A flash in a glimpse of a bright future
Dianne has a vision impairment. She is helping to test the bionic eye. A bionic eye is used to help people who are blind to have some vision. A person wears special glasses that have a camera. The camera sends information to a computer chip that has been placed in the brain. Each week Dianne meets scientists to test the bionic eye. She is excited because she can see flashes of light. She also sees the outline of things. She is happy and proud to be involved in these tests. Scientists think the bionic eye will continue to be improved.
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Posted by: Kate Giles, on 13/11/13
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Social media and disability
Social media like Facebook and Twitter is a great way to keep in touch with friends. But it is also used in other important ways. Facebook is used to show support for the National Disability Insurance Scheme. Disability organisations use it to let people know about important issues and events. Social media can also be a great way for people with a disability to get their opinions heard. In Britain thousands of people used Twitter to show they were unhappy with the government which was thinking about making payment cuts for people with a disability.
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Posted by: Deanne Newton, on 18/10/12
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I said I did not need a smartphone. I was happy with my old mobile phone. I also had mobile internet for my notebook computer. But then I discovered I could replace two things with one smartphone. And it would not be more expensive. My new iPhone 4 does a lot more than my old devices for the same price. It makes life easier. There are thousands of applications available for the iPhone. But I am still looking for more applications for people with a disability.
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Posted by: Maureen Corrigan, on 02/08/11
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Talking set-top boxes
Your old television might soon not work anymore. Those with old televisions might need to add a set-top box. The new digital format is an improvement. It offers better quality pictures and sound. There are also new channels to watch. But digital television also presents barriers to some people with a disability. Digital television uses on-screen menus and electronic program guides. The menus rely on people having sight. A trial scheme has tested talking set-top boxes to solve the program. The talking set-top boxes can read out information on the screen.
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Posted by: Graeme Turner, on 28/09/11
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Voices in the Dark
A team of independent developers is making a video game without graphics. People with a vision impairment will be able to enjoy the game. It will rely on people using their hearing and imagination. The developers want to give players a new experience. Early feedback has been very positive. Gamers like 19-year-old James are looking forward to playing. The team uses two microphones at once to record sounds. The technique allows them to create sound with the perception of space and depth. People can then navigate the 3D world using just their hearing.
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Posted by: Carl Thompson, on 03/11/11
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A New Dimension for those with Blindness
Just think how a person with blindness might get a better understanding of an object such as a building or a wild animal, if they could feel the shape of it. Now computers can print things out in three dimensions, giving such people a chance to feel what objects are really like. Printers lay down plastic which builds up to form 3D shapes. Those with blindness could feel a certain type of car, the shape of their own house or the face of a friend. Not too many people know about this in Australia yet, but the future is exciting.
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Posted by: Graeme Turner, on 03/09/13
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