This week on Spotlight the Cool Blind Tech Team features Claria Zoom.
Since the release of Windows 10, people have critiqued the operating system on numerous fronts for privacy concerns and general bugs. While our impression of the OS was certainly better than that of Windows 8, it had glaring accessibility concerns. I will state this up front, within the first paragraph of this article: This first Windows 10 update offers no new major accessibility improvements. To recap the glaring problems in accessibility still present from that first fabled launch day:
With the recent release of KNFB Reader for Android, we can now see how text recognition and accuracy can differ among various smartphones. Does iOS still have an edge over recognition quality? What are some of the shortcomings of the Android app? Taking the same document, we run it through the camera of a Galaxy Note 5 and an iPhone 6s, which offer the 2015-era top notch camera quality from both Apple and Samsung.
In the Spotlight we talk to Bin Liu and Arjun Mali developers of the BuzzClip. iMerciv has developed a small, discreet and versatile wearable for people that are blind or living with significant vision loss. The BuzzClip, uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one’s path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may walk into.
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Comics Empower is featured in this weeks Spotlight Interview. The online comic book shop that was created by Guy Hasson. who makes comics for the blind and the visually impaired!
Within many English-speaking countries, there exists a children’s story which involves a small engine which could pull a train over a rather difficult hill. For the age level, it teaches courage and the power in small things. A few months back, fellow writer Justin Wack wrote a piece on what his thoughts were on using (and owning) an Apple Watch. Many people have praised Apple for designing and perhaps refining a new product category. In history’s past, both the iPod, iPhone, and iPad have been seen as such devices by some. Others might argue that all of their products have made a less-gradually decreasing impact.
The grammar-precise side of me cringes a little when using the word “nexai,” but from an accessibility perspective, it fits well! Join Me, Leo, and Quentin on a Marshmallow expedition in this edition of the VIP roundtable podcast, as Cool Blind Tech dissects the Google event and uncovers an array of nexus devices.
In this podcast, Justin goes through how to use the 3D Touch features on the iPhone 6s. He shows us how to do this on the home screen, to peak into things as well as pop into them and finally the settings available for this new feature.