By Susann Keohane on March 11, 2016

Aging and the Internet of Caring Things

We’re getting old and living longer. Most Americans, in fact, want to live to be 100. In many countries, there are more elderly people than children for the first time in history. This is creating a societal crisis as many countries face the challenge of supporting an aging population with increasing costs of healthcare and […]

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By Tim Powers on March 7, 2016

Accessibility Comes Alive at SXSW 2016

IBM will once again land upon Austin, Texas for the annual technology extravaganza that is SXSW Interactive (March 11-15, 2016). This year, IBM has created the IBM Cognitive Studio, an immersive showcase of apps, games, VR cycling, Watson-inspired cocktails, and accessibility. (Map to location). On Monday, March 14, IBM Accessibility will showcase how cognitive-powered human senses […]

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By Frances West on February 22, 2016

Mobilizing the Human Experience

Mobile is the lifeline to the world we live in today. We wake up in the morning and addictively check our devices. Before falling asleep, we cuddle up next to them. When experiencing some uncomfortable moment or loneliness during the day, we find solace in our mobile surrogate. By 2020, 70 percent of the world […]

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By Brent Shiver on February 9, 2016

Increasing Engagement Through Captions

Have you ever wondered what it would be like if only a tiny fraction of videos on the Internet had sound? How useful would they be, especially as video will account for 79 percent of all Internet traffic by 2018? When you turn that scenario around and realize the infinitesimally small number of videos that […]

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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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By Tom Brunet on February 1, 2016

IBM Announces New Updates to its Accessibility Service on Bluemix

IBM has added new functionality to its IBM Digital Content Checker for Bluemix, improving the ability to securely check the accessibility of large collections of content. The Digital Content Checker allows users to easily verify the accessibility of HTML content or EPUB documents. The service quickly examines your content, provides a detailed report of all […]

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By Mary Jo Mueller on January 28, 2016

Accessibility Policy and Regulation Outlook 2016

Many people worldwide approach a new year by making resolutions: learning something new, making a life change for the better, or making changes to old goals. In my work life I try to do the same by setting goals for accomplishments that will make a difference. One of those goals is to make forward progress […]

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By Maureen (Moe) Kraft on January 21, 2016

Accessible Innovation at Barclays Hackathon

Late last year, Barclays hosted the Superheroes vs. Master Hackers Hackathon in New York City. Organized and run by AngelHack, the event attracted a diverse group of more than 110 men and women from across the U.S. who competed for cash prizes and a chance to grow their ideas in the Barclays Accelerator Fast Track program. As a sponsor of the […]

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By M.E. Miller on January 14, 2016

Top Ten Inclusive Design Lessons

(The second in a series of posts on inclusive design) I have learned to approach accessibility like any other design challenge. It is about understanding and developing empathy for the user, which is fundamental to IBM Design Thinking. By constantly planning and incorporating accessibility into our designs, we can create one interface that is adaptive to […]

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