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Sound Sculpture, Wilberforce Trust, Leeds City Art Gallery & Leeds University

The Sonic Body: Call for Volunteers Do you like artwork? Do you like movement? Do you like working with sound? Are you interested in multisensory experience? We are looking for a small group of visually impaired volunteers to help us with the development of a movement and sound system that will enable engagement with sculpture.…

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Google Duplex, has the future arrived?

Back in May of this year, Google showcased to the world their ‘Duplex’ Artificial Intelligence system for accomplishing real world tasks.  Google showed a system that sounded just as human as a human, littering its sentences with ‘ums’ and ‘ahs’ and upwards inflections. Was this a glimpse of our near future?

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Chatter baby… there’s an app for that!

A baby can try to communicate with us and at the best of times that can be difficult. For a parent who is hearing impaired this can also be difficult as they may need to rely on amplifiers to better communicate the sounds to them. Chatter Baby, a new app, tries to solve this issue – with an app that will notify of the sound and what the baby may be asking for too! See the video:…

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Winning combination: iPad Magnifier & Stand!

We had a visit today from Mary* who has a visual impairment and who was missing being able to easily read the TV Guide. She came to the Hub here at Wilberforce Trust for some advice on how could she still maintain her independence to be able to do that. “I’m so glad I’ve come in…

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Ring…. motion sensor doorbell

It’s Deaf Awareness Week and so to kick it off I’ve decided to share some technology information that may be useful. I’ve been trying out ‘doorbell’ technology as an alternative (or in addition to) a regular doorbell. There are also doorbells that are very loud, or that have flashing lights that are appropriate for use. A…

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Magnificent Magnifier

Using a ‘traditional’  magnifier can sometimes mean you are carrying a large, heavy object. Since iOS 10, (around September 2016) Apple have now enhanced their accessibility settings again to include a magnifier that can be accessed with a simple quick triple-click of the home button. Read how to get this feature on your smartphone.…