Talking Tech 18th July 2017

July 18, 2017

Two Recent Podcasts from David:


Smart Vision II Android Phone with Touch Screen and Physical Keyboard


Demo of my New Fitbit Charge 2 with the Fitbit app on my iPhone Using VoiceOver.


Microsoft Seeing AI iOS App


App has different channels much like on a TV for reading short text, documents, bar codes, currency (US only), and objects/people (experimental).


From their Blog:


Youtube Demo:


The Untold History of the Talking Book


This interview done via the RNIB about the book “The Untold History of the Talking Book”.  You can get the complete book on


RNIOB Interview


Book title on


Talking Tech 11th July 2017

July 11, 2017

Some Comments on three products that I have been looking at:

Magic Keyboard with Numeric Keypad

This keyboard replaces the Apple UsB keyboard with Numeric Keypad: i.e. this keyboard does Bluetooth and lightning connection to a Mac.

All VoiceOver functions including the VoiceOver Keyboard Commander work with this keyboard on the Mac.

VoiceOver on iOS works fine with this keyboard when connected via Bluetooth.


The Kapsys Smart Vision 2 Android Smart Phone with Numeric Keypad We had Sam Taylor on from Pacific Vision a few months ago, but actually getting your hands on a product is different and I’ve spent a week or so playing with the Kapsys Smart Vision 2.

This is the Smart phone that is based on Android and gives the user both access to either the touch screen or using a physical numeric style keyboard with extra keys to navigate the Kapsys interface.

What stood out for me the most were:

Inserting the SIMM card very easy,

Starting up and setting up the phone very easy with speech, Good responsiveness of the touch screen, Ease of navigating with the DPad on the physical keyboard, Entering in Alpha/Numeric characters with using the T9 system on the physical keyboard, Answering/hanging up a call by pressing the appropriate answer or hang up button on the keyboard, Dedicated OK Google physical button, Simplicity of adding applications to the Home Screen of the Kapsys interface, Ease of use by typing in first letter of app from the physical keyboard to jump to the app within the Application screen, Using the FM radio in the phone, and The Maps app with clock directions when exploring a route: i.e. 12 straight ahead, 6 behind, street name at 3 etc.


My Recent Podcast on the new Beats Pill Speaker


I recently did a podcast on comparing the new Beats Pill to the older version, and either one of them has some good and bad points.


My Ongoing Attempt to Convert my home in to a Apple Smart Home Kit Home


I have no got 10 Eve Energy switch’s for turning various items on/off such as lamps, electric blankets, fans, and heaters, Now with scenes I can turn on or off grouped items now such as house lamps on or off, boys lamps on or off, heaters on or off, and leaving and arriving home events.


iOS 11 public beta


I’d still suggest to folks not to put iOS 11 public beta on your primary device.

For me I’ve done this and I have had to use my work iPhone to use apps like my Fitbit app as it will not currently work with iOS 11.


If you really really want to give it a go, this article from Macworld will get you started:


Talking Tech 4th July 2017

July 4, 2017

Vision Australia’s first Webinar using the Zoom Platform: Dress with Style

Join Vision Australia’s fashionistas for a discussion on dressing in style when you are blind or have low vision.

We will cover current fashion trends for men and women, how to work out your style, what to wear when, and strategies for going shopping. Participants will be able to ask questions live during the webinar.

When: Wednesday 12th July, 7pm – 8pm (AEST)
How to register: Register for this event here

What you will need: You will need an email address to register for this event. You can watch or listen to the webinar on a computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access, or a telephone.
Cost: It is free to register for this webinar. Your own internet or telephone usage charges apply

How to join the webinar

You will be sent instructions on how to join the Dress with Style webinar by email after registering for this event.

You will be able to join the webinar online by installing Zoom software using the link we send you, or by telephone if you want to save on your data usage.

Register at the following link:



FYI for listeners: two major conferences on in the US


American Council of the Blind (ACB) convention June 30 to July 7, and National Federation of the Blind (NfB) Convention July 10 to July 15.  ., and


By the way, if you have an Amazon Echo, you can say “Alexa play ACB radio Live Stream on Tune-in”.  Alternatively for the ACB convention, you can use the ACB Link app.


There are usually lots of announcements at these conventions.  Blind Bargains has done an interview with Humanware concerning the new upcoming Victor Reader Trek: combining a Victor Reader Stream and a Trekker Breeze.


The Orbit Reader 20 will be available at the conventions.  We’ll have more about the Orbit Reader 20 in Australia in a few weeks.


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A Discussion of my Adventures with the Apple Watch and getting my Fitness up,

Getting my Fitness level up by using the Activity and workout apps on the Apple Watch,

A reminder about the Activity rings of Movement, Exercise, and Stand,

Calibrating the Apple Watch with an outdoor walk for better use with the Activity and Workout apps for stride length/distance walked,

Using indoor 1.0K indoor walk for exercise on Treadmill, and

issues with getting direct access to heart beat and current step count on Apple Watch.


My Adventures with the Fitbit Charge 2

What is a Fitbit Charge 2: touch screen Fitbit controlled by iPhone/Android which tracks steps, exercise, sleeping, and heart rate plus can set vibrating Alarms,

Why I purchased a Fitbit Charge 2 - direct access to step and heart rate count,,

Issues setting it up - putting in code to pair to iPhone on screen of Fitbit Charge 2: rest of setup via the Fitbit app was fine, and

You can completely ignore the touch screen on the Fitbit Charge 2 and completely access all information via the iPhone/Android Fitbit app.


Whilst we’re talking about Health, checkout this next interesting story about a patent from apple


New Apple Patent Describes Sleep Tracking system with Fed Time ritual Sensing, and Power Nap Function