2021 that cover a wide variety of needs, among them a few for people who can’t touch or ordinarily speak to their devices. With Assistive Touch, Sound Control, and other improvements, these folks have new options for interacting with an . We covered Assistive Touch when it was first announced but recently got more details. This feature lets anyone with an operate it with one hand using a variety of gestures. It came about when , they were tired of answering calls with their noses.
The research team devised a way to reliably detect the gestures of pinching one finger to the thumb or clenching the hand into a fist based on how doing them causes the watch to move — it’s not detecting the nervous system signals or anything. These gestures and double versions can be set to various quick actions. Among them is opening the “motion cursor,” a tiny dot that mimics the movements of the user’s wrist. Considering how many people don’t use a hand, this could be a constructive way to get basic messaging, calling, and health-tracking tasks done without resorting to voice control. Speaking of voice, that’s something not everyone has at their disposal. However, many who can’t talk fluently can make many basic sounds, which can carry — not so much Siri. But a new accessibility option called “Sound Control” lets these sounds be used as . You , not audio or voice, and add an audio switch.
The setup menuchoose from various possible sounds: click, cluck, e, eh, k, la, much, oo, pop, sh, and more. Picking one brequiresa a quick training process to ensure the system understands the sound correctly. Then it can be set to a wide selection of actions, from to asking commonly spoken questions or invoking other tools. For those who prefer to interact with their through a switch system, the company has a big surprise: Game controllers, once only able to be used for gaming, now work for general purposes. Expressly noted is the unique Xbox Adaptive Controller, a hub and group of buttons, switches, and other accessories that improve the accessibility of . This powerful tool is used by many, and undoubtedly they will appreciate not having to switch control methods entirely when they’re done with Fortnite and want to listen to a podcast.
One more exciting capability in iOS that sits at the edge of accessibility is Walking Steadiness. This feature, available to anyone with an iPhone, tracks (as you might guess) the Steadiness of the user’s walk. This metric, tracked throughout a, can give a real insight into how and when a person’s locomotion is better or worse. It’s based on data collected in the , including actual falls and the unsteady movement that led to them. If the user recently was fitted for a prosthesis, had foot surgery, or suffers from vertigo, knowing when and why they are at can be very important.
They may not realize it, but perhaps their movements are less steady toward the end of the day, after climbing a flight of steps or assistive features are new languages for voice control, improved headphone acoustic accommodation, support for bidirectional hearing aids, and the addition of cochlear implants and oxygen tubes for emoji. As an Apple representative put it, they don’t want to embrace but on the personalization and fun side.. It could also show steady improvements as they get used to an artificial limb or chronic pain declines. Exactly how an actual physical therapist or doctor may use this question, but importantly, it can easily be tracked and understood by the users themselves. Among Apple’s other