[accesscomp] Fw: Accessible World presents Touch Graphics, Tek Talk, September 14, 2009

  • From: "Bob Acosta" <boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "access comp" <accesscomp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 14 Sep 2009 14:42:18 -0700

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Subject: Accessible World presents Touch Graphics, Tek Talk, September 14, 
2009


News Wire

For this Tek Talk, Steve Landau will be discussing recent work by
Touch Graphics, Inc. to develop a variety of innovative products, such
as:

 a talking digital "pen" that announces place names as you touch its
tip to the surface of specially printed tactile graphic sheets;
 talking, touchable models that describe themselves as they are
touched by visitors to museums or users of public information kiosks;
 wiiCane, a new interactive training system for teaching correct use
of the two-point touch method for cane use to young children,
 and a continuing stream of content for our flagship product, the
Talking Tactile Tablet (also known as TTT or T3).

We will be focusing especially on the ways that all of these projects
leverage the power of audio-tactile interactive computing, (where a
computer is made to speak descriptive feedback in response to user
touches or gestures. Audio-tactile interactivity is the key to making
these devices and systems engaging, intuitive and universally
accessible. He will also be talking about the important role of
collaboration between this private company, University research groups
(including City University of New York, Smith Kettlewell Eye Research
Institute, and University of Buffalo), and government funding agencies
(including the United States Department of Education, National
Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, and the National
Science Foundation to make this work possible.

Date: Monday, September 14th, 2009.

Time: 5:00 p.m. PDT, 6:00 p.m. MDT, 7:00 p.m. CDT, and 8:00 p.m. EDT

 and elsewhere in the world Tuesday 0:00 GMT

Approximately 15 minutes prior to the event start time; go to The Pat
Price Tek Talk Training Room at:

http://conference321.com/masteradmin/room.asp?id=rsc9613dc89eb2

Or, alternatively.

Select The Pat Price Tek Talk Training Room at:
http://www.accessibleworld.org

Enter your first and last names on the sign-in screen.

If you are a first-time user of the Talking Communities online
conferencing software, there is a small, safe software program that
you need to download and then run. A link to the software is available
on every entry screen to the Accessible World rooms

All online interactive programs require no password, are free of
charge, and open to anyone worldwide having an Internet connection, a
computer, speakers, and a sound card. Those with microphones can
interact audibly with the presenters and others in the virtual
audience. To speak to us, hold down the control key and let up to
listen. If a microphone is not available, you may text chat with the
attendees.

All Tek Talk Training events are recorded and archived. If you are
unable to participate live at the above times then you may download
the presentation or podcast from the Accessible World Recent Additions
at http://www.accessibleworld.org
 Previous Tek Talk programs are available by selecting Tek Talk
Archives on the same webpage.

Accessible World uses News Wires, like this one, to inform people of
the topic and times for the many Discussion Groups on Accessible
World. The lists are announce only to keep the traffic to a minimum.
You can join the Accessible World Announce List, the Tek Talk Announce
List or the Sports Talk Announce List by completing the form at:
http://www.accessibleworld.org/mailinglists

Accessible World also provides a Tek Talk Discussion List. This list
is intended to give you an opportunity to ask computer related
questions, suggest topics to be used in the weekly Monday training
programs, or just to interact with others interested in using
assistive devices to access computers. You may sign up for this list
by selecting the Tek Talk Discussion link on the same page and
completing the form.

Accessible World Contacts:

Robert Acosta, Chair
Accessible World
818-998-0044
Email: boacosta@xxxxxxxxxxx
Web: http://www.helpinghands4theblind.org

Joann Becker, Events Coordinator
Accessible World
617-969-1213
Email: joannbecker@xxxxxxxxxxxx

George Buys, CEO.
Talking Communities
Email: buys@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

The Accessible World, a division of Helping Hands For The Blind, a
501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization, seeks to educate the general
public, the disabled community and the professionals who serve them by
providing highly relevant information about new products, services,
and training opportunities designed specifically to eliminate
geographic and access barriers that adversely affect them



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