AT Banter Episode 120 – Damien Pickering and HIMS

Steve makes a triumphant return to the podcast and – ok, we may be overselling that, but he is back. We celebrate by talking a bit about the most recent Apple Event and delve into the new capabilities of the newest version of the Apple Watch before welcoming Damien Pickering, Vice President of Sales for HIMS International to the show where he gives us a preview of their upcoming Braille device, the QBraille XL.

Show Notes

HIMS

What Happened at the Apple Event 2018

QBraille XL

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AT Banter Episode 119 – Warmed Leftovers and Insightful Publications

This week Rob and Ryan tackle a few extra news stories left over from last month including what Aira and CNIB are up to, Apple’s upcoming Press Event, and the forthcoming release of the new Blitab Braille Tablet before talking with Chritine Chaikin about her company, InSightful Publications which creates state resource handbooks specifically designed for use by the blind and visually impaired.

Show Notes

Hololens can now guide the blind through complicated buildings
https://www.technologyreview.com/s/611197/hololens-can-now-guide-the-blind-through-complicated-buildings/

Aira announces partnership with Wegman’s Grocery Chain
https://aira.io/wegmans

CNIB Rolls Out CNIB Foundation Restructuring
https://cnib.ca/en/node/1136

Blitab is Back
https://coolblindtech.com/looks-like-blitab-is-back/

Apple Event To Take Place September 12
https://www.cnet.com/news/iphone-xr-iphone-xs-max-ipad-pros-macs-and-more-everything-apple-could-announce-on-sept-12/?ftag=CAD-03-10aaj8j

Insightful Publications
http://in-sightful.com/

AT Banter Episode 117 – Haptic Boxing and Other Bad Ideas

The end is here! Well, the end of the month anyways, which means it’s time for our monthly news show! Joining us to discuss the latest in disability news is Colleen Connor, host of Blind Inspiration Cast, who brings the estrogen to the conversations which range from talking about a new tech that could help deaf-blind people enjoy live television broadcasts to yet more talk of robotic guide dogs.

Show Notes

New tech helps deaf-blind people ‘watch’ TV

How Google has stepped up its efforts to makes its own tech more accessible to the disabled

Anirudh Koul joins Aira as Head of Artificial Intelligence and Research

Apple being sued over inaccessible website

ASU Team wins competition with robot seeing Guide Dog

Blind Inspiration Cast

Audio Description Retreats

AT Banter Episode 116 – Tony Giles

This week we connect with Merry Old England and talk with Tony Giles, a visually impaired adventurer who has travelled to over 130 countries and written two books about his experiences. We talk with him about his experiences growing up and dive into his many globetrotting adventures and what has given him the confidence to travel independently.

Show Notes

Tony Giles – Blind Independent Traveller
http://www.clvp-bc.com

Seeing the World My Way – Buy it on Amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Seeing-World-Way-Tony-Giles/dp/1906236380/

Seeing the Americas My Way – Buy it on Amazon
https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B01M14JY50

AT Banter Episode 115 – Dot Inc

We go international all the way to South Korea this week and connect with the folks at Dot Inc to talk about their new product, the Dot Watch. We talk about the unique technology that drives this accessible Smart device as well as discuss plans for forthcoming products. We also learn magnets are cool!

Show Notes

Dot Watch on the Web
https://dotincorp.com/

Dot Watch on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/pg/dotsmartbraillewatch

AT Banter Episode 114 – Mike May

Rob and Ryan take shelter from the Vancouver August heat in the cool confines of the Guitar Dungeon to talk with no other than Mike May, founder of Sendero Group and pioneer in the field of GPS Assistive Technology. And as if that isn’t enough, we also talk to him about his downhill skiing career and what it’s like to hold the speed skiing record in downhill for a totally blind person (which is, for the record, 65 mph).

Show Notes

BVI Workforce Innovation Center

Sendero Group

AT Banter Episode 113 – Children’s Low Vision Project of BC

This week we’re very excited to welcome educators Lynn Langille and Linda Mamer into the Guitar Dungeon to discuss their passion project, the Children’s Low Vision Project of British Columbia. We discuss the important work the project does for youth with visual impairments all around the Province and how the events that they bring to communities are planned out.

Show Notes

Children’s Low Vision Project of BC

AMI Covers CLVP

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AT Banter Episode 112 – Sunshine, Unicorns, and Puppies

It’s the end of the month and time for our monthly free-form news show! This week we welcome Adam Wilton, Manager at the Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired to help talk about a host of news stories from the past few weeks in a free form discussion that, as usual, breaks out into several digressions, a few arguments, and leaves everyone feeling very optimistic about the future of assistive technology. It’s a feel-good episode!

Show Notes

Reprogrammable Braille Could Eliminate Reading Multiple Books to Just a Few Pages

Cool Wearable Technology: Seismic Super Suit Helps Old People Move

Bone conduction wireless glasses

This clever app lets Alexa read Sign Language

Firefox makers working on voice-controlled web browser called Scout

PRCVI

Adam Wilton’s Twitter
@TVI_Adam

AT Banter Episode 111 – Mark Kingwell and the Red Pill

This week it’s time for something completely different. Mark Kingwell, Canadian professor of philosophy and associate chair at the University of Toronto’s Department of Philosophy joins us in the Guitar Dungeon for a rousing discussion about AI and technology and its current and potential impact on our society. Get ready to take the red pill and take a deep dive into The Matrix with those one, folks!

Show Notes

Mark Kingwell Wiki
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Kingwell