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NC #620 Apple Watch Swimming, Standard Mac Apps, BrainPort Visualization Through the Tongue, eSight Low Vision Glasses, Non-tech Podcasts, GhostReader, BeatsX

Allister here standing in for Allison this week. I have a miniature review of using the Apple Watch Series 2 for swim workouts, I’ll quickly review 26 Mac Apps you didn’t know you already had, Allison will pop by with two more videos from the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference, I’ll make some recommendations for podcasts you might want to listen to that aren’t about technology, Terry delivers on his callout from Allison with a review of GhostReader text to speech software, and I’ll finish up with a review of the BeatsX Bluetooth earbuds with Apple W1 chip.


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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 of a buzz at work lately about Design Thinking.

In this TEDx MidAtlantic video, Elise Roy talks about losing her hearing as a child and how she now considers her disability to be the best thing that’s ever happened to her. She describes Design Thinking and how it can enable innovation that not only benefits the disabled but everyone.

It’s well worth thirteen minutes and seventeen seconds of your time.

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CES 2016: PRC Augmentative & Alternative Communication Devices

Allison interviews Cynthia Heryanto from PRC about their devices that help people with speech impairment communicate. PRC’s AAC solutions offer advanced functionality and user-friendly features, making communication fast and easy. PRC provides four Accent tablet devices that are ideal for users of all ages. Accent devices are compatible with all PRC language systems and can accommodate multiple access methods. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

Learn more at http://prentrom.com

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CES 2016: Touch Graphics Tactile Design for Universal Access

Allison interviews Steve Landau and Lindsay Yazzolino from Touch Graphics about two of their products that provide universal access using tactile designs. The first is a custom tactile overlay for maps that provides orientation and way finding for people with visual impairment. The second is touch enabled sculptures and art pieces that provide universal accessibility and interactivity at museum exhibits. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

Learn more at http://touchgraphics.com

Using a Screen Reader? click here

CSUN 2016: Sesame Smartphone for Motor Impaired

Allison interviews Oded Ben Dov from Sesame about their new smartphone designed for people with motor impairment. Sesame combines an Android phone with a touch-free user interface that works out of the box. Gesture recognition on the phone understands small head movements, completely eliminating the need for touch. Voice control is also integrated to allow the user to turn on/off the phone or switch between applications. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

Learn more at http://sesame-enable.com

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CSUN 2016: BlindShell Smartphone for Visually Impaired

Allison interviews Jan Simik from BlindShell about their new smart phone designed for people with visual impairment. The phone’s user interface is controlled by simple touch gestures, with access to a full suite of commonly used functions. BlindShell seamlessly integrates a unique, easy-to-use keyboard for writing numbers and text. The setting is the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference show floor.

Learn more at http://blindshell.com

Using a Screen Reader? click here

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