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Introducing Students to Universal Design and Wireless Technology

On February 15, 2013 James Mueller, a Wireless RERC scientist, presented “Getting Wireless: An Introduction to Universal Design and Wireless Technology” to 32 sophomore industrial design students at Virginia Tech.  This is part of the Wireless RERC’s initiative to educate the next generation of wireless technology designers on universal design as a core practice for innovative and future design of products and applications.

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IDEAL Group Reader App Showcased at CES 2013

"IDEAL Group Reader" is a fully-accessible eBook reader app that can read text aloud, just like an audio book.  It was developed by Apps4Android with support from Wireless RERC's App Factory.  The Beta version of this ePub3 reader has been tested by thousands of users in 116 countries.

Apps4Android's CEO Steve Jacobs showcased the IDEAL Group Reader (IGR) at the Consumer Electronics Association's (CEA) International CES 2013 in

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Wireless RERC Presents at CSUN 2013

Four Wireless RERC papers will be featured at the 2013 International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) in San Diego, February 25-March 2, 2013.  The papers include: App Factory: Assistive and Accessibility App, which will be a demo session; Wireless Technology Use and Disability based on the Survey of User Needs; Social Media, Public Emergencies & Disability, which

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Touchscreen Usability Testing of Mobile Devices

In 2009, the Wireless RERC conducted usability testing on three popular models of touchscreen smartphones,  Apple's iPhone 3G, BlackBerry's Storm 9530, and HTC's Touch HD.  13 participants with a variety of disabilities across functional and sensory limitations tested the cognitive, manual, and visual interfaces of the devices.  Please consult the presentation below for full results of the study. 

DEVELOPING AN APPETITE FOR ACCESS

On September 6-7, the FCC hosted a free workshop for developers, “Developing with Accessibility" (DevAcc), at its headquarters in Washington, DC.  Jim Mueller, Wireless RERC project director, demonstrated "BrailleTouch" and "ReadMore," two of the apps being developed by the RERC's App Factory. 

The purpose of DevAcc was to promote the development of accessible apps on various mobile platforms.

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Mobile Apps for Case Managers and their Patients

In October 2011 and January 2012, RERC staff gave presentations on useful mobile applications ("apps") for chronic care patients and their caregivers and case managers. The presentation provided details on over 20 apps in several categories, including: a) medical reference, 2) independent living, 3) emergency assistance and communications, 4) brain builders and games. 

Over 60 case managers (all registered nurses) from the national case management firm Paradigm attended...

Wireless RERC researcher, Ed Price, on NPR’s Marketplace

Ed Price, co-director on the Wireless RERC’s App Factory project was recently featured on NPR’s Marketplace discussing with John Moe, host of Marketplace’s Tech Report, Verizon’s recent testing of a text-to-911 system in Durham, NC.   During the radio segment Ed details some of the issues the text-to-911 solution faces, like how the 911 center currently does not know the exact location of the caller.  However

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Industrial Design Student Projects to Address Universal Design in the Wireless World

04.20.12 – Last month, Jim Mueller kicked off the 2012 “Getting Wireless: Exploring Universal Design in Wireless Technologies,” where industrial design student teams at GA Tech and Virginia Tech completed their final designs for the Wireless RERC’s 2012 “Getting Wireless” universal design competition.  On April 20, four teams selected from each school presented their final designs at the Industrial Designers Society of America regional conference...

Testimony of the Wireless RERC regarding the US Access Board's ANPRM

In the Matter of Information and Communications Technology Standards and Guidelines March 1, 2012 at CSUN conference.

Wireless RERC on the Record: FCC’s Section 504 Compliance

Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP), in collaboration with the Wireless RERC, submitted comments to the Public Notice, Request for Comment on the Commission’s Policies and Practices to Ensure Compliance with Sections 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 [CG Docket No. 10-162].  Section 504 requires that federal agencies make their programs and activities accessible

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