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Past Episodes

CSUN 2017: Aira Visual Interpreter for The Blind

Allison interviews Michael Hingson from Aira about their visual interpreter system that helps people without vision. Aira consists of smart glasses with a camera, an app on an iPhone and a MiFi connection to provide good WiFi capability. The app is used to call specially trained agents who can see what the user “sees” through Read More…

GhostReader Text to Speech – Guest Review by Terry Vogelaar

I am Terry from Holland and I would like to do a review of GhostReader from ConvenienceWare. Let me start by the problem to be solved. As a graphic designer, I am often the last person to see a text before it is multiplied in a huge quantity. So I need to be very good Read More…

Elise Roy: When we design for disability, we all benefit (TEDx)

Now is an appropriate time to share that there will be no Chit Chat Across the Pond this week. Unfortunately, the scheduling gods were not in my corner this time around.

To somewhat make up for missing out, I’d like to bring the following TEDx video to your attention. There has been a wee bit Read More…

CSUN 2017: eSight 3 Low Vision Glasses

Allison interviews Frank Jones and Yvonne Felix from eSight about their new eSight 3 glasses composed of a wearable headmounted display and camera system that allows people with certain types of low vision to see better. The camera processes imagery, enhances it and displays the image on the inside of the glasses in a manner Read More…

BeatsX In-ear Bluetooth Earbuds with Apple W1

When Phil Schiller announced the AirPods, he also announced a few other products which would use the same W1 chip technology. The cheapest of these is BeatsX. These are in-ear, designed for comfort, and last 8 hours on a charge. After a couple of weeks’ use I love using them, but there are a few niggles. Read More…

CSUN 2017: BrainPort Visualization Through the Tongue

Allison interviews Meesa Maeng from BrainPort about their extremely innovative V100 system that allows the user to “see” using their tongue. The V100 uses a sensory substitution device that allows the blind to use their tongue to feel the object they are looking at. The scene is captured by a special set of glasses with Read More…

26 Mac Apps You Didn’t Know You Had

Often when Allison puts out a call for material for the show, I’ll take a look at my installed Mac apps via Launchpad to see if there’s anything relatively new that’s worth a review. Faced with the prospect of sourcing an entire show, I did the same thing, but what I noticed was not something Read More…

Swimming with Apple Watch Series 2

I’ve seen and heard numerous reviews of Apple Watch Series 2, but not very many seem to mention the newly available swim workouts, so I thought I’d give a brief rundown of how they’ve been working for me.

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CSUN 2017: Tobii Dynavox Speech Generating Devices

Allison interviews Ellen Witham from Tobii Dynavox about their tools to help people with speech and language impairment. The first tool is the Compass software iPad app that works in conjunction with written material to help the user learn and speak their first 12 words. Tobii Dynavox also provides a ruggedized tablet with similar functionality Read More…

International Data with Google Project Fi on an iPhone

When Mike Elgan, (the digital nomad) came on Chit Chat Across the Pond to talk about how he works and lives all over the world, of course we talked about how he uses technology to do this. If you haven’t listened to CCATP episode #456 from September, it’s a fascinating discussion.

In that conversation, he Read More…