This week the team has way too many conventions to choose from and they all have great assistive technology to talk about. Join Joel, Jessica and Cool Blind Tech’s newest team member Rachel as they discuss the happenings in A.T. Whether this cool Tech shows up in Barcelona, Spain or San Diego, California you can guarantee that the team has an opinion and plenty of techie details.
It seems that chord cutters will soon have another live TV streaming service to choose from. Google has announced their upcoming subscription service called YouTube TV. This service will compete with already existing providers such as sling and DirecTV Now. According to the Official YouTube blog, YouTube TV will offer networks such as ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC, ESPN, regional sports networks and much more. Google also promises to include DVR with unlimited storage. The service is expected to roll out soon, with the subscription starting at just $35. This will also include access for up to six accounts.
Irie-at will be showing off their impressive braille display at this year’s CSUN conference on disability. It is a 32-cell display that automatically scrolls while you read. It has 64GB of internal memory with a 128GB SD card, and it runs on Android Lollypop.
What makes it impressive is it has an AT&T* LTE connection, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. It also comes with the Amazon Alexa voice assistant built in. You can even use it to check your email and make Skype calls. It is currently listed at $4995. If you are visiting the CSUN conference, it is available for viewing at booth 605 in the exhibit hall.
This short tutorial takes a quick look at Reverb on an Android device, an App that allows you to take the power of Alexa anywhere with you. It is available to download for free on the Play Store.
Ryan Poltermann, of Virginia Beach, has long known that there is a missing piece of technology for those who are blind. When using a smart phone, people can look at their screen and interact with it, but blind people must carry around a bulky braille display that pairs to the phone via Bluetooth. When the initial concept of modular phones was announced about two years ago, Ryan realized that a braille display mod could be the solution for this problem. It is virtually impossible to develop a specialized braille display phone, considering how much it would cost the manufacturer, and how small the target market is. The advantage of modular phones is that they can be customized by the manufacturers and the users to meet the needs of even small groups. Motorola has made it clear that they will continue to back the Moto Z, which is a modular phone. Motorola promises twelve new mods each year for the Moto Z.
Ryan Poltermann is currently running an Indiegogo campaign to raise the money necessary for his Braille Moto Mod. The Braille Moto Mod
Has two versions. The first is a single cell version, which I assume allows the user the ability to purchase the number of cells which is best suited and cost effective. The second version is a multi-cell mod that has up to 110 cells.
It is difficult to know all the details, because Ryan is having to maintain some secrecy since he still has some patent and funding issues to resolve.
The Google Assistant is Google’s new virtual assistant—as well as an improvement to Google Now. It can do most things you’d expect from a virtual assistant such as answering questions or performing a search. Just like with Alexa, there are even third-party skills being added to the Google Assistant—making it even smarter! It’s also one of many reasons Google hopes you will buy the Pixel phone. That’s right. Unfortunately, the Google Assistant is only officially available on the pixel and the pixel XL, as well as on the Google Home speaker.
If you recently experienced an issue with Netflix not properly playing your favorite shows with audio-description, you are not alone. I will attempt to show you how to restore the preferred settings for those who wish to have audio-description run automatically when playing a Netflix show that has that feature available.
Google released the Google Home, which is a voice activated speaker that can control your smart home devices, play your music, answer your questions about almost anything, stream the news from sources you select, and so much more.
In this episode, James Oates tells us how to setup the Google Home, and walks us through the Google Home app on his Pixel phone. Here he shows us all the different configuration options available for the Google Home. The Google Assistant is built-in to the Google Home, and it is amazing how many things it can do.
One of the biggest problems for blind students is the ability the view and draw charts, graphs, maps, floor plans, geometric shapes, and functions.
The Orbit Graphiti, provided by the American Printing House for the Blind, is a tactile display, about the size of a laptop with a multilayered display of 40 by 60 pins of varying heights.
The device can be used to display images from a connected computer or from an SD card. The user can also draw their own images on the surface of the device. This image can either be displayed on a computer monitor for sighted people to see, or saved to the SD card as a visual image. The blind person will see their drawing as a tactile representation on the Graphiti, but sighted people will see it as a visual image.
If you wish to view the Orbit Graphiti in person, it will be on display at CSUN 2017 in Sandiego on Thursday March 2nd at 1:20PM PST in Balboa AB, on the 2nd floor of the Seaport Tower.
Tune in to this jam packed show where James Oates with fellow hosts Joel Ramos and Nelson Régo let you in on their latest Cool Picks.