If you're headed to the NFB convention in Las Vegas, there are a growing number of services which can help make your busy convention just a bit less busy and more affordable. From rides and food to groceries and massages, one or many of the below services may help you.
TapTapSee Creators Announce Next Generation of On-device Image Recognition; Detailed Descriptions in a Quarter
A new image recognition service from the Makers of TapTapSee may be coming to your smartphone soon, but this one is a bit different.
Ready to roll Version 2.0 released, bringing app redesign, new sound customisation options, fate dice
Ready to Roll, an app by Blind Sparrow Interactive, which allows blind and visually impaired people to roll dice quickly and ifficiently, has just received its first major update.
WebAim, popularly known for collecting and distributing data on screen reader trends over time, has recently released a new survey seeking to collect information on eBooks as used by those with visual impairments. Participants are also optionally eligible to receive a free eBook by providing their email address at the end of the survey.
NVAccess is attempting to gather information about the satisfaction of current NVDA users. To this end, they have created a short survey attempting to determine whether current NVDA users would recommend the screen reader and their primary use cases when using NVDA.
You can Take the survey here.
Apple has recently added a new feature to their Apple Support App enabling customers in the United States to receive expert assistance directly from the messages app.
The Windows 10 Spring 2019 update is now available for general use, and it once again brings a host of accessibility and other improvements. Read on to learn what's new or how to get it now.
HumanWare's Reveal family of video magnifiers, announced this past January, are now available for purchase.
We're big fans of Shipt, the grocery delivery service which is now available in most of the country. Now, you can get an annual membership for over half off, or just $49 by using this link to sign up.
Remote assistance app Aira is offering 3 months of service for free on the Intro plan when purchasing the first month.
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BBQ 187 Found Jamie and Joe reminiscing about Bookshare and their announcement of 1 million books. Allison Hilliker, Customer Support for Bookshare - a part of Benetech Global Literacy Programs, breaks down the milestone to Joe and she gives some important context to the announcement post Marrakesh Treaty. The pair also discuss the continuation of the image description project and how the available Bookshare offered word document format can aid Braille and Large Print users. To learn more about positions at the company, visit the Careers page for Benetech at their website. Also, to renew or start a new subscription, travel over to the Bookshare site to learn more
We last caught up with Sam Seavey, U.S. Representative for Blind Shell, at CSUN 19 Back in March. He indicated that the launch of the Android based phone would be happening soon, and in this interview, he gives us details about the price and what carriers to expect the phone to work with in the U.S. Check out the official Blind Shell website If you would like to learn more.
We ve been keeping a Tab on LVI America since Shelly spoke to them at CSUN19 Back in March. While the company continues to enhance their low vision product lines, it was another recent addition to the company that Joe wanted to get in front of the BBQ microphones. Kimberly Cline, Regional Sales Manager U.S. West, joined LVI America and she came to NFB as Las Vegas is practically in Kimberly s backyard. Listen in as she talks about the reasons for why these video magnifiers are, dare we say it? sexy. And to learn more about them, along with other products offered, visit the LVI America website
There you are with a wardrobe full of unlabeled things made from fabric wondering just what they are and what color they might be. Bryan Manning, Co Brother of Two Blind Brothers, tells Joe that people need not guess anymore at their closet cornucopia in dismay. The company features soft stylish clothing with the bonus of Braille labels located at the right hem. Surfing their site gives you great descriptions of their wears, as well as, no crazy size charts. To learn more, or to make a purchase today, head over to the Two Blind Brothers website
On very rare occasions the Convention Committee deals you a great hand by placing a national convention on your home turf. For Laura Legendary, co-founder of the Fashionability Channel and podcast, this meant that she could avoid the hotel entirely and restock her booth as much as possible. And restock she did as she sold out of products, like the Live The Life You Want Nevada State themed items, throughout the run of the convention. Charms were also a big hit, as well as things to accessorize the pups. You can custom order things with Laura and she notes that she can fulfill B2B orders too. To learn more about her products, or to chat with Laura in person, visit the Elegant Insights website
In BBQ 185 We discussed that the new firmware for the Orbit Reader 20 allowed a user to upgrade from the SD card slot. Lisa spoke to Venkatesh Chari, CEO and President of Orbit Research, About this exciting development at ACB 19. Listen in to hear the details about this change and how you can perform the upgrade. To learn more about this update, or to purchase an Orbit Reader 20, visit the Orbit Research website
We last caught up with Jason Grieves, Product Manager Low Vision Windows Accessibility, At ATIA 19 back in January. At that event Jason outlined changes coming to Windows Magnifier and Narrator in the Spring Windows 10 update. With the second regular Windows 10 update arriving before the holidays, Joe sat down with Jason to learn what users can expect in the next version of Windows 10. To stay up to date with everything going on with access at Microsoft, and to attend their new webinar series, follow Microsoft Access on Twitter. And to learn more about the upcoming training materials, that Jason mentioned during this interview, visit the Hadley Low Vision portal
Bump dots are so 20th century. They just sit there feeling all circular and, well, same old thing really. It would be nice if tactile markings could convey more when you encounter them.
Anne DeWitt, CEO of tangible surface research, Explains to Lisa Salinger that raised icons can assist in passing along important information. The feeling of an X could be placed on a microwave to indicate stop. An hourglass could be used to notify you that your finger is on the timer button. And just imagine how cool it would be if you could take these ideas about markings to the gym with an overlay on say a treadmill. Be sure to wander over to the official tangible surface research website to learn more
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