead, TikTok says. To use auto ca...
Tags: Social, Apps, Instagram, Siri, Tech, Accessibility, Deaf, Text-to-speech, YouTube Facebook, Captions, Transcription, Mobile Applications, Subtitles, Tiktok

Disability, access, and the virtual conference

After my first Zoom meeting of the pandemic, I found myself lying on the bathroom floor with my noise-cancelling headphones on, on the verge of a full-blown meltdown. As an autistic person, I’ve always been hypersensitive to noise and to visual stimuli—but I hadn’t realized that a Zoom meeting with my colleagues could cause sensory overload. The number of images on the computer screen, the amount of movement in those tiny thumb-nail images, and the speed with which the images had moved, flashed,...
Tags: Books, Featured, Accessibility, Virtual Conference, Disability, Autism, Sociology, Literature, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Shape, Health & Medicine, Social Sciences, Editor's Picks, Science & Medicine, Arts & Humanities

Quest for prosthetic retinas progresses towards human trials, with a VR assist

An artificial retina would be an enormous boon to the many people with visual impairments, and the possibility is creeping closer to reality year by year. One of the latest advancements takes a different and very promising approach, using tiny dots that convert light to electricity, and virtual reality has helped show that it could be a viable path forward. These photovoltaic retinal prostheses come from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, where Diego Ghezzi has been working on the ide...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, Computer Vision, Disabilities, Lausanne, EPFL, Blindness, Ghezzi, Diego Ghezzi, Alain Herzog, Jacob Thomas Thorn

Quest for prosthetic retinas progresses toward human trials, with a VR assist

An artificial retina would be an enormous boon to the many people with visual impairments, and the possibility is creeping closer to reality year by year. One of the latest advancements takes a different and very promising approach, using tiny dots that convert light to electricity, and virtual reality has helped show that it could be a viable path forward. These photovoltaic retinal prostheses come from the École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, where Diego Ghezzi has been working on the ide...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Science, Hardware, Tech, Accessibility, Computer Vision, Disabilities, Lausanne, EPFL, Blindness, Ghezzi, Diego Ghezzi, Alain Herzog, Jacob Thomas Thorn

Chrome can now caption audio and video

Captions make online content more accessible. If you’re in a noisy environment, trying to keep the volume down, or are part of the 466 million people in the world who are deaf or hard of hearing, having captions lets you follow along to whatever content you are watching — whether it’s viral feta pasta videos, breaking news or a scientist discussing their latest research. Unfortunately, captions aren’t always available for every piece of content. Now with Live Caption on Chrome, you can automatic...
Tags: Chrome, Accessibility, Google Workspace, Emily ScharffMadan Kompalli, Laura D'Aquila

Google Chrome for Desktop Gains Live Captions Feature for Audio and Video

Google today rolled out its live caption transcription feature to version 89 of Chrome browser for desktop, as first spotted by XDA Developers. Previously only available on some Pixel and Samsung phones, Live Captions uses machine learning to create a real-time transcription for videos or audio played through the browser, making online media more accessible for members of the Deaf community and other people with hearing loss. Once enabled, Live Captions appear in a box in the bottom of the ...
Tags: Chrome, Google Chrome, Google, Spotify, Youtube, Samsung, Accessibility

4 signs your product is not as accessible as you think

Michael Fouquet Contributor Share on Twitter Michael Fouquet is CTO and co-founder of Stark, a startup that provides integrated accessibility tools for product design and development teams. For too many companies, accessibility wasn’t baked into their products from the start, meaning they now find themselves trying to figure out how to inject it retrospectively. But bringing decades-long legacy code and design into the future ...
Tags: TC, Column, Design, Beyonce, Developer, Opinion, Tech, Diversity, Accessibility, Ibm, Ux, Usability, Cto, Web Accessibility, Michael Fouquet, Carbon Design System

The pursuit of improving accessibility on social

We all know it’s hard enough to make it big on social media; but what if social media was the one making it harder for you? It’s estimated that almost a billion people around the world (AKA 15% of everyone everywhere) live with some form of disability – and that’s not even accounting for temporary and situational disabilities. And when a web user feels that digital content isn’t inclusive or accessible enough for them? They don’t even complain about it. 71% of them just leave .  That’s it,...
Tags: Facebook, UK, US, Social Media, Seo, Cta, Accessibility, Toyota, Paralympics, Thought Leadership, McDonald, Scarlet, David Griner, Jessica Long, Alexa Heinrich, James `` Wilko

5 Reasons Why Automatic Captions Are a Big Problem

Would you publish an article on your website if it has typos and other errors? Well, then. Would you publish captions on your website if it has typos and other errors? That’s what automatic captions are and why I call them autocraptions. Automatic captions are like a person or synthesized voice speaking flatly without inflection ... Read more The post 5 Reasons Why Automatic Captions Are a Big Problem appeared first on home.
Tags: Sales, Content Marketing, Accessibility, Digital Marketing, Inclusion, Automatic Captioning

How Zoom is changing American Sign Language

As the pandemic has driven adoption and (over)use of videoconferencing software like Zoom, it's required changes in American Sign Language. From Scientific American: One adaptation arises as a result of a video meeting's limited frame size. "The signing space is expansive," says Michael Skyer, a senior lecturer of deaf education at the Rochester Institute of Technology. — Read the rest
Tags: Post, News, Accessibility, ASL, Deafness, Michael Skyer, Rochester Institute of Technology Read

The Problem With Zoom Adding Free Captions After Getting Called Out

As a journalist and content writer, I often have to go on Zoom calls every day with clients and interview sources who request to use this platform. I am also hard-of-hearing, which makes following what people say on calls tiring, due to listening fatigue.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Microsoft, Articles, Accessibility, Disability, Social Issues, Andrew Cuomo, Donald Trump, Sign Language, Zoom, Poynter, Closed Captioning, Deafness, Shari Eberts, Deaf culture

Your Android is now even safer — and 5 other new features

It wasn't all that long ago that we introduced Android users to features like Emoji Kitchen and auto-narrated audiobooks. But we like to stay busy, so today we're highlighting six of the latest Google updates that will make Android phones more secure and convenient — for everyone. 1. Keep your accounts safe with Password Checkup on Android Password Checkup notification screen On Android, you can save passwords to your Google account, making it quicker and easier to sign into y...
Tags: Google, Android, Maps, San Francisco, Accessibility, Messages, Google Maps, Android Auto, Android Auto Android Auto, Google Assistant, Safety & Security, Emoji Kitchen, Hideaki Oshima, TalkBack Android

Our all-new TalkBack screen reader

To blind traveling bluesman Joshua Pearson, songwriting is more than just a good melody. “Songwriting gave me a language to talk about my frustrations. And by putting my music out there, I could hopefully let somebody else feel some of what I was feeling.” For Joshua, TalkBack is his main pen and paper for writing songs; it lets him dictate lyrics into his phone and hear them told back to him.Screen readers, such as Android’s TalkBack, are the primary interface through which Joshua and many othe...
Tags: Android, Samsung, Accessibility, Samsung Galaxy, Joshua, Joshua Pearson, Brian Kemler, Joshua TalkBack, Voice Commands Starting

Android’s latest update will let you schedule texts, secure your passwords, and more

Google today announced the next set of features coming to Android, including a new password checkup tool, a way to schedule your texts, along with other improvements to products like its screen reader TalkBack, Maps, Assistant, and Android Auto. This spring 2021 release is latest in a series of smaller update bundles, similar to iOS “point releases,” that add new functionality and features to Android outside of the larger update cycle. One the security front, this update will integrate a feature...
Tags: Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, Maps, Tech, Accessibility, Messages, Samsung Galaxy, Google Google, Mobile OS, Android Auto Maps

3D-printed Braille dice

The DOTSRPG Project started with a few friends looking to improve accessibility in tabletop gaming. From their Patreon: While DOTS started with a focus on accessibility for those who are fully blind, we have since branched out to start addressing many different topics. — Read the rest
Tags: Gaming, Post, News, DICE, Accessibility, Dice Games, Rpgs, Dungeons & Dragons, Dots, Dungeons And Dragons, Tabletop Games, Inclusion, Braille, Blindness, Tabletop Gaming, Roleplaying Games

Try it on: Connected clothing that helps everyone

Jacquard by Google aims to simplify your digital life by turning everyday things, like sneakers and jackets, into intuitive interfaces. A connected jacket with woven Jacquard technology lets people connect to their smartphone and use simple gestures to trigger functions from the Jacquard app. With this interactivity and connectivity built in, you can tap your sleeve to hear directions to your next destination or brush your cuff to change the song playing on your compatible music service. Jacquar...
Tags: Google, Atlanta, Accessibility, Atap, Levi, Diversity and Inclusion, Leonardo Giusti

Chromebooks get an education refresh

Chromebooks — which last year were largely used as classroom tools for writing reports and working on projects — are now the main way many students go to school. As distance learning takes place around the world, educators and students have had to quickly adapt to teaching and learning through Chromebooks. And along the way we’ve updated features and tools to make learning from anywhere easier. This year, we have 40 new devices and accessibility improvements coming so that every student can lear...
Tags: Education, Accessibility, Chromebook, Chromebooks, Google Account, Google for Education, Andy Russell, Chrome Education Upgrade, Google Workspace for Education, Google Admin Console

Microsoft offers new accessibility testing service for PC and Xbox games

As gaming has grown from niche to mainstream over the past decades, it has also become both much more, and much less accessible to people with disabilities or other considerations. Microsoft aims to make the PC and Xbox more inclusive with a new in-house testing service that compares games to the newly expanded Xbox Accessibility Guidelines. The Microsoft Game Accessibility Testing Service, as it’s called, is live now and anyone releasing a game on Windows or an Xbox platform can take advantage ...
Tags: TC, Gaming, Microsoft, Xbox One, Tech, Accessibility, Xbox, Xbox Series X, Brannon Zahand, Zahand That

Accessibility overlay startup AccessiBe closes $28M series A

If you want to make your website accessible right now but lack the resources for the kind of serious revamp it would take, an “accessibility overlay” may take the pressure off while the work gets done. Though critics argue that these tools aren’t a permanent solution, AccessiBe has raised $28 million to show that its approach is an important part of making the entire web available to everyone. It’s a problem often faced by small businesses: their website may not have been built to modern accessi...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, Funding, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, Ada, Playmobil, WCAG, Michael Hingson, Recent Funding, Shir Ekerling, Ekerling, Everlast Tupperware

Learn about the importance of accessible product design at TechCrunch Sessions: Justice

When you are able to navigate a world that is designed for you, it’s easy to avoid thinking about how the world is designed for you. But it can be different if you are disabled. At TechCrunch Sessions: Justice on March 3, we will examine the importance of ensuring accessible product design from the beginning. We’ll ask how the social and medical models of disability influence technological evolution. Integrating the expertise of disabled technologists, makers, investors, scientists, software eng...
Tags: Apple, TC, Tech, Accessibility, Hci, New York University, Nyu, Meredith Whittaker, Olin College of Engineering, Srin Madipalli, TechCrunch Sessions: Justice, AI Now Institute, Cynthia Bennett, Sara Hendren, Mara Mills, Minderoo Research Professor

Evinced raises $17M to speed up accessibility testing for the web

Making and keeping the web accessible is a full-time job, and like any other development role, accessibility tools need to evolve to keep up with the times. Evinced is a startup that promises both richer and faster checks of websites in production or in progress, and it just raised $17M to take its tools to the next level. Because accessibility problems can happy in so many ways, it often takes a lot of manual code review to catch the errors. Even a team thinking about making their site fully ac...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Startups, TC, Developer, Funding, Tech, Accessibility, Artificial Intelligence, ARIA, WCAG, Recent Funding, Evinced, Navin Thandani, Capital One Ventures

Ingenious hands-free sneaker design

The Nike GO FlyEase is an ingenious design for accessible hands-free sneakers that you can slip on and off. They'll sell for $120. "Usually I spend so much time to get in my shoes," says champion wheelchair fencer Bebe Vio. "With the Nike GO FlyEase, I just need to put my feet in and jump on it. — Read the rest
Tags: Video, News, Shoes, Nike, Accessibility, Sneakers, Bebe Vio With