AT Banter Episode 67- Idan Meir and Right-Hear

This week we do a bit of iBantering about the new Apple announcements before we’re joined by Idan Meir, co-founder and CEO of Right-Hear, an app and accessibility solution for the visually impaired.

Show Notes

Apple Special Event As It Happened
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/iphone-8-release-apple-event-as-it-happened/

Right-Hear
http://right-hear.com/

Right-Hear App for Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.righthear&hl=en

Right-Hear App for iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/il/app/right-hear-righthear/id1061791840?mt=8

AT Banter Episode 66 – Wade Wingler

This week we briefly discuss the new Eye Tracking software that will be included in the forthcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update before engaging in a Banterfest with Wade Wingler, Vice President of Technology and Information Services and Security Office at Easterseals Crossroads and host of the long running podcast Assistive Technology Update.

Show Notes

Easterseals Crossroads
http://www.eastersealscrossroads.org/

Assistive Technology Update
http://www.eastersealstech.com/category/assistive-tech-update/

AT Banter Episode 65 – Steve Barclay and Aroga Technologies

It’s our longest and most self-indulgent episode yet! This week we take a deep dive into the life and times of our own Steve Barclay and discuss the rise and fall of Aroga Technologies. An open and earnest discussion about just what happened with the Assistive Technology company we all worked at, and where things are going in the future.

Show Notes

Canadian Assistive Technology
www.canasstech.com

Chaos Technical Services
www.chaostechnicalservices.com

AT Banter Episode 64 – Jessica Kovacs

Steve is back in studio this week and we learn where he’s been all this time before welcoming Jessica Kovacs to the show where she tells us all about her blog, ‘Thomas Marshall Does It All’, where she details the day to day life of her son Tommy who is growing up blind.

Show Notes
Thomas Marshall Does It All
http://www.thomasmarshalldoesitall.com/

TMDIA Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ThomasMarshallDoesItAll

TMDIA Twitter
https://twitter.com/thomasdoesitall

Faith No More
http://www.fnm.com

Danzig
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Danzig_(band)

AT Banter Episode 63 – Comics Empower

Ever wonder if there were comic books for the Blind and visually impaired? Well wonder no more, Citizen! This week we’re talking with Guy Hasson, founder of a virtual comic book shop that produces audio described comic books specifically for the visually impaired community.

Show Notes
Comics Empower
Visit the Comics Empower website and see the entire library of comics that are available. You can also find them on Twitter @comicsempower and check out their podcast, Blind Panels.

AT Banter Episode 62 – Kyle Bryant

This week we’re joined by Kyle Bryant, host of the Two Disabled Dudes Podcast and founder of RideATAXIA. We discuss Friedreich’s ataxia, a rare neuro-muscular disorder, what it was like to be diagnosed with it at 17, and how a chance encounter with a recumbent trike altered the course of his life.

Show Notes
Jamie: Moving On From NV Access
Ryan and Rob briefly discuss the news that James Teh, one of the lead developers at NV Access, makers of the open source screen reader, NVDA, is leaving to work at Mozilla.
https://www.nvaccess.org/post/jamie-moving-on-from-nv-access/

rideATXAIA
http://www.rideataxia.org

Two Disabled Dudes Podcast
http://twodisableddudes.com

Friedreich’s Ataxia Research Alliance
http://www.curefa.org

The Ataxian Trailer
https://vimeo.com/127990377

AT Banter Episode 61 – Full Nelson

This week we slow things down and engage in a bit of free form with guest co-host Nelson Régo from the Cool Blind Tech Podcast. Among the topics are a new Assistive Device, the development of a musical instrument that you play with your mind, some of the societal implications of autonomous cars, and Apple’s new foray into the digital assistant arena, the HomePod.

Show Notes
GlassOuse Assistive Device
Despite not knowing what syllable to put the emphasis on, we talk about this new mousing alternative that allows users a headpointing option that doesn’t require a onscreen keyboard.

Newly-developed hands-free musical instrument now allows people to make music with their minds
We talk a bit about Thomas Deuel’s Encephalophone and ponder just how it works and the implications for alternate access and rehabilitation. Also, we marvel that it’s really neat.

What’s Taking So Long for Driverless Cars to Go Mainstream?
Next up we discuss Fortune’s article regarding the societal impact of autonomous vehicles and make some completely unwarranted predictions on their future.

Google Maps now lets users add wheelchair accessibility details for locations
We discuss briefly this new crowdsourcing effort by Google to make Google Maps an even better source of information regarding accessible locations.

Apple’s New HomePod
Lastly, we talk about Apple throwing its hat into the digital assistant ring and discuss the specs and how it might compete with Google Home and the Amazon Echo.

AT Banter Episode 60 – Aira


This week we talk with Wesley Friesen and Micheal Hingson from Aira, the new revolutionary subscription service that caters to the Visually Impaired community.

Show Notes
Talking Laundry Module
Want to help your washer and dryer become more sentient? As we discussed, here’s the link to the GE First Build website store where you can order your very own Talking Laundry Module for your GE Washer/Dryer.
Aira Website
Interesting in subscribing to the service or learning more about it? Check out the company website and find out just what the service could do for you.
Aira Careers Page
For those who might be interested in learning more about becoming an Aira Agent.

AT Banter Episode 59 – Maria Johnson – Girl Gone Blind


This week we had a great time bantering with Maria Johnson, aka Girl Gone Blind —  so much so that it turned out to be our longest episode to date! We talk with her about her eye condition, her experience with losing her sight, the importance of blogging and social media, technology, and how it helped with her transition and recovery.

Show Notes
Girl Gone Blind Blog
LHON Information