In the meantime… (#3)

09/27/2012

Coincidence is a funny thing. It doesn’t have to do anything with accessibility though but it does have to do with how this post was written.

Some days ago, scanning at my Facebook feed I came across an article from scientific american about people with disabilities and superpowers. For all the comic fans out there, it doesn’t have to do with any of the classic heroes such as superman, spiderman, wonder woman, or anyone else. The only superhero refered that happens to match the story of the article is Daredevil who happens to be blind. Read the rest of this entry »


Where’s the remote control?

09/24/2012

One of the worst things about the TV in general is the remote control. The person who holds the control has power! And the person who masters all its functions has the absolute power! To a more serious tone now, the remote also presents a problem for older and disabled users. The remote is hard to use, especially if it has fallen and broken or if the battery does not fit in very well. Then what about the confusion caused by having one remote that works with the TV, another that works with the Blue-Ray device and a third that works with the video recorder? Read the rest of this entry »


In the meantime… (#2)

09/20/2012

That’s one more of those posts to wet your appetite… in between the weekly updates!

A few days ago I was going through my Facebook timeline and this article from mashable caught my attention.

It’s about a new pair of shoes that can guide you back home in case you’re lost. First thing someone would think will be… “Great… I won’t ever get lost again on my vacations!!!”. I don’t know how in fashion you would look with those blinking led lights on top of them but Read the rest of this entry »


The case of Collaborative Learning (CSCL)

09/17/2012

Sketch about collaborative leranirngThis week we are jumping to one of my favourite subjects… Education.

At the World Education Forum that took place in Dakar in 2000, 164 governments pledged to achieve “Education for All” (EFA) and identified six goals to be met by 2015. UNESCO, which is the leading agency in that movement, focuses its activities on five key areas: policy dialogue, monitoring, advocacy, mobilization of funding and capacity development.  Inclusive education covers a broad range of problems in accessing education such as children living in areas of conflict, cultural issues, gender issues etc. Read the rest of this entry »


In the meantime…

09/13/2012

While waiting for the new weekly post on Monday I’d like to turn your attention to a survey that in my opinion tells some of the story of web accessibility especially for blind and visually impaired people.

I am talking about the WebAIM: Screen reader user survey. This is the forth time that webAIM conducts the survey and it includes also some comparisons with results from previous years. I don’t want to spoil the fun of going through it but I’ll just give you a hint.

What do you think is the item that flashes first in the list of most difficult and frustrating items on web pages?

Sadly enough, as the authors mote, the list hasn’t changed much in the last 2.5 years they are cunducting the survey.

I wonder, will it remain the same in the next 3 years too?


Shopping in a store full of smart shelves.

09/10/2012

Picture of ShelfX smart shelvesIt’s time to start our engines. This first idea has to do with shopping. It’s not the only one… more will follow.

Shopping in large stores may these be super markets, utility stores, toy stores etc. is an experience with many similarities across the areas. People when entering such a store select a trolley or some kind of basket to collect their products to buy. They browse through large aisles tagged with large signs categorizing products under specific categories. While browsing them, they may use a shopping list or just grab whatever attracts their attention or whatever they need and drop it to the trolley or basket and continue. Read the rest of this entry »


Hello world.

09/05/2012

New programmers always start their programming experience with a classic “Hello World” program to get familiar with the first basic notions in programming.

Well… this post is just to get you familiar with this blog.

So what is this blog about. As the subtitle explains in a few words it’s about future technology trends and their possible implications (positive or negative) on accessibility. The starting point was my involvement in the eAccessibility2020 project. Many of the ideas that are going to be posted here have already been discussed with people in the field, others have just came to mind.

What is the purpose of this? Well just to share the ideas with you… the rest of the world! For the next  weeks I ‘ll try to post on a weekly basis. I know that’s a hard procmise to keep for the long term… however with your feedback and contribution I hope that this blog might actually become a useful resource of ideas and who knows… in 2020 some people might read at this and laugh their hearts out!


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