AT Banter Episode 124 – Alex Koren and Actiview

This week we’re combining two of our favorite things – accessibility and movies! Rob and Ryan talk to Alen Koren from Actiview, an accessible app that provides audio description, captioning, enhanced audio and sign language services for movies.   They discuss the app’s origins and features as well as the importance of having accessibility solutions in theaters.

Show Notes

Actiview
Get Actiview on iTunes
Actiview Overview Video

AT Banter Episode 123 – The Return of Tommy Edison

This week Rob and Ryan revisit one of our most popular guests, Tommy Edison, The Blind Film Critic. We chat with him about what he’s been up to over the past year and have a free form conversation about a little bit of everything before diving into the latest Google Event’s announcements.

Show Notes

Tommy Edison Experience

Blind Film Critic Website

Everything Announced at the October Google Event

AT Banter Episode 122 – Ryan Kostiuk and Inclusio

This week sees us following up on an episode from last summer, Episode 92 – The Inclusio Project. Rob, Ryan and Steve talk to Inclusio resident Ryan Kostiuk about what it’s like to like in Alberta’s first full accessible and automated housing residence and the impact it has had on his life.

Show Notes

Accessible Housing

Digital Lifestyles

Inclusio

News Coverage of Ryan and Inclusio

AT Banter Episode 121 – Baked Crustaceans and Other Stories

Ever sit around wondering what’s been going on the last few weeks in Accessibility? Find yourself craving the need of listening to three old guys talking about a bunch of accessibility news topics while trying (and usually failing) to stay on topic? Well buckle up, this week’s show is for you! Rob, Ryan, and Steve fill us in with some of the last few week’s of interesting news stories before welcoming back Alexis Hillyard to the show where she fills us in on how her YouTube channel, Stump Kitchen, has been doing since we last talked and her audition for MasterChef Canada.

Show Notes

Samsung Files Patent For New Braille Input on Smartwatches

Vision Improving Nanoparticle Eyedrops Could Improve Vision

Scientists Create World’s First 3D Printed Bionic Eye

Amazon Announces New Line of Products

Restaurant Wants To Use Marijuana To Ease Lobster’s Suffering

CNIB Phone It Forward

Stump Kitchen

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