A new, innovative app was developed at Stanford University over the summer that helps blind tablet users write on their touchscreen devices. Technology Review at MIT reports:
Touchscreens have one other feature though—they’re smart. The team realized that they didn’t have to make keys in a set location that the user had to find; the user could simply set his fingers down, and the keys could orient themselves accordingly. Each time the user lifts all his fingers off the screen and sets them down again, the keyboard would adjust to the fingers’ new location.
The video below is great, and I absolutely love when Sohan Dharmaraja says, "Instead of having fingers that find the buttons, we have buttons that find the fingers."
And when I left, walking my bike back through the streets of the financial district, fighting the crowds of tourists and men in suits, I felt something pulling me back to that space. It was that it felt like a space of possibility, a space of radical imagination. And it was energizing to feel like such a space existed.
This is important because I think this is what Occupy Wall Street is right now: less of a movement and more of a space. It is a space in which people who feel a similar frustration with the world as it is and as it has been, are coming together and thinking about ways to recreate this world. For some people this is the first time they have thought about how the world needs to be recreated. But some of us have been thinking about this for a while now. Does this mean that those of us who have been thinking about it for a while now should discredit this movement? No. It just means that there is a lot of learning going on down there and that there is a lot of teaching to be done.
Maharawal goes on to discuss her experience of discussing the history of racism and colonization at the space as she advocates for a change in the language in the “Declaration of the Occupation.” This is a great read.