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#CSUN13 Audio: B2G Android Notetaker Nearing Release, National Braille Press Offering up to $20,000 for App Developers
Posted Wednesday, 06-Mar-2013 9:36 PM ETPost a comment
The B2G, the forthcoming notetaking/PDA solution from the National Braille Press
and Deane Blazie, is on its way to being released, perhaps as early as this fall. It'll feature the latest Android operating system and a likely cost of under $2,500 for a 20-cell unit. In this podcast, Brian MacDonald, President of National Braille Press, gives us an update on the project and also how you can win up to $20,000 for developing apps. We also get an update on their research with full-page braille displays. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
Audio: Demonstration of the Quantum Bar Code Scanner
Posted Wednesday, 18-Jul-2012 4:47 PM ETPost a comment
In case you missed it, here's an audio demonstration of the new Quantum Bar Code Scanner from A T Guys with the latest version of Bar Code Finder. The Quantum is a USB-based bar code scanner which can be used to identify millions of items including food, books, household items, CD's, movies, non-prescription medications, and much more. It's powered by a variety of sources including Directions for Me from Horizons for the Blind, Amazon.com, Bookshare, and many more. You can
purchase the scanner for $149 from A T Guys.
#CSUN12 Audio: HumanWare Talks Braille Displays, mPower PDF Support, and a new SmartView
Posted Sunday, 04-Mar-2012 4:58 PM ETPost a comment
HumanWare has been busy over the past several months, promoting their latest generation of Brailliant braille displays, releasing an update for the mPower series with PDF support, and updating their desktop video magnifier line with the SmartView Synergy PI. To learn more, we speak with HumanWare's Greg Stilson, Technical Product Manager, and Ed Wikdall, Western Regional Low-vision Sales Manager, in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
#csun11 Audio: The Long and Winding Road to NVDA
NVAccess, makers of the popular and free NVDA screen reader, has become one of the most
feature-rich open source programs available for the blind today. In this podcast, we speak with
NVDA's two primary software developers, president Mic Curran and vice president Jamie Teh about
how NVDA got its start, some of the challenges and triumphs along the way, and what the future
may hold. The need for future funding is also discussed, along with the possibility of selling
licenses for text-to-speech engines such as Eloquence.
Posted Thursday, 17-Mar-2011 04:15 AM ET1 comment
Audio: The Haptica Braille Watch
Posted Friday, 18-Feb-2011 5:08 PM ET2 comments
The Haptica Braille Watch is a new conceptual design featuring refreshable braille to present the time to the user. Inventor and product designer David Chavez is behind a major fund raising push to make such a watch a reality and is currently raising money on Kickstarter.com
to make the watch a reality. In this audio interview, we speak with him and learn more about the watch and how you could potentially own one of the first Haptica watches for yourself.
#csun10 Audio: There's No place like Gnome
Windows isn't the only operating system with free and open-source screen reading alternatives and Gnome wants you to try their fully-accessible Linux solutions, including Orca. Eitan Isaccson, accessibility activist, and Willie Walker, leader of the Gnome Accessibility project explains the project and talk about the current and future development status in this audio interview.
Posted Monday, 29-Mar-2010 10:19 AM ET1 comment
#atia2010 Audio: The Apex of Humanware Interviews
Humanware has been busy over the past few months with new product releases and several free updates for existing products. In this extended audio interview, we speak with Dominic Gagliano, Vice President of Sales for the U.S. market and Greg Stilson, Product and Support Specialist for Humanware about a variety of topics. We discuss the design of the BrailleNote Apex as well as some of the changes planned for the next release of Keysoft, the forthcoming free update to the Victor Reader Stream which includes support for a new book format, a free update to the Trekker Breeze, the status of Trekker, Humanware's take on the Intel Reader, and the current status of Orator.
Posted Wednesday, 27-Jan-2010 12:42 PM ETPost a comment
Audio: Hands On with the Intel Reader
Now that we've done the unboxing, it's time to do an in-depth hands on look at the Intel Reader. We explore virtually every function of the device and try it out with several documents in this over 40 minute audio demo. You may be surprised at how it works. Stay tuned for the final part of this series, where we will do a head-to-head OCR and speed comparison with the KNFB Reader Mobile.
Posted Sunday, 10-Jan-2010 12:01 AM ETPost a comment
Audio: Intel Reader Unboxing
When other gadget sites receive a new product in the mail, they'll often post a video unboxing, showing the opening of the package with their initial impressions. We're audio fans on Blind Bargains, so here we present the audio unboxing of the Intel Reader, one of the latest handheld OCR devices on the market. Join us as we find out what's in the box including a general description of the unit. In part 2, we'll take the reader for a test spin.
Posted Saturday, 09-Jan-2010 3:45 PM ETPost a comment
ATIA Audio: The Accessible Digital Lifestyle
Serotek's mantra at the ATIA conference in Orlando was the accessible digital lifestyle. Mike Calvo, founder and CEO, explains what this means for consumers and how the company is increasing access to a wide variety of modern applications including MP3 players, the Victor Reader Stream, and social networking sites. We also talk about Serotek's partnership with Lenovo through the AIR Foundation and the promise of a sub-$1,000 laptop with included screen access software.
Posted Saturday, 02-Feb-2008 9:20 PM ETPost a comment
ATIA Audio: Dancing Dots Shows Off Music SoftwareSubscribe to the podcast
Dancing Dots has been opening doors for professional musicians for over a decade. Bill McCan, founder and President along with Bryan Smart, Lead Technical Support and Trainer give us a live demonstration of an accessible music scanning and braille output system as well as their accessible JAWS scripts for Sonar 7. Not only do these programs function extremely well for professional musicians, the music scanning software would work great for school-aged students who wish to have braille music in their band class.
Posted Saturday, 02-Feb-2008 12:02 PM ETPost a comment