Happy 2013!

2013 has arrived, and I just want to take a brief look at what might happen this year in the accessibility world.

I think that we’ll see a slow, but steady progression towards more accessibility in mainstream technology.  For example, Apple’s accessibility features will continue to improve with new iOS updates and product generations.  Another example is the ereader sector.  Amazon is finally acknowledging that the Kindle is inaccessible, and has added new features to the Kindle Fire.

Mobile technology such as tablets, and smartphones will continue to take more and more of the market share.  Virtual learning is expected to become a major player in education.

There has been a lot of speculation about hologram-like technology.  Rumors suggested that the iPhone 5 would have a projection keyboard—basically typing on air.  This didn’t happen, at least not to my knowledge, but this type of technology seems to be picking up speed, and trends are suggesting that it will be the successor to touch screens.

So, what could this mean for accessibility?  Screen readers will have to be attached to it somehow.  That shouldn’t be too much of a hardship since projection screen still requires some sort of physical gadget to keep it going.

I think that hologram technology would be very helpful for people with low vision who need to enlarge the text on the screen.  The screen size would not be restricted by physical device sizes.  That is a major issue for me.  it is very difficult to enlarge text big enough for comfortable reading without crowding the contents of the screen.

Fascinating stuff.  We’ll see what happens.

Pretty cool to be living in a time where things that always felt futuristic or a product of science fiction is now on the verge of becoming reality!


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