Articles for 2010

AEGIS Project Objectives

The big AEGIS innovation lies in the fact that, while there have been limited and rather isolated attempts at addressing a few specific pieces of this ICT development process, never has such a comprehensive and holistic approach been taken, and never on so large a scale (encompassing rich Internet applications and mobile devices, in addition [...]

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IDEAL-Cam

Fully-Accessible Remote Emergency Video Support Application IDEAL-Cam® is an internet-based service that can remotely harnesses the power of an Android smartphone’s camera in support of providing assistance to individuals in emergency situations. This service can also provide assistance to individuals who have questions about something visual that can be viewed through the lens of their [...]

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Troubleshooting Apps Download Issues

Here are some troubleshooting steps for common Android Market download issues: I. Receiving “Download unsuccessful” message: Android 1.6 Users: Google is receiving “Download unsuccessful” messages from Android 1.6 Users with Market version 2007. They claim to be actively investigating this issue, and hope to have a new version of Market available soon to address this [...]

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WalkyTalky

WalkyTalky is an accessible navigation aid. -Periodically updates the status bar with your current location to the nearest street address -Ability to input a destination and directly launch Maps Navigation in Walking directions mode Please remember to enable GPS when running this app! WalkyTalky for Android

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eSpeak for Android

Port of the eSpeak engine that runs on Android. To enable it: 1. Menu > Settings > Voice input & output > Text-to-speech settings 2. Check “eSpeak TTS”. 3. Set your “Default Engine” to “eSpeak TTS”. eSpeak for Android for Android Latest version: 1.0 (for Android version 2.2 and higher)

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Eyes-Free Shell

Turns your Android into an eyes-free communication device. Provides one-touch access to Android applications, as well as useful mini-apps built into the Eyes-Free Shell. Move your finger over the screen to explore; lift your finger up to run what you stopped on. Eyes-Free Shell for Android Eyes-Free Shell Screen Layout Screenshots When using the eyes-free [...]

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Talking Dialer

Slide your finger in the direction of the number you want — always starting at 5, you can then go up and to the left for 1, or down and to the right for 9, and so on. Press Menu to access your Phonebook. Press the Dial button to call. Talking Dialer for Android on [...]

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Talking Compass

Speaks your current heading and provides haptic feedback as your cross over any of the cardinal directions. Touch the screen to hear your heading. Stroke the screen up/down to adjust verbosity. This is part of the Eyes-Free Project as featured in the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01/04/business/04blind.html Talking Compass for Android

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TalkBack

TalkBack is a screen reader that provides spoken feedback when using native Android applications. Usage: 1. Go to Settings -> Accessibility 2. Check the “Accessibility” and “TalkBack” checkboxes About TalkBack: -Does not run if accessibility is disabled -Is part of the Android system and cannot be uninstalled Talkback for Android Accessibility Preferences Preference settings for [...]

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TTS Library

This is a text-to-speech library for use by other applications. It extends the functionality of the Android TTS API & is a preview of things to come for the next version. Press “Menu” on the settings screen for a showcase of apps that use TTS. If you have problems, please try removing your SD card [...]

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Checking firmware version on Android

To find out which version of Android firmware is running on your device, just follow the steps below: Note: Instructions vary depending on which device you have. Below are general steps that may not work on your device. On your device, press < Home > Press < Menu > Select Settings Select About phone Look [...]

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Configurations for other disabilities

Minimum/Preferred Accessibility Configurations for other Users The following minimum/preferred configurations were designed to maximize accessibility for: individuals with print disabilities other than blindness and low vision; Users who never learned to read; People who are aging; and, Consumers wishing to use their smart phones in eyes-busy environments. Minimum Configuration: Trackball or a D-Pad somewhere on [...]

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Preliminary Documentation

The documentation below was developed by TV Raman (Google) and Charles L. Chen (Google). It was edited (slightly) by IDEAL Group, Inc. Please click here to see the original documentation. Without the dedicated work of TV Raman and Charles L. Chen, we would not have been able to provide the information below nor would eyes-free [...]

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Configurations for Individuals who are Blind

Minimum Configuration Must have a trackball or a D-Pad somewhere on the device; Must have a keyboard; Firmware Version 1.6 (Donut) or greater; Android application: TalkBack Preferred Configuration (if possible) Trackball or a D-Pad accessible without sliding out the keyboard Physical call and hang-up buttons Keyboard spacing enable user to differentiate one key from another; [...]

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Web Access Plug-In faq

Tutorial Technical FAQ Installation Problems First, check the basics: Is the sound on? If not, turn up the volume. If this does not resolve the problem go to step 2. Did the application ever work? If yes, go to step 4. If not, go to step 3. If the application has never worked, turn on [...]

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Speaking Pad faq

Question: Why, when we try purchasing Android Market applications, do we experience delays, timeouts and other problems which prevent us from downloading and installing the software we just purchased? We are then forced to cancel our orders and are not pleased about the situation. -Response: There appears to be a significant amount of lag between [...]

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SMSpeaker faq

Question: Why, when we try purchasing Android Market applications, do we experience delays, timeouts and other problems which prevent us from actually downloading and installing the software we just purchased? We are then forced to cancel our orders and are not pleased about the situation. -Response: We, as well as many other Android “Paid App” [...]

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