Chris Ashton

fortnight11y issue 59

06 June 2022

This issue of fortnight11y is slightly delayed – work has been busy! This issue begins with my usual roundup of some recent/topical a11y articles, but finishes with a ‘hardware special’, covering some interesting developments in the world of physical technology. This will also be my only newsletter in June. This week, I’m getting married, and… [Read More]

week11y issue 118

06 June 2022

It’s been a couple of weeks since the last issue of week11y – work has been busy! This week is a ‘hardware special’, covering some interesting developments in the world of physical technology. This will also be my only newsletter in June. This week, I’m getting married, and then off to Scandinavia for a couple… [Read More]

dai11y 06/06/2022

06 June 2022

Man Who Is Paralyzed Communicates By Imagining Handwriting A man left quadriplegic after a freak accident has taken part in a study of a system called BrainGate2, developed at Stanford. The system relies on electrodes surgically implanted near the part of the brain that controls movement. The man imagines writing individual characters by hand, and… [Read More]

dai11y 01/06/2022

01 June 2022

This 3D printed controller allows you to game with one hand This Facebook video (3 minutes) demonstrates an attachment for a standard PlayStation controller, allowing you to access all of the buttons on the device using just one hand. The attachment was designed and 3D-printed by Akaki Kuumeri and is quite fascinating to see in… [Read More]

dai11y 25/05/2022

25 May 2022

New sensor technology helps blind and visually impaired pedestrians avoid hazards Intelligent Material Solutions, Inc. have patented an “intelligent material” of rare earth crystals embedded in paint or thermoplastics. The crystals can be grown to any shape or size and exhibit unique emission and absorption spectra and tuneable energy conversions. Paired with sensors mounted or… [Read More]

dai11y 23/05/2022

23 May 2022

Whisper’s hearing aids use AI to boost speech and reduce noise Whisper is a startup that is developing hearing aids that self-tune over time, using AI. Traditional hearing aids require frequent adjustments, which can put people off wearing them. The CEO was inspired when his father asked to sit in a quiet corner of the… [Read More]

week11y issue 117

20 May 2022

Designing for Web Accessibility in 60 Seconds UX Designer David Kennedy writes a short article with some useful quick wins for accessibility, focussed around asking questions. Is the content specific enough in important areas? People skim when they read. Make sure your link text describes the content of the target link, and use concise headings… [Read More]

dai11y 20/05/2022

20 May 2022

Default focus outlines: Don’t remove them! So many good tips in this article – though don’t be fooled by the title. This isn’t about the native browser focus styles; the participants in this podcast do advocate that it’s fine to provide your own custom focus styles. This is about removing any focus styles whatsoever, and… [Read More]

dai11y 18/05/2022

18 May 2022

Accessibility: The Biggest Scam in UX Dot Tomczak draws us in with a clickbaity headline, and rants about designers that claim their work is accessible without being able to back it up. Dot says that following a WCAG checklist isn’t enough – how many designers have actually included at least one person with a disability… [Read More]

dai11y 17/05/2022

17 May 2022

Designing for Web Accessibility in 60 Seconds UX Designer David Kennedy writes a short article with some useful quick wins for accessibility, focussed around asking questions. Is the content specific enough in important areas? People skim when they read. Make sure your link text describes the content of the target link, and use concise headings… [Read More]

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