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Blind Bargains Qast 202: Take Note of the Haptic Cans


After the Thanksgiving break and our holiday cast, we return this week with a two pack of interviews and a tip, all sandwiched together for your convenience. Lisa Dalton from Candoable stops by to talk about what happens when you accidentally rearrange a blind person's pantry. Later, Andrea Guidice from UNAR Labs which offers a way to make maps and other drawings accessible through vibration feedback. Plus we have more Alexa goodness with regular contributor David Ward. So grab a can, or grab your phone and saddle up for BBQ 202.

Interview: Candoable

Much of what we talk about is high-tech, but sometimes it's the littel things that can make a huge difference. Candoable offers labels for soup cans, spices, soda (we call it pop around here), and beer which are reusable and produced with contracted or uncontracted braille and print.
The idea is the brainchild of Lisa Dalton, who joins us on the podcast to talk about where she got the idea for these labels and all of the different products you can attach them to. Check out the website linked above to get some for yourself, starting at $3.

Tip: Take Note:

David Ward from the Echo Tips podcast is back to demo the notes feature on the Amazon Echo, a handy way to remember those pesky things you are always forgetting.

Interview: UNAR Labs

We've come across a few solutions for presenting graphical information using haptic feedback, but Midlina seeks to take this idea further by automating the creation process.
In their own words, "Midlina is a software service that will assist visually-impaired people with accessing graphical information in digital media using smartphones and tablets."
Think access to a hotel diagram, or a spacial map in a game. J.J. caught up with Andrea Guidice from UNAR Labs at the NFB of Colorado state convention who explains more in this interview. You can send Andrea an Email with your feedback at andrea.unarlabs@gmail.com
You can also try out their free Tic Tac Toe game, available on iTunes for your iOS device.

As always, you can comment on this post to let us know what you think, and please share with your friends. What do you think were the defining trends of 2019 in access technology? Let us know. Our year-end review podcast is coming soon.

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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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