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Blind Bargains Qast 15: The Book Of Jenny's Buzzer Beaters
Joe Steinkamp Wednesday, 13-May-2015 2:29 PM ET
We're excited to have Jenny Axler from HIMS International on the program this week. The Blaze ET is about to roll onto the launch pad. And we got some face time with Jenny to discuss that product in some detail. We also have news, Sound Off and the Last Word... but really... you came to hear about this new HIMS device right? Sure you did.
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In The News:
Interview: Jenny Axler Of HIMS International
HIMS has been very busy this year with announcements of the Smart Beetle braille display and the new edition to the Blaze line of products with the soon-to-be-released ET model. We caught up with Jenny Axler to talk about those devices and to also explore her journey on what it is like to move from the U.S. to South Korea. The Blaze ET differs from its older brother, the Blaze EZ, in that it sports a numeric keypad and a few extra buttons on the front of the device. The advanced ET is much more than a Booksense XT 2.0 though. In this interview Jenny outlines the feature set of the ET and gives us some background on a few new enhancements to the OCR and the new color identification mode.
For those in the U.S., who may have questions not covered in our interview, you can email them to email@example.com to learn more about the products discussed.
And if you're looking to purchase a Blaze EZ or soon an ET or Smart Beetle, check out the Hims page at A T Guys
First, two opposing viewpoints on our Apple watch article concerning deaf-blind users:
And from Darknexus:
On the KNFB update
And from Twitter,
Well Kev, it certainly should.
Linda sends in our first email asking about DVDs.
With my VCR/DVD player, it is all I can do just to get to the actual movie to listen to it, let alone get to an Audio Description Menu. Do you have recommendations for a special DVD player that truly works and is accessible, especially with menus?
Sadly we don't have much to offer in the realm of disc-based media solutions. You could capture just the audio tracks from your personally owned DVDs and the like, however, that would not be a good solution for group or family viewing with those who tend to like to watch the pictures on the TV. Also, while the number of titles with audio description in the U.S. is growing, it looks like online media may end up being the best delivery system for obtaining audio described content in the future. Ultra HD BluRay discs, yep that is the new format for watching video in 4k resolution, is in the initial stages of release. Generally the video disc based formats have been backwards compatible when it comes to playing the video format prior to the new hotness in home video playback. I.E. BluRay players will play DVDs. Therefore, recommending a standalone player of any kind might not be helpful to you as the electronics stores will be moving old players out of the channel to make way for the new 4k discs to play on the new 4k TVs they will want to sell this holiday season. Your best bet may be to look at using a computer for watching your disc-based media. There are a few programs that are screen reader friendly for video playback and most newer laptops/desktops have HDMI outputs for modern televisions.
Our next email is from Lewis.
We delve pretty deeply into this email on the show. But the short answer to much of what Lewis is asking is "No, not really". Beauty is in the eye, or ear, of the beholder. Your location, upbringing and exposure to disabilities can have a profound influence on how you react or interact with others. If someone's experience of who blind people are is based solely off of Stevie Wonder concerts, then they may think that we all can play music or like the idea of music as a profession. Moreover, we don't believe that someone has to identify themselves as a "blind musician", instead of just being a musician, if they don't feel comfortable saying so.
A few follow-ups, amongst one or two other articles, fill out the last portion of our show this week.
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Displaying 1 comment.cw Monday, 18-May-2015 10:04 AM ET:
This show is as good as always and I enjoyed it. The blaze ET sounds interesting, but I am having a hard time convincing myself into buying it when it comes out. If some has an IPhone, what is there in this device for them. On the IPhone, there is the voice dream reading app along with the bard app and the learning ally app. Of course, there is the KNFB scanning app. Other than the ease of use that this device is promising with the file browser, is there something else I am missing? It looks like it is being aimed somewhere between the EZ and the IPhone. I am not trying to say this device is useless, because it is not. Another thing that may be asked by some is why this device over the victor stream or the book port. To me, the built in camera with the OCR gives it an edge over the other devices that might come close, but is it Werth the extra price? I guess the thing that brings up all the questions is the fact that I am having a hard time finding a place in my life for this device even though I would like to own one. In some ways, I can see a point in having a device to read books on that is separate from the IPhone. I currently using a different phone then the IPhone, but I do have my share of IOS devices and I guess I am trying to figure out what slot this device fills for me that an app on the IOS devices does not fill.
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Joe Steinkamp is no stranger to the world of technology, having been a user of video magnification and blindness related electronic devices since 1979. Joe has worked in radio, retail management and Vocational Rehabilitation for blind and low vision individuals in Texas. He has been writing about the A.T. Industry for10 years and podcasting about it for nearly 5 years.
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