ustas_fish (just_ustas) wrote,

matt using his assistive tech

A little Masterpost of the Blind Assistive Tech that Matt Uses :)

EDIT: So I’ve seen a shit ton of photosets with matt using his assistive tech and i was always wondering how it worked. After i looked up the watch below, i kinda became obsessed with researching this stuff cause its super cool. You’ll find everything under the cut :)

So matt goes to check his watch

and i was kinda curious as to how that would work, because obv the watch would need to be in braille right? in order for him to read it? but how would that watch work? So i looked it up and apparently this is more than likely the watch he’s got on him


And then in this gif set we see Matt use a variety of things that helps him with his Lawyer shit:


So in this gif you will see him assisted by two things: a Braille Display and also a Screen Reader

‘Braille Display: The Braille Display connects to the computer via. USB. then once connected to the computer, the Braille display will acquire the currently highlighted text on the screen. The screen reader will then translate the text in Braille and the device will display it on its built-in Braille cells.To create the Braille dots in each cell, Braille displays use metal or nylon pins. Braille displays are refreshable. This means that when the user moves to a specific line of text, the device displays the text’s Braille equivalent. And when the user moves to another line, the device automatically displays that new line in Braille.Most Braille displays have eight dots in each cell. The six dots are for the actual Braille character, while the two dots at the bottom are normally used to denote the cursor, or the format of the text, for example highlights.’

Screen Reader:  ‘Screen readers are software programs that allow blind or visually impaired users to read the text that is displayed on the computer screen with a speech synthesizer or braille display. A screen reader is the interface between the computer’s operating system, its applications, and the user. The user sends commands by pressing different combinations of keys on the computer keyboard or braille display to instruct the speech synthesizer what to say and to speak automatically when changes occur on the computer screen. A command can instruct the synthesizer to read or spell a word, read a line or full screen of text, find a string of text on the screen, announce the location of the computer’s cursor or focused item, and so on. In addition, it allows users to perform more advanced functions, such as locating text displayed in a certain color, reading pre-designated parts of the screen on demand, reading highlighted text, and identifying the active choice in a menu. Users may also use the spell checker in a word processor or read the cells of a spreadsheet with a screen reader.’

and then in this gif, we have Matt reading a document made from the a Braille Embosser:

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Which is basically a printer that takes everything from your word document and turns it into BRAILLE YAY. (But needs special, thick paper in order to do it)


So that’s it for now, But it’s all cool AF.

And expensive.. no wonder matt doesnt have any money.

[ID: Several GIFs of Matt Murdock’s radar sense from the Daredevil movie: really chaotic shifting images in shades of blue, black, and white.]

  I’ve talked about this a little bit before, but I wanted to again highlight how much I love the movie’s depiction of the radar sense. There are obvious challenges in translating a non-visual and somewhat fantastical sensory experience into a visual medium, and 56 years in, Daredevil comics artists are still trying to figure out how to get it right. Live action is even more of a challenge, since it tends to be taken more literally than comic book art; if an image is shown in a movie, it’s hard to communicate to the audience that it isn’t actually a visual image. But the muted color scheme, abstractness, and constantly shifting nature of the movie’s radar depiction makes it pretty clear that this is not a sight amalgam. What’s even better about it is that it’s clearly not a sight replacement either. It’s very easy to assume that the radar sense as basically a different version of vision, which gives Matt roughly the same information that sight would. But the movie makes it very clear that this is not true. Here, the radar sense is chaotic, constantly changing and very difficult to interpret. It clearly isn’t his most useful or reliable sense. Given the fact that still, to this day, the radar sense tends to be depicted with a lot more detail than it should probably have, this effort in 2003 to make it disorienting and overwhelming– thus emphasizing how impressive it is that Matt is able to draw meaning from it– is fantastic.
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