Apple has just announced a shower of new features for people with a disability, including a sign language interpreter service, the use of the Apple Watch with gestures, and the compatibility of the iPad with eye tracking.
In an effort to make its devices more accessible to all, Apple has just announced many new features to assistauditory or cognitive. The first is the , a sign language interpreter service for the hearing impaired wishing to contact customer service. It will also be accessible in Apple without needing to book in advance. SignTime is announced for this Thursday, May 20, and will be offered in French (LSF), American (ASL) and British (BSL) sign language. This service will be accessible with a and therefore on all devices equipped with a camera, and will be launched initially in France, the United States and the United Kingdom.
The firm also announced a service onto simplify its use with a physical handicap. TheAssistiveTouch allows you to control the connected watch without having to touch the screen. The device uses machine learning to analyze , including the gyroscope, the , or the optical heart rate monitor, and thus detect muscles and tendons. It will then suffice to perform certain actions, such as your wrist, pinch your fingers or clench your fist in order to move a cursor on the screen and access the various controls.
Apple adds support for eye tracking and new hearing aids
Still in the field of, Apple announced the next iPad with tracking systems third party, which will allow you to move a pointer on the screen and click on items with just your gaze. For the visually impaired, the screen reading VoiceOver also receives updates, with more details on the images, such as reading and navigating inside a text taken in a photo, or even the description of a person’s pose and objects. In addition, the “Annotate” function will allow you to add personalized descriptions.
Apple Certified Partners (MFi) are expected to launch new two-way hearing aids this year, which will therefore be compatible with iPhone and iPad. These devices have a built-in microphone, which allows you to make phone calls or usein hands-free mode. Apple is also adding support for audiograms, the results of a hearing test, which allows certain frequencies to be automatically adjusted to make them more audible.
Apple demonstrates the use ofAssistive Touch to operate Apple Watch without touching the screen. © Apple
Ambient sounds to mask background noise
To take into account neurodiversity, or simply to help those who have difficulty concentrating because of aor deafening silence, Apple added a ambient sounds. Several options will be available including , ocean, rain or a stream.
Many other features are announced for later this year, such as the ability to use mouth sounds instead of physical buttons for people with limited mobility and non-verbal communication. It will also be possible to modify the display and text options for each, and choose new options to customize with a , an oxygen tube or a flexible protective helmet.
What you must remember
- Apple launches a service in French sign language.
- The Apple Watch will be able to be controlled by gestures.
- New two-way hearing aids will be available for use with FaceTime.