AT Banter Episode 210 – Double Tap Talk

What happens when you fill the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room full of four podcasters with a passion for accessibility and assistive technology? Find out this week as Rob and Ryan welcome Steven Scott from Double Tab TV and his co-host from the Double Tap Canada Podcast, Shaun Preece. The boys discuss a few new bits of technology including the Vivzone Bone Conduction Face Mask and Bose Rondo Frames and even manage to squeeze in some time to discuss Aira and their new polices around free calls to the service.

Show Notes

Vivzone Bone Conduction Face Mask

Bose Rondo Frames

Aira

Double Tap TV

Double Tap Online

AT Banter Episode 209 – Knights of the Braille

Get those 20 sided die ready to roll (and if you understand that reference, you get a +3 to your nerd cred), this week Rob and Ryan and getting geeky with guest Jim O’Donnell, creator of the website Knights of the Braille. Knights of the Braille is a community of role players who also include players who are blind or partially sighted who have also taken it on themselves to help provide accessible materials for a variety of game systems. Jim discusses his history with role playing, what materials are currently available, and what the process of conversion is like. Don’t roll a 1 and miss this!

Show Notes

Knight of the Braille

Rollout of COVID App Faces Criticism

AT Banter Episode 208 – Shelly Brisbin

It’s a big show this week as Rob, Ryan, and Steve welcome Shelly Brisbin to the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room. Shelly is an author, podcaster, producer, and blogger who has been writing about accessibility and Assistive Technology since the early  2000s and her book, iOS Access for All is one of the most comprehensive resources around for iOS accessibility features. We chat with her from everything from the early days of Apple accessibility right through to where accessibility stands during these days of COVID. You don’t want to miss this one!

Show Notes

Shelly Brisbin

36 Seconds That Changed Everything: How the iPhone Learned to Talk

iOS Access for All

Typio Accessible Typing Tutor

AT Banter Episode 207 – Ebon Sky Studios

It’s a veritable geek fest this week in the Anti-Zoom Gloom Room as Rob and Ryan are joined by special guest host Mike Feir as they welcome Thaddeus from Ebon Sky Studios, an indie game developer that is actively working on creating audio games for the blind.

Show Notes

Ebon Sky Studios

Ebon Sky Studios on Facebook

Michael Feir’s Blog

AT Banter Episode 206 – Envision Glasses

This week we talk to Envision’s Chief Engineer Karthik Kannan about their soon-to-ship Smart Glasses and vision aid, the Envision Glasses. We discuss what these AI-powered glasses can do, the development challenges and speculate about what lies ahead for the mainstream Smart Glasses market.

Show Notes

Envision Glasses

Envision App

AT Banter Episode 205 – Emilee and Hannah Schevers

This week the show takes on some much needed youthful energy as the boys welcome Emilee and Hannah Schevers to the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to talk about Tru Faces, a community for individuals with disabilities that they’ve built across several social media platforms. The girls share their upbringing and how it help shaped their positive attitudes as well as their mission behind Tru Faces and what the future holds.

Show Notes

Tru Faces on the Web

On Instagram

On YouTube

ADA 30th Anniversary

AT Banter Episode 204 – This Episode is Captioned

This week the boys welcome Josh Summers and Melina Nathanail from National Captioning Canada into the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to discuss .. you guessed it, captioning! Captioning has been around for so long that it’s hard not to take it for granted, so we dive into some of the history behind it and look at the process of how much of the content we see is produced.

Show Notes

National Captioning Canada

Student Designs Handheld ‘Robotic Guide Dog’

Transcript of this week’s show courtesy of National Captioning Canada

AT Banter Episode 203 – The Great Limitless Podcast Crossover

It’s crowded to capacity this week in our Anti-Gloom Zoom Room as the boys welcome Shawn Marsolais, Executive Director of Blind Beginnings back to the show to talk about the organization’s new podcasting project– but this time she isn’t alone! Keisha, Clement, and Nika are all co-hosts of the new Limitless Podcast and together they tell us about why they started the podcast, what makes it important and very personal to them, and much more. We even have sheep on this episode, and if you think we’re kidding, dive into the episode and see for yourself!

Show Notes

Limitless Blind Beginnings Podcast

Blind Beginnings

AT Banter Episode 202 – Nate Toevs and the Neil Squire Society

No one knows the importance of Assistive Technology in the workplace better than our guest this week, Nate Toevs from the Neil Squire Society. Nate visits us in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room to tell us all about the Neil Squire Society and its mission of assisting people with disabilities develop the skills and training needed to enter the workforce.  

Show Notes

Neil Squire Society

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services Webinar

AT Banter Episode 201 – Albert Ruel Retirement Party

It’s a party! Not only are we celebrating Canada Day this week in the Anti-Gloom Zoom Room, but Ryan, Rob, and Steve also raise a glass and talk to Albert Ruel, Get Together With Technology Coordinator for the Canadian Council of the Blind, who is officially retiring. We talk about his career as an employee of the CNIB and CCB as well as aspects of technology and even how he initially lost his sight.

Show Notes

How To Use a Screen Reader on the Peloton Bike