1. For its fans and advocates in the visually-impaired community, the iPhone has turned out to be one of the most revolutionary developments since the invention of Braille… They use Sendero — “an app made for the blind, by the blind,” says Tatum — an accessible GPS that announces the user’s current street, city, cross street, and nearby points of interest… the LookTel Money Reader and with it you can scan the bill you’re being handed, instead of depending on the kindness of strangers…
  2. I’m not against having a touchscreen on an ebook reader. Tapping on a book to open it makes perfect sense, even if it does mean that the screen gets dirty. But having a touchscreen doesn’t preclude you from also adding a hardware button that makes the one single thing people do the most often with your device as easy and seamless as possible.

    I’ll probably wait until the next revision to replace my Kindle. I’m sure Amazon will see the light, and add a smaller keyboard-less 3G touchscreen Kindle with physical buttons to the lineup

  4. when my husband got his iPhone, he said to me, “I want to read the manual.” And I said, “There is no manual. That’s the point. There is no manual.” It’s funny. The ease of using it.
  5. a group of students and researchers at the University of Toronto is currently working on an iPhone application called TimbreMap. It is designed to give users audible information about their surroundings to help them differentiate between surfaces, such as park grounds or sidewalks. “As you touch the phone’s surface, different elements have different sounds,” explained Jing Su, one of the graduate students working on the project. “We try to give it a different texture and a different sound. Even though the phone’s glass surface is smooth, with the right kind of sound, you can trick the brain into giving you tactile feedback.”