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 32 – Dr. Gary Birch

This week we’re joined by Dr. Gary Birch, executive director of the Neil Squire Society, who chats all about what Neil Squire does, the state of accessibility, brain-computer interfacing, his work with the United Nations, and what it’s like being an Order of Canada recipient.

Show Notes
Neil Squire Society
Open BCI
Lip Sync
Technology@Work Program

AT Banter Episode 11 – Braaaains


This week we welcome Rachel back to sit in Steve’s chair while we discuss some of the latest technology surrounding everyone’s second-favorite organ and speculate on what the future may hold.

Show Notes
MUSE Brain Sensing Headband
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YI5uXlTnNms
NeuroSky
MindWave Mobile
Emotiv Headset
Tan Le TEDTalk
Scientists Found a Way to Email Brain Waves
BrainGate
Modular Prosthetic Limb
Fitness Tracker Comparison