m-Inclusion & Empowerment

Japan

www.itunes.com/magicreader

 

MagicReader provides a magical experience of reading and viewing e-books using the iPad. There is no need to touch the hardware to turn pages, facial movements are enough. MagicReader uses the mobile device’s camera to detect the movement of the person reading the book. With this new technology, a disabled or injured person can read a book without having to depend on help from someone else. MagicReader can also be used in diverse daily situations, such as reading while eating with both hands, reading a recipe while cooking or perusing documents while typing on a keyboard. There are countless more ways to use MagicReader.

Portugal

www.alznav.com

 

AlzNav’s target audience are senior citizens and persons in the initial/pre-stages of dementia. The application aims to improve their autonomy by increasing their sense of safety when going outdoors and to ease caregivers’ concerns by alerting them should the user get lost or need help. AlzNav distinguishes itself from other solutions by providing a simplified user interface designed specifically for target users’ needs and limitations. The app allows caregivers to specify the safety area within which the user can move. If the user wanders past the predetermined area, AlzNav sends a text message with the user’s current location, or responds to location requests from the caregiver. To empower users to help themselves when in need, AlzNav can switch to foreground mode, get the user’s attention and ask if everything is OK while offering assistance. If users feel able, AlzNav can navigate them back home, call a cab, or help them place calls to family or friends. AlzNav’s navigational system combines audio and textual instructions with an on-screen arrow that always points in the direction to go – independently of the device’s orientation, a significant improvement over other navigational systems.

Ecuador

Blanco y Negro is an app for visually impaired persons, optimizing the use of other senses to access the main functions of a cell phone. The app makes use of two key tools, a speech synthesizer and a set of functions called Gesture, to provide feedback about actions taken on the mobile so that users can easily follow. Based on these tools, visually impaired persons can access mobile phone functions in a way adapted to their abilities and needs: phone calling, text messaging, information management and colour recognition. Blanco y Negro is available in English and Spanish. Blanco y Negro is a unique app ensuring the inclusion of visually impaired persons in the use of smartphones.

 

 

Blanco y Negro is an app for visually impaired persons, optimizing the use of other senses to access the main functions of a cell phone. The app makes use of two key tools, a speech synthesizer and a set of functions called Gesture, to provide feedback about actions taken on the mobile so that users can easily follow. Based on these tools, visually impaired persons can access mobile phone functions in a way adapted to their abilities and needs: phone calling, text messaging, information management and colour recognition. Blanco y Negro is available in English and Spanish. Blanco y Negro is a unique app ensuring the inclusion of visually impaired persons in the use of smartphones.

 

 

Watch the product video here. “Blanco y Negro” is an app developed for smartphones running android OS , a program to visually impaired people that will exploit the ability of other senses, turning a Smartphone into a powerful tool for the user.

The applications main goal is to supplant the main functions of a cell phone which are:
Phone Calling
-Text Messaging
-Information Managing.
-Navigation through the smartphone.
-Color Recognition
 
The functions listed above display a big number of other functions that have not been properly covered yet by any other software. “Blanco y Negro” is the first step to take in order to include visually impaired people in the use of SmartPhones.
Brazil

http://www.handtalk.com.br/

Hand Talk is an app for mobile devices that receives data and translates it to Libras, the sign language of the deaf communities of urban Brazil.  Hand Talk works with three basic sources: audio, texts or images. When a voice is captured by the mobile phone, the app converts the sound to sign language with the help of a 3D avatar who appears on the mobile screen. This feature is useable in conversations, lectures and many other settings. With the text feature, the deaf user can copy a message received from a local carrier or a website, paste it into the app and have it translated to Libras. The image feature can be used to translate the content of magazines, newspapers, books or signs. The user photographs a phrase or words and the app converts it to Libras. The system’s API may be used on other operating systems and platforms, making content accessible to people that do not know any spoken language. Potential content includes anything from news or government websites, bank terminals and other financial institutions, to supermarkets and museums. Hand Talk is an outstanding social inclusion tool allowing people with disabilities in Brazil to participate more fully in daily life.

Germany

www.wheelmap.org

Wheelmap is an online map for wheelchair accessible places. Like Wikipedia, the data is publically owned - anyone can contribute by tagging public places according to their accessibility. Mobility-impaired persons, such as users of wheelchairs or walking frames, use the platform to share relevant location-based information. Can one reach a specific café? Does a popular restaurant have an accessible toilet? Is a municipal office barrier-free? The OpenStreetMap-based approach helps mobility-impaired users, as well as anyone with limited mobility, to plan their day more efficiently. Thousands of e-volunteers supporting the cause add to the database via the web or mobile phones. Wheelmap has more than 250,000 points of interests in eighteen languages. Public awareness raised by Wheelmap can encourage owners of public buildings to improve their location’s accessibility.