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Visually Impaired and Blind People – Friendly Phone Choices



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By: Gemma Lagasca

 

Phone for BlindNot all blind and visually impaired individuals are lucky to have lifetime assistants to take care of them wherever they go. In fact, many of them are professionals or have good jobs despite of their conditions. Mobile phones are helpful no doubt helpful for their daily undertakings. Phone technologies are designed to suit the users and their environment – why not for such disabilities? If manufacturers can come up with iPhone spy software for tracking just almost anything, there’s no reason why basic features to aid poor or no vision users can’t be done. Here are some phone features that you should look for:

1. Keypad buttons. Choose the keypad buttons that create sounds when pressed. Buttons that have larger size than usual are also helpful. They can feel the position of the letters easily. Make sure that there is a tactile marker on the number 5 key so that they can easily access and identify the adjacent keys. Keypad buttons that light up when touched are helpful to people with low vision.

2. Screen. Visually impaired people need larger text fonts and coloured screens. The adjustable colour or contrast will make the texts or displayed messages easy to read.

3. Memory and dialing feature. Voice dialing is definitely useful for visually impaired or blind people. They can easily obtain the contact number of the person they want to call just by voice commands. Once they uttered the name of the person, the phone will automatically ring the contact number. Some phones will answer you to you to confirm the status of the call.


4. Consider these minor but essential features.

  • Make sure that the unit is not too small to hold or to look for inside the bag.
  • The screen should be protected with a keypad lock to avoid accidental switch on.
  • A mobile with flip cover or slide up function to answer calls is convenient for them to use.

Appropriate Types of Phones for such Users

Android – The 2.1 and above Android version is not only useful as touch screen phones. They also have physical keypad buttons for Home, Search, Menus and Back function which are helpful for the blinds.

iPhone – has touch screen feature and built-in voice reader or voice over and zoom screen. These are suitable not just for the visually impaired but also for blind users. The good thing is – they are already included in the phones’ software – you need not purchase additional applications to activate them.

Big button mobile phones or popularly known as “senior mobile phones” are also not bad for those who can’t see well or no sight at all. This type of phone is specifically created for the elderly with visual and hearing defects. The displays have bigger font for easy reading. The phone’s basic functions include receiving incoming calls, making calls, contact lists and text messaging. Furthermore, this phone also allows easy access to emergency call switches.

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Traffic Lights



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By: Gene Carla Chua

 

Traffic LightsSince the day that cars were created, automotive technology has evolved at a very fast pace. Everyone wants the most advanced and expensive car and cars are very important in our lives, but have you ever spared a thought for the humble traffic light? I mean without them, there wouldn’t be a safe haven for our cars to be in.

Commonly known as the traffic light, stop light, and traffic signal. Some may also call it traffic lamps, signal lights, even robots and semaphores. Whatever you call it, we all know what a traffic light is. We take it for granted every day, but without these, we wouldn’t be able to go to work, school or anywhere safely. Traffic lights have done a great amount of work for us, just imagine life without them. Have you ever wondered how these work?

There are two traffic light control systems adopted by most countries in the world; dynamic control and fixed time. A fixed time traffic control system is pretty simple. There is a set amount of time that one color is flashed. This system relies on an electro- mechanical signal controller. Do not be intimidated by its name, it is just a controller that moves and has a dial timer so that it can flash a given color at a fixed time.

On the other hand the dynamic control system adapts to the condition of the traffic. This dynamic system relies on a sensor. This sensor communicates with the traffic lights and gives them information about how the traffic is flowing. This control system doesn’t just change the time at which the colors light up, it also solves traffic jams. These sensors are either embedded in the road or mounted above the road. The first one uses inductive loop, so it basically just send information to the traffic light when a car passes over it. This way, the traffic light knows if there is a queue of cars, normal traffic flow, or if there are no cars at all.


This information helps the traffic light decide which color to flash. These sensors embedded on the ground, however are expensive and maintenance also costs a lot. The sensors mounted on poles above the road however, costs less in installation and maintenance. These sensors send the same information and even more. It can send real time photos, and other important data.

Now that we all know how traffic lights work, wouldn’t you want to know a little bit about its history?

  • On December 10, 1868 the first traffic light were installed
  • They were located outside the British Houses of Parliament in London installed by the railway engineer, J. P. Knight
  • In 1912 the modern traffic light was created by policeman Lester Wire, in Salt Lake City, Utah

These traffic lights play a vital role in the automotive industry, so it is also important to know about them as much as we want to explore the world of cars. As much as you hate that red light, don’t be too harsh on it. It has make the road a better and safer place. It definitely makes life easier and you can go to work and earn a living or go to your appointment without getting caught on an accident or a terrible traffic jam. Traffic lights contribute much to economics and make a place prosperous by improving efficiency on the road.

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The Software for Easy Tracking



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By: Gemma Lagasca

 

Tracking SoftwareTeenagers are normally asking for a little freedom and privacy from their parents – but parents won’t have peace of mind when they don’t know the whereabouts of their children. A tracking device can settle the worries without arguments. You won’t be accused as a “helicopter parent” this way. Tracking their activities is a brilliant idea to locate your loved ones’ whereabouts.

What is Blackberry tracker software?

Blackberry tracker is software that can track the location of a Blackberry smartphone even in remote areas. The tracker software can give accurate information or details about a family member or a person’s activity and behaviour.  The only requirement is for the tracker and tracked person to have the active mobile phone with them.  The application enables for busy mos to monitor their children’s activities without talking on the phone. An employer can also be certain of the employees’ productiveness. Most of all, a husband or a wife’s hang out can always be trace if one has doubts.

However, not all cell phones are equipped with this kind of software. Upgrading a mobile phone is possible to carry the application for a monthly subscription for the tracking app. It will however be easier if both people have the same kind of smartphones.

What is Blackberry Mobile Tracker?

Blackberry mobile tracker is an advance tool for smartphones. It has the ability to record time, elevation, GPS tracking and others.  It can also provide wide-range statistical data from the mobile you are monitoring. Mobile tracker can analyse your total time travel, distance and speed. This type of device is recommended for parents to monitor teenage children’s location – especially when they drive. Mobile tracker is a free application for Blackberry mobiles but the higher software version will cost you $2.99 per month. This mobile tracking device can be used conveniently even overseas.

What is a mobile spy?

Blackberry mobile spy is a hybrid app which permits you to tract another smartphone’s current activities. This software is an excellent Blackberry tracker. The feature can do tracking location and activities at once. Once the software was installed to your mobile phone, you can actually upload and receive right away reports on the monitored person’s activity and location to your cell phone.


The Blackberry mobile spy can register the GPS location thru a link on the map. However, the strength of the mobile spy will also depend on the monitored phone’s features. Mobile spy tracker software is available in Blackberry phones, iPhone, smartphones, Android and Windows Mobile. You can subscribe the service quarterly at $49.9 or annually at $99.97. Blackberry tracker software is reliable for real time tracking. This tool is very convenient to use especially during delicate hours.

Family Tracker Application

Family phone tracker device – also called as Find My Phone app is a helpful phone application designed on how to tract a cell phone of a family member. It is the best solution ever if you want to make sure that your handy phone stays updated with information 24 hours every day or anytime of the day. There won’t be any denying husband, wife and children of their activities once this is in place in their cell phones.

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The Best Sports Car



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By: Gene Carla Chua

 

KoenigseggEvery time I hear the words “sports car”, I think of a Bugatti, or a Ferrari, but I’ve heard of something else, something better. I am not really what you call a “car person”, but when I heard of this car, it certainly caught my attention. It is called Koenigsegg (cone-ig-seg). The name does sound profound, but that’s because it is a Swedish company based in Angelholm.

Koenigsegg is not just any other sports car. It is involved in green technology. The car runs both on gas and on ethanol. The company has also been active in some development programs, especially when it comes to plug in electric cars. The Koenigsegg is very durable. The body of the car is made wholly out of carbon fiber. Carbon fiber is a material containing strong crystalline filaments of carbon, and it is indestructible. Other than carbon fiber, the said car is also coated in six layers of paint. It is made sure that the car could make it through the most extreme conditions when running at 400km/h.

The car is very beautiful to the eye. This exterior design is not all for beauty though. The Koenigsegg is wind tunnel tested. “A Koenigsegg is sculpted by aerodynamic efficiency”. Other than its aerodynamic design, it is also sculpted to accommodate the powertrain, and the comfort that riders require.


Carbon fiber is an extremely light material and with its aerodynamic design, the Koenigsegg is definitely a speedy car. It could go from 0 to 186 mph in just 14.53 seconds and 0 to 200 mph in just 17.68 seconds. The Koenigsegg could no doubt beat Bugatti’s record. With that in mind, safety is a must. Again, it is built with lightweight material but balanced weight wise. These qualities will make the car more stable, predictable, and agile. The Koenigsegg, of course is equipped with all modern safety features that every driver would expect. It is unthinkable to try to break a car that is as beautiful and as expensive as a Koenigsegg, but this car has went through 18 different crash tests during the development stage.

The Koenigsegg is definitely a beautiful work of art and an amazing technology, but could you believe that it came from one man’s idea, or should I say a child’s idea. The company was founded in 1994 in Sweden by Christian von Koenigsegg. He got an idea to create a world class supercar since he was 5 years old. Christian was inspired by a stop motion video of a bicycle repairman who built his own race car.

This left an impression in him and as he grew up, Christian kept on dreaming to create the perfect sports car. At the young age of 22 years old, Christian turned his dream into reality. He explored the limits of technology and innovation to build the car of his dream. The first manifestation of his dream is the Koenigsegg CC. This car gave him the courage to continue creating more sports cars, in the quest to achieve perfection.

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