I got an email and phone call from Rachel Magario, a blind geography graduate student at the University of Kansas. She is interested in maps for people who are blind and is specifically interested in making an accessible map of her campus. She wants something like BATS embedded in the browser. I explained to her how hard that would be with the poor support for sound and non-existent support for tactile feedback in browsers.
Posts with tag: enabling technology
Ideas for a music game for children who are blind.
- How about picking the next note for a tune?
- Or how about a program that allows you to hum a tune and then hear it played on an instrument you choose?
- This might be an interesting extension to the BlueBird kind of system. You can put down a rhythm track and then add instruments playing different parts. This might be fun for lots of kids (and adults!).
- A simpler game might ask for the child to sing the same note as the game played, or a third above it, etc.
- I wonder if kids would enjoy learning some music theory in the right setting.
Flight simulator ideas with Shane and Matthew on 12 June 2006.
- 2-D only for now
- Forget cells, use coordinates instead, use a circular aperture for detection.
- Beep sound works well for targets.
- What sound for anti-aircraft station?
- Probability of getting hit while over an anti-aircraft station?
- Running out of fuel and/or bombs
- Bomb sounds?
- More points for hitting target than for hitting AAS .
- Possible to hit multiple targets with same sound but perhaps one target at a time is easier
- Have key to hear targets one at a time
- Multiplayer version eventually
- Announcements “you’ve been hit”, “you destoyed the base”, “you destroyed the AAS ”, “targets are too far away”
- Warning announcement when near AAS and possibly continuous sound
Ideas for a maze game for Hark The Sound
- Bigger Fonts, do they adjust with system settings?
- Keep stats on child’s performance
- Document quit with Alt-F4
- Limit Choices (what was this?)
- Speech example when choosing voices
- Installer for DirectX for Sonic Zoom
- Add a choose correct spelling game
- Division game
- Why does it pause for 3 arrow presses on Diane’s machine? (bogus game files)
- Why does cancel produce a blank entry? (bad return from Edit)
- How did we get bad games at the top level?
- Why does it die on invalid games?
- Without MSMary installed it dies. It should fall back to whatever voice you have…
I read a nice paper about a project of the Swedish Library of Talking Books about their Flash games for kids who are visually impaired. How about a version of Hark like this? Would Flash or Java-Script be more portable?
Look at Typing the Dead for ideas for how to make a typing tutor fun.
I got to meet Jake and his mom. We believe some interesting switch assessible games would be a great motivator for him to learn to use his devices. Ideas we came up with include:
Skimming in text for people who are blind or reading help for people with learning disabilities. Automatic summarization or maybe Cliff Notes merged with a book so that you can read at the summary level or down at the detailed level. How can students who are blind skim for answers to questions? Can this help people with learning disabilities? Sort of Tell what you’re going to tell them, tell them, and tell them what you told them .
Many people are permanently or temporarily unable to speak. Examples include:
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