Project Details

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Making smartphones more accessible to those with disabilities.

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Project Twitter: @equaleyesltd

  • Social Exclusion
  • Mobile

Contrary to what marketers want you to believe, smartphones aren’t for everyone. Many individuals find touchscreens, browsing interfaces and multiple apps confusing and overwhelming. Many others have visual disabilities, or physical difficulty using their hands and fingers accurately with touchscreens.

EqualEyes is a plug-in for smartphones that run the Android operating system. It is a mobile interface that allows individuals to adjust it to suit a range of disabilities. It offers people a highly adjustable range of font sizes, colours, navigation options and more, in order to allow them to customise the way they interact with their phone.

All of this occurs while the standard Android operating system continues to whirl away in the background, meaning that individuals don’t need to sacrifice any aspect of the service they receive from their phone. The same apps and features are available as for any other user. The EqualEyes software works seamlessly alongside the operating system so that rather than a bolt-on, it is entirely integrated.

The best assessment of EqualEyes’ success is what its users say about it. The plugin has been downloaded over 3,300 times and user feedback is extremely high, with the majority of people giving the plugin 5 out of 5 stars.

Image 'Iphone des mamies' courtesy of Luc Legay

Last updated: 09th of May, 2014

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