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The blind woman developing tech for the good of others

Image copyright IBM Image caption Chieko Asakawa received Japan’s Medal of Honour for her contribution to accessibility research An accident in a swimming pool left Chieko Asakawa blind at the age of 14. For the past three decades she’s worked to create technology – now with a big focus on artificial intelligence (AI) – to transform life for the visually impaired. “When I started out there was no assistive technology,” Japanese-born Dr Asakawa says. “I couldn’t read any information by myself. I couldn’t go anywhere by myself.” Those “painful experiences”…

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Brexit blind dates: Dustin Lance Black and Ulrika Jonsson

What happens when two strong-minded individuals from opposite sides of the Brexit debate sit down for dinner? To find out, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has organised a series of blind dates. Dustin Lance Black is an Oscar-winning screenwriter, married to Olympic diver Tom Daley, who believes the UK would be better off remaining in the EU. Ulrika Jonsson is best known for her TV presenting, and staunchly believes in Brexit. They went into the meal without knowing who they would be meeting. But did they get on? Dustin Lance…

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Brexit blind dates: June Sarpong and ex-Stig Perry McCarthy

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch the best bits of June and Perry’s date What happens when two strong-minded individuals from opposite sides of the Brexit debate sit down for dinner? To find out, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has organised a series of blind dates. June Sarpong is a broadcaster who campaigned for Remain. Perry McCarthy is an ex-racing driver who became the first Stig on Top Gear, and is firmly opposed to the EU. They went into the meal without knowing who they would be…

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Brexit blind dates: Zara McDermott and Magid Magid

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch the best bits of Zara and Magid’s date What happens when two strong-minded individuals from opposite sides of the Brexit debate sit down for dinner? To find out, the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has organised a series of blind dates. Love Island’s Zara McDermott, who recently quit her role as a policy advisor in the civil service so says she can now speak freely, is pro-Brexit. Magid Magid, Lord Mayor of Sheffield, supports the Green Party and wants another referendum. They…

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From Blockbusters to Blind Date: Cult TV show comebacks

Image copyright ITV/Shutterstock Image caption The original Blockbusters was hosted by Bob Holness, who died in 2012 TV bosses are always looking for the next big blockbuster. “Wait! I’ve got it. What about Blockbusters?” many producers have (repeatedly) suggested over the years as the format has been rebooted. Simon Mayo and Liza Tarbuck have both fronted various iterations of the show, originally hosted by Bob Holness, over the years. And now, according to The Sun, the show will be returning to our screens once more thanks to production company Thames…

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Blind British man climbs Europe’s highest mountain

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionWatch Jack reach the summit of Mount Elbrus A 23-year-old is thought to have become the first blind British man to reach the summit of Europe’s highest mountain. Jack Garner faced winds of more than 50mph, -37C wind chill and a longer stay than usual on Mount Elbrus due to extreme weather conditions. In 2007, at the age of 11, Jack, from Scunthorpe, lost his sight over the course of a few months due to a genetic condition. It was “traumatic”, he…

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Books ‘open blind boy Ted’s eyes to world’

A blind nine-year-old boy says books designed to aid blind and partially sighted people have “opened his eyes to the world”. Ted, from Farnsfield, Nottinghamshire, has Stickler syndrome – which caused his retinas to detach resulting in him becoming blind at the age of two. He has learnt to visualise pictures through books featuring raised images, Braille and audio guides made by Berkshire-based charity Living Paintings. Source link

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Obituary: Henry Butler, the blind pianist and photographer

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Butler performing with The Jambalaya Band in New Orleans in April Four months after Hurricane Katrina destroyed his house in August 2005, Henry Butler returned home to New Orleans for the first time. He couldn’t see the damage – he had been blind since suffering glaucoma as a child. But he knew how bad it was. The stench that stuck to everything told him all he needed to know. His sense of touch confirmed it. His beloved Mason & Hamlin piano, that dated from…

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Haptic gloves help blind people to ‘see’ art

A virtual reality kit is helping visually impaired people “see” art through haptic gloves. 3D models are created from laser scans of original sculptures. The user then wears the gloves to feel the virtual artwork. The gloves vibrate, replicating the sense of touch to the brain. The system was developed by NeuroDigital Technologies and Geometry. BBC Click finds out more. See more at Click’s website and @BBCClick. Source link

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