On April 21, between the Union of the Blind in Bulgaria (UBB) and the Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (IICT) at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, the contract for the development of the new Bulgarian speech synthesizer was signed.

It is expected to have voice variants for Windows and Android, including those that fully support the 64-bit architecture.

According to preliminary estimates, the product is expected to be available to consumers in the second half of 2022.

The Ministry of healthcare of the Republic of Bulgaria published on its website information about the working hours of the health facilities in the country, which will organize the so called “open corridors” for vaccination in the period 30th April – 9th May. Information is published here https://www.mh.government.bg/bg/novini/aktualno/informaciya-za-vremennite-imunizacionni punktove-z/ . Seven health centers will be opened for vaccination in the town of Plovdiv.

Job Tiger, together with more than 35 partners from business, non-governmental organizations, media and governmental local structures organizes the 20-th anniversary round of the biggest career forum in Bulgaria. „National career days“ will provide the opportunity of live meetings and virtual interviews among the employers and job hunters. The face-to-face events will take place in seven towns in the country. In Plovdiv the event will take place on Wednesday, 12th May 2021, in the Congress Center of the Plovdiv Fair, and the day schedule one can find her: https://careerdays.bg/bg/national-careerdays/program-plovdiv . The participating companies in Plovdiv will be Delta Source, Billa, Invest 365, JTR, Kaufland, MM Solutions, Telus International, Dunapack Rodina, Lukoil Bulgaria.

One can register in the following link in order to meet face-t-face the employers’ representatives. https://careerdays.bg/bg/national-careerdays/students

Veronika Kertikova-Tapcheva

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Scientists from Georgia have designed a backpack with artificial intelligence for the blind, thanks to which they may no longer need a guide dog or a sighted assistant. The device is equipped with a small computer inside the backpack and with special cameras located in a vest to give a picture of the environment. The system recognizes street signs, traffic lights, obstacles, bicycles, cars, lawns and other objects. The information, along with tips and audio notifications, is converted into speech signals and reaches the blind through a bluetooth headset. The smart backpack works with a battery that allows use for up to 8 hours.