Remote assistance has often been one of those screen reader features that was out of reach for many, often due to its cost and complexity. Christopher Toth, the developer behind popular software programs including QRead and Chicken Nugget, is leading a team to change this. A crowdfunding campaign has been launched for NVDA Remote Access, a forthcoming add-on which will enable remote access support for the free and open-source NVDA screen reader. As explained on the crowdfunding web page, "NVDA Remote Access builds on the open source screen reader NVDA, allowing a blind person to send commands to and hear the speech from another user's computer. This provides an ideal tool for real time communication between workstations and opens doors for a variety of previously-inaccessible job tasks."
The team is currently seeking to raise $10,000 to pay for the development costs for the app, which will be released for free upon completion. In addition to helping the project succeed, various perks are available including beta access and a year of free tech support for the app. You can go here to read more or donate We've listed some of the advantages of NVDA Remote as described by the developers below:
Advantages to using NVDA Remote Access include:
- Emphasis on ease of use and thorough documentation for the novice and expert user alike
- Compatible with remote desktop connection, VNC, Team viewer, PC over IP, PC anywhere, remote assistance, SCCM remote control tool, among other protocols
- Ability to run from a thumb drive, eliminating the need to install a screen reader
- Reliant on state-of-the-art encryption for maximum security and privacy.
- Configurable automatic connection to a remote system for any time access to a remote computer.
- Connection to a remote PC using a relay server, ensuring functionality across different types of networks such as when the end-user cannot open ports
- Free Libre, and Open Source Software (FLOSS)
- Available on GitHub for collaborative expansion of the source code
As it turns out, the fundraiser was a success. This translates to 10000 United States dollars raised in under 48 hours, which shows people are really interested in possibilities opened by the remote access project.
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.