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Accessible app challenge announced

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The Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and the Australian Human Rights Commission have announced an accessible app challenge called Apps For All at this week’s M-Enabling Australasia 2013 Conference. 

Apps For All challenges developers to create mobile or tablet apps which can be accessed by as many people as possible, including people with disabilities.

Announced by Johanna Plante, Chairperson of ACCAN, and Graeme Innes, Disability Discrimination Commissioner, the focus of the challenge is to raise awareness about the universal benefits of accessible apps.

“The Apps For All challenge will not only highlight why accessibility is so important, but trigger a flood of innovative and groundbreaking ideas around how apps and technologies can truly benefit all,” saidPlante.

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Mobile technology and disability at the M-enabling conference

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The Australian Communications Consumer Network (ACCAN) has announced the major speakers at the M-enabling Australasia Conference. The event will bring together consumers, government and industry, and focus on how mobile devices, operating systems and apps can be made more accessible for people with disability.

The program, the first of its kind in the southern hemisphere, is designed to cater to the interests of people with a disability, policy makers, device manufacturers and software developers.


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Tactile smartphone in development

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The world's first tactile smartphone could be available in stores by the end of the year. Currently in prototype phase, the phone uses a mouldable metal screen which will provide a tactile experience for blind users.

Designed by India-based Sumit Dagar, the braille smartphone uses haptic technology (communication through touch) with a grid of pins that elevate to form shapes, braille characters and buttons on the phone’s mouldable metal alloy coating.

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Feature: SIMO – Australia’s indoor mapping project

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For most people, great ideas are triggered by an event or experience that pushes them to do something. For Sydney industrial designer Euan Ramsey-Stewart, it was getting kicked out of art galleries, writes Clarizza Fernandez.

"I used to get kicked out of art galleries because I would go up and touch sculptures. I thought 'What if I couldn't see the damn thing?' I'd at least want to know what it felt like."


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