Google’s accessibility feature turns a glance into an order

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Android and iOS add accessibility features.

Starting September 30th, Google’s Android will allow some navigation to be controlled with gesture recognition based on facial expressions. Apple’s accessibility feature is a side benefit of its mobile driver license work.

Camera Switches in Android was developed for people with motor and language impairments. Phrases are read as basic commands when a user points their phone’s front camera at their face.

For example, people can assign facial expressions that command software to scan and select. Movements include looking right, left, and up; raised eyebrows, smile and open mouth. All image processing is done over the phone and offers more protection and faster responses than processing in the cloud.

Android enables custom command input through facial recognition. For example, the app measures the duration of gestures, as each action varies greatly between accessibility users. You can also program the app to differentiate actions according to their size in order to minimize incorrect notices.

The gesture recognition software also works with physical switches that people use. A short demonstration is here.

Meanwhile, Apple has announced that it will be able to store driver’s licenses and state IDs issued by Utah, Oklahoma, Maryland, Kentucky, Iowa, Georgia, Connecticut, and Arizona in its wallet app.

Transportation Security Administration Administrator David Pekoske welcomed Apple’s entry into the fledgling sector.

And the Security Technology Alliance has approved Apple’s digital ID and the ISO / IEC 18013-5 standard to which its mDL conforms.

The documents can be viewed on iPhones and Watches.

The interest in Apple’s digital ID feature, which can only be successful if the nation as a whole accepts it, has not been overwhelming.

An accessibility representative for Forbes wrote that Apple’s move is an important step for those struggling to hold and view physical documents. A signal tone and a vibration already signal to the users that they have successfully bought something with the Apple Pay app.

Article topics

Accessibility | Apple | Biometrics | digital ID | Expression recognition | Face recognition | Gesture recognition | Google | App


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