While Google is launching the Android 12 beta for its I / O conference, Apple has just lifted the veil on a multitude of new accessibility features. These are intended to facilitate access to new technologies for people with limited mobility, eyesight, hearing and perception and complement the accessibility features already available for the products of the Cupertino company.
You can use Apple Watch and iPad without touching the screen
New from Apple include two new features that allow people with disabilities to use an Apple Watch and / or iPad without having to touch the touchscreen. On the Apple Watch, Cupertino has developed AssistiveTouch for WatchOS.
Thanks to motion sensors, heart rate sensors and artificial intelligence, the Apple Watch can detect small movements of muscles and tendons and use them to interpret hand gestures. As a result, the user can navigate the Apple Watch with gestures like a pinch or a squeeze.
For the iPad, Apple has announced that it will support third-party eye-tracking devices. Thanks to these accessories, iPad users can navigate the tablet with just their eyes (the pointer moves as it follows the gaze).
Features for people with visual and hearing impairments
For people with visual impairments, Apple has introduced a new feature that makes it easier to examine images. “Building on the latest updates that added picture descriptions to VoiceOver, users can now get even more detailed information about people, text, spreadsheet data, and other objects in pictures. Users can browse a photo of a receipt like a table: by row and column of table headings. VoiceOver can also describe a person’s position with other objects in pictures. This allows users to relive their memories in detail and with markup they can add their own picture descriptions to personalize family photos, ”says the company Cupertino.
And for the hearing impaired, Apple has announced that the MFi program will support new two-way hearing aids. “The microphones in these new hearing aids allow deaf or hard of hearing people to make hands-free and FaceTime phone calls. Next generation models from MFi partners will be available later this year, ”said Apple.
In addition, the iOS operating system will soon support audiograms. Essentially, after a hearing test, the user can import the result of that test and receive an audio setting adapted to these results.
And finally, iOS also offers background noise. The company explains, “Everyday sounds can be distracting, uncomfortable or overwhelming. To aid neurodiversity, Apple is introducing new background noise to minimize distractions and help users focus, stay calm, or rest. Balanced, light, or dark, ocean, rain, or stream sounds are streamed in the background to mask unwanted ambient or external noise, and the sounds are mixed or collapsed with other audio and system noise. “”
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