iPhone & iPad Apps for the Blind &VisuallyImpaired

Saturday, February 21, 2015

New in iOS 7,8: Ask Siri to Turn on VoiceOver and other Accessibility Settings

iOS 7,8 is Apple’s new operating system for iPhoneiPad, and iPod Touch. iOS 7includes a complete redesigned look and many new features. Siri in iOS 7 has learned some new tricks that can benefit users of VoiceOver and the other built in accessibility features that iOS offers. The feature allows you to ask Siri to turn on and off different accessibility settings using your voice. For example you can say, "turn on VoiceOver" and Siri will turn on VoiceOver in seconds. This feature will make iOS accessibility features easier to find and access. If a VoiceOver user is presented with an iOS device with VoiceOver turned off and triple click home disabled they could use this new feature to ask Siri to turn on VoiceOver. Besides accessibility settings Siri can also change other settings such as brightness, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The story behind visor - a low vision aid for iPhone, iPad & iPod touch

App Developer

This story starts with my dad. He is a retired electrical engineer, a great craftsman and a dedicated family man.

Shortly after he retired, over the course of two weeks, he experienced a 90% loss of vision in his right eye. Two years later, the same thing happened to his left eye. After a battery of tests, doctors insisted that the only explanation was that my dad had suffered a stroke, (he hadn’t) and said there was very little they could do to help him regain his vision.

Just like that, my dad’s life changed drastically. Prior to his vision loss, he could be found in his workshop, tinkering with electronic gadgets or reading the newspaper the way every dad does. Now even simple tasks like making toast take a very long time. Seeing people’s faces has become nearly impossible—he has to resort to identifying people by their silhouette, their voice or their mannerisms. It troubled me to see him so sad after his vision loss, unable to do all the things he was known for. I felt helpless, but as a designer, I started to think of ways to artificially improve his vision.

We went to our local optometrist, who presented a few electronic low vision aids. Trying out the options, we found them to be bulky, difficult to use and completely overpriced, with some options costing as much as €5000. My dad, who always has his trusty iPad with him, leaned over and mumbled “Why can’t it be as easy as my iPad?” That’s when I thought: Could I design and build an iOS vision-aid app? Excited, I enlisted the help of my friend and engineer Sebastian Marr. After hearing about the existing vision-aids, he vowed to help me build a better solution.

The project had begun.

Over the next year, working in our free time, we consulted local low-vision organizations to get more information about the diversity of visual impairments and built our first prototype to test with a number of visually impaired people, including my dad. Now we had proven our theory: that it was possible to provide a highly portable, easy to use and affordable vision aid by building an app native to iOS, one of the best operating systems for the visually impaired.

12 prototypes and 6 months later, we’re proud to present visor — a low-vision aid for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. Available now in the app store.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

How to enable Speak Selection on iPhone and iPad

How to enable Speak Selection on iPhone and iPad

How to enable Speak Selection on iPhone and iPad
There are lots of accessibility options available in iOS that a lot of people overlook. One of those is Speak Selection which adds the ability for your iPhone or iPad to read back text to you. Opposed to voice over functionality which speaks everything you tap, Speak Selection can be activated but is only triggered when you choose to activate it.
Here's how to set it up and use it.
  • How to enable Speak Selection on iPhone and iPad

  • How to use Speak Selection on iPhone and iPad

How to enable Speak Selection on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the Settings app from the Home screen of your iPhone or iPad.

  2. Now tap on General.

  3. Scroll down and towards the bottom, tap on Accessibility.

  4. Tap on the Speak Selection option and turn it to On.

  5. You can further customize the speed at which your iPhone or iPad reads the text and the dialect it uses. Once you're done, just tap the Home button to return to the Home screen.

How to use Speak Selection on iPhone and iPad

  1. Launch the app containing the text you'd like your iPhone or iPad to speak back to you.

  2. Hold your finger down on the text you'd like it to read to pull up the copy/paste menu.

  3. Highlight the text and in the text edit popup, select Speak.

  4. Your iPhone or iPad will now speak the text back to you.
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Sunday, February 8, 2015

TV Guide Mobile By TV Guide View More by This Developer

Like watching television ,but have a hard time reading the channel listing on your tv? Now you can see what time your favorite shows are on and you can even customize you're channel listings according to your preferences .