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How Siri helps a blind man use Instagram

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How Siri helps a blind man use Instagram
Tommy Edison is like everyone else hooked on Instagram. Edison like to take pictures, use the color filters to customize his photographs, and add captions before posting his pictures. But there is one thing that makes Mr. Edison different from other Instagram users besides his famous name (you never heard of Thomas Edison?), and that is the fact that he is blind.

How can a blind man use the app? Edison posted on YouTube a video tutorial on how it is accomplished. Using both the voiceover capabilities of the Apple iPhone along with Siri, Edison can find out where his finger lies on the screen. The new version of iOS helps those with a visual handicap by making a sound when a face is detected. That allows the photographer to be sure that his subject is in the screen.

It is a fascinating process that shows how today's mobile technology can be accessed by anyone and how this technology allows those with severe handicaps to live a "normal" life.

source: YouTube, Kottke via TUAW

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posted on 06 Jan 2013, 23:10 10

1. Hemlocke (unregistered)

Accessibility services on iOS are second to none. I have a legally blind friend who happily swapped a bigger screen Android for the iPhone 4s, and then the 5, because accessibility services on Android are pretty poor.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 23:59 5

4. joey_sfb (Posts: 6533; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)

Have you used Android accessibility feature before you made the comments? I use their read aloud which is similar to the iOS. Similar and on par.

Most ppl enable the accessibility on their iOS to avoid pressing the home button.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 00:51 12

5. Synack (Posts: 681; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)

What the hell is a BLIND man using Instagram for?

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 07:41 1

12. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

Just because he can't see doesn't mean his friends and family can't see what he wants to share with them...

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 07:43 2

13. JeffdaBeat (unregistered)

iOS and OSX. When I worked for Apple not too long ago, a blind kid came into our store. I greeted him and we chatted about how much he loved music. So I lead him by the hand over to the MacBook Pros and showed him how he could still use their computer with it talking to him. I was nervous as all hell because I had never shown a blind person a computer. But we went from that to looking at speakers and he loved it. Told me he had paid somewhere around $800 for the equivalent software on Windows. Probably one of my favorite customers...he came back in with his parents later on to buy...

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 23:11 8

2. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Good job Apple. Their accessibiliy features are thoughtful and top notch. If they can combine these features with Sony's floating touch tech, its usability would be increased more.

posted on 06 Jan 2013, 23:52

3. Android4u (Posts: 456; Member since: 16 Aug 2012)

quick!!! someone tell Stevie wonder about this asap

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 03:16 1

9. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

My Xperia S have that kind of accessibility but it is not integrated to 3rd party apps.

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 03:17 1

10. spiderpig2894 (Posts: 597; Member since: 10 Jan 2012)

So yeah, I salute Apple for their good accessibility features!

posted on 07 Jan 2013, 06:43 2

11. AlexYouOC (Posts: 53; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)

Don't get me wrong, I'll choose Android over iOS any day. But damn, yall will turn ANY article into an Android vs iOS debate. Article could be about "Green Eggs and Ham" and somebody will come and start talkin bout iOS. Sheeeesh

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