AT Banter Episode 174 – Javier Pita and NaviLens

The boys have recovered from the Halloween show and transubstantiated back into their normal selves just in time to welcome Javier Pita, CEO of NaviLens, into the Guitar Dungeon all the way from sunny Spain! We discuss this innovate new variation of QR codes and its many applications, including as a navigation system for the visually impaired.

Show Notes

Legally Blind Man Files Human Rights Complaint
NaviLens
NaviLens Demonstration

AT Banter Episode 168 – What’s New with Aira

It’s a big show this week as Rob, Steve, and Ryan discuss a range of big topics, including climate change, ape uprisings and even find some time to manage to touch on the accessibility features of iOS 13 before welcoming on Jenine Stanley, Explorer Community Manager at Aira to discuss what’s new with the innovative service for people with Blindness or Low Vision.

Show Notes

Aira
What’s New in Accessibility with iOS 13

AT Banter Episode 165 – David Errington

Steve makes his somewhat triumphant return to the show for the first show of the Fall season where we discuss a new Audible accessibility feature that is under fire from publishers before we welcome David Errington, President and CEO of Accessible Media Inc, into the Guitar Dungeon.

Show Notes

Major book publishers sue Amazon’s Audible over new speech-to-text feature
Accessible Media Inc

AT Banter Episode 162 – Accessibility News and Envision Announcement

We’re back from vacation (again) and go full steam ahead on discussing a few recent news stories about accessibility. From Lyft horror stories to self-service kiosks, Rob and Ryan cover a wide range of topics before welcoming back Karthik Kannan from Envision AI to announce some big promotional news.  

Show Notes

Wheelchair users say even accessible taxis will refuse rides in Vancouver
San Francisco woman with disability who says Lyft drivers repeatedly cancel her rides is calling for change
This blind woman says self-checkouts lower the bar(code) for accessibility
A blind man couldn’t order pizza from Domino’s. The company wants the Supreme Court to say websites don’t have to be accessible
Envision

AT Banter Episode 161 – Jessica Hipp and WayAround

This week we delve back into the always-hot topic of Accessible spaces as Rob and Ryan talk with Jessica Hipp, Chief Operating Officer of WayAround, an innovative Audio Tagging system that could help revolutionize public, home, and office settings.

Show Notes

WayAround
Contact Jessica
connect@wayaround.com
New law requires pharmacies to provide “prescription readers” to blind patients

AT Banter Episode 157 – Mike Feir and Accessible Gaming

Ready to do some button mashing?? We take a deep dive into the history and future of Accessible Gaming with this week’s guest, Mike Feir, who is a regular contributor on AMI as well as author of several books. Mike’s experience with Accessible Gaming goes all the way back to the 90s, and he discusses what it was like back then and where he sees gaming going these days.

Show Notes

Audio Games
http://www.audiogames.net
AppleVis
https://www.applevis.com/
Mike’s Blog
http://michaelfeir.blogspot.com/
Blind Bargains
https://www.blindbargains.com/
Kelly & Company
https://www.ami.ca/category/kelly-and-company

AT Banter Episode 154 – En-Vision America

Rob and Ryan fly solo this week while Steve is out and welcome Amanda Tolson and Jenna Reed from En-Vision America to the show.  We discuss En-Vision’s long standing presence in the Assistive Technology community, dive into everything we wanted to know about bar code scanning, and the importance of Accessible Prescription labeling solutions.

Show Notes

AODA Alliance More Details on Amendments to ACA
Accessible Canada Act Could Become Law Next Month

CRTC calls for comments on Bell, Corus, Rogers proposed amendment to described video conditions
En-Vision America
En-Vision America Advocacy Page


AT Banter Episode 151 – Dr. Amy Kavanagh

It’s back to business as usual this week as we pick up the pieces from the 150th episode and welcome Dr. Amy Kavanagh to the Guitar Dungeon, all the way across the pond from the UK! Rob and Ryan explain what happened to Episode 150 and cover a bit of news before chatting with Dr. Kavanagh about her Twitter campaign of #JustAskDontGrab and the origins behind it.

Show Notes

Lego Creates Braille Building Blocks
https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/building-blocks-lego-creates-new-braille-bricks-1.4398733
Microsoft is making VR better for those with vision problems
https://www.engadget.com/2019/04/18/microsoft-seeing-vr/
Cane Adventures
https://caneadventures.blog/
Dr. Amy Kavanagh on Twitter
@BlondeHistorian
#JustAskDontGrab



AT Banter Episode 148 – Sam Seavey and The Blind Life

This week we’re joined by Sam Seavey from the popular YouTube Channel The Blind Life.  We discuss the state of Assistive Technology, what kind of AT he uses in his daily life, and the trials and tribulations of being a YouTube Content Creator. 

Show Notes

The Blind Life YouTube Channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNbzN3eHbLKPzltSB560DkA
Blind Shell Accessible Mobile Phone
https://www.blindshell.com/

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AT Banter Episode 147 – Karthik Kannan and Envision AI

This week Rob, Ryan and Steve welcome Karthik Kannan, co-Founder and Chief Engineer at Envision Technologies, into the Guitar Dungeon all the way from the Netherlands! We discuss the details of the Envision app, which assists blind or partially sighted users and the power of AI and machine learning that drives it.  

Show Notes

Envision AI
https://www.letsenvision.com/
Download Envision AI for Android
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letsenvision.envisionai
Download Envision AI on iOS
https://itunes.apple.com/app/apple-store/id1268632314