Not a month has gone by since We posted an article on Narrator including AI-driven image tags and Microsoft is back at it yet again, though with an older project which finally has made public fruition. Introduced at Build 2016, this project had a goal of bringing powerful image recognition technology which could be used to augment every day life, especially when combined with the power of the cloud.
In this weeks Cool Picks, James, Jessica, and Nelson bring us some of the top technology from the AT world.
Join Jessica Rickards for an exclusive spotlight interview with Idan Meir, co-founder and CEO of Right-Hear, an Israel-based company focused on providing an auditory indoor navigation solution to the blind and visually impaired. Right-Hear is a free iOS app and is also available free on the Google Play Store. Users are able to obtain information about an area through Accessible Spots installed by the individual businesses.
Rachel chats with Dan Gardner, CEO of ViewPlus Technologies. For the past 18 years ViewPlus have been giving people access to information through innovative products that change lives every day.
The ultimate online clearance sale day of the year is here, Amazon Prime Day 2017. True many of the deals found here are for things you could do without, everyday items or clearance products, but for those who enjoy a good coupon hunt just for the sake of it, this is the ultimate flash sale. This year, there are some interesting features Amazon is making available to Alexa users.
I don’t think I will ever stop being amazed by what I can do from my computer. I can research just about any project I desire, enjoy countless arts and communicate to the world if I so desire. But, what would I do if someday computers became inaccessible to me? In my case, I’d probably protest in front of my nearest congressmen and hope that something changes quickly before I miss the next episode of the Big Bang Theory.
Dictate is an Office add-in that allows the user to convert speech to text while working in Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Unlike Microsoft’s Speech Recognition software, Dictate uses Cortana’s powerful speech recognition engine to carry out nearly flawless dictation.
You can download the add-in here. Once installed, open Word, PowerPoint, or Outlook. Next, press alt+D and then the letter S to start dictation. You can say “Stop Dictation”, to end the session.
You do have the option of dictating punctuation yourself, or letting Dictation do it for you. While in the Dictation tab on the Ribbon, choose either manual or automatic punctuation levels.
I have been waiting for this addition to Microsoft Office for a while. Cortana has amazing speech recognition, and I have always wanted the ability to have that type of recognition while dictating in Microsoft Office. I took it for a trial run in Microsoft Word, and it performed perfectly.
Rachel is live at ACB 17 interviewing Ruby Russell and Louie Scheel, co-founders of Distinctive Beddings. Listen in as they give us advice on what to do in the bed.
The braille display that blind people have dreamed about for years, that has been hinted at for at least that long, has finally become a reality! the orbit Reader 20 from the
American Printing House for the Blind
has made its debut at the blindness conventions that are taking place across the U.S. over early July.