CES 2017: Acoustic Arts Highly Directional Speakers

Allison interviews Myriam Marcetteau from Acoustic Arts about their highly directional speakers. This specialized speaker is designed to direct sound with a very narrow beam so that only the person at which the speaker is directed hears the audio. This device has applications where individuals in public settings (such as waiting rooms, transportation, museums and commercial centers) would like listen to audio without distracting others. The setting is the CES Unveiled show floor.

Learn more at akoustic-arts.com

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NC #573 BitTorrent Sync, Enigmo, Making Fire, Remote File Access with myDrobo and DroboAccess, Beurer GS485 Digital Glass Scale

Allister here standing in for Allison this week. I’ll tell you how I solved my OS X network drive problems. Then Dorothy, aka MacLurker, reviews the iOS game Enigmo. Next, inspired by Allison, I encourage you to play with fire. We hear from Drobo about their new myDrobo and DroboAccess services from the NAB conference. And finally, I review the Beurer GS485 digital scale.


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Make Your Own Fire

Allister here, still standing in for Allison.

About a month ago, Allison wrote a blog post entitled “I have made fire!” which briefly chronicled how she had imagined a change she wanted to make to a scripted, automated backup of the podfeet.com server and how she made that change all by herself, using knowledge gained in the last few years from Bart’s teachings on Chit Chat Across The Pond.

The final sentence in that post was this.

I know this is a silly little example, but it makes me so very happy to have been able to do such a simple little procedure, ALL BY MYSELF.

I agree, it is a silly little example. But I also know how happy it made Allison because I’ve been hooked on that feeling for over 30 years. If you’re listening to this podcast, there’s a reasonable chance you have an interest in technology, but how deep does your interest go? Continue reading “Make Your Own Fire”

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

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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

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#357 Kernel Panics, Quicken for Lion, My Talk Tools, Capti, FlyGrip, Home Networking

We had a kernel panic during the live show last week, and four tech mavens helped me figure out what caused it, George from Tulsa tells us about the new Quicken for Lion: Lion Compatible Quicken FAQ, Import Quicken Essentials Data into Quicken, Buy Lion Compatible Quicken from Intuit for $14.99. Two more reviews from the CSUN Persons With Disabilities Expo, My Talk Tools from mytalktools.com and Charm Tech Capti for a more accessible and enjoyable access to Firefox. Professor asks if there isn’t some way to protect his PowerPC Macs. FlyGrip iPhone and Android accessory from flygrip.com. In Chit Chat Across the Pond Bart goes on a rant about 3rd party cookies, and then gives us the higher division course on home networking, and the advantages of building your own network router.


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