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TalkingFlix: Descriptive Audio for Movies and TV on the web

Robert Kinjett of Crossway Media Solutions is working on a new way to access movies and TV shows that have descriptive audio tracks. The service which is called TalkingFlix, will allow users to purchase or rent titles and stream them using a web browser. According to the website, users will have access to hundreds of titles with high quality audio. Since TalkingFlix hasn't launched yet, they are looking for feedback and beta testers. Those that are interested can sign up on the website to be contacted for beta testing. There is also a short survey that can be filled out to help the designers of TalkingFlix taylor their service to customer needs.
Posted Sunday, 20-Apr-2014 1:39 PM ETPost a comment

Google Files a Patent for Contact Lenses with Embedded Cameras

Earlier this year, Google announced that it was developing contact lenses that would be able to detect a person's glucose levels. Now, according to the Telegraph, they've gone one step further and filed a patin for contact lenses with imbedded microscopic cameras. The camera would allow the user to take a picture of whatever was in their direct line of sight, and they would be able to control the camera through blinking patterns. The sensors in the cameras could be able to detect light, color, objects, and even faces. This technology could be an amazing asset to a blind user by pairing the contact lenses with a mobile app for object recognition and even warning the user about upcoming obstacles or mobility hazards.
Posted Sunday, 20-Apr-2014 1:37 PM ET1 comment

Rollback Madness Event at Walmart

Walmart discounts a selection of electronics, furniture, apparel, and more as part of its Rollback Madness Event, with prices starting from 54 cents. Shipping starts at $4.97, or choose free Site-to-Store pickup on many items. (Most items also qualify for free shipping with orders of $50 or more.) Use the provided link to start shopping this sale.
Posted Thursday, 17-Apr-2014 09:30 AM ETPost a comment

Walmart Tax Refund Online Specials

Walmart discounts a selection of tablets, HDTVs, printers, tires, and more as part of its Tax Refund Online Specials, with prices starting from $39.20. Shipping starts at $4.97, or get free shipping on orders of $50 or more. (Site-to-Store pickup is also available; freight charges apply to some large items.) Click the provided link to shop and save!
Posted Wednesday, 16-Apr-2014 07:29 AM ETPost a comment

Over 75 Percent Off Clearance Items at ThinkGeek (expired)

ThinkGeek takes up to 75% off a selection of sale items. Plus, coupon code PENUMBRA takes an extra 20% off orders of $50 or more, 25% off $100 or more, or 30% off $150 or more. Shipping starts around $6, or spend $75 or more to qualify for free shipping. Deal ends April 16.
Posted Tuesday, 15-Apr-2014 07:31 AM ETPost a comment

WalMart Clearance, over 9,000 Items Now On Sale!

WalMart continues to update and discount over 9,000 items in its clearance section, with prices starting at $1.18. Shipping adds $4.97, or spend $50 or more to qualify for free shipping. (Site-to-Store pickup is also available.) Sales tax is added where applicable. This is one of the best clearance sales we've seen from Walmart, with many items at the lowest price we could find.
Posted Monday, 14-Apr-2014 08:28 AM ETPost a comment

Today Only: Best Buy 1-Day Sale, Up to 67 Percent Off (expired)

Today only, Best Buy cuts up to 67% off a selection of items as part of its 1-Day Sale. Plus, all items qualify for free shipping. It features discounts on laptops, monitors, computer accessories, printers, and more. (Select items are available for in-store pickup.)
Posted Thursday, 10-Apr-2014 07:12 AM ETPost a comment

Walmart Tax Refund Online Specials (expired)

Walmart discounts a selection of tablets, HDTVs, printers, tires, and more as part of its Tax Refund Online Specials, with prices starting from $39.20. Shipping starts at $4.97, or get free shipping on orders of $50 or more. (Site-to-Store pickup is also available; freight charges apply to some large items.) Click the provided link to shop and save!
Posted Tuesday, 08-Apr-2014 10:24 AM ETPost a comment

A One Day Sale, Today at Best Buy (expired)

Best Buy discounts a selection of items as part of its 1-Day Sale. It features discounts on video games, movies, music, headsets, and more, with many at or near the lowest total price we could find. Shipping starts at $1.99, but orders of $25 or more qualify for free shipping. (Select items are available for in-store pickup only.) Sale ends today.
Posted Tuesday, 08-Apr-2014 10:06 AM ETPost a comment

Qantas Offers Accessible In-Flight Entertainment on the iPad

David Woodbridge recently took a Qantas flight from Melbourne to Sydney. During the flight, he had the option of testing out the in-flight entertainment system on an iPad provided by the airline. He really didn't know what to expect, but he was optimistic. Much to his surprise, triple click home turned on VoiceOver, and the entertainment app was very compatible with VoiceOver. He even said in his blog post on AppleVis that he was so excited about the accessibility of the system that he lost all track of time. Since the iPad is the most popular tablet, hopefully other airlines will follow in Qantas's footsteps, and offer accessible in-flight entertainment for their customers. If you've experienced other in-flight entertainment options on other airlines that were accessible, tell us about your experience in the comments.
Posted Monday, 07-Apr-2014 3:53 PM ETPost a comment

The Fresh Start Sale at Newegg

Newegg discounts over 90 items as part of its Fresh Start Sale, with prices starting from $6.99. Plus, most items qualify for free shipping. Discounted items include video games, flash memory cards, cameras, headphones, and hard drives. Get the deals while they last!
Posted Monday, 07-Apr-2014 12:24 PM ETPost a comment

#CSUN14 Audio: National Braille Press Awarding up to $20,000 for Accessible Software and Hardware

The National Braille Press is accepting nominations for its 2014 Touch of Genius prize, which awards up to $20,000 for software or hardware in four different categories. This year's deadline is April 15. Chancey Fleet talks to National Braille Press President Brian MacDonald to learn about the new focus for the prize and more about the award in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
Posted Monday, 31-Mar-2014 10:30 PM ETPost a comment

Walmart Tax Refund Online Specials

Walmart discounts a selection of tablets, HDTVs, printers, tires, and more as part of its Tax Refund Online Specials, with prices starting from $39.20. Shipping starts at $4.97, or get free shipping on orders of $50 or more. (Site-to-Store pickup is also available; freight charges apply to some large items.) Many items are on sale, click the provided link to start shopping.
Posted Monday, 31-Mar-2014 09:27 AM ETPost a comment

KickStarter Campaign: Help 64 Ounce Games Make Board Games Accessible to the Blind

Last October I wrote about a new company called 64 Ounce Games. They are a company dedicated to making board games accessible to the blind. Over the past six months they have been working on ways to modify board games tat you can already buy and they are developing their own board games. One of their goals is to use braille and QR codes to provide information that is on the cards in a game. In order to do this though, they need to purchase an embosser. For this, and to raise funding for their own games, 64 Ounce Games has launched a KickStarter campaign. The reception in the first three days has been overwhelming, and they have already reached their original $7,500 goal. The campaign is still going on however, and more money raised will enable them to reach stretch goals, including creating dice for some popular RPG games and making accessibility kits for additional titles. Those who contribute to the campaign can receive one of their original games called Yoink! or receive brailled sleeves for games like Coloretto or the Resistance. To learn more about 64 ounce games, and their mission to make board games accessible, visit my original post.
Posted Friday, 28-Mar-2014 1:05 PM ETPost a comment

BlindSquare Adds Integrated Maps to Version 1.64

One of the features in the Apple Maps app that visually impaired users most appreciate is the ability to look at the map before they go on their route. This feature has just been added to the newest version of BlindSquare. In this short podcast from the developers, Sandra describes how to both access and use the integrated maps feature. She explains how to follow streets as well as how to change cardinal directions. To use this feature, be sure to upgrade to version 1.64.
Posted Friday, 28-Mar-2014 12:24 PM ETPost a comment

Coupon: $10 off $25 or more at Woot

Woot cuts an extra $10 off orders of $25 or more via coupon code 10OFFPARTY. That's the first dollar-off coupon we've ever seen from Woot. Shipping adds $5. Click the provided link and see what they have for today!
Posted Friday, 28-Mar-2014 06:55 AM ETPost a comment

Clearance Items Further Reduced at ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek takes up to 85% off a selection of clearance items. Plus, coupon code SALEONSALE takes an additional 10% off. Better yet, this sale stacks with another offer, buy one item and get a second item of equal or lesser value for 50% off via coupon code LLAP. Combined, that's one of the strongest sales we've seen from ThinkGeek. Shipping starts around $7 or is free on orders over $75.
Posted Wednesday, 26-Mar-2014 06:56 AM ETPost a comment

Sendero Announces Sendero GPS 2014 and Reduced Pricing

Sendero is continuing to upgrade their Sendero GPS options for the BrailleNote and the BrailleSense. They have just released version 2014, and if you're upgrading from an older version, it will only cost $49. Also, if you're a new customer, they've dropped the price for Sendero GPS to $599. Another announcement, according to the Sendero press release, is the introduction of Key Maps. This feature is available for users on the BrailleNote. This virtual navigation option allows users to download maps directly to the BrailleNote using Wi/Fi, virtual navigation to a new destination, route recommendations to destinations, and easy to search contact information for businesses.
Posted Tuesday, 25-Mar-2014 10:38 PM ETPost a comment

Pandora raises monthly subscription prices and eliminates the Yearly Subscription Option

Currently, Pandora 1 subscribers pay $3.99 a month or $36 per year to listen to Pandora without ads. According to Lifehacker, they've just decided to raise the monthly charge to $4.99 per month starting in May and to eliminate the yearly subscription option. For current Pandora 1 subscribers, your monthly charge will not change. Also, if you have a yearly subscription, when you are up for renewal, you will be charged the old rate of $3.99 per month. Basically, if you're interested in locking in at the $3.99 per month rate, you'll need to start subscribing before May.
Posted Tuesday, 25-Mar-2014 10:37 PM ETPost a comment

#CSUN14 Audio: Check out the Moves on that Robot

We've never interviewed a robot before for one of our podcasts, but Hims gave us the opportunity to talk to Big E, their booth mascot. We talked with him? her? it? to learn why they were at CSUN and to check out their moves. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
Posted Tuesday, 25-Mar-2014 8:40 PM ETPost a comment

Newegg Week-Long Price Busters Sale (expired)

Newegg cuts up to 74% off a selection of small appliances, tablets, electronics, and more as part of its Spring Into Savings Week-Long Price Busters Sale. Even better, most items qualify for free shipping. Some require additional coupon codes or mail-in rebates as indicated on the product page. Deal ends March 29.
Posted Tuesday, 25-Mar-2014 09:58 AM ETPost a comment

Amazon Spring Outlet Event

Spring shopping before the Easter Bunny starts hopping! Amazon cuts up to 70% off a wide selection of items during its Spring Outlet Event. Plus, Prime members receive free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, it starts at around $5.) Click the provided link to start shopping!
Posted Thursday, 20-Mar-2014 07:41 AM ETPost a comment

Newegg Don't Miss The Madness Sale

Newegg cuts up to 62% off a selection of TVs, Home Audio, Digital Cameras, Electronics, and more during its Don't Miss The Madness Sale, with prices starting from $4.99. (Prices are as marked.) Plus, many items qualify for free shipping. Choose from brands such as Bose, Canon, Samsung, Sony, and more. Click the provided link to start shopping.
Posted Tuesday, 18-Mar-2014 12:51 PM ETPost a comment

Walmart Rollback Madness

Walmart discounts a selection of tablets, furniture, apparel, and more as part of its Rollback Madness Event, with prices starting from $1.62. Shipping starts at $4.97, or choose free Site-to-Store pickup on many items. (Most items also qualify for free shipping with orders of $45 or more.) Click the link to shop all items available in this sale.
Posted Tuesday, 18-Mar-2014 06:49 AM ETPost a comment

Help Rose Waagon of Chicks Dig Macs Learn About Your Cooking Skills

Rose Waagon, who is best known for her blog Chicks Dig Macs, is working on a book to help the blind cook. Her survey is designed to find out what kinds of topics people are most interested in, and to find out what areas of cooking people feel like they need the most assistance in. The survey includes 21 questions.
Posted Sunday, 16-Mar-2014 12:56 PM ETPost a comment

Senate Introduces a Bill to Make Changes to SSI

Last week, Senators Warren of Massachusetts and Brown of Ohio introduced a bill that would make changes to Supplemental Security Income SSI. The bill is called the Supplemental Security Restoration Act of 2014. As it stands now, those who receive SSI benefits must not have more than 2,000 dollars in cash or assets or they will lose their benefits. According to Disability Scoop, one of the proposed changes in the bill would raise the maximum amount to $10,000. The bill would also eliminate the restriction on family and friends providing assistance such as housing or food to SSI beneficiaries and raise the income level that beneficiaries can receive before losing their benefits. . If you think this is an important bill, contact your senators and ask them to support the bill.
Posted Friday, 14-Mar-2014 4:54 PM ETPost a comment

Lechal Turns Your Shoes Into Navigation Devices

A team from the MIT media lab have created the first wearable technology that will help someone with a visual impairment navigate. The technology uses vibration in a shoe or insole to tell the user about left or right turns while they're navigating to a destination. The shoes/insoles pair with a GPS app on an Android, Windows, or iOS phone. According to entrepreneur.com, the technology is primarily designed for people in the developing world. However, the shoes/insoles could be helpful to anyone as a fitness tracker because the device is also designed to count steps and calories burned. This Ted talk highlights the journey for the creator of the Lechal shoe and shows how it works. As of this week, the shoes or insoles can now be pre-ordered for $100 if you are sighted, and $50 for those who are visually impaired.
Posted Wednesday, 12-Mar-2014 4:06 PM ETPost a comment

Rollback Madness Event at Walmart

Walmart discounts a selection of tablets, furniture, apparel, and more as part of its Rollback Madness Event, with prices starting from $1.62. Shipping starts at $4.97, or choose free Site-to-Store pickup on many items. (Most items also qualify for free shipping with orders of $45 or more.) Click the provided link to start shopping!
Posted Tuesday, 11-Mar-2014 12:32 PM ETPost a comment

Meet the Visually Impaired Athletes of the 2014 Winter Paralympics

The 2014 Winter Paralympics started Friday in Sochi, Russia. Over the next 8 days, athletes will be competing in five different sports. This year’s U.S. team includes six visually impaired athletes, competing in alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, and the Biathlon. Let's take a moment to learn about the athletes representing the United States. Read more
Posted Saturday, 08-Mar-2014 1:05 PM ETPost a comment

#afblc Audio: A 3d-Printed Audio and Tactile Museum Experience from Tooteko

Tooteko is a new company who was exhibiting at the AFB Leadership Conference who specialize in 3d-printed replicas of buildings, objects, and places which also include audio descriptions using a wireless headset. It's one of the new ways that companies are trying to increase accessibility of museums and other public spaces. In this podcast, we learn more from Gilda Lombardi from Tooteko who explains how the technology works and where they see it being used the most.
Posted Thursday, 06-Mar-2014 5:35 PM ETPost a comment

Samson Microphone Boom Stand for $14.99 [Shipped via Prime]

Amazon offers the Samson Microphone Boom Stand, model no. MK-10, for $14.99 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping adds $7.80.) That's the lowest total price we could find by $13. This collapsible tripod boom stand includes a mic clip. Note that this item ships within three to five weeks.
Posted Thursday, 06-Mar-2014 08:30 AM ETPost a comment

Nady 6 Inch Clamp-On Microphone Pop Filter for $12.45 [Shipped via Prime]

Amazon offers its Prime members the Nady 6 Inch Clamp-On Microphone Pop Filter, model no. MPF-6, for $12.45 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping adds $6.06.) That's the lowest total price we could find by $4. It features a swivel mount and gooseneck holder.
Posted Thursday, 06-Mar-2014 07:38 AM ETPost a comment

Pyle-Pro Moving Coil Dynamic Handheld Microphone for $8.50 [Shipped via Prime]

Amazon offers its Prime members the Pyle-Pro Moving Coil Dynamic Handheld Microphone, model no. PDMIC58, for $8.50 with free shipping. (Non-members can spend $35 to qualify for free shipping; otherwise, shipping adds $6.18.) That's the lowest total price we could find by $3. It includes a 15-foot 5.5mm microphone cable and XLR input.
Posted Thursday, 06-Mar-2014 07:20 AM ETPost a comment

Survey on Audible Signals

A graduate student at San Francisco State University is studying the use and experience with audible pedestrian signals. Much of the research about audible signals has only focussed on traffic engineers and O and M instructors rather than the end users. The survey includes 29 questions and should take between 10 to 15 minutes to complete. If you don't feel comfortable taking the survey online, you can email apssurvey.sfsu@gmail.com to set up a time to complete the survey over the phone.
Posted Wednesday, 05-Mar-2014 1:36 PM ETPost a comment

Survey from HIMS On Customer Interest

This year is HIMS 15th anniversary. In celebration, they are asking customers and those interested in HIMS products to fill out a short five question survey. Everyone that participates will be entered to win one of five $15 Starbucks gift cards. The questions cover: why you're interested in assistive technology, what disability related topics you're interested in, what products or services interest you, and what topics you would like to have a webinar discuss.
Posted Wednesday, 05-Mar-2014 1:35 PM ETPost a comment

Survey on Magnification from the North Carolina State University

The Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University is studying the use of magnification by people with visual impairments. The purpose of the study is to learn about the experience of those who use magnification. Improvements for usability and productivity can than be made based on the responses from participants. The survey includes 26 questions.
Posted Wednesday, 05-Mar-2014 1:35 PM ETPost a comment

Today Only: Sony Memory Products On Sale at Amazon (expired)

As one of its daily deals, Amazon cuts up to 69% off a selection of Sony SDHC memory cards and USB flash drives, with prices starting at $8.99. Prime members receive free shipping on all orders. (Non-members can spend $35 or more to receive free shipping; otherwise, it starts at $8.02.) That's the best discount we've seen on these items from Amazon in a year. Deal ends today.
Posted Wednesday, 05-Mar-2014 07:00 AM ETPost a comment

Wearable Technology May Help the Blind Read

A team of researchers at MIT have just designed the first prototype OCR scanner that fits on your finger. The device, which is currently known as the finger meter, allows the user to scan over text with their hand and have the text read aloud. The video on the website demonstrates someone using this device to scan a document. Beyond reading pages of printed text, this device could be a great option for reading labels on products, finding out the price of items, and so much more. It could also be a great benefit in the classroom for students who don't have access to a portable OCR solution. On the website, there is an option to provide your email address if you want to stay informed about the progress of the project.
Posted Tuesday, 04-Mar-2014 8:10 PM ETPost a comment

Star Wars Items On Sale at ThinkGeek (expired)

ThinkGeek cuts up to 63% off a selection of Star Wars items. Even better, coupon code GALACTICCREDIT takes $10 off orders of $40 or more. Shipping starts at around $6. If you're spending between $25 and $39, apply coupon code SHIPIT25 to bag free shipping. (The codes don't stack.) Deal ends March 2.
Posted Tuesday, 25-Feb-2014 08:06 AM ETPost a comment

A Contact Lens that Shows the Blind What They Are Seeing Through Tactile Stimulation

If you thought that the BrainPort was strange, researchers in Israel are now developing a contact lens that would tell the blind what they are seeing through tactile stimulation on their eye. The device uses a smart phone camera to take a picture and than translates that image into a set of electric pulses that the wearer would feel on the eye. The researchers feel like their field testing has been promising, but before this device ever comes to market they have to go through full clinical testing. Tell us what you think of this idea. Would you feel comfortable with having images drawn for you on your eyes? Is this preferable to the BrainPort which uses the tongue?
Posted Monday, 24-Feb-2014 08:56 AM ETPost a comment

Enhanced Vision Announces the Merlin Ultra HD Desktop Magnifier

Enhanced Vision has just released their latest desktop magnifier called the Merlin Ultra HD. This magnifier has an HD camera that has a wider lens to improve image quality. Some other features of this magnifier include: easy to use tactile controls, LED lighting for better image quality, adjustable tilt for the screen, and 1.9 X to 104 X magnification depending on size of screen and XY table chosen. For pricing and more information, contact Enhanced Vision at (888) 811-3161.
Posted Sunday, 23-Feb-2014 2:55 PM ETPost a comment

Indiegogo Campaign for the Reveal VUE, A Method for Improving Low Vision through Software

A team in Houston has developed a new and innovative way to improve vision for people with diseases such as macular degeneration and RP. By using the Occulus Rift and their own software, the team is able to customize each device for the user. According to the company's website, this is how the device works. "The VUE takes stereo images captured by two cameras and using custom software from Reveal, manipulates the images to present them in the best way for the specific user. These manipulations are not only custom for the wearer, but also for each eye. The VUE then presents the images to the user through the Oculus Rift display with minimal latency." In field tests, they've found that users can improve their vision up to 3 to 5 lines on the eye chart. In order to bring the device to market, they need to raise more funds. Visit their Indiegogo campaign page to learn more and contribute.
Posted Thursday, 20-Feb-2014 2:47 PM ETPost a comment

Dude, Smoking a Bowl May Help slow the Progression of RP

A new study just published in the journal Experimental Eye Research showed that the active chemicals in marijuana can slow down the progression of Retinitis Pigmentosa (RP). For the study, researchers in Spain gave rats with the disease doses of synthetic THC and found that after 90 days, rats who had received the treatment had 40% more photo receptors and performed better on eye exams. This finding points to another way that marijuana can help treat progressive diseases. It will be interesting to see how eye doctors respond to the findings and if they start recommending medical marijuana for their RP patients.
Posted Monday, 17-Feb-2014 6:33 PM ETPost a comment

HIMS President's Day Sale

From now until February 17, HIMS is offering discounts on some of their products. You can get $100 off the BookSense XT, now $449, $50 off the BookSense, no $299, and $100 off the Candy Grip Handheld Magnifier .
Posted Sunday, 16-Feb-2014 09:59 AM ETPost a comment

President Obama's Executive Order Addresses Sub-Minimum Wages In Some Sheltered Workshops

Today President Obama made an executive order raising the Federal minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. This change will impact hundreds of thousands of people who either work for or are contracted by the federal government. Under that executive order, the president is including all federally contracted workers including those who work for sheltered workshops. this is the first step in the battle to change the law that allows people with disabilities who work in sheltered workshops to be paid less than the minimum wage. Hopefully, this executive order will be a wake up call to congress to finally change this law.
Posted Wednesday, 12-Feb-2014 8:30 PM ETPost a comment

Show Your Support By Signing the Pass the Teach Act Petition

Technology in our classrooms is becoming more prevalent each year. Although technology can be a great asset for students with disabilities, it can also be a barrier if the technology is not accessible. There are already a number of laws that help protect student's rights to have access to accessible materials, but the current laws aren't always strong enough. A new bill in congress called the Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act, or the TEACh act, would require that technology used by colleges and universities either be accessible or that accommodations would be put in place to give students as much access as possible. This provides more details about the act and what it would do. A petition on Change.Org has been set up for supporters of the bill. The petition already has over 120 thousand signatures, but the more signatures the better. If you believe this is a bill that will help students with disabilities, consider adding your name by following the link in the headline. Both of the major U.S. consumer organizations have expressed support for the bill.
Posted Wednesday, 12-Feb-2014 4:31 PM ETPost a comment

Presidents' Day Sale at Newegg (expired)

Newegg takes up to 80% off during its Presidents' Day Sale. With items starting at $3.99, that yields a wide range of price lows. Most items qualify for free shipping. Some items may require additional coupon codes (for newsletter subscribers) or mail-in rebates as indicated on the product page.
Posted Tuesday, 11-Feb-2014 07:03 AM ETPost a comment

Blind Australians Can Get $200 For Helping Google Do Research

If you live in Sydney and are blind, you are eligible to help Google research how the blind use mobile applications made by Google. The interviews will last for about 2 hours, and questions will cover how the blind use mobile devices such as phones and tablets, and the accessibility of Google apps like Drive and Gmail. Participants will earn $200 for their time. Call Murray Gale at 02 9371 0855 or send an email to office@qra.net.au for more information.
Posted Monday, 10-Feb-2014 2:08 PM ETPost a comment

Lowering the Cost of Braille With Legos

One of the greatest challenges for lowering the cost of printed braille is making braille printers affordable to everyone. This challenge may just have been tackled by a 7th grader in California. Using Lego's Mindstorms EV3 kit and some parts from a hardware store, Shubham Banerjee came up with a way to make a braille printer that costs less than $500. His invention, called BRAIGO is named for the combination of braille and Lego. Shubham has decided to make his project open source so that families around the world and organizations that serve the blind will have easy access to the software that runs the printer. In this youtube video, Shubham demonstrates how the printer actually works. At this point, the printing speed may be too slow for many applications, but the cost will hopefully open the doors to more of the blind having access to braille around the world. It will be fascinating to see how this project progresses.
Posted Monday, 10-Feb-2014 1:58 PM ETPost a comment

Help Shape the Content of a New Magazine for the Blind

It's not often that as a future reader of a magazine that you get to help shape the content. If you are interested in a new lifestyle magazine for the blind, fill out this survey. The questions ask you to think about things you enjoy doing, activities that you find challenging, and even what you have always wished you could do. All participants will be entered to win a $25 gift certificate for Amazon. If you feel uncomfortable answering the survey questions on the website, send an email to polina.steier@gmail.com and they'll happily do the survey with you over the phone. While the survey lists a February 5 deadline, we checked with the creators and they are still looking for responses, so have at it.
Posted Monday, 10-Feb-2014 1:28 PM ETPost a comment

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