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.
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.
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.
Hololens can now guide the blind through complicated buildings
Aira announces partnership with Wegman’s Grocery Chain
CNIB Rolls Out CNIB Foundation Restructuring
Blitab is Back
Apple Event To Take Place September 12
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.
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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!
Uber Self Driving Car Death Should Have Been Able to Be Avoided
Americans Less Likely to Trust Facebook
HIMS Announces New Polaris Mini
Gradutate Student Creating Smartphone App for Deaf Blind
Apple Proposes Adding Disability-Inclusive Emojis to the Unicode Consortium
Microsoft Adding New Accessibility Improvements in Windows 10
AT&T Collaborates With Aira to Develop New AI Powered Prescription Medication Reader
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.
Sunu Band Website
Sunu on Facebook
Upcoming Windows 10 Accessibilty Changes
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.
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!
Man Seeks New Copy of Windows 7 After Forced Windows 10 Upgrade
Blindfold Games Now Offers Braille Support
It’s Illegal in Norway to Have An Inaccessible Website
Google Assistant Firmaware Updates
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.
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.
Phillips Offers a Line of Accessible TV and Video Players
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