Allison interviews Steve Landau and Lindsay Yazzolino from Touch Graphics about two of their products that provide universal access using tactile designs. The first is a custom tactile overlay for maps that provides orientation and way finding for people with visual impairment. The second is touch enabled sculptures and art pieces that provide universal accessibility and interactivity at museum exhibits. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Oded Ben Dov from Sesame about their new smartphone designed for people with motor impairment. Sesame combines an Android phone with a touch-free user interface that works out of the box. Gesture recognition on the phone understands small head movements, completely eliminating the need for touch. Voice control is also integrated to allow the user to turn on/off the phone or switch between applications. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Jan Simik from BlindShell about their new smart phone designed for people with visual impairment. The phone’s user interface is controlled by simple touch gestures, with access to a full suite of commonly used functions. BlindShell seamlessly integrates a unique, easy-to-use keyboard for writing numbers and text. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Cynthia Bennett from the University of Washington about their Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology (DO-IT) program. DO-IT promotes inclusion and success for people with disabilities and is aimed at both educators and students. The program manages several grants, many from the NSF, that support students with disabilities pursuing STEM careers and it publishes literature to help teachers make mainstream curriculum more accessible for students with disabilities. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.
Allison interviews Steve Schell from New Matter about their new affordable MOD-t 3D Printer. The MOD-t is one of the most competitively priced 3D printers on the market today at $399 US. The unit is very quiet and is designed for DIY makers, families, educators, and many others. MOD-t is available for purchase now. The setting is the CES Pepcom Digital Experience show floor in the Mirage hotel.
Allison interviews Vijay Narayanan from Bluemint Labs about their Bixi sensor and app for touch-free control of smart devices and apps. The Bixi sensor seamlessly connects with your favorite devices and thousands of connected apps to make your smart home even smarter. The Bixi App works across all iOS, Android, and Windows operating systems. As of CES 2016, Bixi was pursuing crowd funding to complete its development. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Allison interviews Jean-Michel Thiers from MagTarget about their new combination mount/charger for the iPhone. The MagTarget mount has a strong magnetic pull that keeps your iPhone secure while being safe for GPS, compass, and other electronics. It also charges and syncs the iPhone through its Lightning connector. The MagTarget is designed for one-handed installation and removal and it easily rotates from portrait to landscape. You can install the mount on a bare phone or over your case. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Allison interviews Frédéric Amadu from Arkamys about their new system for recording 360° audio for use with 360° video. Arkamys’ 360° sound creates an immersive and interactive virtual experience by mixing 3D sound and 360° virtual reality video. The solution includes both the 360° recording capability and real time audio rendering and positioning adaptation. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Allison interviews Luke Malpass from Falsetto about their new Link portable data storage and streaming device. Link is a tiny (4 oz), durable SSD storage platform with offline streaming capabilities. Link can store up to 2TB with read and write speeds of up to 2500 MB/s and 1500 MB/s respectively. Link will be available in 4Q 2016. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor in the Mandalay Bay Hotel.
Allison interviews Richard Liang from Kanex about their new portable charger for the Apple Watch, iPhone and other devices. The charger has an Apple Watch inductive charger built into it and it contains a battery with 4000 mAh of charge. The Apple Watch charger will be available at the end of Q1 2016. The setting is the CES 2016 show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center.