How Siri helps a blind man use Instagram

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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13 Comments

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.

4. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

5. Synack

Posts: 688; Member since: Jul 05, 2011

What the hell is a BLIND man using Instagram for?

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...

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...

2. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 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.

3. Android4u

Posts: 456; Member since: Aug 16, 2012

quick!!! someone tell Stevie wonder about this asap

9. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

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

10. spiderpig2894

Posts: 597; Member since: Jan 10, 2012

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

11. AlexYouOC

Posts: 53; Member since: Jun 19, 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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