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Blind Bargains Qast 60: The Final Bar Code
Joe Steinkamp Sunday, 01-May-2016 9:26 PM ET
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This week Ricky and Joe provide a review of the I.D. mate Galaxy, the newest model in the popular I.D. mate Bar code Scanner line, from En-Vision America. We also have a Twitter tip, "Sound Off" and the opposite of "Inbox 0" in the "Last Word". So get ready to separate your tuna from your cat's can of tuna with BBQ 60!
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Hardware Review: I.D. Mate Galaxy
Does the community need a dedicated bar code scanner these days? There is an app for everything it seems. With that said, Ricky and joe show off the I.D. Mate Galaxy to demonstrate why you might want to consider not using your phone/tablet for tasks like scanning and sorting. The unit is rugged, it is light, but more than that... it is fast. There are more than 3.5 million items in the unit's database. it can even go to the internet to get more if an item isn't already on board. Better yet, if someone else has scanned the item, the Galaxy has a shared library from other users which might be a good thing for those limited edition M&Ms we mentioned last week. En-Vision America offers a payment plan option for the I.D. Mate Galaxy and you can learn more about the device by visiting the Galaxy's product page.
Tip: Twitter Timelines for the official iOS app
The latest versions of the official Twitter app follow the Facebook trend of organizing posts according to what some computer algorithm thinks you should see first. To get Twitter back to the way you know it, open the app and head to the "Me" tab at the bottom. Then select Settings and choose the Timeline option. Change the status of the button in this area in order to restore time and space back to their linear chronological, okay just logical, layout. Note, you may have to close the app and even reboot your device for the changes to take effect.
This week we throw the spotlight on a couple of comments from previous shows. Up first, from Ep 58, here s nycki96.
We were talking mostly about a formatted system, or even one purchased without an OS installed, but we agree that most of the newer systems from an OEM probably won't run into the issue of no speech on a Windows install. Perhaps one day USB C audio, or other plug and play hardware options, will help those who want the ability to slash and burn the old and start a new with a clean install of Windows. Next, from Episode 59, MattFromFlorida.
Finally, from the Emails, a message from Adam about a topic that seems to keep coming back.
Music and messages make up our final stories ...
Can you believe we are less than two months away from the Summer Conventions? Well, before we get there we have to get through Google i/o, Apple's WWDC and a whole lot of talk about Microsoft's Windows 10 Anniversary Edition. Be sure to stay with us as the news should prove to be hotter than the summer temps.
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Displaying 1 comment.MattFromFlorida Monday, 02-May-2016 9:57 PM ET:
About the ID mate: well I have own two so far the Id mate 2 and now the ID mate Quest. When you scan something and it is not in the data base or on the net when it goes out to search for it on the net. When you record your message and then you push the select button to share it you don’t share it with the world. What you do is share this with Envision America! Then they put it in the data base and when they send out a update to the data base and if you have a ID mate then it will read it the next time. That is if you updated your data base! You are not sharing this with the world and they scan this and it goes out and hear your voice saying it. Till Envision America puts it in their data base it is not available to others. Also what it goes out and looks for on the net is not someone recording but data base of barcodes. Then it will if found that bar code in a data base it will tell you. But it has to be a data base that is written for that bar code. Not spoken. There is several reason for this one lots of people does not just speak one certain language and also you might not be able to understand these people as well as a privacy thing not everyone wants there voice to be heard all over the world. So in a nut shell what you have said about the sharing of the data base is wrong! It don’t work like that! Also Schwan’s products even though they are in the data base for some reason the scanners cannot hardly find and scan Schwan’s product. This goes for the Quest and the summit and I think the galaxy is having problems with Schwan’s as well from what I can tell from the ID mate email list as Envision America has come on the list asking about Schwan’s products. Now for some reason the ID mate 2 does scan these bar codes from Schwan’s but of course they are not in the ID mate2 data base so you need to know what it is to record it. but with the Old ID mate 2 there is no way to share with Envision America. Now Envision America is saying it is the size and color of the barcodes from Schwan’s. That is the problem. I would say it is more than that. That is just part of the problem as in that case the ID mate 2 would not scan the bar codes as well. but it does just fine with them! So I think it is a problem with the scanning part of the unit and maybe color as well but it is not all just Schwan’s. If it was then the ID mate 2 would not work on them either! Now don’t get me wrong I love my ID mate both the ID mate 2 and the Quest! Both works just as good as the day I got them. Nothing is perfect ! The ID mate units all them is amazing ! I don’t know what I would do without mine! So just thought I would share a little! Matt From Florida
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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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