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Madeline Brownstone

BBC NEWS | Programmes | Moneybox | Bank upgrade is excluding blind - 2 views

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    "Visually impaired customers of American Express say they can no longer read their credit card statements online.

    In December Amex changed its format for UK statements from HTML to Portable Document Format or PDF.

    However, it failed to encode the new PDF documents so they could be read by "screen readers," special software used by blind or partially sighted people. "
Madeline Brownstone

BBC NEWS | Technology | Helping the deaf to 'see sound' - 0 views

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    "Deaf children have been testing software that enables them to see a visual representation of sound waves.

    Called Lumisonic the software translates sound waves into circles that radiate on a display.

    It creates a real time representation of sound and is designed to elicit responses quickly in the human brain. "
Madeline Brownstone

BBC NEWS | Technology | Disability no barrier to gaming - 5 views

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    "Kuniholm is a biomechanics researcher at Duke University who lost his arm in an explosion while serving in Iraq. His efforts at Guitar Hero are more than just fun and games.

    He is trying out a system developed by Jacob Vogelstein and Robert Armiger of the Applied Physics lab at Johns Hopkins University who hope to use games like Guitar Hero to train people to use prosthetic limbs."
Madeline Brownstone

BBC NEWS | UK | Wales | Guide dog GPS device up for award - 0 views

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    "Jason Perkins, 34, talked to blind people in Cardiff to develop a handset that tells users which way to turn by vibrating their index or ring finger.

    Owners hold the GPS device in the same hand as their guide dog's lead. "
Madeline Brownstone

BBC NEWS | Technology | Emergency text system goes live - 1 views

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    "Trials are under way of a UK service allowing people to contact emergency services by text message.

    The system is aimed at people who cannot make normal voice calls to the 999 service due to disability"
Madeline Brownstone

BBC NEWS | Technology | Audio labels to help blind people - 0 views

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    "A device that allows blind people to attach and read audio labels on everyday objects has gone on show.

    The PenFriend uses minute barcodes which - when scanned by a digital pen - trigger MP3 files recorded on the unit."
Madeline Brownstone

BBC NEWS | Health | The robot guiding Tom's writing - 5 views

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    ""There aren't enough therapists available for the number of children who have movement difficulties in the UK," said Professor Mon-Williams.

    "So increasingly we need to move towards assisted technologies to fill the gap."

    He said that in the past it had been assumed that children like Tom would 'grow out' of their dyspraxia, but this has turned out not to be the case."
Madeline Brownstone

BBC News - YouTube introduces automatic captions for deaf viewers - 0 views

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    "Vint Cerf, vice president at Google, is widely recognised as a founding father of the internet. He is also hard of hearing and has worn a hearing aid since the age of 13.

    "One of the big challenges of the video medium is whether it can be made accessible to everyone," he told news agency AFP. "
helen g

BBC NEWS | South Asia | Healing hearts by remote control - 5 views

shared by helen g on 07 Oct 09 - Cached
  • "Technically speaking, in terms of disease treatment, the doctor has to touch the patient only when he has to operate.
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      S/E Issue- Reliability
      Telemedicine allows a doctor to diagnose patients through a television screen by viewing the problem and listening to the patients and local doctors speak about their problem. A question of reliability comes up; to what extent can telemedicine be an accurate way for diagnosing patients?
  • "And if I don't need to operate, I don't need to touch the patient. If I don't need to touch the patient, I don't need to be there. I can be anywhere."
  • Telemedicine began here two years ago, with the realisation that most of India's specialist doctors live in a small number of large cities - but also, that most of the time, diseases do not actually require surgery.
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      IT system- Telemedicine
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      In Bangalore India, doctors have been using telemedicine to connect to parts of rural India. Telemedicine is being used to diagnose patients and give advice as to how to deal with certain medical conditions. Many poor and illiterate people living in rural areas rely on telemedicine. Is this really as reliable?
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    Very old article: I wonder what is going on now.

    It's hoped that from this start in Bangalore, telemedicine will grow and grow - a spectacular way of overcoming distance and time in tackling severe medical problems.
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    Very old article: I wonder what is going on now.

    It's hoped that from this start in Bangalore, telemedicine will grow and grow - a spectacular way of overcoming distance and time in tackling severe medical problems.
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    Very old article: I wonder what is going on now.

    It's hoped that from this start in Bangalore, telemedicine will grow and grow - a spectacular way of overcoming distance and time in tackling severe medical problems.
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