AT Banter Episode 97 – Daniel Kish

The Guitar Dungeon is awash with excitement this week as we welcome in Daniel Kish, President of World Access for the Blind and well-known teacher of echo location. We talk to Daniel about what echo location is and what it means for the people who use it as well as its potential impact on the visually impaired community. You don’t want to miss this one (not that you’d want to miss ANY episodes, of course…)
Show Notes
World Access for the Blind
Visioneers.org
Daniel Kish Keynote Speech at ZeroCon18
Excerpt from the textbook, ‘Echolocation and Flash Sonar’

AT Banter Episode 96 – Aimee Cayer and Autism on the Seas

We are all over the map, literally, this week as welcome Aimee Cayer from the non-profit organization ‘Autism on the Seas’ into the Guitar Dungeon. She gives an overview of the invaluable services the organization provide vacationing families with Special Needs family members and its origins before leaving the boys to talk about a host of off-topic bits, including hockey, Las Vegas, and a crazy story involving seagulls.

Show Notes

Study Reveals Blind People Imagine the Future Differently Than Sighted People
https://coolblindtech.com/study-reveals-blind-people-imagine-the-future-differently-than-sighted-people/
Autism on the Seas
https://autismontheseas.com/

AT Banter Episode 95 – The Return of the Jinglestick

It’s the last show of the month and it’s time for us to round up March with a show dedicated to some of the most recent AT-related news of the past few weeks. We talk about everything from Steve’s misadventures getting to CSUN to Apple’s new proposed Disability Inclusive Emojis and everything in between!

Show Notes

Uber Self Driving Car Death Should Have Been Able to Be Avoided
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5535969/Uber-self-driving-car-death-avoided.html
Americans Less Likely to Trust Facebook
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-facebook-cambridge-analytica-apology/americans-less-likely-to-trust-facebook-than-rivals-on-personal-data-idUSKBN1H10AF
HIMS Announces New Polaris Mini
https://blindbargains.com/bargains.php?m=18641
Gradutate Student Creating Smartphone App for Deaf Blind
https://coolblindtech.com/graduate-student-creating-smartphone-app-for-deaf-blind-users/
Apple Proposes Adding Disability-Inclusive Emojis to the Unicode Consortium
https://themighty.com/2018/03/apple-proposes-new-emojis-disability
Microsoft Adding New Accessibility Improvements in Windows 10
https://coolblindtech.com/microsoft-adding-new-accessibility-improvements-in-windows-10/
AT&T Collaborates With Aira to Develop New AI Powered Prescription Medication Reader
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/att-collaborates-with-aira-to-develop-new-ai-powered-prescription-medication-reader-300608402.html

AT Banter Episode 94 – Marco Trujillo and the Sunu Band

This week sees us chatting with Marco Trujillo, CEO and Founder of Sunu, makers of the new haptic mobility aid, the Sunu Band. We discuss the Sunu Band’s origins, the signifigance of using Sonar, and the importance of the Visiually Impaired community in its development. We also wake Steve up long enough to talk about Microsoft’s announced Accessibility changes to Windows 10 and his upcoming trip to CSUN.

Show Notes
Sunu Band Website
http://www.sunu.io
Sunu on Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/sunu.io/
Upcoming Windows 10 Accessibilty Changes
https://blogs.windows.com/windowsexperience/2018/03/19/windows-10-accessibility-what-to-expect-in-the-year-ahead

AT Banter Episode 93 – Dave Williams and The Canute

This week we jump over the pond to the UK and welcome Dave Williams from The Braillists Foundation into the Guitar Dungeon to talk all about the Canute, Bristol Braille’s new multi-line E-Reader that is poised to be released this year. We discuss the development of the project, what seperates the Canute from other similar electronic Braille products on the market, and the importance of Braille Literacy.

Show Notes

Bristol Braille
http://www.bristolbraille.co.uk/
Bristol Braille Technology: Canute Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMCpxgTZgnM
Liberals Cut CNIB Funding … Just Kidding!
https://globalnews.ca/news/4075364/trudeau-liberals-cut-funding-cnib-accessible-books/
https://globalnews.ca/news/4076050/liberals-vow-renew-funding-books-for-blind/

 

AT Banter Episode 92 – The Inclusio Project

For the first time ever, we welcome two guests onto the show: Anita Hofer from Accessible Housing, a non-profit organization from Calgary that builds accessible and affordable housing and Mike Dummer, owner of Digital Lifestyles the company that was responsible for installing and maintaining the automation and accessibility features of AH’s new Inclusio Development.

Show Notes
Microsoft Soundscape
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/product/soundscape/
Accessible Housing
http://accessiblehousing.ca/
Digital Lifestyles
http://digilife.ca/
Inclusio Tour
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WarhKYe-OZ0

AT Banter Episode 91 – Let’s All Move to Norway

This week Steve’s out with a bug and long time listener of the show Ali Moussa steps in to help us talk about some Accessibility related news items from the last few weeks!

Show Notes
Man Seeks New Copy of Windows 7 After Forced Windows 10 Upgrade
https://yro.slashdot.org/story/18/02/19/1550230/man-seeking-new-copy-of-windows-7-after-forced-windows-10-upgrade-sues-microsoft?utm_source=slashdot&utm_medium=twitter
Blindfold Games Now Offers Braille Support
https://blindfoldgames.org/2018/02/19/blindfold-games-with-braille-displays/
It’s Illegal in Norway to Have An Inaccessible Website
https://medium.com/confrere/its-illegal-to-have-an-inaccessible-website-in-norway-and-that-s-good-news-for-all-of-us-b59a9e929d54
NeuroNode
http://www.eastersealstech.com/2018/02/20/neuronode-emg-assistive-technology-device/?utm_content=buffer98716&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer
Google Assistant Firmaware Updates
https://9to5google.com/2018/02/23/google-assistant-2018-multilingual-more-languages-device-commands/

AT Banter Episode 90 – David MacDonald – The GodFather of WCAG

This week David MacDonald, president of CanAdapt and long-time WCAG and web accessibility guru, calls in to make the Banter Boys an offer they can’t refuse – namely making the online world a more accessible space!

Show Notes
University Teams Up To Develop Smart Paint to Help the Visually Impaired Navigate
https://coolblindtech.com/university-teams-up-to-develop-smart-paint-to-help-the-visually-impaired-navigate/

CanAdapt WCAG Training and Audits
http://www.davidmacd.com/

AT Banter Episode 89 – Keith Lang and Music Works Talent

This week we talk to Keith Lang, owner and operator of Music Works Talent about what it’s like to be a visually impaired business owner and how technology has impacted his own life.

Show Notes
Intel Smart Glasses
https://www.theverge.com/2018/2/5/16966530/intel-vaunt-smart-glasses-announced-ar-video
Flame thrower Boring Company
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/feb/01/elon-musk-sells-out-boring-company-flamethrowers-fire
Fake service animals
https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2018/01/23/fur-and-fury-in-the-skies-as-more-people-bring-emotional-support-animals-on-planes.html
Truth About Tech Campaign
http://money.cnn.com/2018/02/05/technology/truth-about-tech-campaign/index.html
Music Works
http://www.musicworkstalent.com/

AT Banter Episode 88 – Shawn Marsolais and the Taser Suit

This week we welcome in our 2nd in-Dungeon guest — Shawn Marsolais from Blind Beginnings, a local non-profit organization that provides services and support for children who are visually impaired and their families. She fills us in on what Blind Beginnings has been up to over the past year, including their ‘Do the Grind Blind‘ event that garnered a lot of media attention last summer.

Show Notes

Blind Beginnings
https://www.blindbeginnings.ca
Blind Beginnings YouTube Page
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCZA268_YOccpPaVddujAAKQ
Do The Grind Blind Documentary
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRuCTf7vBeI