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Blind Bargains Qast 57: #CSUN16 Wrap-up, The Year of Braille Cocktails

This year, Blind Bargains brought you more CSUN audio and coverage than ever before. We've called it the Year of Braille and our audio coverage proves it, with 13 of our podcasts talking about the bumpy dots. On episode 57, our CSUN podcast team, J.J. Meddaugh, Joe Steinkam, and Shelly Brisbin, discuss their highlights and lowlights of the conference as well as a few other stories that happened while the team was in San Diego.


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CSUN 2016

We cover a lot of ground in this year's CSUN wrap-up show. Below, we've sorted all of our audio podcasts and articles by category, so you can jump back and listen to anything in more detail if you wish.


American Thermoform shows Off the Braillo 650 Sf Commercial Braille Embosser
APH Is a Major Player in The Year of Braille
Bristol Braille Technology Continues Development of the Canute Electronic Braille Book Reader
The First Braille Smart Watch Is Closer Than You Think
Freedom Scientific Makes two Announcements Related to Future Products, Spills Beans on ElBraille
Hands On with Humanware's BrailleNote Touch Android Tablet
Humanware Unveils new BrailleNote Touch
Index V5 Embossers Let you Print from your Phone
Inside Vision Offers a New Twist On PC Tablet Technology for the Blind
National Braille Press Unveils The B2G, a portable, Android-based refreshable braille computer
Neobraille Provides Another Braille Display Option
A New Way to Teach Braille to Students
Orbit Research Has Achieved a More Affordable Braille Display; APH Demos the Orbit Reader 20
Triumph Technology Talks Braille Displays
The VarioUltra from Baum Just Keeps Getting Better
When Tactile Graphics and Android Tablets Collide

Low Vision

Ai Squared Brings Screen Magnification and Screen Reading Technology Together with Fusion
Dolphin Access Announces SuperNova version 15.03 with new low Vision features
Dolphin Computer Access Introduces New Features to SuperNova Including Whiteboard access
enhanced Vision Introduces DaVinci Pro
Freedom Scientific Announces new 7-inch Handheld Video Magnifier
LVI Products Help Low Vision Users Get the Job Done
North State AT Helps You See
Reinecker US Makes Improvements to the Mezzo Vario
Shelly Talks Low Vision and More with Eric Damery of Freedom Scientific
Shelly Talks Low Vision with James McCarthy of HIMS Inc.
TrySight Offers a Wide Range of Low-Vision Solutions


BlindShell Makes Using an Android Smart phone Simple
Google Demos New Web Support and More from Forthcoming TalkBack 4.5
Web enhancements and More with Google TalkBack, Music, and Play


Amazon Reaffirms Its Commitment to Accessibility
Ambutech Gets Creative with Cane Tips
Audio Games with Ian Hamilton and Adriane Kuzminski
Enhance Your Audio and Video with the Services of Docsoft
En-Vision America Unveils the I.D. Mate Galaxy
Irisbond Makes a Difference
Aira Takes Assistance to a Whole New Level
Pearson Makes Math More Accessible for the Visually Impaired
There's More to Love About Leasey

Other News

Yes, the world kept moving while we were in San Diego.
New Apple Software and Hardware Announced Monday: an Overview
Voice Dream reader 4.0 is coming with new Voices, Reading Modes, iCloud Syncronization, and More
In fact, since we recorded this show, the new version has been released.
Twitter Takes Steps to Allow Images to be Labeled with Alt Text

Sound Off

Lots of comments on our CSUN coverage. Here's a few, starting with some wildly differing opinions on the BrailleNote Touch:


I am very excited about this announcement. I was totally not expecting it to be this awesome. I m glad they were able to port keysoft over to android, and can t wait to have a play with it at the NFB convention this summer. Notetakers are still important to me, so I m really glad they did this.


So it's a rip-off of Apple's smart cover, Braille screen input, and a Nexus 7, with a version of Android that is already two generations behind, with an inflated price and the limitations of Keysoft. Do I have that about right?

From the @blindbargains interview with @HumanWare, I get the distinct feeling these guys know their software.

@tiflomanolo: Hi, can you share your experience with the Dot Smart Watch Braille. Specifically, the touch and feel of the braille cells

They were showing an early prototype in the booth, so it was hard to feel the cells themselves. That being said, the concept has promise.

Rickster1963: great CSUN coverage, JJ's interview with amazon was great! I'm going to purchase a fire tablet now!

On Joe's audiogames chat:

@Mfeir: I thoroughly enjoyed listening to that discussion. Every bit of awareness helps.

@y_sotomayor: What the hell happened to @RangerStation s voice on the @blindbargains podcast? It is way deeper than usual.

Last Word:

Easter was last Sunday, so Joe found us an Easter Egg?
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Wow, what a show. We've still got some CSUN specials from Hims in the pipeline, and then it's back to normal? shows each week. Thanks to Jamie Pauls, Scott Davert, and Patrick Perdue for working behind the scenes to make our coverage go as smoothly as possible. Thanks for coming along for the ride.

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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.

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