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Report From Day One of CES 2018, a Global Technology Event

January 9, 2018
It’s the time for college bowls, NFL playoffs, New Year’s resolutions, and, of course, all things technology at CES in Las Vegas. The show officially kicked off on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, with lots of attention to self-driving vehicles, voice-controlled everything, robots galore, and audio products with hearing enhancement. A big thank you to the Consumer Technology Association for supporting attendance by disability advocates, including Lee Huffman and me. Here are a couple of highlights…

Checking in from the CTIA Super Mobility Conference

September 6, 2016
Paul Schroeder, AFB Vice President, Programs and Policy This week in Las Vegas it's everything wireless at the CTIA Super Mobility conference. CTIA, the Cellular Telecommunications and Internet Association, hosts the show and notably also hosts an Accessibility Outreach Initiative Forum as part of the conference. I am pleased to participate in the forum and express appreciation to CTIA for making it possible to attend. I thought I'd share some of the points from the forum on September 7. AFB…

Day 4 at CES: Home, Health, and Fitness

January 8, 2016
Paul Schroeder at the MagicaVision booth On the second day of the official CES, John Lilly and I spent most of the day among the home, health, and fitness area of the show. At Whirlpool we learned that a line of “connected” kitchen appliances will soon be launched in the US. As with the connected washer and dryer, these are toward the top of the line, so they won’t be cheap, but the Whirlpool app does seem to work reasonably well with VoiceOver and they are interested in continuing to improve…

Day 3 at CES 2016: The Grand Opening

January 7, 2016
CES 2016 officially opened on Wednesday January 6, and as Lyle Lovett might say, CES is not large, it's huge. Encompassing over 2.6 million square feet of exhibit and presentation space, there is just no way to convey the absolute awesomeness of the size of this thing. Read the full report on day 3 of CES in AccessWorld®, including our impressions of Casio's new "2.5D" printer, a system for producing tactile graphics and braille. We also took a look at Vuzix's iWear headset and M300 Smart…

Day 2 at CES 2016

January 6, 2016
As you read this, the CES show, an annual event about all things technology, is only just now opening, but lots has been happening already. Press events dominated Tuesday's schedule. I attended presentations by LG, Panasonic, and others. Read the full report on day 2 of CES in AccessWorld®, and you can also follow AFB on Twitter or Facebook for additional updates. I'll have lots more as the week of CES 2016 goes on, so stay tuned!

Attending the 2016 CES, a Global Technology Event

January 4, 2016
With a big thank you to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, AFB is again attending "CES®," the global technology event that takes place in early January in Las Vegas. CTA, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association, again made it possible for John Lilly (who works in our tech office in Huntington, WV, and me to attend the show, along with a select delegation from the disability community. We’ll do our best to provide updates throughout this week as we try to see as many of the over…

AFB’s Vice President Paul Schroeder's Visit to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

January 22, 2015
Our VP of Programs and Policy, Paul Schroeder, got up close and personal with the Mercedes self-driving concept car at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) took place earlier this month in Las Vegas with lots of gushing about the latest in huge televisions with remarkable pictures. Oddly, the show gave more and more attention to automotive technology. For those of us with vision loss, the other exciting trend was captured in an opening keynote by Boo-…

Notes, Observations from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

January 10, 2014
I've just wrapped up my second visit to the mega Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. There's been tons of coverage of all the exciting new products, especially wearable technology, health and body monitoring technologies, devices to enhance our autos and, of course, more and more 3-D printing. I want to again give a special thank you and shout-out to our friends at the Consumer Electronics Association (the trade association that hosting the conference), for inviting disability…
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More on the Government Shutdown: Do We Fully Understand What’s at Stake?

October 4, 2013
As the federal government shutdown continues, I am troubled by some of what I've been hearing—and some of what I've not been hearing. On October 1, as the shutdown began, I heard some comments on news programs that they didn't really notice any change. And as Day 1 of the shutdown came to a close, the House of Representatives took up bills to fund certain parts of the government, the ones that people may already be noticing, such as closed national parks. This is sad and irresponsible. Of…

Disability Roundtable at the White House

July 24, 2013
The Americans with Disabilities Act will be 23 years old tomorrow. In recognition of this historic and still vibrant legislation, disability leaders were invited to meet with President Obama and key leaders in his Administration this morning. I was proud to be included in this group of leaders. Along with a brief opportunity to meet the President, we spent an hour discussing issues with newly confirmed Secretary of Labor, Tom Perez, Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, and the new disability…
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