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Navigate the Digital World, Hands-Free

06 November 2017

People with limited dexterity often find difficulty using touchscreens, such as those found on tablets and smartphones. eSSENTIAL Accessibility has launched an application for Android devices that helps people with limited dexterity use hands-free technology to overcome such barriers. Navigating the digital world can be difficult for those with multiple sclerosis, quadriplegia and Parkinson’s Disease, among other disabilities. Touch-replacement tools and voice recognition capabilities can make it easier for people to use their touchscreen devices.

The technology is available at no cost to users through eSSENTIAL Accessibility's brand partners. Customers using the app can use Android devices to engage with their favorite brands without incurring additional costs. Adaptive assistance features include:

  • Viewfinder: Detects a user’s face. Movements of the head control the cursor: up, down, left or right. Users can also tap, swipe and scroll using hands-free mode.
  • Easy Grid Mode: Voice commands can navigate web pages. A see-through grid on-screen has columns and rows labeled with numbers and letters. A user moves the cursor to a cell by saying the coordinates, for example, “Go to C4.”
  • Tag Mode: Voice commands correspond to clickable points, which are highlighted and labeled with a number and letter. When users say the location of a clickable point, they can navigate through pages.

Integrating assistive technology with digital accessibility helps brands improve their customer experience and also ensure their compliance with standards, regulations, and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 technical requirements.

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