April 21, 2013
Name your favorite, the one book that most sticks in your mind. Over nearly four years, photographer Catherine Wagner made that request of friends, acquaintances and outright strangers. She kept a tally on her iPhone and turned the top vote-getters into the spine of her latest work, "trans/literate," an homage to books - the cardboard and paper sort that some predict won't survive the 21st century. The list of titles and authors reads like an exceptionally weighty version of English 101. "Most people went back to their teenage years, to high school or college," Wagner said.
February 20, 2012 |
Would anyone describe typing on an iPhone as a pleasant experience? I think the answer lies in all those "sent from iPhone, excuse any iTypos" signatures out there. Here to texters' rescue is Braille Touch, a new app that enables people to type messages on an Android or iOS touch screen without having to look down. The app is designed for people who are visually impaired, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't use it too. "We have become slaves to keyboards that are too small and that have too many buttons," Mario Romero, a post-doctoral fellow at Georgia Tech's School for Interactive Computing and the lead researcher on a paper about Braille Touch, said in an interview with The Times.
January 16, 2012 |
In South Africa, restaurant chain Wimpy is welcoming blind customers -- by serving them burgers with words in Braille spelled out on their buns with sesame seeds. In a viral YouTube video promoting its in-store Braille menus, the company shows the seeds being meticulously placed onto the bread with tweezers before being baked. Diners at three Braille organizations were then given the 15 burgers, which were marked with descriptions such as “100% pure beef.” Fast-food advertising has always been heavy on the gimmicks and envelope-pushing.
November 7, 2010 |
Wenger's Braille Watch ($219.95) has a mineral crystal face that flips open for access to raised numerical markers that allow sight-impaired wearers to read the time by touch. The watch has a stainless-steel casing and a leather strap with a butterfly clasp that snaps easily onto the wrist. The reinforced hands are designed to hold up to touch-reading. Info: Maxi-Aids , (800) 522-6294.
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June 26, 2010 |
Fingers fly over the raised dots, doing the work that eyes cannot. Eleven children in yellow T-shirts are reading one of three passages — "Rainy Day Fun," "Two Great Vacation Ideas" and "Velveteen Rabbit." Then they turn to their Perkins Braillers, which look like a manual typewriter with just nine keys, and stamp out answers to questions that test their reading comprehension. "I'm not very nervous," 9-year-old Ashlee Thao said before the 50-minute test began. "I got all of the nervousness out of my mind.
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July 12, 2009 |
Samuel M. Genensky, a former Rand Corp. mathematician and inventor whose near-blindness led him to help others cope with limited eyesight and become more self-sufficient, died June 26 at his Santa Monica home. He was 81. The cause was complications of heart disease, said LaDonna Ringering, president and chief executive of the Center for the Partially Sighted, a West Los Angeles facility that Genensky founded in 1978.