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Five Technology Trends to Watch 2017 [PDF]

The #1 tech trend? Assistive technology.

Accessibility overlays all of the topics covered in this year’s Five Technology Trends to Watch. For example, take a look at the following. * Voice assistants: regardless of your preferred assistant, these technologies are enabling control of your home and access to information through voice recognition. In addition to this benefit to the general public, these features can be crucial to people with mobility disabilities. * Augmented reality: the ability to overlay information on the environment can provide helpful information to people with cognitive disabilities, audio cues to people with visual impairments or alerts for people with hearing loss. * Transportation: ridesharing solutions open up new worlds of independence for people who are blind or low vision as well as older adults that have lost the ability to drive. Building on top of these available services, autonomous vehicles will further open up the world for these populations. * Digital health: the ability to use sensors to track health data will enable consumers to take control of their health, while also providing alerts and warning signs for caregivers and medical professionals when needed. * Sports technology: whether it’s a day as a spectator at the ballpark or competing at the local park or course, accessible sports technologies are opening up new opportunities for people to engage with recreational activities.





MasterChef Winner Christine Ha Shows How the Blind Cook

Very interesting perspective video showing how Master Chef winner (and blind chef) Christine Ha cooks. Vicarious experiences like this one can be very enlightening.

I love how she uses assistive tech like Amazon’s Echo as part of her cooking routine. I’ve found it invaluable for things like timers.



HTTPS on NYTimes.com

The famed Grey Lady has begun the shift to HTTPS. Their reasoning? It “helps protect the privacy of our readers and ensures the authenticity of our content.”

This is very exciting!

So far, the following have been migrated:

  • The NYTimes.com home page
  • Articles published in 2014 and later
  • Most section, column and topic pages
  • The NYTimes.com mobile site
  • Most blog pages
  • TimesVideo
  • Podcast pages

They are committed to moving all of NYTimes.com under HTTPS, but as we learned from the processes that other publications—The Washington Post, Wired, BuzzFeed, The Guardian—it can take time and it can also be quite painful.

We thank them for doing it though.


Take the Time to Use Fewer Words

Excellent reminders from my colleague Torrey Podmajersky:

If a user experience needs an explanation, something is fundamentally broken. Consider redesigning the experience until people no longer need it explained to them.


My Increasing Wariness of Dogmatism

Many thanks to Chris Coyier for this piece on dogmatism. Framing is so important! Ultimately we all want to build a Web that works for as many people as possible while being fast, reliable, and a joy to create… and we can only do it if we work together.