Smart Phones – Enabling the Blind?

There’s never been a better time to be blind, according to Jonathan Mosen.

Blind since birth, Jonathan is enthusiastic (with some reservations) about how advances in technology particularly iPhones and apps such as TapTapSee, VizWiz, CamFind and Digit-eyes are enabling the visually impaired to live a fuller life– IF they are aware of how to use them –

Camfind Digit-eyes Taptapsee.

His just published book, ‘iOS7 Without the Eye’ will be a boon to the visually impaired.
Jonathan describes the concern when touch screen first came out. No tactile keyboard, just a blank rectangle of glass. Apps for the blind cost extra, a real difficulty for many. “But Apple changed the paradigm,” he says. “Every iPhone contains this software at no extra cost.”

GPS has been a boon to the visually impaired, with audio advising not only every turn, but also what you’re passing. Jonathan cites just one of the advantages of the indoor navigating tool iBeacon. “It’s very helpful to know if you’ve found the gents, or were about to enter the ladies.”

Jonathan is Assistive Technology consultant, accessibility advocate, author and broadcaster.
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Recycle that Mobile Phone

Recycling is much, much more than chucking the phone in the waste bin. By now most of us know that’s a really bad idea but, just in case it hasn’t it home yet, this brief piece from the GigaBiter CEO courtesy of HealthyStuff might throw a little light. Study finds toxic chemicals in cell phones, GigaBiter CEO explains … – The Times Herald

But it’s not always about stripping the phone down to its components. Most one owner phones, possibly two owner phones, can be deployed in third world countries where ownership of a mobile phone can make a huge difference to people struggling in business or connecting with family. Second or third hand phones are affordable in these circumstances; new phones not so much.

Being one of the vital communication tools, mobile phones are used by almost every individual nowadays. A whopping 87 percent of the world’s population is using cell phones according to » The Benefits of Mobile Phone Recycling: How it www.atterobay.com10/27/12

 ….and for further reinforcement of both the importance of responsible recycling and the potential value to you or your cause of that “old” phone read this:  It hardly seems possible but mobile phones and tablets have only been a significant part of our lives for the past 15 to 20 years or so. And yet, nowadays, it’s impossible to walk down the street without seeing large numbers of … How have mobile phone and iPad recycling changed over time

Of course, we at Fonebank Australia can help with recycling your phone. We buy them and they go off to assist in third world business and social connectivity. We haven’t, as yet, got to the point they have in Providence, where there’s a new type of ATM in place – but we might. Earn cash for your old smart phone – Providence Eyewitness News