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Virtual Beauty For Blind & VI Women

Abby's Corner image is described in the body of the post.
Created by Jessica Marano

Hello My Friends,

Can you believe another week has passed? It seems like it was just yesterday we were moving into this past week.

One might think that life as a cartoon character is boring but I have to say my life pretty phenomenal. I mean, think about it, who I am, what I do and who I become is only limited by my creator’s imagination. So if the imagination is boundless there is absolutely nothing I cannot do.

If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it – then I can achieve it.” ~Muhammad Ali

Technology has made what was once impossible possible. Take clothes shopping, for example, gone are the days where we have to go to a physical store to fulfill our retail therapy goals. Don’t get me wrong I still enjoy shopping excursions with my gal pals but with such a busy schedule it can be just as convenient to shop online.

As technology continues to evolve it’s my hope that retail websites will become more inclusive from a disability standpoint. For example, many of us who are blind or visually impaired use special tools to assist us in navigating the internet however if a site is poorly designed, inaccessible or there is only minimal description these things make the buying experience less than ideal.

A dream product of mine is a “Mirror Mirror” like in Snow White. Once programmed with data needed to produce a verbal output it could help blind and visually impaired women with the ability to become as adept at makeup application as they so choose.

With adjustments to make them more accessible, virtual dressing rooms like tri Mirror or Dressing Room by Gap, can, in the long run, be beneficial to everyone. Being able to create a personalized avatar, inputting measurements, then trying on clothes, makes the tri Mirror an interesting tool but I’d love to hear input from my totally blind friends. Afterall if verbal feedback isn’t an option this will be an opportunity for us to make our mark.

Image Description: The Abby’s Corner illustration was created by Jessica Marano. I’m sitting cross-legged on the floor with my laptop (complete with my Abby logo on the cover) in my jammies and slippers. On my head, with signature explosive hairstyle intact, is a headset and microphone to allow me to use my accessibility features on my laptop.  My white cane is propped up next to me.

Au revoir! ~Abby

 

8 thoughts on “Virtual Beauty For Blind & VI Women

  1. I love to quote from Ali! Technology can be a great help for people. Hope you can make a difference in the things that will enhance the lives of those who are visually impaired. I, too, can’t believe it is the weekend again! My days are so mixed up right now, as I am not only subbing at lot at the daycare since they had 2 teachers leave, but it is baseball season, so I am ushering at the local Astro’s farm team games…a lot on the weekends. So, I really don’t know what day it is and if I am coming or going. LOL That makes the time pass so much faster.

    1. Wow, it sounds like you’re really busy. Just thinking of the daycare gig alone wipes me out so to do that along with ushering at baseball games, I’d be down for the count.

  2. Wow..
    I didn’t know there was a way to input your measurements and try on clothes virtually.

    1. I know, it’s so cool isn’t it? Just imagining what can be done blows my mind.

      1. Is it only with Gap stores?

      2. The Gap is the only one I know of but I’m sure others, if they’re smart, are getting in the virtual dressing room game. Being able to input your height, weight, and measurements will help to lower returns.

  3. A coworker said the year is going by so fast, I believe him. Seems that it just picks up speed this time of year.

    1. Tell me about it. As soon as I hear the cicadas I know summer’s a wrap.

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