These organisations coming from Europe, North America, Latin America, and Australia proposed new accessibility features that they would like to see listed for mobile phones and Smart TVs in the GARI database to further help consumers find and select devices that can support them in their daily lives. They tested the search interface and accessibility of the database, evaluated the information provided on the GARI website, suggested edits to the texts and provided content for updates.
From the feedback on the mobile phone section, we have already identified a few new features that we will be adding over the coming weeks. These include the following:
- Real-time-text capability (North America region only for the moment)
- Personal Assistant / Voice Control
- Haptic Feedback
- Mono Audio
- Text-to-Speech / Dictation
- Flashlight Notifications
- Emergency services & location
- Allows for sign language communication
- Manufacturer custom overlay of OS
- Dedicated and clearly distinguishable volume keys
- Dedicated and clearly distinguishable key to lock the screen
And these features will be added to the Smart TV section:
- Video / Audio description volume control: The user can control the volume of the video or audio description independently from the main audio track.
- Support for Web Closed Captioning formats - with manufacturers having the option to list all the formats they support
- Support for Broadcast Closed Captioning Formats
- Bluetooth Connectivity
We thank all of you who took the time to test the GARI website and database and provide us with such detailed feedback. We will be in touch soon to let you know more about the changes to come and provide more details on how these features can help.