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Talking Tech 6th July 2020

Talking Tech 6th July 2020

July 7, 2020

More of a Chat About the BBT Canute 360

 

This is the 9 line E-Reader from Bristol Braille Technology and I’ve now had one to use for a couple of weeks, so some comments.

 

My Podcast overview:

https://s177.podbean.com/pb/f0dc8bd3a48ae94ac1e88873741597d8/5ef7ce61/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Canute_360_demo_bt3h7.mp3?pbss=14e68593-b1e8-5ceb-a8fb-2fc87464f833

 

Manufacturer website:

 

http://www.bristolbraille.co.uk

 

Some Thoughts on the Mantis Q40 and Chameleon Braille Devices

 

Vision Australia currently having a look at these devices, international distribution is via Humanware for APH.

 

Another Sort of Gadget I Purchased, a Simple Head Phone Stand

 

Just keeps your head phones out of the mess on your desk.  One I got is a simple stand that the head phones just sit over and you can wrap the cable around the back.

In the show I said they were about $13, turns out there $39, whoops.

Here is the link to Harvey Norman where I purchased mine, but I’m sure you candy them from almost anywhere.

 

https://www.harveynorman.com.au/red1-aluminium-headphone-stand-black.html 

 

 

My Audio demo of the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset

 

I know I keep going on about this gaming head set which has two sound sources, and a 3.5mm connection you can also make to your smart phone etc, but they are just so good smile.

 

https://s170.podbean.com/pb/e86fd3fdb05b575e5ef287eddf643748/5ef7ddff/data1/fs54/339150/uploads/Overview_demo_of_the_SteelSeries_Arctis_5_Gaming_Headset_9niig.mp3?pbss=2146770f-b747-59bb-b6cb-051b18595ab0

 

How to Tell How Many devices Are on Your Home Wi-Fi

 

Just a good article about managing the devices on your home Wi-Fi network.

 

https://www.idropnews.com/how-to/you-might-have-too-many-devices-on-your-wi-fi-network-heres-how-to-tell/132349/

 

Alexa Just Got Smarter Reminders Across All of Your Echo Devices

 

Rather than just having your Reminders on one Echo, you can now have them on all of them.

 

https://www.cnet.com/how-to/alexa-just-got-smarter-reminders-on-your-amazon-echo-how-to-use-the-new-feature/?UniqueID=A615AA94-B153-11EA-A58D-2C044844363C&TheTime=2020-06-18T11%3A05%3A41&ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&PostType=link&ServiceType=twitter

 

Talking Tech 30th June 2020

Talking Tech 30th June 2020

June 30, 2020

Talking Tech for June 30 2020

 

Catching Up with Some Stuff from WWDC 2020

 

iOS 14 App Library, Widgets, Sound Notifications, 1 finger twice/thrice tap on back of iPhone, and Apple Watch OS 7 Braille Display support.

 

My Demo of using a Braille display on the Apple Watch S3:

 

https://s158.podbean.com/pb/7da252d892a0a6c15c6b657dd384c7e8/5ef7d23f/data4/fs54/339150/uploads/Demo_of_Braille_support_on_Watch_OS_7_beta_6vr3n.mp3?pbss=b93b2d63-0c5d-5050-9ae6-1d83c57ef7a8

 

A First I Believe, an Audio Described version of a Keynote, in This Case the Apple Keynote WWDC 2020

 

https://tv.apple.com/au/movie/wwdc-2020/umc.cmc.54m67p6y1anwos34dojt57fw7

 

Apple’s new Apple silicon Macs Won’t Support Bootcamp

 

Intel chips will still be around for a while, and who knows what VMWare is going to do with Fusion to run Windows in a virtual machine (at the moment, they need to rewrite their code).

 

 

https://www.theverge.com/2020/6/24/21302213/apple-silicon-mac-arm-windows-support-boot-camp

 

As of Sunday June 28, Audio Description Comes to the ABC and SBS

 

This is free to air only in case you were wondering.

 

https://guidedogsaustralia.com/accessible_tv_for_all/

 

CNIB Foundation offers a Free book for Toddlers to Understand iOS

 

A great starter document that you can request fro free from CNIB for teachers, family etc to get their 3 to 8 year olds up and running with iOS on an iPad.

 

https://cnib.ca/en/news/cnib-foundation-offers-free-educational-manual-abcs-ios-voiceover-manual-toddlers-and-beyond?region=on_west

 

Talking Tech 23rd June 2020

Talking Tech 23rd June 2020

June 23, 2020

Points from the WWDC 2020 Keynote today June 23 2020

 

I guess most exciting announcements for me in a nutshell: 

- New touch accommodations allow a double tap or triple tap on the back of the iPhone to enable over 23 actions including Accessibility features or enabling Shortcuts

- New FaceTime feature will recognise people using Sign Language and make their screen bigger in chats

- New AirPods feature to enhance verbal sounds around you

- Microsoft’s Adaptive Controller will work with Apple TV

- VoiceOver Recognition: On-device intelligence recognises key elements displayed on your screen to add VoiceOver support for app and web experiences that don’t have accessibility support built in.

 

But there is so much more I am going to unpack in the area of Cognitive over the coming time period as well. 

 

Links below - love your thoughts. 

No doubt more to share soon!

 

Kind regards, 

Jessica

 

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iOS 14:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/apple-reimagines-the-iphone-experience-with-ios-14/
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-14-preview/
https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-14-preview/features/

Accessibility:
Accessibility features include Headphone Accommodations, which amplifies soft sounds and tunes audio to help music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts sound crisper and clearer, and sign language detection in Group FaceTime, which makes the person signing more prominent in a video call. VoiceOver, the industry’s leading screen reader for the blind community, now automatically recognizes what is displayed visually onscreen so more apps and web experiences are accessible to more people.

FaceTime:
Sign Language Prominence: FaceTime can now detect when a participant is using sign language and make the person prominent in a Group FaceTime call.
Picture-in-Picture: With Picture in Picture for FaceTime, you can continue viewing your call while multitasking.

AirPods:
Headphone Accommodations: This new accessibility feature is designed to amplify soft sounds and adjust certain frequencies for an individual’s hearing, to help music, movies, phone calls, and podcasts sound more crisp and clear.10 Headphone Accommodations also supports Transparency mode on AirPods Pro, making quiet voices more audible and tuning the sounds of your environment to your hearing needs.
Audio sharing for Apple TV: Connect two sets of AirPods to your Apple TV 4K so you can enjoy movies and shows with someone else without disturbing others.
Automatic Switching: Seamlessly move between devices without manually switching your AirPods.11 If you finish a phone call on your iPhone and pick up your iPad to watch a movie, AirPods automatically switch over. (Also works w/macOS Big Sur).

iOS 14 Accessibility: VoiceOver Recognition: On-device intelligence recognizes key elements displayed on your screen to add VoiceOver support for app and web experiences that don’t have accessibility support built in.
• Image Descriptions: VoiceOver Recognition: Image Descriptions: VoiceOver reads complete-sentence descriptions of images and photos within apps and on the web.
• Text Recognition: VoiceOver speaks the text it identifies within images and photos.
• Screen recognition: VoiceOver automatically detects interface controls to aid in navigating your apps, making them more accessible.

- New accessibility feature in iOS 14 that can perform quick actions through taps on the back of an iPhone. The Back Tap feature, which can be found in accessibility settings, be used to instantly pull up Control Center, summon Siri, or even run Shortcuts.
There are currently 23 actions in total (aside from any user created Shortcuts), and users can assign two separate tap actions to invoke the run the assigned action. Both double and triple taps are available, and can be used at any time, although it is currently limited to when the device is unlocked.

The Home app makes smart home control even easier with new automation suggestions and expanded controls in Control Center for quicker access to accessories and scenes. Adaptive Lighting for compatible HomeKit-enabled lights automatically adjusts the color temperature throughout the day, and with on-device Face Recognition, compatible video doorbells and cameras can identify friends and family. The Home app and HomeKit are built to be private and secure, so all information about a user’s home accessories is end-to-end encrypted.
Adaptive Lighting: Supported lighting accessories can now automatically adjust color temperature throughout the day to maximize comfort and productivity.4Ease into the morning with warmer tones and remove blue light in the evening as you wind down for the night.
Face Recognition and Activity Zones are part of HomeKit Secure Video, the feature that brings video from your camera accessories right to your Home app. It’s secure and private, with all video analysis done on the Apple devices in your home — not in the cloud.

Cycling Directions:
Maps takes elevation into account to let you know if you’re in for an uphill workout or a leisurely, flat ride. You’ll be alerted if there are steep passages along the route or if you’ll need to carry your bike up stairs. You can also choose a route that avoids stairs or busier roads altogether.

Translate
Automatic language detection transcribes the original and translated text on the appropriate sides of the screen, followed by translated audio. Translate uses advanced on-device machine learning and the powerful Apple Neural Engine to enable natural-sounding conversations.

Attention mode:
Enlarge translated text in landscape view, making it easier to read and more effective at getting someone’s attention.

watchOS 7:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/watchos-7-adds-significant-personalization-health-and-fitness-features-to-apple-watch/
https://www.apple.com/watchos/watchos-preview/

• Customers can now use Siri to translate many languages conveniently from the wrist, dictation is handled on device with the power of the Apple Neural Engine for faster and more reliable processing when dictating messages and more, and Apple Watch now supports Announce Messages with Siri.
• The Shortcuts app is also now available on Apple Watch and can be accessed as a complication.
• The bold X-Large face now has an option to add a rich complication.

Hearing:

Following the introduction of the Noise app in watchOS 6 that measures ambient sound levels and duration of exposure, watchOS 7 adds further support for hearing health with headphone audio notifications. Customers can now understand how loudly they are listening to media through their headphones using their iPhone, iPod touch, or Apple Watch, and when these levels may impact hearing over time.

When total listening with headphones has reached 100 percent of the safe weekly listening amount, Apple Watch provides a notification to the wearer. This amount is based on World Health Organization recommendations that, for instance, a person can be exposed to 80 decibels for about 40 hours per week without an impact to hearing abilities.Customers can also see how long they have been exposed to high decibel levels each week in the Health app on iPhone and can control the maximum level for headphone volume. No audio from the headphone audio notification feature is recorded or saved by the Health app or Apple Watch. (See image at bottom)

iPadOS 14:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/ipados-14-introduces-new-features-designed-specifically-for-ipad/
https://www.apple.com/ipados/ipados-preview/
https://www.apple.com/ipados/ipados-preview/features/

Scribble: With Scribble, you don’t have to put Apple Pencil away to do other things. Now you can write by hand in any text field across iPadOS, and your words automatically convert to text. Use Apple Pencil to write a quick message or search for something in Safari. Your handwriting will automatically transform to typed text, so you can get back to what you were doing without interrupting your flow.

Notes: Powered by advanced machine learning that distinguishes writing from drawing, Smart Selection lets you select handwritten text using the same gestures you’ve always used for typed text.
Paste handwriting as text: Simply select your handwritten notes and copy them as text. When you paste them into another app, like Pages, they’ll be converted to typed text.

macOS Big Sur:
https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2020/06/apple-introduces-macos-big-sur-with-a-beautiful-new-design/
https://www.apple.com/macos/big-sur-preview/
https://www.apple.com/macos/big-sur-preview/features/

Control Center for Mac:

Designed just for Mac, the new Control Center consolidates your favorite menu bar items into a single place to give you instant access to the controls you use most. Just click the Control Center icon in the menu bar and adjust Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, AirDrop, and other settings — without opening System Preferences. Add controls for the apps and features you use most, like Accessibility or Battery.

Apple TV
Adaptive Xbox Controller support with Apple TV
https://www.windowscentral.com/apple-tv-getting-xbox-elite-controller-series-2-adaptive-controller-support

 

Shortcuts
Shortcuts got some very cool updates in iOS/iPadOS 14:
- Folders
- Disable confirmation for automations
- New compact UI for lists, input dialogs, running shortcuts in share sheet
- Automatic categories for share sheet/Watch
- Copy & paste actions (!)
- New automation triggers
On Apple Watch
 

 

 

WWDC Accessibility Developer Sessions
https://developer.apple.com/news/?id=xpew8919

Make your App Visually Accessible
When you design with accessibility in mind, you empower everyone to use your app. Discover how to create an adaptive interface for your app that takes a thoughtful approach to color, provides readable text, and accommodates other visual settings to maintain a great experience throughout. We've designed this session like our user interfaces — to be accessible to all. If you'd like to learn even more about accessibility and design, you may also enjoy “Visual Design and Accessibility,” “Accessibility Inspector,” “Building Apps with Dynamic Type,” and “Introducing SF Symbols.”
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10020/

Create a seamless speech experience in your apps
Augment your app's accessibility experience with speech synthesis: Discover the best times and places to add speech APIs so that everyone who uses your app can benefit. Learn how to use AVSpeechSynthesizer to complement assistive technologies like VoiceOver, and when to implement alternative APIs. And we'll show you how to route audio to the appropriate source and create apps that integrate speech seamlessly for all who need or want it. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with AVFoundation and the basics of speech synthesis. For an overview, watch “AVSpeechSynthesizer: Making iOS Talk.”
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10022/

Accessibility design for Mac Catalyst
Make your Mac Catalyst app accessible to all — and bring those improvements back to your iPad app. Discover how a great accessible iPad app automatically becomes a great accessible Mac app when adding support for Mac Catalyst. Learn how to further augment your experience with support for mouse and keyboard actions and accessibility element grouping and navigation. And explore how to use new Accessibility Inspector features to test your app and iterate to create a truly great experience for everyone. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with Mac Catalyst, UIKit, and basic accessibility APIs for iOS. To get started, check out “Introducing iPad apps for Mac” and "Auditing your apps for accessibility.“
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10117/

VoiceOver efficiency with custom rotors
Discover how you can integrate custom rotors and help people who use VoiceOver navigate complex situations within your app. Learn how custom rotors can help people explore even the most intricate interfaces, explore how to implement a custom rotor, and find out how rotors can improve navigation for someone who relies on VoiceOver. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with general accessibility principles and VoiceOver accessibility APIs on iOS and iPadOS. For an overview, watch “Making Apps More Accessible with Custom Actions.”
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10116/

App accessibility for Switch Control
Switch Control is a powerful accessibility technology for anyone with very limited mobility. The feature is available natively on iOS, and you can create an even better Switch Control experience in your app with tips, tricks, and a few APIs. We'll walk you through how people use Switch Control, as well as provide best practices for supporting it in your app effectively. To get the most out of this session, you should be familiar with general accessibility principles and VoiceOver accessibility APIs. Check out "Making Apps More Accessible With Custom Actions," "Writing Great Accessibility Labels, and "VoiceOver: App Testing Beyond The Visuals" for more information.
https://developer.apple.com/videos/play/wwdc2020/10019/

Meg Frost using a Whill
https://twitter.com/WHILL_US/status/1275132806671273984
https://whill.us

Talking Tech 16th June 2020

Talking Tech 16th June 2020

June 16, 2020

My Review of the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset

 

Main notes:

 

UsB head set.

Comfortable fabric style head band with soft over the ear cups.

Mute button.

Retractable microphone.

Master volume on headset.

Windows or Mac detects two sound cards (Game and Chat) which can be used separately.

Volume controller to adjust volume of either sound source: equal, or either one louder or softer.

Dedicated UsB cable port on head set going to volume controller which then plugs in via standard USB to the PC.

3.5mm head phone jack on left ear cup (plug directly in to PC 3.5mm or other device such as a victor Reader Stream.

Adapter cable for end of main cable that plugs in from headset to volume controller to allow this cable to be plugged in to a PC etc as well (do not recommend this as cable is a pain to get back in to the volume controller USB port).

Around each ear cup rim, different light affects can be shown controlled either by Windows or Mac software (this software also controls sound of the music).  The software is not required to use the headset.

The software is quite messy to use under Windows, and I couldn’t get it going at all on the Mac.

 

My demo of the Arctis:

 

https://s170.podbean.com/pb/5767cc96719848fdbfafc54551ac7696/5ee46812/data1/fs54/339150/uploads/Overview_demo_of_the_SteelSeries_Arctis_5_Gaming_Headset_9niig.mp3?pbss=c486bd6b-ef5f-5232-afcd-51d1a9754b28

 

 

Amazon page for the SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset:

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/SteelSeries-61443-Arctis-5-Black/dp/B01M16Y46E

 

The Last of Us II - Blind/Low Vision Review of this PS4 Workstation Game

 

Not quite out yet, but this review looks extremely promising especially from a blind perspective.

 

https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34&products_id=317

 

An Interesting Finding at Aldi, reusable Silicon Cable Ties

 

Usually with cable ties, once you have done them up you have to cut them to get them off.  With these ties, you simply twist and slide the connecter rubber slot off.

 

Here is an example of such a thing via amazon as well:

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/Feleph-Colorful-All-Purpose-Silicone-Multi-use/dp/B07FBJDF5C

 

Recent Update to the Sensibo AC controller iOS app as of June 10 Makes it More Accessible

 

You can now use the Mode, Fan, and Temp controls now in the app with VoiceOver.

 

The Orbit Writer PC/Smart Phone Companion (Braille keyboard) is now Available for Pre-Order

 

Compact small Braille input keyboard, works with Windows, Mac, Android, iOS etc.

Now available for pre-order from the AT Guys for $99 US.

 

https://www.atguys.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=34&products_id=317

 

Just an article Link to Get Us Warmed UP for next Weeks WWDC from Apple

 

What to expect and not to expect at WWDC 2020.

 

https://appleinsider.com/articles/20/06/08/what-to-expect-at-wwdc-2020----and-what-not-to

Talking Tech 9th June 2020

Talking Tech 9th June 2020

June 9, 2020

In this weeks show:

 

Microsoft May 10 2020 Windows 10 Update is Here

 

https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2020/05/27/whats-new-in-the-windows-10-may-2020-update/?ocid=Evergreen_soc_omc_win_tw_Text_lrn_WhatsNewUpdate

 

Sessions from Microsoft’s 10th Ability Summit 2020 on Their Youtube channel

 

Youtube channel

 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSKM9uIhS6B77RX56JwUJSw

 

Blog

 

https://blogs.microsoft.com/accessibility/ability-summit-2020/

 

Chatable Apps Launch’s it’s Hearing Assistance App

 

https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/27/chatableapps-ios/

 

Not Sure About This Design Implementation - Miele Releases Guideline Washing Machine in the UK

 

Just seems a bit 90’s.

 

https://www.miele.co.uk/c/wdd-131-guideline-washing-machine-2147.htm

 

Apple Releases Mac Catalina 10.15.5 with New Battery Management Health Feature

 

https://www.idownloadblog.com/2020/05/26/apple-releases-macos-10-15-5/?utm_campaign=twitter

 

Hokusai Audio Editor iOS app - Still Going Strong and Accessible with VoiceOver

 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/hokusai-audio-editor/id432079746

 

Why You Should Not Force Quit Apps on iOS

 

https://tidbits.com/2020/05/21/why-you-shouldnt-make-a-habit-of-force-quitting-ios-apps-or-restarting-ios-devices/

 

Mantis Q40 - New Braille Display with QWERTY Keyboard

 

https://www.aph.org/product/mantis-q40/

 

Several Podcasts From Me

 

A demo and Review of the iPhone SE 2020

 

https://s182.podbean.com/pb/9d87e23de81bc1676ab5c966ba682f25/5ecef8b5/data3/fs54/339150/uploads/iPhoneSE2020demo72fyl.mp3?pbss=d47a877f-2ccf-561a-afd9-f40db4c7922b

 

How to Insert a SIMM Card in to an iPhone 11 or iPhone SE 2020 (as it is different)

 

https://s182.podbean.com/pb/9fbf7e4ab88b3ecbf3a7e9d2634a5093/5ecee45e/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Demo_of_putting_in_a_SIMM_card_on_either_the_iPhone_11_or_iPhone_SE_2020_84si2.mp3?pbss=9ffac0ce-977d-58ce-8847-68aebfa67c86

 

Demo of the AcousticSheep SleepPhones

 

https://s141.podbean.com/pb/275f3faf6d07f32ee40940b5cf8c9a2d/5ecf0cff/data4/fs54/339150/uploads/SleepPhones.mp3?pbss=071504aa-4d06-5af1-bc47-598a3dd1e6d3

Talking Tech 2nd June 2020

Talking Tech 2nd June 2020

June 2, 2020

In this weeks Talking Tech, David celebrates his 30 years at the RBS of NSW and now Vision Australia by discussing some of the tech highlights over his time working as a technology specialist.

 

 

With these notes, you get the whole list, enjoy.

 

Unusual or Meaningful Tech Over the Last 30 years

 

When I started work for the then RBS of NSW (now Vision Australia) on June 4 1990, my tech on my desk was a Keynote PC Plus based on a Toshiba 1000, a Braille & Speak note taker, and of course a telephone land line.

 

Tech sitting on my desk 2020 for general everyday stuff, iPhone, QBraille Braille Display, iPad, MacBook Pro, Surface Pro, Google Home, Amazon Echo, and HomePod: plus my audio studio setup for podcasting and my radio program.

 

In no particular order, this is a list of all the tech that I have personally used for both home and work over the last 30 years covering my time at both Royal Blind Society of NSW then  Vision Australia).

 

Where amazingly some of the tech still exists when it first came out and where it has evolved to current, I’ve put the updated version in the current lists as well.

 

Interestingly, there are over 10 products that are Assistive Tech related that have lasted the test of time and are in the old and current tech sections.

 

Where some of the products may not be that well known (at least according to me smile), I’ve put a very short blurb next to them.

 

Oddly or not, I wish some of the devices that are no longer around still were, as they did some great specific things.

 

For me, I think the main technology advances were:

Microsoft Windows 3.1 access (keeping in mind Outspoken had been out for a while for Macs) in the 1990’s,

Mobile and Smart phone access in the 2000’s (Talkback for Synbian and VoiceOver for iPhone) plus VoiceOver for the Mac in 2005,

Smart speakers and Smart home tech in 2010-2020.

 

Things we still need to conquer:

Ongoing message and change for accessibility across mobile/desktop apps, and the huge one, the web.

Access to self service kiosks.

Indoor navigation.

Accessibility in white goods.

Accessible EFTPOS terminals (Apple Pay sort of gets around this).

More audio described content on free to air.

Hate to pick out out Foxtel, but they sort of deserve it, an accessible Foxtel box.

One final point, we should be careful about assigning accessibility based on the fact that it works with one specific type of software, particularly in the screen reader industry.

 

  1. Old Tech

 

If you haven’t heard of some of this stuff, use good old Google, should still be some info floating around.  If it brings back hopefully good memory’s I’m glad.

 

 

Keynote PC Plus (Toshiba 100 laptop with Keynote note taking software and insult speech).

Keynote for DOS.

Keynote across portable devices (current today - BrailleNote Touch)).

 

Braille & Speak (Braille keyboard based simple note taker with speech).

Braille Lite (Braille & Speak with a 40 cell Braille Display).

Type & Speak (Braille and Speak with a QWERTY keyboard).

 

Inca QWERTY Keyboard for DOS (with two Braille display lines).

 

Navigater Braille display.

 

OutSpoken for Mac for System 6.07, 7 and 8.

OutSpoken for Windows.

 

Enlarge for Mac.

 

Closeview for Mac.

 

Artic Business Vision MSDOS screen reader.

Artic Business Vision internal PC Card.

Artic Transport (you could upload the screen reader to the MSDOS PC from the external synthesiser).

Artic Gizmo Pad (an external navigation keyboard for Artic).

Arctic Winvision for Windows.

 

Double Speak (external synthesiser).

 

Accent SA (external synthesiser).

 

Keynote Gold PCMCIA, PC or Keynote Gold external synthesiser (had driver to be made available to other screen readers).

 

Apollo external synthesiser.

 

Hal MSDOS screen reader (worked with the Apollo Synthesiser).

Hal for Windows (eventually became Supernova for Windows current today).

 

DECTalk Classic(very large external speech synthesiser.

DECTalk PC internal synthesiser card.

DECTalk Express external synthesizer.

DECTalk Access software synthesiser.

 

ASAP (As Soon As Possible) MSDOS screen reader.

ASAW ASAP for Windows).

 

JAWS For DOS MSDOS screen reader.

JAWS for Windows (current today).

 

Eloquence software synthesiser (Made famous when first worked with JAWS For Windows V3.2).

 

Vocal-Eyes MSDOS screen reader (could be configured).

Window-Eyes for Windows.

 

Master Touch MSDOS screen reader (could read direct video writes).

Master Touch Touch Tablet (25 line by 80 column tablet for navigating with Master touch cursor).

 

Dragon for DOS.

Dragon For Windows (current today).

 

Braille to Print for Perkins Brailler.

 

Jot A Dot (small Braille writer).

 

Kurzweil PC Reader (internal PC Card supporting the KPR OCR software).

 

Arkenstone Easy Reader OCR software.

OpenBook for Windows OCR software (current today).

 

Versa Braille (20 cell Braille note taker using cassette tapes).

 

Pac Mate note taker with 40 cell Braille Display.

 

Blazy Personal Embosser

 

Rainbow  Reader (stand alone reading machine).

 

Eureka A4 (personal Braille input keyboard note taker).  Oddly had a vault metre, and thermometer..

 

MountBatten Brailler, Braille Writer, embosser etc  (current Today).

Mimic for MountBatten, LCD display  (current Today).

 

Braille Mate (single Braille cell on a notetaker).

 

Light Probe (detects light source - current today).

 

ABC Courier (deaf/blind Communicator).

Telebraille, deaf/blind communicator.

 

Talking keyboard plug in box (made any keyboard speak that was plugged in to it).

 

Nomad tactile and talking diagrams.

 

Vista plug in PC screen magnifier for MSDOS, had own mouse.

ViewPoint Split PC/CCTV.

 

Magic for DOS.

Magic for Windows (no longer being upgraded).

 

Zoomtext for Dos.

Zoomtext for Windows (current Today).

 

Road Runner text reader.

 

Book Sense (book reader).

 

Plextalk Pocket (seems to be no longer available).

 

Parrot or later Voice Mate (record notes and appointments).

 

Voice Diary (record notes and appointments).

 

Olympus DM5 Digital Recorder (with inbuilt speech menus).

 

Business Memo (voice recorder).

 

IBM OS 2 Screen Reader for OS 2 and Windows 3.11 with dedicated external number pad keyboard which could also be programmed).

 

Home Page Reader (from IBM for reading the web - self voicing application for Windows).

 

PW WebSpeak (self voicing application for reading the web in Windows).

 

Narrator for Windows XP screen reader for Windows, used to be joked about that this was an example of a screen reader that wasn’t a screen reader.

Narrator for Windows 10 (current Today).

 

Talking Microwave late 90’s LG.

Talking Microwave 2020 Cobolt (current Today).

 

Talking Caller ID for land line.

 

Nokia Communicator 9210 with Talks for later Nokia phones.

Nokia N82 and other Nokia’s running Talks and the Symbian operating system.

 

Freedom Box talking interface to Windows - self voicing application, name later changed to System Access Mobile network.

System Access Screen reader for Windows (could also run off a USB stick).

SAToGo (run System Access from a Webpage).

System Access Remote Access Manager (remote PC support).

 

Guide Connect early 2000’s, later sold to Dolphin Systems.

Guide Connect (Dolphin Systems, simple to use menu driven self voicing application for Windows, current Today).

 

Speaking menus on iPod nano/Shuffle (speech came from PC).

 

Talking set top  box (Hills Set Top Box).

 

I can’t remember the name of this, but before land lines had a hands free speaker phone so you could instruct someone over the phone, there was a gadget that you placed the receiver of the phone on and it turned the phone in to a hands free phone for microphone and loud speaker.

 

  1. Current Tech

 

A few main stream bits and Bobs in here as well.

 

The first 13 or so products below, are listed in both sections and whilst they have ben updated or changed, are still around amazingly.

 

Keynote across portable devices (current today - BrailleNote Touch)).

 

JAWS for Windows.

JAWS Tandom (part of JaWS but fantastic tool for remote PC support).

 

Window-Eyes for Windows (this has only recently been discontinued).

 

Non Visual Desktop (NvDA) screen reader for Windows. Can be completely run as a stand alone screen reader.

Supernova screen reader for Windows.

Hal for Windows (eventually became Supernova for Windows).

 

Dragon For Windows.

 

OpenBook for Windows.

 

MountBatten Brailler.

Mimic for MountBatten.

 

Magic for Windows (no longer being upgraded).

 

Zoomtext for Windows.

 

Narrator for Windows 10 (happy to now call it a screen reader smile).

 

Guide Connect Dolphin Systems.

Dolphin Pod (use your TV to access entertainment options of Dolphin Guide Connect - plug in box).

 

Light Probe.

 

Plextalk Pocket (seems to be no longer available).

 

Victor Reader Stream.

 

Victor Reader Trek GPS.

 

Envoy Connect (basic daisy player.

 

Focus 14 and 40 Braille displays.

 

VoiceOver for Mac from 10.4.

 

VoiceOver for iPad nano, iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Apple Watch, and Apple Tv.

Various iPod nano (latest version had version of VoiceOver on it before device was discontinued).

Various iPhones.

Various iPads.

Various iPod touch.

Various Apple TV.

Various Apple Watch .

Various AirPods.

 

Magic Trackpads and Magic Keyboards.

 

Wireless chargers.

 

Various Fitbits.

 

Be My eyes and Aira using 2 way video communication  via Smart phone for assistance.

 

Various tablet/phone stands.

 

Xbox One/One S (with Narrator).

 

Talkback for Android.

Voice Assistant on Samsung phones/Tablets, and Galaxy Watch.

Symapptic software for Android.

 

Various Macs (all Mac since 2005 with work laptop and current Surface Pro tablet).

 

Kindle eBook stand alone Readers.

 

Samsung Tab One (originally to drive my App driven coffee machine in 2017 and iOS version of the app was not accessible).

 

Samsung Galaxy S10 smart phone.

 

Surface Pro (Windows tablet).

 

Smart TVS (Samsung in particular).

 

RIVO keyboard (custom keyboard to navigate mobile platforms for iOs/VoiceOver, Android/Talks, and

Samsung/Voice Assistant).

 

Orbit Reader 20 (first cost effective Braille Display).

 

Brailliant BI14 small Braille Display.

 

ElBraille Windows 10 docking station with a Focus 14 or 40 Braille Display.

 

InsideOne Windows Braille TAblet with 32 cell Braille Display.

 

Tap With Us Wearable Keyboard supporting VoiceOver for iOS.

 

Dot Watch (smart Braille watch).

 

Sunu Band (wearable sonar device for O&M).

 

Mini guide (hand held sonar O&M device).

 

Buzz Clip (attach to clothing or cane sonar O&M device).

 

O6 (navigate iOS with VoiceOver).

 

Orcam OCR etc wearable device.

 

Accessible Radio (Sangean Accessible Radio).

 

Accessible Power Bank (Engergrid).

 

Large print USB keyboards black/white, white/black, yellow/black.

 

Code Jumper from APH for teaching coding.

Swift Playgrounds on iPad/Mac for teaching coding.

3D printing (Ballyland 3D objects to teach coding).

Dash robots for Swift Playgrounds

Tello Edu Drones for Swift Playgrounds.

 

Bose Frames (3D Audio Reality sun glasses).

 

Bone Conduction Head Phones (Aftershokz).

 

ID Mate Bar code scanner.

 

QBraille braille display and BT keyboard.

 

ViewPlus Embraille personal embosser.

 

Amazon Echo Dot, Echo Plus, and Echo Show.

Google  Home, Google Mini, and original Google Hub.

HomePod.

 

Olitech EasyFlip 4G Mobile Phone with speech/physical keyboard.

 

Smart Vision 2 Android phone with speech/physical keyboard.

 

Smart Home Tech: eg AC Controller for Split AC, video doorbell, switch’s, weather sensors, vacuum cleaner etc.

 

Tile Tag Tracking devices.

 

Beyond the usual assistive tech of screen readers. Screen magnifiers, Braille displays, Braille note takers, reading machines or OCR software etc etc, the devices that have stood out for me have been (and a few add ins here):

Outspoken for Mac,

Braille & Speak,

The ABC Courier,

Artic Business Vision/Winvision.

Vocal-Eys for MSDOS.

Master Touch.

IBM OS/2 Screen Reader,

Nomad Tactile Talking Diagrams.

Road Runner,

Arkenstone Easy Reader,

Mountbatten Brailler,

Talking Microwave,

Victor Reader Stream,

Victor Reader Trek,

ID Mate,

Talkback for Synbian,

Speaking menus in Nano,

VoiceOver for Mac and iOS,

Apple TV,

Macbooks,

iPhones,

iPads,

Apple Watch,

AirPods

Swift Playgrounds.

Code Jumper,

3D printing,

Olitech 4G Easy Flip Phone.

Magic keyboards and Magic Trackpad,

App Store’s for iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows.

QBraille,

Dot Watch,

Orcam,

RIVO Keyboard,

Tap With Us wearable keyboard,

Sunu Band and Mini Guide,

Aftershotkz Bone Conduction head phones,

Bose Frames.

JAWS For Windows and Eloquence,

Narrator for Windows 10,

Smart Speakers,

Smart TVS.

Be My Eyes and Aira.

Wireless charging.

Tile Tracking Tags.

 

The End

 

 

Talking Tech 26th May 2020

Talking Tech 26th May 2020

May 26, 2020

In this weeks show:

 

Grizzly Gulch is 20 Years Old

 

Someone on Twitter mentioned that it has been 20 years since Grizzly Gulch came out, was one of my favourite games to play on the PC with real sound effects.

 

A Look at the Chest Harness for Smart Phones to Support O&M etc

 

https://www.camgo.com.au/store/p395/Phone-Chest-Mount.html

 

Mac App - One Timer, Voice Timer

 

An excellent timer for your Mac.

 

https://www.applevis.com/apps/mac/utilities/1timer-voice-timer

 

 

Logic Pro 10 Accessibility Updates

 

https://www.applevis.com/forum/macos-mac-apps/logic-pro-x-version-105-out-many-enhancements-voiceover-users

 

Apple’s Butter Fly Keyboard on New Macs is No More

 

https://www.cultofmac.com/707539/apples-hated-butterfly-keyboard-is-officially-extinct/?utm_campaign=twitter&utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitter

 

Big button cord/cordless phone with with Answering Machine (cordless hadn’t set talks)

 

The hand set of this phone is excellent as all if not most functions talk.

 

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/big-button-cordlesscorded-phone-answering-machine

 

And other topics.

 

 

Talking Tech 19th May 2020

Talking Tech 19th May 2020

May 19, 2020

COVID19 Update Live Web Page

 

A good accessible website for keeping track of the virus spread.

 

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

 

May 21 - Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD)

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day Main Page

 

https://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (week May 18 from Microsoft UK)

 

https://info.microsoft.com/UK-DIGTRNS-CATALOG-FY20-05May-18-GlobalAccessibilityAwarenessWeek18th22ndofMay-SRDEM20483_CatalogDisplayPage.html

 

Global Accessibility Awareness Day (highlights from Apple)

 

Apple Accessibility Playlist on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIl2EzNYri0cLtSlZowttih25VnSvWITu

From using your iPhone without seeing the screen, to adapting gestures to your physical needs, discover how the accessibility features built into your Apple devices can help you do more.

 

Accessibility Shortcut Refresh in Gallery - Keep an eye on it for may 21st. 

Accessibility App Store collection highlighted. 

 

AppleCare Accessibility help line - https://support.apple.com/en-au/HT201232 

Accessibility and assistive technology - (61) 1-300-365-0831

 

 Education team have been launching some great accessibility videos. 

Our Apple Professional Learning team is hosting free virtual conferences in our Apple Education Learning Series, including two sessions that specifically focus on Apple Accessibility...

 

Increase Productivity with AssistiveTouch (presented by Meg Wilson)

https://video.ibm.com/recorded/126608658

AssistiveTouch is a built-in accessibility feature that lets you adapt the iPad Multi-Touch screen to your physical needs. In this video, you’ll learn how to customize gestures and make other features accessible with just a touch from the AssistiveTouch menu. Increase productivity with new ways to search, take screenshots, and work with multiple apps. 

 

Accessibility: Improve Reading Fluency (presented by Jenny Grabiec)

https://video.ibm.com/recorded/126367548

Every iPad includes built-in assistive features that support your vision, hearing, motor skills, learning, and literacy. In this video, you’ll learn how features such as Speak Screen, Safari Reader, and Speech Controller enable reading fluency, comprehension, and composition for every learning style.

 

For the complete collection of videos in the Apple Education Learning Series, covering a wide range of topics to help educators use Apple products and their built-in features to enable remote learning for all students, please visit...

 

Apple Education Learning Series

https://video.ibm.com/apple-edu-learning-series

 

Virtual 30 Minute One-On-One Coaching Sessions

Virtual one-on-one coaching sessions with Apple Professional Learning Specialists are available for free to help educators hone their approach to online student learning and workflows. Select a date and 30 minute time slot below to register for a virtual coaching session.

https://apple.co/virtualcoaching

 

News Links to existing content: 

 

Apple Celebrates Accessibility Awareness Month with New App Collections, Education Discount, and More

https://www.imore.com/apple-celebrates-accessibility-awareness-month-new-app-collections-education-discount-and-more

Apple today is kicking off their recognition of Accessibility Awareness Month 2020 by rolling out minor yet notable accessibility-focused updates across its various properties—App Store editorial, Apple Support, and more.

 

Apple kicks off Accessibility Awareness Day early by highlighting apps and features

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/07/cnn-underscored/apple-accessibility-iphone-mac-features/index.html

Apple will celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day on May 21 by highlighting its work to improve accessibility across its hardware, software and customer support.

 

Apple promotes accessibility tech with dedicated AppleCare team, app curation

https://www.cnet.com/news/apple-promotes-accessibility-tech-with-dedicated-apple-care-team-app-curation/

In recognition of May's Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the company will be highlighting its tech to help people with disabilities.

 

Apps for Accessibility: App Store Story https://apps.apple.com/us/story/id1266441335

We’re proud to have an App Store full of tools that improve lives. Using the Accessibility features on your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch, these apps help with everything from routine tasks to communication and language skills.

 

Apple Accessibility Playlist on YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIl2EzNYri0cLtSlZowttih25VnSvWITu

From using your iPhone without seeing the screen, to adapting gestures to your physical needs, discover how the accessibility features built into your Apple devices can help you do more.

 

 

 

Improvements to the Sound Scape app from Microsoft

 

COVID info, filtering services, and very excitingly, sharing your Markers with other Sound Scape users.

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/group/enable/articles/annotating-and-sharing-markers-with-family-and-friends-through-microsoft-soundscape/

Talking Tech 12th May 2020

Talking Tech 12th May 2020

May 12, 2020

Olitech Easy Flip 4G Mobile feature Phone with Talkback

 

Talkback Guide for using the Phone

https://s140.podbean.com/pb/a03abfbd0d08f95119415d5b85b9fb26/5eaa03a2/data1/fs54/339150/uploads/Olitech_Easy_Flip_Mobile_feature_Phone_Guide_for_Talkback_Users.mp3?pbss=93e555ea-9dc5-5b0b-aec0-9aaee6996a9c

 

Demo of the phone

https://s159.podbean.com/pb/789cc5ec02ec5c92e2e538c2b3ca0e37/5ea9fb31/data4/fs54/339150/uploads/Olitech_4G_Flip_demo_start_phone_call_menu_radio.mp3?pbss=09341b94-aa20-500e-a616-81f763179fc8

 

Sending and Receiving SMS MSGS via the Phone https://s145.podbean.com/pb/930da7074d979a285753668bae87f525/5eae3bc4/data2/fs54/339150/uploads/Olitech_Easy_Flip_Mobile_4G_phone_demo_sending_and_receiving_a_msg.mp3?pbss=c2cef819-2c2a-5b07-86fb-78b403484c5d

 

Vision Store Shop Link

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/olitech-easyflip-4g-mobile-phone

 

AcousticSheep SleepPhones

 

These headphones in a soft cloth band are designed to be warn for going to sleep.

 

https://www.sleepphones.com

 

QBraille a Braille Display with a Twist

 

Braille Display offering up to 6 Braille Display connections, 6 Keyboard connections, one USB connection, and several insult apps.

 

http://www.lowvision.com.au/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=171

 

ViewPlus Embosser - Personal Embosser

 

Excellent personal embosser that offers single sheet feed, tracker feed, has carrying case, and works with Mac and Windows via the free Braille Blaster application.

 

http://www.lowvision.com.au/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=119

Talking Tech 5th May 2020

Talking Tech 5th May 2020

May 5, 2020

We have Hamish    Mackenzie Global Accessibility Officer from the ANZ bank on this weeks show talking about his impressions of the iPhone SE 2.

 

https://www.apple.com/au/iphone-se/

 

COVIDSafe app for Android and iPhone

 

This Australian Health Department page gives all the info about the COVIDSafe app, and download links for Android and iOS.

Vision Australia recommends we all download the app, and do our best to stop the spread of COVID-19.

 

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/covidsafe-app/covidsafe-help

 

Vision Australia Checkin and Chat Webinars

 

A great way to get access to content on various topics, look at past webinars, and register for upcoming webinars via Zoom at:

 

Https://www.visionaustralia.org/checkinandchat

 

AcousticSheep SleepPhones

 

These Bluetooth headphones in a soft cloth band are designed to be warn for going to sleep, meditating, chilling out etc.  Excellent sound, comfortable, and 9 hours battery life.

David purchased these to stop searching for his AirPods in the bed or on the floor every morning, plus they are comfortable.

 

https://www.sleepphones.com