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NAB 2018: Audio-Technica Microphones and Headphones

Allison interviews Gary Boss from Audio-Technica about their wide range of microphones and headphones. Gary describes the Audio-Technica System 10 digital wireless system made up of a compact receiver you can mount on a cold shoe combined with a handheld mic/transmitter or a lavalier mic hooked to a body pack transmitter. System 10 is easy to use, produces high-quality audio, and avoids interference normally encountered in a dense electromagnetic environment. This the same audio system used to record the audio for NosillaCast interviews (including this one). Gary also describes the AT 2020 USBi mic, perfect for podcasting and recording on the go. It supports digital audio recording to devices with a USB port or to iOS devices with a Lightning port. Gary then moves on to Audio-Technica’s suite of professional headphones ranging in price from $49 to $349. These headphones have a flat audio response, removable ear-pads, and detachable cables. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://audio-technica.com/

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NAB 2018: Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

Allison interviews Terry LoBianco from Backblaze about their B2 cloud storage services. B2 Cloud Storage is similar to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure storage, and Google Cloud Storage. This service is Backblaze’s latest product offering, with the lowest price enterprise cloud storage service on the market. B2 Cloud Storage, referred to as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or object storage, enables programmers, developers, IT professionals, and others to easily store mass volumes of data in the cloud. You can quickly scale up and down while paying for your actual usage – no locked fees. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://backblaze.com/

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NAB 2018: Boinx mimoLive Digital Video Studio

Allison interviews Oliver Breidenbach from Boinx about their mimoLive video software for the Mac. mimoLive allows the user to produce, edit, and stream video content with remarkable ease. Typical use cases for mimoLive are live streaming, news-style shows, panel discussions, presentations, and events. The tool is very affordable while giving the video producer tools that rival big broadcasters. It supports real-time injection and switching of multiple video cameras and other sources while streaming to multiple outputs such as YouTube Live, YouTube Gaming, Twitch and Facebook Live. mimoLive features a logical and intuitive workflow that can be mastered by anyone. In fact, mimoLive is the tool used to stream the NosillaCast Live show every Sunday night at 5 pm Pacific at https://podfeet.com/live. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://boinx.com/mimolive/

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NAB 2018: Monoprice SlimRun Ethernet & HDMI Cables

Allison interviews Manny Hernandez from Monprice about their new SlimRun cables for internet and video applications. SlimRun Cat6 ethernet cables are much thinner and lighter than standard Cat6 cables, making them much easier to install/uninstall and requiring less space than conventional 23 or 24 AWG Cat6 cables. The SlimRun AV HDR cable is also much thinner than the standard HDMI cable. It achieves a small diameter by employing a hybrid optical fiber rather than copper with optical fiber transceivers to convert electrical signals to optical signals (and back) at the connectors. Monoprice has also developed a new detachable HDMI connector that leaves a micro-HDMI connector once removed. This makes it much easier to route the HDMI cable through a wall or conduit. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://monoprice.com/

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NAB 2018: Vitec Imaging Portable Videography Gear

Allison interviews Peter Roffe from Vitec Imaging Solutions about their Manfrotto gear tailored for the mobile videographer. Peter describes the Manfrotto TwistGrip, a portable, handheld device that supports a mobile phone, microphone, and LED light panel, all mounted on an accessory bar attached to an ergonomic handle. The handle can be detached from the accessory bar for more compact carry and storage. Vitec also provides a padded carrying case custom made for the handle, bar, and LED light. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://vitecgroup.com/

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NAB 2018: Hindenburg Journalist

Allison interviews Preben Friis and Chris Mottes from Hindenburg Systems about their Journalist digital audio workstation software. Hindenburg Journalist is a multitrack audio editor designed for podcasters, audio producers, and radio journalists. Journalist’s design and features are tailored for spoken-word productions and its focus is on storytelling. Journalist is an end-to-end digital audio workstation that allows the creator to 1) record voice & interview, 2) add sound & music, 3) organize the material, 4) edit the audio, and 5) publish the content. The setting is NAB Show floor in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Learn more at https://hindenburg.com/

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CSUN Assistive Tech Conference 2018: Smartbox

Allison interviews Dr. Chris Gibbons from Smartbox about their Grid 3 software and Grid Pad hardware to help people who can’t speak to communicate. Grid 3 is a complete Augmentative and Alternative Communication software package designed to help users communicate and connect with their world using symbols, text or a combination of both. With a simple and intuitive layout, Grid 3 allows users to edit a cell or create whole new grid sets with only a few taps. Changes on the go are made easy using the touch-friendly interface. Grid Pad hardware devices come in three flavors. Grid Pad Go is a small, thin and lightweight solution for people using touch or switch access on a portable device. Grid Pad Pro is a powerful device packed full of features including high-quality audio, multiple access options, and Smartbox’s Servus environment control. Grid Pad Eye includes all the features of the Pro model but with integrated eye gaze access. Grid Pad Eye is available with a wide range of cameras to suit individual needs. The setting is CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference in San Diego, CA. Learn more at https://thinksmartbox.com/

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CSUN Assistive Tech Conference 2018: AssisTech SmartCane

Allison interviews Manshul Belani from AssisTech Labs about their new SmartCane device for those who are blind or visually impaired. SmartCane is an electronic travel aid which fits on the top fold of the white cane. It serves as an enhancement to the white cane and overcomes its limitations by detecting knee-above and hanging obstacles such as the railings, tree branches, inclined ladders, etc. These obstacles do not have significant footprint on the ground and thus can result in injury to the head or upper body parts. For safe mobility, it is important that they are detected early. The cane has other uses as a spatial awareness device as it can detect presence or absence of objects in the surroundings. The setting is CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference in San Diego, CA. Learn more at http://smartcane.saksham.org.

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Seeing AI in the App Store

Seeing AI from Microsoft

Seeing AI scene laptopI’m going to talk about an accessibility app called Seeing AI developed by Microsoft and while you might not need this yourself, it’s a fascinating, free tool for iOS that has huge capabilities. I’m going to walk through how I heard about it and the problem it originally solved and then I’m going to do some crazy multi-media. I took a series of short videos using iOS’s built-in recording function of each of the tools within Seeing AI. The videos will be embedded in the blog post as I go along and I’ll play the audio from them for the podcast, setting up what’s going on in each segment.

I was alerted to Seeing AI by Kevin Jones (@kevinrj) after I did the review of the NiteIze Taglit, the little LED lights I clamp on my shirt for walking Tesla in the evening to keep from being plowed down by an unobservant motorist.  Kevin is blind and wanted to know if there was any physical indicator to tell him whether the light was on, off, or blinking.

Since there wasn’t a physical indicator on the Taglits, he asked if I’d test a free app called Seeing AI from Microsoft. This app does a ton of cool stuff and I’ll walk you through all of it, but let’s start with the problem Kevin wanted to solve.

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CSUN Assistive Tech Conference 2018: OrCam MyEye 2.0

Allison interviews Bryan Wolynski from OrCam about their new MyEye 2.0 artificial vision device for those who are blind or visually impaired. MyEye 2.0 is comprised of a 13 Mpixel camera that takes a photograph and speaks back to the wearer a description of the image contents, whether it be text, facial recognition or product recognition. The device also recognizes simple hand gestures, reads colors, identifies money notes, and tells the date and time with a turn of the wrist. The MyEye 2.0 device, about the size of a finger, magnetically attaches to the stem of your glasses. In addition to the camera, the device includes a processor and speaker which transmits the audio to the wearer’s ear. MyEye 2.0 is ideal for use at work or at school, at home or on the go. The setting is CSUN Assistive Technologies Conference in San Diego, CA. Learn more at https://orcam.com/en/myeye2/

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