eSSENTIAL Accessibility launches application to enable persons with disabilities to use handheld devices
eSSENTIAL Accessibility launched an Android application to enable persons with disabilities to use handheld devices. The application is now free through certain mobile service providers and consists mainly in a combination of hands-free technology, touch-replacement tools, face and voice recognition capabilities.
The solution was designed to address the needs of persons with physical conditions related to age, arthritis, dyslexia, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson’s disease, among others. According to Simon Dermer, managing director of eSSENTIAL Accessibility, “Many people take for granted the fact that they can use handheld devices to communicate with others, complete transactions, and research information online, however, there is still a significant percentage of the population who face barriers when using mobile devices.”
The application provides four main accessibility features:
- Hands-free mode: detects a user’s face and enables control of the cursor through head movement.
- XY Mode: allows users to control a device by selecting on-screen coordinates for enhanced precision. In order to do this, when the user taps a button, a horizontal line moves down waiting for a second tap. Then a vertical line moves across until a third tap takes place. The intersection of the two lines becomes the users’ click.
- Easy Grid Mode: enables users to utilize voice commands to navigate online. Columns and rows are labeled with numbers, users can move the cursor by saying the labels.
- Tag Mode: similar to easy grid mode, users can say letters and numbers corresponding to the navigation of the site.