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Accessible Christmas markets
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Which is your favourite Christmas market to see during the festive period? Our marketing manager Claire D’All will be soon be sharing her experience of visiting the Edinburgh Christmas market. Let us know what your favourite market is and why? … Read More

How accessible is your Christmas panto?
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With the festive season in full swing, many families will be making their annual visit to a Christmas pantomime. For some, this might be their only trip to the theatre through the year, but for all, it can create lifelong … Read More

Flying As A Wheelchair User
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Claire D’All, Marketing Manager Flying should be an enjoyable experience for everyone regardless of your requirements however, for many wheelchair users it can be very stressful. This is due to their equipment getting damaged or worse, lost by airlines. There … Read More

Breda wins EU Access City Award for its efforts to be more inclusive
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The city of Breda in the Netherlands has won the 2019 Access City Award, for continuously making improvements to make life easier for people with disabilities. Breda was honoured at a ceremony in Brussels on Tuesday morning after it beat off … Read More

International Day Of People With Disabilities 2018
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Claire D’All, Marketing Manager Today is International Day Of People With Disabilities, it’s a day to spread awareness of the many issues that impact the lives of people living with a disability. Issues including health, accessibility, employment, tourism and many … Read More

Why Shouldn’t Santa’s Grotto Be Accessible?
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This time of the year is a very busy time for everyone taking part in many festive activities, but for some families with children that have additional needs it can sometimes be difficult to organise outings. Magical trips to visit … Read More

Vote for OOVIRT
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PLEASE vote and share for OOVIRT and support us on our mission to help make places more accessible and inclusive. https://woobox.com/83v6wa Innovator Launchpad has opened their innovation competition to the public vote today. OOVIRT are one of ten UK businesses … Read More

Wheelchair-accessible tour in Kamakura aims to revolutionize tourism for people with disabilities
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BY CHISATO TANAKA Kamakura is among the most popular destinations for day-tripping Tokyoites, who regularly fill up the city’s historic temples and meander through its beautiful shrines on weekends and holidays. For Hajime Takano, such a trip was his birthday wish … Read More

Oxford’s accessibility crisis
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Less than a third of departments responded to an internal survey designed to assess compliance with University disability policy, Cherwell can reveal. The survey was conducted by Student Welfare and Support Services (SWSS) in Hilary Term 2018 as part of the University’s … Read More

7 accessible trails across Alberta reflect volunteer’s passion for nature
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Seven accessible trails are opening across Alberta to reflect a volunteer’s passion for nature and inclusion. The trails will each be called the Cecile Buhl One-Kilometre Experience, the first of which officially opened at Fish Creek Provincial Park on Friday. Others are opening at Writing-On-Stone, Bow … Read More

10 cities that are championing accessibility for venues and events
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A joint report from BestCities Global Alliance, GainingEdge and Rehabilitation International has showcased destinations that are meeting the needs of delegates with disabilities. The cities highlighted in the Universal Accessibility in Meetings report have innovated and adapted in order to meet the … Read More

World Toilet Day 2018
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Today is World Toilet Day which is seeking to highlight the continued lack of environmentally friendly sanitation systems across the world. Accessible Toilet at Dundee Train Station. Pros & Cons Of Accessible Toilets Accessible toilets are facilities that should be … Read More

UNWTO and Municipality of León develop first shopping tourism project in Mexico
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Madrid, Spain, 15 November 2018 – The World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) and the Municipality of León (Guanajuato, Mexico) have signed an agreement to carry out the country’s first project to develop Shopping Tourism, with the support of the Ministry of … Read More

What accessible and inclusive travel should look like in Australia by 2020
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For businesses that are willing to open their doors to inclusive tourism and make changes, the opportunities are endless. What accessible and inclusive travel should look like in Australia by 2020 For businesses that are willing to open their doors … Read More

The Scottish Enterprise Awards 2018 – OOVIRT announced as winner of Best for Virtual Tour Experiences 2018
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OOVIRT are delighted to have received the 2018 Scottish Enterprise Award – Best for Virtual Tour Experiences. We would like to thank all our customers and the charities and organisations who have supported us on our journey so far. We hope … Read More

Purple Tuesday – Why Can’t Every Day Be ‘Accessible Day’?
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Today shops across the UK are celebrating the first ever accessible shopping day, Purple Tuesday. A day to spread awareness of the importance to provide services that are accessible to all customers no matter what their requirements are. In the … Read More

Kingston and area can do more to include marginalized communities
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Article by Erin Ball Last month I said that I would be doing a series of interviews. I want to focus on accessibility beyond wheelchairs. Wheelchair accessibility is very important and definitely needs to be considered, but it is not … Read More

Digital Document Accessibility Now One Step Closer With MediaWire’s Inclusive Solution
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MediaWire Mobile, a Canadian-based software company has launched a publishing solution that delivers an inclusive digital reading experience. This new solution converts digital documents, such as PDFs, into accessible content, offering an inclusive experience to everyone, including the blind, visually … Read More

Virtual reality tours to transform your travel
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Planning a holiday online used to just involve reading reviews or flicking through photos of your intended destination. Recently, however, the travel industry has woken up to the benefits of virtual reality tours and the options for planning your holiday … Read More

How Travel Industry Players Are Using AR and VR to Drive Chinese Tourism
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Augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) are two of the more quickly evolving fields of digital consumer technology, and travel industry players have already begun using the tech to market experiences to Chinese tourists. The technology can allow potential … Read More

Innovative System may revolutionise cruise ships’ accessibility for blind or visually impaired travellers
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RA’ANANA, ISRAEL – An innovative solution for accessibility and orientation of blind and visually impaired persons, developed by RightHear, will make cruises completely accessible to blind and visually impaired passengers. The solution is based on lessons learned in successful implementation of … Read More

Sharjah Crowned ‘Accessible City for Disabled’ at UN
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SHARJAH: In yet another proud global recognition of its reputation as a humane and people-friendly Emirate, Sharjah was formally crowned the “Accessible City for the Physically Disabled” by the World Federation of the Disabled during the World Cities Day at … Read More

Glasgow Brewery Collective crowdfunds for accessible, social-enterprise taproom
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Glasgow Brewery Collective has launched a crowdfunding campaign to open a taproom that is fully accessible for people with disabilities. The collective is raising £25,000 to create a space with a lowered and frontless section of the bar for wheelchair accessibility and … Read More

‘I think people don’t focus enough on accessibility in tech’
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  Ire Aderinokun is a self-taught front-end developer and UI designer based in Lagos, Nigeria. From software development to web development, from front-end to back-end, the career paths you can choose in the world of development are an endless realm … Read More

OOVIRT: Regional Finalist at The Scottish Thistle Awards
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OOVIRT have been shortlisted in the Innovation in Tourism Award for the 2018/19 Scottish Thistle Awards. They will be up against Helicopter Glamping and The Engine Shed in the Central, Fife and Tayside Regional Awards held on the 15th November … Read More

Accessibility around the world: Invictus competitors on how they get around off the field
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The Invictus Games has brought 500 veterans to Australia, many to compete in wheelchair sports. In Australia, every public building constructed after 2011 must follow standards that require them to be accessible to people with a disability, but there is … Read More

Are you acting on accessibility?
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Follow the lead of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C. “People don’t know where to begin with the topic of accessibility, so they panic—‘What do I do? Where do I start?” says Betty Siegel, director of VSA … Read More

Audio descriptions, tactile tours increase accessibility at Spencer Museum
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New resources at the University of Kansas Spencer Museum of Art will make exhibitions and collections more accessible for visitors who are blind, have low vision or have visual perception disorders. The museum now offers audio descriptions of artwork and … Read More

Tourism industry needs to recognised the opportunity through accessible travel
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ACCESSIBLE AND INCLUSIVE TRAVEL IS ONE OF THE FASTEST GROWING SECTORS IN THE TOURISM INDUSTRY. But it’s also the most overlooked. Recent data from My Travel Research revealed that one-sixth of the global population lives with some kind of disability and … Read More

The Enchanted Forest 2018
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For 17 years visitors have made their way to Faskally Woods, Pitlochary, to attend the spectacular light show of The Enchanted Forest. This year it is running for an extended 5 weeks, with 80,000 people expected to attend, it is … Read More

Sydney Harbour Bridge now more accessible with elevators finally installed
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Disability advocates have hailed the opening of the Sydney Harbour Bridge elevators as a landmark day for accessibility in Australia, saying it means the Sydney icon can now be enjoyed by people with disability and the elderly. “After more than … Read More

Putting accessibility at the heart of mobility retail
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Increasingly, retailers across multiple sectors are realising the potential of the ‘purple pound’ and are investing more into their stores, both physical and digital, to ensure they are fully accessible to disabled shoppers. For retailers in the mobility sector however, … Read More

World Mental Health Day 2018 – The impact of not being accessible and inclusive
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For anyone suffering with mental health issues and particularly when also having additional accessibility requirements, a lack of transparent access information about destinations can only exacerbate the challenges already being faced and can lead to further isolation. How do people … Read More

Pub Accessibility
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Fancy a drink after work or drinks on a Saturday afternoon? It’s something we just do without really thinking about, but for wheelchair users or others with mobility issues a lot of planning can go into just having one drink … Read More

New train travel app set to transform lives for disabled travellers in the UK
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A new travel travel app is set to make travelling by train a far better customer experience for disabled travellers. The app is set to be rolled out nationwide and will offer user the ability to update station staff on … Read More

V&A Dundee
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On Saturday 15th of September, the UK’s coolest city will see 10,000 people attend the highly anticipated opening of the V&A Dundee. The first dedicated design museum to open in Scotland and the first time the V&A brand has opened … Read More

Dundee Flower & Food Festival
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Last weekend Camperdown Country Park in Dundee hosted Dundee’s Flower and Food Festival for their 30th year. It ran from Friday 31st August to Sunday 2nd September offering the best in food and horticulture. A fun filled programme included free … Read More

OOVIRT becoming investor ready
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Since completing their business accelerator programme in late 2017 with Elevator UK, the OOVIRT team have been working hard on developing the company and moving forward their new platform which aims to launch in early 2019. As a start-up, there … Read More

V&A Dundee – Customer service training
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Today we commenced the first of two training workshops to deliver customer service training to the (soon to be open) V&A Dundee team. As with all training sessions delivered to our clients, we have sought to make the sessions as … Read More

Accessibility of Slessor Gardens
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Slessor Gardens in Dundee has hosted many concerts over the last year including Little Mix, UB40, Olly Murs and Steps. Last month our Marketing Manager Claire D’All went to see Rita Ora. She hadn’t been to a concert here before … Read More

The Tattoo – Audio description
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Tonight is the last opportunity to see the Edinburgh Tattoo with audio description to help those with any visual impairment. The Tattoo is this year celebrating The Year of Young People and as ever, will see performers from across the … Read More

Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Sensory Backpacks
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Last week we shared the story of how The Fringe Festival in Edinburgh is this year boosting its accessibility by providing sensory backpacks to those with autism. The backpacks are available from three different locations for free on a first-come-first-serve … Read More

Dundee Train Station
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This week, our Marketing Manager Claire D’All, will be reviewing the accessibility at Dundee train station. See her thoughts in Part I and II below. We have created a small virtual tour of the inside and outside of the new … Read More

Accessible Train Travel Issues
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An hour into her trip a lady came onto the train with a pram. Instead of asking the lady to fold up the pram, the train guard asked Tanyalee to move her mobility scooter. She states “it would have been … Read More

The next generation of VR headsets will connect over a single USB-C cable
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VirtualLink, a consortium of companies including AMD, NVIDIA, Oculus, Valve, and Microsoft, has just announced that the oodles of cables needed to connect VR headsets to PCs will soon be whittled down to a single USB-C connection. The new open … Read More

Four airports found to be failing disabled passengers
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The following article indicates the lack of customer journey mapping being done at some UK airports to help improve the customer experience for disabled travellers. Hopefully the report helps drive forward positive changes to improve standards. The Civil Aviation Authority … Read More

Maggie’s Penguin Parade – Baby Penguin Map
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(CLICK HERE TO SEE VIRTUAL TOUR – Close the map with the cross or map icon after loading to use the tour) The Maggie’s Centre, Wild in Art, sponsors, artists, schools and the community have come together to welcome 80 … Read More

FIFA World Cup 2018 Accessibility: Luzhniki Stadium
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  On Friday 1st June, one of the OOVIRT team set out to Moscow to learn more about how accessible the football World Cup in Russia will be. Be sure to follow our findings on social media and this post … Read More

TRNSMT Festival – Glasgow Green
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During the weekend just past our Marketing Manager Claire D’All attended TRNSMT Festival that took place at Glasgow Green. Today we share some of Claire’s experience of purchasing tickets and attending the event. Back in February, Claire was able to … Read More

FIFA World Cup 2018 – Colombia v England, Access the match
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England start their knockout phase of the FIFA World Cup 2018 tonight in Russia against Colombia at 19:00 at the Otkrytie Arena, Moscow. If you’re heading to the game then check out all the access information for the stadium. Are … Read More

Russia 2018 – Deaf and blind fan experiences joy of FIFA World Cup
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For the 2018 FIFA World Cup match between Columbia and Poland, nearly all eyes are fixed on the TV screen to watch the match. Jose Richard Gallego is a Columbian who grew up watching the beautiful game before losing his … Read More

FIFA World Cup 2018 – England v Tunisia, Access the match
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England kick off their first game of the FIFA World Cup tonight in Russia against TunIsia at 19:00 this at the Volgograd Arena. If you’re heading to the game then check out all the access information for the stadium. Are … Read More

OOVIRT engage leading marketing professional to help tell their stories
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Today we had our first workshop with the leading marketing consultant, Kevin Anderson, from The Story Edge.… Read More

FIFA World Cup 2018 Accessibility: At the Stadiums
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    On Friday 1st June, one of the OOVIRT team set out to Moscow to learn more about how accessible the football World Cup in Russia will be. Be sure to follow our findings on social media and this … Read More

4 ways CSR can enhance company culture
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A great article on the importance of CSR and ensuring your company’s social responsibility helps not only those directly helped by your support but also helps create a better work culture. Article Too often, executives have viewed corporate social responsibility … Read More

FIFA World Cup 2018 Accessibility
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    On Friday 1st June, one of the OOVIRT team set out to Moscow to learn more about how accessible the football World Cup in Russia will be. Be sure to follow our findings on social media and this … Read More

Disabled boy sues theme park over lack of suitable toilet
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By Clive Coleman Legal correspondent, BBC News Adam George, 11, claims Flambards Theme Park, in Cornwall, discriminated and failed to make reasonable adjustments for him under the Equality Act.Changing places toilets are required by an estimated 250,000 people in the … Read More

Global Accessibility Awareness Day – 17th May 2018
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At OOVIRT we are passionate about helping business being more accessible and inclusive. Today we discuss some of Claire D’All’s (our Digital Project Manager) views and experiences of accessibility and technology. Accessibility comes in all forms and today (Thursday 17th … Read More

Travel With Ease: How Singapore Is Catering to Visitors with Special Accessibility Needs
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SINGAPORE, MALAYSIA: With an aging population, Singapore has been tackling accessibility needs head-on with a series of changes to the city’s infrastructure. Today, it’s one of the most travel-friendly cities in the world for those with accessibility needs, so if you’re … Read More

Give Up, Give In, or Give Your All
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Posted by posabilitymagazine | Accessible Travel, Slider | 0 | Barb Mabbs shares her experiences of diving with Divecor and the under water world it has opened up to her…  Sixteen years ago, a friend showed me a video of … Read More

Using VR and Digital Signage Together to Propel Your Business
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It is a well-heard rumor that virtual reality is going to take over anything and everything in its path. However, it is safe to say that although VR will bring about many changes, some things are better together. Is VR … Read More

The Science of Visual Marketing
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This month we’ve had 2 photo shoots with clients, a drone video, and a thought leadership video… all to customize our clients’ sites and content. Every time we swap out stock footage and video on customers’ sites and replace it … Read More

Ministers outline plan for disabled people’s air travel
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BBC News – 4th April 2018 New measures to improve air travel for disabled passengers are being considered by the government. They could include a limit on the time passengers wait for assistance boarding and disembarking, and quicker reunions with … Read More

Dundee United release first accessible virtual tour
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A new accessible virtual reality tour, the first of its kind in the UK, will allow Dundee United supporters to experience Tannadice Park like never before. The move puts Tannadice Park on the map as an accessible destination and is … Read More

HERALD SCOTLAND: Dundee Virtual Reality specialists raise awareness of accessibility issues
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MARK WILLIAMSON, HERALD SCOTLAND     WITH the football season in full in full swing a virtual reality pioneer is helping a prominent Scottish club highlight the accessibility of its renowned stadium. Name: Richard Meiklejohn. Age: 38. What is your … Read More

A Dolphin trip for everyone
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Posted by posabilitymagazine | Jan 31, 2018 | Accessible Travel, Days Out, Disability, Main, Scotland, Slider | Dolphin Spirit operates from Inverness Marina in the heart of the Highlands and carry a 5-star wildlife attraction status from Visit Scotland. The … Read More

Eurosport to offer VR Winter Olympics coverage
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Written by Andrew McDonald : Eurosport, PyeongChang, virtual reality, VR, Winter Olympics Eurosport is due to make more than 50 hours of live Virtual Reality (VR) coverage of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics available through a dedicated app.   The Winter Olympics … Read More

Travel industry still failing to meet needs of disabled holidaymakers is unacceptable
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Posted by posabilitymagazine | Jan 26, 2018 | Accessible Travel, Charity, Disability, Disability News, Main, Media, Charity responds to BBC One’s ‘Rip Off Britain’ as evidence travel industry needs to take disabled consumers more seriously. National respite holiday charity Revitalise … Read More

Deaf mum sues Little Mix promoter in sign language row
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By Clive ColemanLegal correspondent, BBC News Eight-year-old Cate Merry and her friend Megan are big fans of Little Mix. They’ve got the T-shirts, the photo albums, the CDs, can sing the songs and rock the dance routines. So how did … Read More

The FA People’s Cup is back
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Posted by posabilitymagazine | Jan 18, 2018 | Events, Football, Main, Slider, Sport This season’s competition launches with new finals venue – St. George’s Park The FA People’s Cup is back following a very special launch event at St. George’s … Read More

Enabling spontaneous and independent travel for blind and vision impaired people
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Posted by posabilitymagazine | Dec 12, 2017 | Accessible Travel, Blindness & Visual Impairment, Disability, Public Transport Travelling independently, especially on public transport and through indoor spaces can be a difficult and sometimes impossible experience for vision impaired people. In … Read More

Heritage adopts latest developments to optimise accessibility
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Posted by posabilitymagazine | Nov 27, 2017 | Accessible Travel, Disability, Disability Products Main, Slider | 0 |   One of the North East’s leading heritage sites is now as accessible as possible with the opening of new toilet facilities. … Read More

Home invasions, melting glaciers and Humpty Dumpty – is VR finally coming into its own?
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By Xan Brooks Friday 8 September 2017 14.49 BST Lazzaretto Vecchio is a small ruined island in the Venetian lagoon, an arrangement of crumbling brick barns a short boat ride from the Lido. In its time it has been a leper colony, … Read More

Virtual reality game takes on dementia
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Virtual reality game takes on dementia By James Gallagher Health and science reporter, BBC News website Image by: Deutsche Telekom Scientists have developed a virtual reality computer game as part of the world’s biggest dementia research experiment. It is designed … Read More

Virtual Tour news – Give your property the edge with a 360° tour
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Modern house hunting has gone digital, so it’s vital that agents move with the times to catch buyers’ attention. This interview with Peter Greatorex demonstrates the shift towards a digital marketplace for the property sector are continuing to accelerate. The … Read More

Apple Talk up Augmented Reality
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By Associated Press   Apple has been looking for something to reduce its dependence on the iPhone since the 2011 death of its co-founder and chief cxecutive, Steve Jobs, the driving force behind the company’s innovation factory. Jobs’ successor, Tim … Read More

Take a tour of Game of Thrones locations with Google Street View
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Game of Thrones Virtual Tours Here   Want to take a tour of the real-life locations where Game of Thrones was shot? Too broke or lazy to get off the sofa and actually do it? Google Street View has come … Read More

Is 360-degree and VR video the future of marketing?
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Many brands are turning to immersive video — mainly 360-degree video and VR — for innovative and attention-grabbing advertising and marketing campaigns. Brands across numerous industries have seen significant success via their use of 360-degree video and VR. For example, … Read More

VR news – Could virtual reality save high street travel agents? Caribbean cruise sales rise 45% after customers take a tour
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The death of the high street travel agent is a forecast that has been made numerous times, but a saviour may be at hand in the form of virtual reality technology. Holidaymakers struggling to make a final decision on where … Read More

Virtual tour news – Veterans take virtual honor flight to tour Washington monuments and memorials
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In the past eleven years more than 3,200 veterans have taken an honor flight from Cleveland to Washington to tour the memorials. However, many others, are too fragile to make the trip. To remedy the situation, Honor Flight Cleveland, Eventworks 4-D and … Read More

Virtual Tour news – Norwich venue recreated in virtual reality to help people with disabilities
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One of Norwich’s largest venues has been captured in a virtual reality tour which can help people with disabilities and anxiety understand the building before arriving. Open Youth Trust has had a 3D map created of the inside of the … Read More

VR news – Sony sells one million VR headsets
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Sony has sold more than one million virtual reality (VR) headsets, the company has said. President of Sony Interactive Entertainment Atsushi Morita said sales had “exceeded our expectations”. The headset, at $399 (£308), is cheaper than rival devices from Facebook … Read More

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