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Podcrash

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Project Team Members: Kashif Pirzada, Ermias Nagatu, Farid Ahmad

Podcrash is being developed to make social media accessible for users who are blind or living with low vision.

How does your project remove barriers for people with disabilities and/or aging populations?

The technology behind voice-assisted devices such as Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri, and the Google Assistant have reached maturity, to the point that many tasks and functions that would have previously required a keyboard or touch interface can be safely handed off to them. We make it possible for users who are blind or living with low vision to navigate internet forums, newspapers, and other media which are difficult to access using older technologies.

Where did the idea for your project come from?

One of our founders recently had a child. With his hands full, only a voice interface could be used to check weather reports, news, and other topics.  Current available offerings are fairly incomplete.

What are the goals and objectives of your project?

It is our goal to encourage content providers to make their products more accessible by offering them a pathway to do so using Podcrash.

Who is the target audience for your project?

Podcrash is intended to support people who are blind or living with low vision, anyone driving a car, or busy parents.

What did you and your team gain from being involved in the Accessibility Project?

Our involvement in the Accessibility Project provided us with a fresh appreciation of the challenges accessibility poses for many people who are blind or living with low vision.  We also learned that accessible design is inherently good design in general, as the lessons learned apply to many different types of users.

What are your future plans for your project?

Going forward, we plan to continue expanding the capabilities of Podcrash, convince content providers to list their content with us or in another easily accessible format, and grow in tandem with the artificial intelligence assistant space.