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New Apps: A way to bring peace of mind — and sleep — to parents whose children suffer seizures wins Microsoft Hackathon

The much-needed breakthrough came from what D’Angelo, a 21-year Microsoft employee, and colleagues around the world worked to finish building in July at the company’s annual Global Hackathon, produced by The Garage. Their project, MirrorHR – Epilepsy Research Kit for Kids, was just named this year’s grand prize winner for the event.

An article by Athima Chansanchai 11 September 2019


And here. I was stunned at what I learned about GlovEye.

"...a team from Hungary developed a glove that has a refreshable braille cell built into the index finger of the glove. The GlovEye works with an app on your smart phone. Just point the phone’s camera at some text, and braille will appear on the glove."

From the article, GlovEye Brings Braille to Your Finger Tip. as accessed 10 April 2019


Note: For audio and video content, in addition to alt text, include closed captioning for people who are deaf or have limited hearing.

From the article, Make your Word documents accessible to people with disabilities as accessed 10 April 2019

I was glad to see that help, I wasn't sure how to handle background lectures embedded into a PowerPoint. I dug in a little deeper, and found that they actually have an Audio and Acoustics Research Group; I was particularly interested in their statement that they were interested in "3D audio perception and technologies".

And MuseScore. Annother Microsoft innovation is MuseScore. The blind can write music with it.


John Robinson was born without the extensions of his arms or legs. As a child, and an adult, he rejected wearing prostheses. They worked, but they were uncomfortable, and he never felt like himself with them on. And that’s all Robinson really wanted to be, just himself.

Microsoft’s AI for Accessibility grant winners: ‘You want to be seen as the person you are’