When I came across the C-Pen Reader at the FETC conference this past year, I knew that I had to request a review unit to test it out. After contacting the company, they approved my request and
provided me a C-Pen Reader for the review. The opinions reflected in this blog are my own. I have been in the field of assistive technology for over 25 years and over these years have looked at a number of portable hand held reading solutions that promised to make the reading process easy and quick from scanning to reading text.
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The following is by Jason Richmond, Librarian
Subject: Accessability Grant
As we head towards a New Year, I wanted to share with all of you the progress that has been made with the Accessible Library Project. The State Library awarded us funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to make our services and collections more accessible and to hold programming raising disability awareness. Many of the big, visible parts of the plan haven’t been implemented yet but the foundations have been laid for an exciting start to 2017.
In October, the Triangle Disability Awareness Council led a great training on awareness and customer service for all library staff. Our librarians valued the chance to ask questions and learn about more ways they can assist all those who may come through our doors. Thank you again to all the trainers that made the trek up to Hillsborough!
November brought a makerspace to the library that showcased ways tinkering and technology can be leveraged to help others in our community. Participants in our workshops adapted toys by adding accessible switches and learned about creating prosthetic hands using 3D printers.
Assistive technology hardware has arrived at the library and will become available to the public by February. Library staff will be training on our new video magnifiers and assistive listening kits over the next couple weeks. For Disability Awareness Month in March the library will be working with the Triangle Disability Awareness Council again to hold educational and engaging programs.
A big thank you to each and every one of you! All of your support in time, encouragement and expertise has made this possible. Thank you to all the library staff who are making disability services part of their daily commitment to our community. And thank you to the library’s leaders, Lucinda and Andrea, who have made disability services a priority of the library and supported this initiative from the start.
The library will be sharing more information about our activities throughout the coming months as more services become available. If you have any questions please reach me at my contact information below.
JASON RICHMOND | TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT AND INSTRUCTION LIBRARIAN
137 W. MARGARET LANE
HILLSBOROUGH, NC 27278
They are nondestructive , cost effective and simple. It is possible to use a scanner with an automatic document feeder but that requires cutting up the book which is both destructive and requires help from a sighted person. This is non destructive and can be done independently if you have a little vision. Buying your own scanner and the right software for your computer is somewhat expensive even more so if you don’t have a computer. This is free. This is also simple while learning the tools on the computer can take considerable time. The only major thing I wish it would do is let me add semantic markup so the book can be navigated easily and complex tables can be read correctly . That said the book eye is a great start to making any book accessible. If I want to do more I can always import into acrobat and in many cases just using the book eye will be good enough.
When using the book eye I recommend using the high quality image setting but if you find it too slow you can get a good enough result on normal quality. You should output a searchable PDF. This is equivalent to asking for OCR and you will not be able to read your book without it. You should change to 300 DPI to improve recognition quality and rename the file to something meaningful so you can find it later. You can save it in a variety of ways but I recommend cloud storage or email with cloud storage being my preference since it improves find ability and cross platform access.
The following is from Lauren Tappan.
In 1996, IBM’s Deep Blue program beat Garry Kasparov at chess. In 2016, Google’s Deep Mind beat the world champion Go player.
Google plans to use more than one million anonymized eye scans to teach computers how to diagnose ocular disease.
The Menlo Park, Calif.-based company has signed a deal with a British eye hospital to use artificial intelligence to learn from the medical records of 1.6 million patients in London hospitals.
The goal is to teach a computer program to recognize the signs of two common types of eye disease, diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration.
That’s something humans are surprisingly imperfect at. Physicians diagnose these ailments by analyzing medical charts and interviewing patients, yet still get it wrong 10 to 20% of the time.
Artificial intelligence could enable a machine to scan millions of records and documents, learn from them and then make more accurate diagnoses and save time while doing so.
The partnership, announced Monday, is between DeepMind, an artificial intelligence company owned by Google, and Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.
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This article is by Lauren Tappan.
This article is from http://www.wkyc.com/
Steve McMillin learned at age 32 he had Retinitis Pigmentosa, a genetic disease that would stop his retinas from functioning. By 49, he was completely blind.
He kept up to date on new research emerging and heard about the bionic retina, a retinal prosthesis device that sends electrical impulses to the remaining retinal cells and restores limited vision patterns.
“They take the lens off the top of your eye, remove the vitrious fluid and install a six-by-ten grid of electrodes in your eye,” said McMillin.
Last June, Steve became the twentieth patient in the US to receive the device when he had his surgery at Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute
He can see vague, black and white images.
“So you can tell, well, there’s the road, there’s a driveway, there’s a mailbox, there’s a shrub. Am I veering off track? It’s another tool in the toolbox and, boy, it’s a big tool,” McMillin says.
When asked what the most important thing he saw after ten years of blindness was, he replied, “To go out in the moonlight and see your wife’s face.”
Read more at on.wkyc.com/29e6JTB.