Erich Manser

By Erich Manser on March 16, 2017

Blind Community Lends Valuable Insights to AccessbleOlli

Continuing our work of creating the world’s most accessible, self-driving vehicle, IBM, Local Motors and the CTA Foundation recently hosted an #AccessibleOlli workshop, which tapped the unique combination of the blind and visually-impaired community and transportation organizations in the greater Boston area. We invited participants at varying stages of vision loss – from mild impairment […]

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By Erich Manser on February 21, 2017

Students and Seniors Share Ideas for Creating an Accessible, Self-Driving Vehicle

Continuing our work to create the world’s most accessible, self-driving vehicle, IBM, Local Motors and the CTA Foundation recently held two #AccessibleOlli workshops in the Washington D.C. area. We invited two distinct audiences – students from Carver Vocational-Technical High, a P-TECH school in Baltimore, and an AARP workshop with older adults – to help design a vehicle […]

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By Erich Manser on June 13, 2016

Accidental Accessibility

I love the word “intuitive.” It needs little explanation. Things should just work – installing software, the directions for a Scandinavian chest of drawers, or cooking a crème brûlée as easy as they do on television. You’ll also never get complaints about something, especially technology, being “too intuitive.” A fair amount of my day is […]

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By Erich Manser on February 3, 2016

Empathy in Design and Accessibility

(The third in our series of articles on design and accessibility. Read the first and second articles.) I am an accessibility tester & consultant at IBM, and I also happen to be a person with low-vision (I can see some, but not much) who uses technology. I am also all-too familiar with the “pain” of […]

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