When the first iPhone came out in 2007, Erin Lauridsen was frustrated.As someone who is blind, she was worried cellphone technology would leave people with disabilities behind. Thankfully, when the iPhone 3GS rolled out two years later, it came with VoiceOver, a screen reading technology that's part of Apple's iOS mobile operating system. Ten years later, Lauridsen uses her iPhone XR, along with free or low-cost accessibility apps from the App Store, to check her calendar, send emails and follow maps. These digital tools are much more convenient and affordable than the standalone devices, such as PDAs and pocket computers, that blind people had to lug around in the past."It's not like I have my $6,000 kit of gadgets in my backpack," said Lauridsen, access technology director at LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. "It puts us more on a level playing field."That's just one example of how technology has become more accessible to people with disabilities, who make up … [Read more...] about Accessibility tech is still lacking for people with disabilities
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Nicholas Riccardi and Alexandra Jaffe Associated Press Published 12:42 PM EDT Mar 17, 2019 Dubuque, Iowa – As she waited to meet former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper at a recent house party in Dubuque, attorney Connie O’Connor was anxious about the liberal direction of the Democratic presidential primary. “I know a lot of people who don’t want to vote for Donald Trump but don’t necessarily want to vote for the presidential version of Alexandra Ocasio-Cortez,” she said, referring to the recently elected progressive congresswoman from New York. “I think we forget those people are out there.” But about 80 miles away, union organizer Eli Shepherd pointed to the thousands of people flocking to a Bernie Sanders rally at the University of Iowa as proof that the self-described democratic socialist is best positioned to beat the Republican now in the White House. “People get brought in (to the campaign) because it’s something … [Read more...] about Left or center? Democrats mull best options to beat Trump
If you think programmed systems have only become popular recently, then you are mistaken. For a long time, people have interacted with mechanized systems, just on a different level than what we see nowadays. Engineering students have a platform to create interesting projects which aim is to moderate human effort. When it comes to programmed systems, it might seem like fiction, but in reality, you can have the same innovations and technology if you like. You can now enjoy the benefits of having control of your home without being in the same location or within a close vicinity. This is where the brilliance and creativity of engineering come into play. We have provided a list of the five home engineering projects useful for students pursuing engineering in college. With these automation projects, you will have an understanding of how interesting and involving home systems can be. 1. Voice Control With a programmed home system, you have the power to manage electrical appliances inside your … [Read more...] about 5 Home Automation Projects For Engineering Students 2019
In 1961, a college student named David Myers traveled from Washington, DC, to the US Naval School of Aviation Medicine in Florida to take part in a new experiment. “I had a very limited understanding of what I was getting myself into,” Myers told me recently over email. “So I was extremely curious and mildly excited that first day.” Myers was one of 11 men specifically recruited by Dr. Ashton Graybiel to help test the feasibility of human spaceflight, at a time when nobody knew whether the human body could withstand a trip beyond our atmosphere. For nearly a decade, the US Navy put 11 eleven men through countless tests. Four of the men spent 12 straight days inside a 20-foot room that rotated constantly. In another experiment, they were sent out to notoriously rough seas off the coast of Nova Scotia. On the boat, the men played cards while the researchers were so overcome with seasickness that they had to cancel the test and go home. Others were sent up in the … [Read more...] about It’s Time to Rethink Who’s Best Suited for Space Travel
In recent years, I've noticed a rising -- and welcome -- resistance to helicopter parenting.We parents have heard all the stories about how anxious American children are, how they arrive at adulthood with hefty résumés but little sense of purpose, and want to do things differently. Our daughters' and sons' childhood will not be curated, nor their days boxed in!Of course, this hands-off approach is no less a fantasy, and a privileged one at that, than its more hands-on alternative. And the potential glitches of this laissez-faire plan are both inevitable and wide-ranging.Children need freedom, yes, but they also need us, their ostensibly wiser guardians, to pay attention to their particular needs and help them meet them. This is clearly the case with children with physical or mental disabilities or emotional disorders. But it can be a bit harder to navigate when a child is gifted. Few among us want to be accused of raising a special snowflake, but sometimes, those snowflakes … [Read more...] about For gifted kids, better to be hands-on or -off?