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Google buys Word Lens maker to boost Translate

The tech titan buys Quest Visual, which makes the Word Lens written-word translation app for Android, iOS, and Google Glass.

By May 16, 2014


'Life': A comic book for the blind

A design student creates a graphic novel for the sight-impaired that tells a simple story through touch.

By June 3, 2013


First-ever Braille smartphone could hit stores this year

Touch screen transforms images and text into touchable patterns, enabling users to interpret facial expressions, maps, and graphics.

By April 23, 2013


Playful new NY math museum not for squares

The message at New York's new Museum of Mathematics is simple: math is everywhere. Even the bathroom, where pentagonal sinks go down to a triangular base, is called a mathroom.

By March 4, 2013


Kindle Fire line builds its voice and touch accessibility skills

Amazon is expanding support for two important accessibility features to its entire Kindle Fire tablet series.

By December 7, 2012


Ray turns Android phone into device for the blind

As part of its Wireless Reach initiative, Qualcomm teams with Israeli firm to create Ray, a multifunction device that brings streamlined smartphone functionality to the visually impaired.

By October 23, 2012


Top news-reading apps for the iOS touch screen

If you like browsing the news on your iOS device, this week's collection offers some of the more visually appealing news apps for your reading pleasure.

By August 24, 2012


Assessing apps for the blind

Eliza Cooper, a blind social media consultant, helps critique new apps aimed at blind users of the iPhone.

By April 3, 2012


Braille texting app could have broader appeal

Designed for the visually impaired, an open-source app out of Georgia Tech could prove to be a texting tool for the masses.

By February 18, 2012


Tablet app brings new touch to Braille

Can a tablet designed for those who can see become accessible to those who can't? A research group at Stanford has created a Braille writer that has the potential to revolutionize a stagnant market.

By October 12, 2011