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Harassment, Transphobia, and Racism: A Look Inside Blind’s Anonymous Chatting Forum for Google Employees

In early January, Google systems reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones announced she was leaving the company after 11 years, leaving behind, by her account, a half million dollars in stock, to work at the startup Honeycomb.io. An outspoken advocate for inclusion and diversity, Fong-Jones quit citing dissatisfaction with leadership around ethics of products and working conditions. She didn’t specify any particulars, but these issues have been the subject of recent campaigns like the Google walkout over the company’s mishandling of sexual harassment and assault cases, and protests over Google’s involvement in a Pentagon’s AI drone programme. Read More >>

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Try Not to Smile While This Blind YouTuber Takes a Delightful Rollercoaster Ride

For the past four years, Tommy Edison has vlogged his experience as a blind man in a world full of people who can see. Some of these videos are revelatory, like when he explains how the blind use money, or what his dreams are like. Today he decided to find out what riding a rollercoaster feels like. Read More >>

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Researchers Create Special Gloves to Make Blind People More Independent

Clever science/engineering-type folks have revealed a high-tech glove they claim is capable of helping blind and visually-impaired people make their way around independently. The team, made up of University of Nevada and University of Arkansas researchers, says its creation features cameras, microphones and temperature sensors, which combine to collect information about surrounding objects. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Digital Guide Dog for Blind People Sounds Incredible

Wearable tech is frustrating. More often than not, it’s overhyped, overpriced and only slightly better than useless, but Microsoft’s latest sounds ever so slightly different. The company’s just updated its Cities Unlocked headset, created in partnership with the charity Guide Dogs, which is designed to help blind and visually-impaired users make their way around independently. Read More >>

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How a Deaf, Blind Photographer Practices His Art

Brenden Borrellini has been deaf and blind his entire life. He's also been an unstoppable explorer and student. He picked up a camera at an arts centre one day on a lark, but the joke soon turned into a serious pursuit with beautiful results. Australia's Open Tropical North brings us this mini documentary on Brendan's art. Read More >>

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These Smartshoes Help the Blind Navigate City Streets

Wearable technology is a busy buzzword these days, but some of the coolest inventions take the idea well beyond some gadget that lets you read email on your wrist. Wearable technology can actually be life-changing for some people. Consider, for instance, what these shoes can do for the blind. Read More >>

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How Braille Was Invented

Braille was invented by a nineteenth century man named Louis Braille, who was completely blind. Braille's story starts when he was three years old, and playing in his father's shop in Coupvray, France, where he somehow managed to injure his eye. Read More >>

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Crazy Brain Implants Give Cyborg Lab Rats a Sixth Sense and Lets Them “Touch” Light

It's not every day that science and crazy brain implants lead to the generation of what is essentially a new sense, but it is that day today. Scientists from Duke University have found a way to make rats "feel" invisible infrared light and someday that same tech could give sight to the blind, or give us humans extras senses for fun. Read More >>

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How Blind People Use Instagram

Tommy Edison, the positively radiant blind film critic, is back to explain how a blind person uses everybody's favourite instant photo sharing service: Instagram. He's explained how he used his iPhone before and what colour meant to him but his use of Instagram might be the most impressive thing yet. Reminder: Tommy Edison has been blind since birth and yet, his pictures are as good as yours! His captions are hilarious! He hashtags! Seriously, check out how he uses Instagram above and take a peek at his Instagram feed here. Instafollow. Read More >>

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What Colour Means to Blind People

Tommy Edison, the wonderful blind film critic who once showed us how he used an iPhone, has a new video describing something nearly impossible for blind people to understand: colour. What's great is that even though Edison doesn't understand the concept of colour, colours still have meaning to him. Watch him describe what red, blue, orange, black and white. It's awesome to see colour from such a completely different perspective. [YouTube via Laughing Squid] Read More >>

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Blind Man Tasered By Police Because They Thought His White Cane Was a Samurai Sword

Poor old Colin Farmer, a blind stroke victim who wields a white cane to feel his way along the path like many visually impaired people, was just minding his own business when he was seemingly set upon by police. After shouting at him, they tasered him to the ground, and cuffed him, mistaking said innocent white cane for a lethal weapon. Read More >>

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Self-Portrait Drawing Machine Lets the Hopelessly Unartistic Sketch Themselves

If your attempts at art usually end up looking more at home on the fridge than a fine gallery, you might want to see if artists Kyle McDonald and Matt Mets will let you use their wonderful Self-Portrait machine which doesn't require a lick of talent. Read More >>

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The Police Saved a Blind Woman’s Invisible Writing

Trish Vickers is a woman who went blind seven years ago because of diabetes. Instead of complaining, she's been writing—yes, literally writing—a book. Recently, however, she lost 26 pages of her novel because she didn't realise the pen she was using had run out of ink. Read More >>

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Miracle Worker Glove Helps Deaf and Blind People Communicate

It would have been much easier for Anne Sullivan to get Helen Keller to spell out "water" with this innovative mitten. The Mobile Lorm Glove allows people who are deaf and blind to communicate by transmitting tactile signals to their hands. Read More >>

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A Blind Man Is Driving This Car

This is Steve. 95 per cent of his vision is gone, yet he's driving a car. Except he's not really driving it; he's behind the wheel of Google's driverless car. Read More >>