Video: Connecting The Dots: Marvin And Android Access
1 Video: Connecting The Dots: Marvin And Android Access
When we first launched project eyes-free in early spring 2009, we promised to post frequent video updates to the eyes-free channel. Well, sadly, we have been remiss in keeping that promise --- but all in a good cause --- we were busy building out the needed accessibility APIs in the core Android framework.
We're now returning with a fresh set of video updates that demonstrate the new accessibility framework in Android, and how these access related tools mesh with the Eyes-Free shell shown earlier.
- All of the eyes-free utilities from project Marvin continue to be developed in order to provide fluent eyes-free interaction.
- The Marvin shell that we demonstrated last time continues to be my default home screen.
- We have added an application launcher on the Marvin screen that can be launched by stroking 8.
- This launcher uses stroke dialing to quickly navigate and launch applications.
- With the launch of the Accessibility API in Android 1.6, and the accompanying Open Source TalkBack screenreader, I can now launch any Android application, e.g., Google Maps or YouTube.
- TalkBack provides spoken feedback for native Android applications, including the settings menu.
- You can use Android Market to install third-party applications, many of these work outof the box with TalkBack.
We'll demonstrate these, and a variety of other new cool enhancements in these forthcoming videos, stay tuned!
Date: 2009-03-30 Mon
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