AT Banter Episode 131 – Kristina Shelden

Grab your ukulele and warm up those vocal cords, it’s another Music show! This week Rob and Ryan welcome Kristina Shelden, local singer/songwriter and Vancouver Adapted Music Society board member into the Guitar Dungeon where they discuss the work VAMS does, both in Kristina’s own life but also among Vancouver’s disabled community.

Show Notes

Microsoft Passes Apple as Most Valuable Company

AODA Examines Bill C-81

Kristina Shelden Online

Kristina’s YouTube Channel

VAMS (Vancouver Adapted Music Society)

Music Saves – Feeling Alright

AT Banter Episode 130 – Is the Shine Off The Apple?

Rick Chant from Chaos Technical Services joins Rob, Ryan and Steve in the Guitar Dungeon this week as they dedicate the entire episode to discuss the state of Apple and some of the controversies facing the tech giant and what it means for its customers.

Show Notes

B.C. government shifting accessible parking requirements to local governments

Apple defends iPhone app fees as high court weighs consumer suit

Apple Caught Overcharging for Device Repairs

How Apple and other manufacturers attack your right to repair their products

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 106 – The Marrakesh Treaty

If you’ve been paying attention to the news around Accessibility for the past few years, you’ve surely heard of the Marrakesh Treaty. But what exactly is the Treaty and what does it all mean? You might even be asking yourself (as we did), where the heck IS Marrakesh? This week Brad Turner from Benetech returns to the show to break down all the details of the Treaty and what exactly it means for accessible books for the global visually impaired community while the Guitar Dungeon’s Google Home answers some of our Geography questions.

Show Notes

Benetech

BookShare

Microsoft Accessible Controller Now Available for Pre-Order

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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 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 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

AT Banter Episode 58 – Steve Takes Over


This week Steve impersonates Rob and steals the hosting duties as the three discuss some of the week’s most interesting Assistive Technology news from around the country. And some other stuff too.

Show Notes
Phillips Offers a Line of Accessible TV and Video Players
Voice Access
New Victor Reader Trek
The BrailleMe $300 Braille Display
Talking Laundry Module
Translink Testing RFID Technology For Skytrain Fare Gates
Disability Organization Denounces Alec Baldwin
Microsoft’s Seeing AI App