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With half of the population reportedly having one or more impairments by the age of 65, accessibility as a design principle should be a given. It certainly is much less costly to design-in accessibility than to retrofit after the fact. And a must-have for one person, such as close caption for the hard of hearing, can be a feature for another (a certain 19-year old with perfectly good hearing who prefers to watch TV programming with captions). The telecommunications industry is fortunate to have CableLabs, which is a leader in understanding how to adapt future technologies to improve accessibility for all, as seen in the following post.

Beyond Aging – Living in Place #TIS18

Chris Lammers talks about aging in place and more in this interview at TIS18.
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CableLabs’ COO Chris Lammers provides the behind the scenes view of one of Rance Howard’s final acting roles in this interview filmed at TIS18. Howard, an accomplished actor with credits in 283 television shows and movies, as well father to director Ron Howard, was the star of the CableLabs video, The Near Future – a Better Place. The video talks to the near-term technologies that will allow more people to age in place and not lose mobility (as seen with the glimpses of the autonomous shuttle #AccessibleOlli taking him and his friends to a fishing spot).

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Designing for Autonomous Accessibility

Carol Kenderdine interviewed at AVS18.
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“Our focus is on making sure that transportation of all kinds is available for people with disabilities and older adults and their caregivers,” explains Carol Wright Kenderdine, Co-Director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC). NACTC’s scope extends beyond the mode of transport and includes helping people access and understand how to use the available transportation modes. Speaking at the AVS18 Summit in San Francisco, Kenderdine indicates that the lack of transportation options is one of the challenges the NADTC’s constituency faces.

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Artists, Accessibility and Autonomous Vehicles – Part 2 #AVS18

#AccessibleOlli and the automatic wheel chair ramp being demonstrated at CES2018.
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A long-time proponent of autonomous taxis, Princeton Professor Dr Alain Kornhauser discusses a potential downside for this future mobility as a service offering. Speaking at the AVS18 Symposium, Kornhauser warns that operators will need to account for how people treat property they don’t own. The approach he suggests implies design that addresses things like safety, physical abilities of the riders and the ability to communicate in ways that individuals need.

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#AccessibleOlli – A Living Laboratory #CES2018

Erich Manser of IBM discusses the process of how they designed Accessbile Olli.
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The old saying about walking a mile in one’s shoes to understand another person’s world echoes in comments made by Erich Manser, Accessibility Researcher at IBM. Manser is well suited for his role of understanding the requirements to improve accessibility, as he has been unable to drive for the past 15 years due to a gradual loss of vision. At CES2018, IBM, along with other the other ecosystem partners that are part of the open and crowd-sourced, #AccessibleOlli project, demonstrated their methodology for understanding the needs of different people.

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Focus on the Consumer Experience for OTT Success #TIS18

Bob Gold discussed Over-the-Top video and his survey of industry professionals on that topic.
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Networks need to focus on the consumer experience and not use B2B language says Bob Gold, CEO of Bob Gold & Associates. This is one of the pearls of wisdom from Gold’s recent survey of industry professionals about streaming media services like Netflix, Hulu and start-up video brands. In our ViodiTV interview filmed at the 2018 Independent Show, Gold indicates that online and streaming video is at an inflection point, and now is the time to really put the consumer first because they are no longer limited to the traditional linear video bundle.

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The Korner – IoT to Improve Accessibility

The #AccessibleOlli Bus Stop at CES2018.
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An open and crowd-sourced accessibility lab is how Joe Speed, CTO of ADLINK’s IoT Solutions and Technology group describes #AccessibleOlli. The commercial promise of this autonomous, low-speed (<25 MPH) electric mobility pod is to provide high-quality, on-demand transportation to all people, regardless of an individual’s ability.  Speed points out that the lessons learned from #AccessibleOlli are applicable to markets beyond mobility. He emphasizes that inclusive design is bigger than any one person or group and that’s why an open and crowd-source effort is critical for solving big challenges.

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Author Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

By Ken Pyle, Managing Editor

Ken Pyle is Marketing Director for the Broadband Forum. The mission of this 25+-year-old non-profit “is to unlock the potential for new markets and profitable revenue growth by leveraging new technologies and standards in the home, intelligent small business, and multi-user infrastructure of the broadband network.”

He is also co-founder of Viodi, LLC and Managing Editor of the Viodi View, a publication focused on the rural broadband ecosystem, autonomous vehicles, and electric aviation. He has edited and produced numerous multimedia projects for NTCA, US Telecom and Viodi. Pyle is the producer of Viodi’s Local Content Workshop, the Video Production Crash Course at NAB, as well as ViodiTV. He has been intimately involved in Viodi’s consulting projects and has created processes for clients to use for their PPV and VOD operations, as well authored reports on the independent telco market.

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