There sure are a lot of ways you can read your DAISY formatted materials these days. However, for some, many common options may be too complicated to learn or use effectively. That's why the ability to use a Digital Assistant could aid many when it comes to reading books and newspapers. J.J. spoke with Daniel Ainasoja, Sales Manager for pratsam, about their new Smart Speaker Service being shown publicly for the first time at CSUN. The interview contains a demo using a Google Home, but the new service is also available on Android, iOS, Windows and the web. Ideally this technology is good for those schools and libraries that are looking to provide their content to others without having to develop their own distribution apps. Moreover, some private companies may find the delivery system a good fit for their content as well. To learn more about the Smart Speaker Service, visit the pratsam website
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for 15 years and podcasting about it for almost a decade.