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#ACB17 Audio: HIMS Launches Through The Atmosphere With Polaris



We were there when the newest member of the Braille Sense family was announced back in march. Dave Wilkinson, manager for both the Polaris and the National Education division, returns to our microphones to commemerate the recent launch of the braille notetaker. Dave will outline some of the features, layout and aspects of the polaris that have changed since the debut announcement. He'll also provide some audience Q&A throughout the recording. The Braille Sense Polaris is shipping now and you can learn even more about it by visiting the product page at the HIMS website.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Humanware Hits The Highlights In Braille And Video Magnification



Mike Tindell was one of the busiest people in Sparks. Product demonstrations, mini tutorials on new devices and he may have even dealt a few hands of Blackjack down in the casino for all we know. Joe found Mike drinking a cup of coffee and decided that he might be able to coax a few words about what was new at Humanware out of him between sips. hear Mike talk about upcoming changes to the Braille note Touch, launch information about the Brailiant 14 and what's new with the recently released Connect Video Magnifier. Also, if you haven't heard it already, you can hear Joe and Greg Stilson discuss the new Victor Reader Trek in depth in our latest BB Qast Special. Remember you can order many of these products by contacting Humanware directly or by direct purchase from their website.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Distance Viewing and OCR in The Palm of Your Hand with the Optelec Compact 6



The Optelec US Twitter account suggested that attendees should visit the VFO booth to see the newly announced Compact 6, so Joe thought he should do just that. hear Joe Chung, Director of Sales and Professional Products - Western United States for VFO, take us on a tour of the feature set of the new portable Video Magnifier now debuting in the Compact line. A physical description, a discussion of the touch interface and some good use cases for the unit are sprinkled throughout this interview. The Compact 6 is in the pre-production portion of its life cycle with a launch of the product coming very soon. To learn more about this magnifier, and other brands within VFO, visit the company's website.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Stay In Style With The Products At Braille Design



Meka White takes some time to see what Alice Woodside Lynch brought to convention. What she found was that you needed to see Alice early, as many of her cane charms, bracelets and other fantastic jewelry was incredibly popular -- especially if you wanted matching tokens of Labs, Sheppards and other Service Animals to wear as earrings, necklaces or other adornments. Check out the interview to hear what other products were a hit at ACB. And don't forget you can pick up items by visiting Alice on the web.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Let Me Hear Your Money Talk With The Help Of The Bureau Of Engraving And Printing



Meka White spoke with Lydia Washington about the continuing work that the U.S. Treasury Bureau of Engraving and Printing is doing to aid in the access of currency. Apps such as the iPhone based iNote and the Android based Ideal Currency Identifier are great for those who rely on smartphones for their primary forms of access. However, thanks to Orbit Research, you can obtain a free easy to use iBill MoneyReader that will identify currency without having to use a smartphone. Visit the BEP website to download the application needed to qualify you for this free service in order to obtain an iBill. It is also a good site to gain more information about currency accessibility in general.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Guide Lights And Gadgets Top 5



Barry barely had a voice left by the time Joe caught up with him at his booth on the Exhibit Hall floor. That's because his products were very popular with the convention crowds. Barry takes us on a tour of the 5 products that moved the most out of his hands and into those of eager customers. From speakers to unique battery charge options, Guide Lights and Gadgets has something for every price point. To order any of the products mentioned in this interview, head over to the company's website for contact information.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Love Is Still The Loudest For Ginny Owens



Joe caught up with the fabulous Ginny Owens to find out how her tour was going since her last appearances on the BB Qast. Ginny talks life on the road and how prep is going for her forthcoming book. Ginny is also making plans to begin her own podcast soon. The show will focus on compelling inspirational stories she has amassed through her travels. Ginny brought her recently released merchandise, including a beautiful T-Shirt, to convention. Visit her website to snag one of your very own. You can hear clips of "Love Be The Loudest" in our multi episode celebration of the album's launch last year. Part one can be found in episode 79 with the second portion in BBQ 81.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Be Seen And Be Heard With Elegant Insights Jewelry



Laura Legendary, co-founder of the Fashionability Channel and podcast, is no stranger to those who have heard our summer convention coverage before. This year Laura truly broadens her product lines by adding items for the celebration of those in Pride communities. She also has some "jingly jangly" charms that are perfect for the sun worshiper, the butterfly fan and the nature lover in all of us. Her jewelry is very tactile and stylish. To learn more, and visit with the woman herself, travel to the Elegant Insights website.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: What's All The Buzz About With Triumph Technology?



Earle Harrison chatted with Meka White about several of the products offered by Triumph Technology. From one of the world's smallest Braille Displays to mobility aids like the Buzz Clip, Triumph has something for you. Visit this proud Minnesota-based company's [website](https://attriumph.com/ to purchase any of the products mentioned in this interview.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Accessible Television Beams Down To DirecTV And U-Verse



J.J. managed to find time away from the A.T. Guys booth to post some convention coverage of his own. In this interview John Herzog, Accessibility Solutions Engineer, describes the many advancements AT&T media based products have been gaining since November 2016. Both the DirecTV apps for Android and iOS are speech friendly now with their respective screen readers. John will take us on a tour of the iOS app with stops by the DVR Manager and live TV functions. You will also hear how you can turn on the talking guide on your DirecTV box along with some other information about accessing your secondary audio. John will also provide information about how similar features can be utilized via the U-Verse apps. All of this amazing access is free to U-Verse and DirecTV subscribers. The Talking Guide page at DirecTV has more information about this new feature of the subscription television service.
And visit this page to learn more about U-Verse and audio description.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: There Is Something Going On At Speed Dots



Meka White provides her very first interview for the BB Qast in this special look at the Speed Dots booth. Hear Rachel Feinberg tells Meka about products like the power Cube. Plus the screen protectors, talking thermometers and Bluetooth accessories that the company is already known for are on full display. Head over to the Speed Dots website to learn more about the various items in the catalog.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Turn Down The Sheets The Right Way With Distinctive Beddings



Joe learned a few new terms at ACB 17 that he would like to share with you all. "Accessible Bedding" and "Stay Put Bedding" were terms Joe wasn't familiar with before he started this interview with Ruby Russell and Louie Scheel, who happen to be the co-founders of Distinctive Beddings. But these terms may just begin to slip into conversation with others, as these new linen items may just be the greatest thing ever for those of us who never enjoyed making beds with perfectly straight seams or hospital corners.
To learn more about these Egyptian 400-thread count sateen weave sheets, and the other bedding accessories, visit the company's website. Pre-ordering begins soon for a December delivery.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at https://hims-inc.com to learn more.

#ACB17 Audio: Read It, Scan It, Guide It With Irie-AT



Joe caught up with Cody Mitchell, of Irie-AT, and wow there was a ton of things to see there. Irie-AT is the master distributor for Dolphin Computer Access in the U.S. Dolphin just released their free iOS app, with Android version coming soon, Easy Reder. This app allows you to find articles and information from a number of services like NFB Newsline and RNIB. Dolphin also produces Dolphin Guide. Additionally, Joe learned much about the new Guide solutions such as the Guide Pod and Guide Reader. Of course, Dolphin produces the Supernova line of screen magnification and screen reader products for Windows-based computers. But, as they say, "that isn't all", on display at the Irie-AT booth. There are product lines from ReHan, VisionAid and Index embossers to talk about. With so many products covered, you may just want to travel on over to the Irie-AT website to learn more about all of them.

Sponsor: HIMS, Inc.
Braille sense Polaris is shipping! The future is now. Check out the first Google certified futureproof notetaker with no touchscreen required. Visit us on the web at http://www.hims-inc.com to learn more.

2017 Summer Convention Special: the Journey Continues For Humanware And the Victor Reader Trek



Another convention and another special where we take a long look at a new product. This time, Greg Stilson of Humanware sits down with Joe to talk about the new Victor Reader Trek. It is everything you know about the Trekker line of products, along with everything you love about the Victor Reader Stream and a heck of a lot more rolled into a spiffy new device. In this special, you will hear about what led into the design of the Victor Reader Trek, what comes in the box, what voices it supports, a GPS navigation demonstration, discussions on availability and of course the price. Greg notes that the best way to secure your new Victor Reader Trek is to contact Humanware directly. We'll be speaking with Greg again soon about this device. So send along any questions not asked in this special to feedback@blindbargains.com and we will provide the answers in a later podcast.

Blind Bargains Qast 107: The Convention Special Before the Conventions



With conventions on the horizon, the show will sound just a bit different this week and includes one fewer host, but it's still packed with lots of useful info. PK Mishra stops by to talk about the O6, a portable device which can let you control VoiceOver and more by turning a dial. Scott Davert demonstrates a new speaker dock that we're not really sure how to pronounce, and it's time for the annual A T Guys summer product showcase. While you're soaking in the sun or packing for Reno or Orlando, we hope you enjoy episode 107.

Blind Bargains Qast 106: Snopes, Snoops And The Electric Fence



We're beginning to gear up for summer conventions and A T Guys will be at both Exhibit Halls with the new micro-Speak Digital Voice Recorder. You can pre-order yours or other products with codes ACB17 and NFB17 and pick up your products at the booth. Whether you're attending or not, we've got a demonstration of the new Micro-Speak which will give you a feel for this product before you arrive. Stay tuned for more A T Guys product announcements soon.

Blind Bargains Qast 105: J-Say Surround Baseball



Speakers and dictation are just some of the ground we cover this week. Joe catches up with Brian Hartgen to talk new products, J.J. tosses in a Bose speaker review and a tip plus we throw out a curve ball in the "Last Word". Be sure to limber up in the "on Deck Circle" before you enter the Batter's Box that is BBQ 105.

Blind Bargains Qast 104: WWDZZZZ



J.J., Joe and Scott (who came up with the episode title during our live tweeting of this event) sit down to discuss what was shown in Apple's 2017 WWDC Keynote. New hardware and some insights into what is in store for iOS 11 takes center stage in our conversation. However, we widen our scope to talk about Apple Watch and that "one more thing" everyone knew was coming. So stick your Air Pods in... it is an Applecentric BBQ.

Blind Bargains Qast 103: Hero Of The Universe



Reading and food might just be two of the things we excel at the most here on BBQ. Reading about food is also a fun thing we do from time to time. This week we'll feature segments on reading, food and some painful audio in the "Last Word". We'll speak with Alex Tavares and Cory Kadlik about the Read Read, a device which can help blind students learn braille. We take a visit back to the Blind Bargains test kitchen for another appliance. But rest assured that there are no cats mentioned in this episode. Okay, one cat does make an appearance. We're just not saying where.

Blind Bargains Qast 102: Guitar Talk, Love And Droids



As the title suggests,
we have conversations about music and Google i/o this week. 2C Music's Sean Creaven stops by to discuss his project's crowd funded initiative for learning the guitar. Joe provides us with a tip and the Last Word will have you thinking about outdoor cafes in a whole new way. And that is just some of what's in store for you in episode 102.

Blind Bargains Qast 101: I Don't Know About That



Dave Williams, host of the Braillecast podcast, joins J.J. and Joe to talk a whole lot about Braille Displays this week. We also talk about how Site City is unique when compared to similar shows in the U.S. and the big news from VFO. We have a tip and some Amazon related "Last Word" as well. So limber up your Braille reading fingers and dive into episode 101 of the blind bargains Qast.

Blind Bargains Qast 100: Show Me, Don't Tell Me



Dave Williams is back with us to provide some insight on the newly announced Humanware Braille Display in an interview from Sight City with Humanware's Greg Stilson. Joe takes some steps in the kitchen with his Google Home and J.J. brings along a unique link to share in this week's "Last Word". So quiet your smart assistants, it is episode 100 of the BBQ.

Blind Bargains Qast 99: Surface LapBookTop



You might think that May would be a slow month for news. Well, for the second year in a row, that doesn't seem to be true. We have new hardware news, merger talk and Microsoft held an Education event this past week. Toss in a tip, "Sound Off" and the "Last Word" in the mix for even more audio goodness. Who knew that 99 meant the number of minutes rather than an episode number!

Blind Bargains Qast 98: The Blind Film Critic... in Space!



Summer is almost here, and with it comes a bumper crop of new summer movies. We've got a real live film critic on hand, [Jay Forry, to give some suggestions about which cinematic extravaganzas are the best for beating the heat in a cool movie theater this season. We also have some tips on using your Google Home, plus "Sound Off" and the regular topics in the Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 97: Scurry Home Narrator



The Easter Bunny may have taken all his candy with him last weekend. However, he did leave behind some gems in all that fake grass that seems to never come out of the carpet no matter how many times you roll a vacuum over the blasted stuff. J.J. continues his typing lessons with David Pinto, Joe compares prices with his fave kitchen scanning device and we have Steven Clower on hand for a mac related tip. All of that plus the "Sound Off" and "Last Word" in one more episode that moves us ever closer to the triple digit mark.

Blind Bargains Qast 96: And You'll Start Typing, 96 Keys



Rest your fingers on that home row, and get ready for another Blind Bargains Qast with variety. David Pinto of YesAccessible joins J.J. for part 1 of a demo of TypeAbility, a typing tutor program for the PC. We also demo the NutriBullet blender, include a Windows 10 cleanup tip, and talk music and smartthings in our last word.

Blind Bargains Qast 95: No Really, This is a Normal Show



This week, we got a bit of something for everyone. John Taylor from Irie-AT demonstrates the new Index FanFold-D V5 braille embosser. Listener Aaron Spears demonstrates a Bluetooth bathroom scale, and we have just a bit of feedback from last week's podcast. All of that and a bit of technology and legos in last word for podcast 95.

Blind Bargains Qast 94: A Normal Show



J.J., Joe and Patrick are back in the studio to talk news post CSUN. And there tends to be a bit of a theme this go around as we talk about stories with numeric values. TalkBack 5.2, WCAG 2.1 and that brand new Apple File System in the iOS 10.3 update take center stage this week. We also have a tip and a quick look at "Sound Off". This episode is shorter than usual, however, you may find it memorable just the same.

Blind Bargains Qast 93: The 2017 #CSUNATC17 Wrap-up Show; Promises Promises



Blind Bargains Qast 93: The 2017 #CSUNATC17 Wrap-up Show; Promises Promises

We may not be the fastest at publishing our CSUN wrap-up show (it takes some time to recover, ya know?), but we betcha it'll be one of the most informative. Now that things have begun to sink in, J.J., Joe, The Parallel's Shelly Brisbin, and Scott Davert discuss what they saw and heard while covering CSUN from San Diego and beyond.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Hims GoVision Updates and Highlights



The GoVision Transportable Video Magnifier from Hims has received some updates in recent months in both hardware and software. It's now available in 19 and 24-inch models and can be paired with a secondary full-page OCR camera. A recent firmware update supports .PDF among other features. Listen in as Paul Stevenson from Hims gives a tour of the current version of the GoVision and answers questions from session attendees. You can learn more from the Hims GoVision page.

We would like to thank Hims for sponsoring this content from CSUN 2017, and encourage you to look out for our CSUN wrap-up podcast coming soon.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: The Song of the Grackle Makes Google Docs More Accessible



Automated accessibility checking is a common tool used to help website owners make their sites more usable for disabled users, and now this same idea is available in the Google Suite of products. Shelly speaks with Jeff Mills, one of the cofounders of Grackle Docs, to learn about this add-on that can be installed into Google Docs to check for common accessibility errors. The company has several free and paid tools which integrate with a variety of Google services.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: HandyTech's Actilino is a 16-cell Swiss Army Knife



The Actilino is a new 16-cell braille display which features HandyTech's signature Active Tactile Control which will scroll text based on the position of your fingers. It also includes basic notetaking functions, a microphone, and Bluetooth speaker and can be paired with up to 3 devices at once. TO learn more, Chancey speaks with Earle Harrison, President of Triumph Technology and Sigi Kipke, CEO and Owner of HandyTech who both talk about the display and the future of braille technology.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: The eSight 3: Faster, Smaller, Cheaper Glasses to Improve Vision



The eSight 3 is a set of electronic glasses that can help to improve vision for those with some sight, especially for those with central vision loss. The new version is faster, lighter, and priced lower than the previous model at $9,995. Shelly speaks with Patrick Wallace, Vice President of Business Development for eSight, who talks about the latest advancements in eyeware from the company and how they may help low vision users.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Hims BrailleSense Polaris Debut



The BrailleSense Polaris received a lot of attention at the CSUN conference including at a session from Hims on Friday morning. In this CSUN session podcast, Dave Wilkinson, Damian Pickering, and Matthew Gonzalez talk more about the device and answer audience questions.
You can learn more by visiting the BrailleSense Polaris page on the Hims website.

We would like to thank Hims for sponsoring this content from CSUN 2017, and encourage you to look out for our CSUN wrap-up podcast coming soon.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: The KNFB Reader for Windows Unveiling



The KNFB Reader for Windows was officially anounced at CSUN, bringing a low-cost OCR solution to the PC market. Although the $19.95 initial price is no longer available, the Windows 10 app still clocks in at under $100. Listen to the unveiling from the Microsoft Suite at the conference with KNFB's James Gashel and Joel Zimba and Microsoft's Jenny Lay-Flurrie.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Rehan Electronics Shows off the Acuity Desktop Video Magnifier with OCR



The Acuity is a 22-inch touch screen desktop video magnifier with multi-touch technology which acts as a plug-and-play magnification and OCR solution. Shelly speaks with Seamus Doyle, President of Irish company Rehan Electronics to learn more about this product which is now being distributed in the U.S. by Irie-AT.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Aira Goes Beyond Exploring to Expand Crowd Assistance Options



Crowd assistance platform Aira is expanding and now opening up its app to a new round of users which they call pioneers. J.J. is joined by Aira CEO Suman Kanuganti to talk about the latest developments with the service including a new more affordable pricing level and app integrations including Uber.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Tapping Your Way to Faster Typing with a Wearable Keyboard



The Tap Strap Wearable Keyboard is a unique way to type with one hand, allowing you to input text into your phone using virtually any surface. Kyra Sweeney from Tap Systems joins guest interviewer Buddy Brannan to explain how this system works and can potentially be faster than touch typing using VoiceOver.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: TrySight Tries Windows 12-inch Magnifier, Stand-alone Reading Machine



TriSight specializes in magnification and OCR products and introduced two such devices at CSUN. The Mercury 12 is a WIndows-based tablet with magnification and full-page optical character recognition while the Patriot Voice Plus is a stand-alone reading machine which also accepts voice input. In this podcast, Shelly speaks with Umang Dua, the President of TrySight to learn about these products.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Read Your Books and Newspapers with the new Dolphin GuideReader



Dolphin has found a lot of success with their Guide product which provide a simple interface to reading and other features, and now they have taken this idea a step further with the Dolphin GuideReader, an all-in-one book and newspaper reading device in tablet or set-top box form. Shelly speaks with Dolphin Sales Director Steve Bennet who explains the machines and gives a brief demonstration in this podcast. The GuideReader is distributed in the U.S. by Irie-AT.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: How the U.S. Military and the DLA Benefit from CSUN



For tech companies, CSUN is largely about sharing, selling, and finding new products but there are many other reasons to attend a large assistive technology conference. J.J. speaks with Section 508 Program Engineer Noel Romey and Section 508 Program Manager Christina Larsen from the U.S. military's Defense Logistics Agency to learn about how their office helps disabled employees obtain the assistive technology they need and some of the other services they provide.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Amazon Rekindles the Fire with Expanded VoiceView



Amazon continues to expand the availability of their VoiceView screen reader for mobile devices while also embarking on a variety of accessibility initiatives. Shelly is joined by Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect for Amazon and Jamie Teh, Executive Director for NVAccess for an interview which features two live demos: reading kindle books with NVDA and accessing content with VoiceView for Amazon's Fire TV. Other initiatives from Amazon are also discussed in this podcast.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Desmos Makes Calculated Accessibility Moves with their Free Math Tools



Desmos is a company that uses the slogan "Beautiful, free math" and thanks to recent efforts, beautiful also means accessible. Jason Merrill is the lead engineer for the Desmos Graphing Calculator, a free tool that students or anyone can use to perform simple or mor advanced calculations. J.J. joins Jason who provides an audio demo of the calculator and explains some of the ways his team has made a visual graphing calculator more auditory. By the way, former AI Squared employee Steven Clower is also involved in this project, though some canceled flights prevented him from making an appearance with us this week.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: NorthState AT Enlarges Tablet Options for Low Vision Users



North State AT has featured specialized Android tablets which also do OCR and text-to-speech for awhile, but now they have expanded, or should we say contracted, their lineup to add a smaller 10-inch model as well as a Windows-based Tablet. Joe speaks with Cory Hanosh, owner of NorthState Assistive Technology, to learn about the company's latest options especially geared toward students and the education market.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Be my Eyes Nears One Million Available Eyes; Launching Updated App with New Features



Be My Eyes was one of the first of what we have commonly called crowd assistance apps and has expanded over the past two years to offer a network of hundreds of thousands of sighted volunteers helhelping tens of thousands of blind and visually impaired users. Alexander Hauerslev Jensen, who works with partnerships and business development for Be My Eyes, talks with Shelly about some of the latest developments with the app and what to expect in the next version for iOS and soon Android. The new app will let users request help with a specific specialty such as computers or cooking, add a rating system, and let volunteers select windows where they wish to be available among other features.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Reinecker Talks Mezzo, Magnification, and More



Reinecker Vision offers a range of desktop video magnifiers and reading systems, starting with a 16-inch model for under $2,000. Shelly is joined by Melissa Balbach, the Master Importer for Reinecker Vision, to get an update on the latest happenings from the company.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Second Sight May be able to Bring you Sight this Second



The Argus II Retinal Prosthesis System is a fancy name, but simply put,it is a system which can return vision to persons with certain eye conditions. It's also an operation that may be covered by insurance in some states. J.J. is joined by Duane Tsutsui, Head of Marketing for Second Sight Medical Products to learn about how the system works and also of upcoming field trials which may bring vision to a wider array of individuals.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Wearable Navigation with the Sunu Band Smart-Watch



The Sunu Band Ultrasonic Smart-Watch is a wearable device which includes a variety of sensors and features to aid the wearer in navigating indoor and outdoor spaces. J.J. is joined by Marco Trujillo, CEO of Sunu who tells us more about the device which will also soon connect to additional apps, such as those for GPS navigation and fitness tracking. Sunu will have mobile apps available soon as well.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Humanware is Updating All the Things



A year ago, Humanware debuted the BrailleNote Touch at CSUN as the first combination Android notetaker and tablet. Since that time, a lot has changed with the Touch and other Humanware products, so Joe caught up with Greg Stilson, Product Manager for Blindness Products for Humanware to learn what's happening. Version 3.0 of the BrailleNote Touch firmware, scheduled for release in March, has improved support for webviews, thanks to the use of newer Android accessibility components. KeyWord now will let you switch between multiple documents, and users can have up to 10 language profiles available at one time. Meanwhile, Version 2.0 of the Prodigi Connect now supports Bookshare which allows a user to read over 500,000 books directly on the device within the confines of the video magnifier. The Victor Reader Stream 2 has a new forthcoming release which focuses on updates for European countries including support for dynamic menus, a feature used especially by libraries. additionally, a numeric keypad mode has been added for input, notes can be renumbered, and time synchronization has been improved. Much more, including Greg attempting some math, is included in this extended interview.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Enhanced Vision has some MoJo, Plus the Return of the Jordy



There is a lot of magnification products at CSUN but Enhanced Vision has debuted something a bit different. The MoJo Electronic Monocular is a battery-operated and full-color monocular designed to view things that are near you such as text, store prices, or mail as well as some things further away including street signs. Joe speaks with Marc Stenzel, President of Enhanced Vision to learn about the MoJo and its many uses, including as a portable travel aid and a CCTV when placed in its docking station. Mark also teases the return of the Jordy, a popular head-mounted magnification unit which will relaunch in the coming months.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: The Dot Watch is Real, and Brings Braille to your Wrist



After a lot of waiting, the Dot Watch, the first refreshable braille smart watch, is just about ready for primetime. Alex Lee, Director of Sales and Marketing for Dot Incorporation joins J.J. to talk about the watch and its many features including display of the time and date, battery percentage in graphical form, and the ability to read notifications and incoming call alerts. More features will be added over time, largely powered by the Dot apps for iOS and Android.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: VFO Adds OCR to the ONYX Video Magnifier



The ONYX electronic video magnifier from Freedom Scientific, a part of VFO, now includes the capability to read text through OCR. Shelly speaks with Bill Kilroy, Sales Director for VFO's Northeast Territory, to learn about and hear a demo of this new magnifier. The new ONYX OCR features a 24-inch touch screen, distance viewing, a self view mode if you wish to magnify yourself, and the aforementioned OCR features.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: The NeoBraille Redux



The NeoBraille is a product we first played with in 2016 but it was subsequently retooled and improved before it was ever released. Thomas Simpson, the Director of Marketing for Irie-AT and Young-Gwan Noh, President and Tony Han, Sales Manager for NeoAccess join J.J. for an in-depth demonstration of the refreshed NeoBraille, which will soon be available for $4,995. The new version of this Android notetaker features Amazon Alexa support similar to the Amazon Tap as well as support for Amazon's App Store.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Price Check at Booth 401, Now Available for the I.D. Mate Galaxy



If you ever went to a store and wondered if you could buy the same item for less online, a new update for the I.D. Mate Galaxy may be of use. David Raistrick, Vice President and CTO for En-Vision America joins Joe to talk about the new online price check feature which will contact Amazon, Walmart, Jet, and other stores to see how much that item you scanned will cost.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: The Winding and Long Road for NVAccess



We love the candidness from the expanding team at NVAccess about the direction that NVDA is taking and were thrilled they came over to our suite to share some of the latest developments. J.J. is joined by Jamie Teh, Reef Turner, Quentin Christensen, and Mick Curran to discuss a variety of topics including expanded Amazon Kindle and Microsoft Office support, new and expanded training materials, and a certification program that is now available for trainers. We also explore some of the possibilities for the future including contracted braille input and discuss the screen reader landscape and how NVDA fits into the future of assistive technology.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: A Relatively Affordable Production Braille Embosser from American Thermoform



Introduced last summer at the World Blind Union and ICEVI General Assembly in Orlando, The Braillo 300 S2 is a redesigned double-sided embosser which prints on tractor feed paper at 300 characters per second or roughly 1,000 pages per hour. Robert Jaquiss, Sales Engineer for American Thermoform Corporation tells J.J. more about this embosser which is designed for transcribing houses and schools. These machines are built for longevity, and users could theoretically get replacement parts 30 years from now, according to Jaquiss. The commercial-grade embosser retails for $23,000 but is on sale for 10 percent off for a limited time.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Ambutech Gets Creative with Cane Tips and Accessories



Joe was looking forward to his annual trek to the Ambutech booth to talk with Gordon, but apparently Gordon was trying to hide from Joe. Instead, we bring you the equally capable Mellyssa Light who works with customer service for Ambutech to learn about a variety of new products from the company. A new flex tip can contour itself based on different surfaces and can be used for either tapping or gliding. IN addition, A new adapter will help those who may have purchased the wrong type of tip for their cane. They also showed a prototype of a new type of cane hook which attaches to the top of a cane and designed to balance the cane and lessen fatigue. A high mileage roller ball tip is designed for those who travel often and lasts 2 to 3 times longer than the traditional roller ball tip.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: AudioEye Wants to Fix Accessibility Errors through Technology



AudioEye is a company which believes they can fix inaccessible websites through technology instead of consultants and one day hopes that all website accessibility errors can be fixed automatically. Joe speaks with Jeffrey Jones, Vice President of Technology for AudioEye to explore just how much computer intelligence can solve the world's web accessibility problems.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: A Graphic Interview with APH and Orbit Research on the Graphiti Tablet



The American printing House and Orbit Research brought their latest toys to CSUN including the latest prototype of the Graphiti, a graphical tactile tablet which was announced last summer J.J. gets a live demo from Ken Perry, an engineer and project manager for APH and Venkatesh Chari, President/CTO of Orbit Research in this podcast. The Graphiti has quite a few possible applications, many of which are still being explored including support for graphing calculators and tactile games. It can also act as a display for computers and will feature an open API for anyone who wants to write their own code to interface with the unit. Expect the Graphiti to land some time in 2018.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Right-Hear App Helps you Find What's Here and There While Indoors



Indoor navigation is a topic that has been gaining more attention of late, and an Israeli startup demonstrated a solution which is now available for iOS and Android. Shelly speaks with Idan Meir from Right-Hear to learn about their accessible navigational solution and also heads downstairs to try out a live demo at the Grand Hyatt. You can find the free app on Google Play or the iTunes App Store.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Acustica Says They Have the Watch for All Senses



Acustica bills themselves as "The Swiss Watch for all senses"". Joe is joined by Stephan Morker from the Swiss Association Of and For the Blind to learn more about this watch which includes Swiss Quartz movement, a vibration module, and speech output among other features. They are looking for a U.S.-based distributor and hope to be ready for release by Christmas 2017.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: Baum Unlocks the Future of the Vario Ultra While Magnifying Visio Magnifier Options



Following up on our recent coverage of the next software release of the VarioUltra, David Bradburn, President of BaumUSA joins Joe to talk about what's new in the latest release for this smart braille display. David discusses some of the new features including the ability to unlock an iPhone from the display, the Vario 340 USB braille display, and improvements to the VisioBook Video Magnifier which is sold in the U.S. by the American Printing House for the Blind. He also discusses the Visio 500, a CCTV designed specifically for workplaces, allowing for a computer keyboard to sit in front of the display's X-Y table.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUNATC17 Audio: A Star Is Born With The New HIMS Polaris



Joe and Dave Wilkinson, National Education Manager for HIMS, are hidden away in an undisclosed location in order to give listeners a deeper dive into the newest in the Braille Sense product line. The Braille Sense polaris, shipping later in 2017, is a 32 braille cell notetaker that sports a slim design with the same quiet Braille input keys HIMS is already known for in the Industry. Hear Dave take Joe on a tour of some of the menus, basic features and a surprise or two along the way. To learn more about the Polaris, visit http://www.hims-inc.com

Find all of our CSUN coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2017 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

Blind Bargains Qast 92: California Knows How To party, Dreaming



ElBraille splashed onto the scene at last year's CSUN. Yet not much is known about it beyond those initial waves. J.J. sits down with Adi Kushnir, who has been working with the Elita Group, to talk about what has changed and what we can expect from it in the very near future. We also have the Caped Crusader as a guest for the tip, conversations about Ride Sharing in "Sound Off" and we take a trip down the old dusty trail in the "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 91: Bringin' Sexy BrailleBack



Chances are, dear Listener of this humble podcast, you might enjoy the occasional audiobook from time to time. Have you ever pondered the history of the Talking Book medium? In this week's episode we'll do just that with author Matt Rubery, cover some of the latest news from around the Blindness A.T. sphere and then marvel at the strands of time in the "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 90: Side-eye Squared



A more traditional BBQ awaits those who download the episode this week. J.J. and Joe return with news and thoughts on Ridesharing trips to busy places. Shelly Brisbin, this time in prerecorded interview form, has an interview about the new ZoomText 11. Plus we have words for the "Last Word". Throw in a tip about Apple TV, audio mix well, and let sit until fully downloaded. Served best in stereo. Enjoy!

Blind Bargains Qast 89: Umano Jelly Flops



We've finally put 2016 to bed and now it is time to begin the march to CSUN 2017. Before we can do that, however, we need to talk about ATIA. Shelly Brisbin
is with us to talk about that show and if it is still relevant. And if so, then who is the audience for this show now? We also have a great trip tip from Patrick, "Sound Off" and the first "Last Word" of 2017.

Blind bargains Qast 88: The Year In AT 2016: Part 2



The run up to the biggest Blindness and Low Vision stories of 2016 continues. Shelly, Jamie and Joe provide commentary on the results of the BBQ Regulars poll of what events impacted the community the most in 2016. Then, as per the tradition of our group over the years, some minor speculation transpires on what our hosts believe might be some of the big news for 2017.

Blind Bargains Qast 87: The Year In AT 2016: Part 1



The time has come once again to look back at the stories that rose to the top of our collective consciousness for the year that was 2016. Our BBQ Regulars have voted with their opinions making up the list that Joe, Jamie Pauls and Shelly brisbin will summarize over the next two episodes. Yep, this show only contains 5 of the 10 stories on the list. And that is because some of the news sparked some interesting, deep conversations amongst the team. Braille, voice access, security concerns and more comprise just some of the topics covered in the bottom half of our countdown.

Blind Bargains Qast 86: The Unboxing Process Of 2016



BBQ's second year sure had some amazing highlights. industry-changing news, compelling interviews and just a few crazy moments from the "Last Word". in this episode we'll look back at what our listeners found the most intriguing during 2016. And then, as many of the BBQ Staff feared, Patrick will drop in with some audio we will have wished he left on the floor of the Editing Bay. it s all here, From "courage" to cringeworthy, this is Blind Bargains Qast 2016.

Did your favorite clip make the Top 10 list? Let us know on Twitter,
email us at feedback@blindbargains.com or just post your thoughts in the comment section below.

Blind Bargains Qast 85: Attractive and Sporty



This is the last of our normal format shows for the year. That means the "Year In A.T. 2016" is right around the corner. But before we push out Old Man Winter, for Baby New Year, we will begin to think about our soon to be left by the wayside New year's Resolutions. BBQ Regulars Ricky Enger and Lisa Salinger are on board to talk about fitness devices and their access. There is also a tip, "Last Word" and an A T Guys discount code for those who have waited to the last possible minute to nab their holiday gifts. Make yourself a warm cup of Cocoa and nestle up by the roaring fire for this episode of the Blind Bargains Qast.

Blind Bargains Qast 84: Curb Cut Equasions



This show has something for everyone. There is educational value as we have Pearson on board to talk about math. J.J. demos the Audio Game Hub for your amusement. Also, A Listener submitted tip, more about Google Home and then the show goes to the dogs in the Last Word". This is possibly one of the more diverse programs we've ever done in 84 episodes.

Blind Bargains Qast 83: The 2016 Holiday Shopping Guide



Welcome to our 2nd annual Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide. This year, we've brought the deals straight to your audio feed. Sit back and relax as some of your favorite merchants, or perhaps some that are new to you, tell you about their latest products and services as well as some holiday deals. We'd like to sincerely thank all of the companies who were apart of this show. Below you'll find information about each company in the order they appear in the show.
Be sure to stay with Blind Bargains for lots of deals from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond. We hope you have a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving and we'll be back to our normal? format next week.

Blind Bargains Qast 82: Are You Feeling Lucky?



Home is where the Google is... no wait. Google Home is in the house? Never mind. Our resident Gadget Guy Liam is with J.J. and Joe to talk about the new Google Home. We'll also talk a bit of news, hear a tip, check in with "Sound Off" and play a few games with the Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 81: Everything Is Awesome



Turkey and stuffing are right around the corner. So why not have some good comfort food for the ears as well? this episode features the second portion of our interview with the delightful Ginny Owens. Along with that, there are the usual suspects like Sound Off", the "Last Word" and J.J. with a Mac tip of all things.

Blind Bargains Qast 80: Thunderbolts And Lightning



Spoiler warning, as we thought, this episode is full of event talk. Jeff Bishop, who just so happened to be on the actual Microsoft Campus during the big event in NYC, gives his impressions on many of our technology topics. We also managed to fit in some news and a "Last Word" too. So grab your dongles, sit back and relax while we discuss Apple and Microsoft.

Blind Bargains Qast 79: Ginny Owens Sound Ramp



This week we have part 1 of an extended interviewwith musician Ginny Owens, news and an important update in "Sound Off". Due to the recording schedule, we won't be discussing Microsoft or Apple's recent events. Rest assured, in episode 80, we'll dive right into that for sure. Darn the tech gods and their not adhering to our calendar of events!

Blind Bargains Qast 78: Triangle Chocolatey Goodness



Peanut butter and chocolate are a perfect example of how two separate things can come together to make one awesome thing. Today, as Ricky and J.J. demonstrate, we'll show how technology and cooking can fall into that same fantastic pairing with a discussion on the Instant Pot. We also have news, "Sound Off", the "Last Word" and a tip from Joe about web mail.

Blind Bargains Qast 77: This Note Is On Fire!



Looks like the News Spirits have provided this week, as we have plenty to cover at the top of the show. The Gadget Guy drops by briefly, J.J. has a tip and we discuss some feedback in the "Sound Off". Then, speaking of spirits, be sure to hear how they also influenced the "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 76: andromeda Daydream Assistant



The Google fall event did bring us the new hardware we wanted. Or did it? J.J. and Joe talk all manner of G things in our Discussion Topic. We also have a quick bit of news, "Sound Off" and a tip of course. Additionally, we may have the most disturbing "Last Word" ... perhaps ever.

Blind Bargains Qast 75: Too Much Math



We've hit the lull between tech giant events. We'll attempt to fill that void by asking Patrick a whole lot of questions about his new iPhone. There is some news, "Sound Off', "Last Word" and a special tip from Shelly Brizbin too. But we're killing time this week until we unleash our thoughts upon the Googleplex event coverage in episode 76. Our poor, poor wallets!

Blind Bargains Qast 74: CSON17



Our devices aren't bricked by iOS 10. So we are left to our own devices to bring you this week's news and an interesting viewpoint in our Discussion Topic. We also have the returns of the "Last Word" and "Sound Off". Plus, as he promised, Scott has an iOS 10 tip.

Blind Bargains Qast 73: Dongles And Stuff



The big event happened and there are opinions aplenty about it on the web. But let us add four more to the cacophony as J.J., Joe, Scott and Patrick weigh in on the controversy in an iPhone Plus-sized Discussion-filled episode.

Blind Bargains Qast 72: Millennial Cashtag Advisor



It was bound to happen really. With the Apple event so close, the well of news dried up for this episode. We'll cover the news, what there is of it, but we called in the crew to provide us some feature content to go along with our tip and "Last Word". It's a darn good thing we have Patrick and Ricky around to help us in these dark times of a barren news cycle.

Blind Bargains Qast 71: Echoes Of Herbs And Spices



J.J. and Joe are back, and better than ever, with a week's worth of news. Plus, Scott is on board to talk about the Amazon Echo and voice remote. Sound Off, a tip and the "Last Word" round out this episode. So sit back and relax as the BBQ Crew prepares for takeoff down the podcast runway.

Blind Bargains Qast 70: The Bard On BARD



We're back from vacation. No really we are, with lots of news to catch up on from all that time away. J.J., Joe and Patrick might be a little rusty this week. However, that just allowed for some very interesting conversations in our Discussion Topic. Even with all this news, we managed to still find a way to fit in "Sound Off" and the "Last Word". And perhaps the first time we've ad-libbed a tip in the middle of a program.

Blind Bargains Qast 69: Just the T1p$



We get a ton of listener feedback and show suggestions in from social media and from, of course, feedback@blindbargains.com One of those ideas for a show involved a summary of our previous tips all rolled up and placed inside an episode of its very own. With J.J. traveling, Patrick on vacation and Joe about to be doing some traveling of his own, this seemed like the perfect time to act on this concept.

In this episode you will hear previous tips, along with a few new ones, from the BBQ Crew. Here are some of the links to the episodes where these tips originally resided.

HIMS Session #ACB16: Between The Braille Dots With Andy Leach And Jim Walton



Andy and Jim take this group on a tour of some of their favorite tips when working from the road on a HIMS Braille Display or from a Braille Sense notetaker. Listen to hear how you can stay connected to the world via Wi-Fi or mobile hotspot. Or Bluetooth, as you can pair your Braille device to a Blaze ET for even more portable access. To learn more about Blindness options available from HIMS, visit the product page at their website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#ACB16 Audio: Near Or Far, View And Scan With HIMS GoVision



We've featured the GoVision in our CSUN coverage, however, Joe hasn't gotten up close and personal with the unit for our BBQ fans until now. Paul shows Joe how the versatile arm of the device can allow a user to get up close and personal with their text no matter how close or far away it might be from the camera. Hear how GoVision differs from eBot and why you should consider this transportable unit if you find that you need a more deskbound Video magnifier solution. Need to know more? Head on over to the product page at the HIMS website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

Blind Bargains Qast 68: The Megatron Of Convention Wrap-up Shows



We ve spent a good bit of July hearing about the Exhibit Halls from both the NFB and ACB National Conventions here on BBQ. And we have done a few of those wrap-up shows in the past. But we ve not done one of those types of shows, or really any episode, live before. This show has everything Ride Hailing Apps, OCR, Notetakers, Braille Displays, a Tip, Sound Off and even a Last Word . Listen as Jeff Bishop, Byron Lee and Jeff Thompson from Blind Abilities join J.J. for this look at what was hot or not from the 2016 Summer Conventions.

#ACB16 Audio: Fantastic Fashion And More With Elegant Insights Braille Creations



Laura Legendary, fresh off her successful crowdfunding campaign, journeyed to Minnesota to show off a wide array of accessories and designs to help you stand out in a crowd of your own. Or, if you like hosting your parties instead, Laura describes some ideal accoutrements that are perfect for that next get together with friends. To order some of the items mentioned in this interview, or to contact Laura for that special custom order, visit her website. And be sure to follow her on the social media outlets mentioned so you always know what is fashionable.

Sponsor
2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: Feeling The Future Of Art With 3d Photoworks



John Olsen, of 3d Photo Works, talks about the concept of Tactile Art. The project dates back to 2008 and John s initial process for bringing his love of photography to our community. Chancey learns about the three steps that john applies to photos in this interesting interview from the Exhibit Hall floor. To learn more about the company, and it s mission, visit their website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: Raising The Bar Graph With 3d Printing And Cornell Tech



Shiri Azenkott, Assistant Professor at Cornell Tech, talks with Chancey about how to harness 3d printing to enable users to better understand information in visual formats such as bar graphs. Further along in the interview, Chancey learns about another project that uses a smartphone application which could help her identify parts of an atom. To learn more about the University in general, visit their webpage.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#ACB16 Audio: Explore More With Blind Abilities



Jeff Thompson is one busy guy. Podcasting, blogging and woodworking are just some of his talents. Add to that list a great knack for finding gadgets that can make your life easier and you have one amazing resource with Blind Abilities. To subscribe to the podcast, and to find the Blind Abilities app, [venture over to the website.]http://blindabilities.com/)

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: Navigate A 3d Audio Soundscape Through The Cities unlocked Project



Jarnail Chudge, with Microsoft UK, and Chancey take us on a journey where 3d audio could assist us in daily navigation. In concert with Guide Dogs UK, Jarnail provides an overview of the Cities unlocked program and a general description of their approach to aid existing mobility techniques. This fascinating interview contains Chancey s description of the convention demonstration, what cultural differences were observed between users on both sides of the Atlantic and concludes with some idea of what might be learned from the project s findings for practical use in a natural setting. To learn more about Cities unlocked, visit the project website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: The Eye Of AIRA Looks Upon The World At Large



Suman Kanuganti, CEO of AIRA, shows Chancey the potential world of Visual Interpretation with a Google Glass-based device. Listen to a description of the glasses, the process that AIRA is using to interact with your environment and learn how you might be able to assist in future field trials. An interesting discussion of privacy considerations is also included. If you would like to know more, explore AIRA s website for more details.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#ACB16 Audio: Fine The Temperature You Like Best With A Talking Thermostat



Joe speaks with Harry Cohen to learn more about the VIP 3000, the newest product in a long line of thermostats that let you customize the heating and cooling levels in your home or office. The battery operated device attaches to existing environmental controls and it features recorded spoken voice samples to indicate the changes you make to the temperature. The unit also has a tactile feel for various buttons while visually sporting a traditional beige coloring with blue backlit display. To learn more about this product, and see YouTube overviews of the VIP 3000, visit the Talking Thermostats webpage.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: Facial Feelings Found On Facebook



Yuhang Zaho, PHD Student of Information Science at Cornell Institute of Technology, talks with Chancey about her time as an intern at Facebook. Subjects discussed include Facebook Messenger, facial recognition and how it relates to projects such as alternate text found in pictures posted on the social networking site. Also, listen for a testing opportunity for Android users. To learn about more access advancements at Facebook, follow @fbaccess on Twitter.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: El Braille Is The Focus For Freedom Scientific



Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management of VFO Freedom Scientific, takes Chancey on a guided tour of the eagerly anticipated El Braille device. Sporting a Focus Blue 14, the El Braille gives the user the power of a Windows 10-based system and a full copy of JAWS on board. While not yet released at the time of this recording, you can keep up to date with product announcements regarding the El braille by visiting the Freedom Scientific website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#ACB16 Audio: Braille Designs Can Make You And Your Guide Dog Even More Charming



Alice Lynch didn t have to give Joe the hard sell to get him to buy some of the Braille Jewelry she had on display at her booth. In fact, because she had some fantastic sci-fi pieces for sale, joe was happy to purchase a few items for himself and Ricky. Cane charms, Harness Charms, bracelets, earrings and more are available from Braille Designs. Custom orders are also possible in case you want to try your hand at adding your own flair to Alice s creations. To learn more, or to place an order, [visit the website.]http://brailledesign.com/)

Sponsor
2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: Feel Drawings Come To Life In Real Time with E.A.S.Y. Tactile Graphics



Josh Coffee, President of E.A.S.Y. Tactile Graphics, describes the process of working with the National Federation of the Blind to create a system that allows a person to create drawings with the ability to review by touch in real time. Chancey also learns the process of embossing materials using the InTact line of products. Plus, if you are a member of a Blindness organization, be sure to listen near the end of the interview in order to learn how to join an upcoming beta of a new product. To learn more about this technology, and view a demonstration of the InTact, visit the company s website.

Sponsor
2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#ACB16 Audio: Stretch Your Limits With Yoga Workouts from Blind Alive



One can eat a little too much at these convention events. So it s a good thing that Mel Scott has several options when it comes to audio based exercise workout plans. From low impact to advanced goals, Blind Alive has a guided workout for you. Mel also has a new set of Yoga plans as well that she debuted at convention. To learn more, and to sign up for the Blind Alive podcast, travel over to the website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: An Ever-expanding universe For Dolphin Supernova



Jeff Bazer, U.S. Sales manager for Dolphin Computer Access and no stranger to BBQ Convention Coverage, gives us a highlight reel of Supernova v15; screen Magnification, Screen Reading, OCR, touch screen support and more for your Windows based computer. Jeff also describes how Supernova can connect to the interactive whiteboard in the classroom and he expands on how a student can obtain a Supernova license if an education organization has purchased a copy for use at their campus. To nab a trial of Supernova, or to learn more about any of Dolphin s products, visit their website.

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2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: Life Is More than a Dream For Winston Chen Of VoiceDream



Winston Chen, Developer and Owner of VoiceDream, sits down with Chancey to talk about his award winning work in access. He was a recipient of an NFB Jacob Bolotin Award](https://nfb.org/national-federation-blind-awards-50000-1) in the amount of $15,000. Winston describes his original design plans and his reaction to the Blind Community's adoption of his work. The interview concludes with a focus on VoiceDream Writer. To learn more about VoiceDream, visit the company s website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#ACB16 Audio: Accessorize Your Favorite Devices With Guide Lights And Gadgets



Barry Scheur gives joe an overview of his new leather cases line, part of the product lineup at Guide Lights and Gadgets. As Barry puts it, have you ever wanted a fanny pack for your notetaker?... But that is just the jumping off point for this look at the company s wares. Find out more, and join their mailing list, by venturing to the website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: Duxbury Says Dot 1 Is For A And A is For Apple



Neal Kuniansky, Director of marketing and Sales for Duxbury Systems, chats with Chancey on the Exhibit Hall floor about DBT for Mac. Sporting Voiceover, refreshable Braille and UEB support, the program will be shipping shortly for those who have been eagerly awaiting the program s return to the Macintosh platform. The Windows edition also has an update coming that features support for the latest lines of Braille Embossers. Math and back translation are also big additions to the new release and that should make students very happy. To find out more about both new versions of DBT, head over to the Duxbury Systems website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#ACB16 Audio: Have Fun And Frolic With Triumph Technology



Earle Harrison didn t have to travel very far for this year s ACB 16 convention as Minneapolis is the home of Triumph Technology. And this home field advantage allowed Earle to go all out with a showcase of many of the company s products. From Braille Displays to Bluetooth speakers and musical instruments? Yep, hear Earle the musician during this look at what Triumph Technology has on hand. To learn more, or to contact the company, visit their website for a catalog of products.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: UEB And More Coming To The VarioUltra



David Bradburn, President of Baum USA, steps outside the Exhibit Hall to speak to Chancey about the upcoming update to the VarioUltra Braille Display. Also covered is the VisioBook and VisioDesk Video Magnifiers along with a discussion of Blind Tennis? Yep, you read that right. To learn more about the Vario, and other products offered by Baum USA, visit the website for more details.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#ACB16 Audio: A Future Image Of Kurzweil 1000



Our interview coverage for the year would not be complete if we didn t get a chance to talk with Kurzweil s Stephen Baum at one of the big events. And Joe managed to catch up with him at ACB to talk about a future release of version 15 in the long-running K1000 OCR series. While still in the early development stage, listen to the conversation as it moves from Windows 10 compatibility to a wish list for the next version for K1000. To grab a demo, move to the latest version or just learn more about the Kurzweil 3000 and 1000 product lines, visit the product home page.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

#NFB16 Audio: Transforming Braille With The American Printing House For The Blind



Larry Skutchan is someone who needs no introduction to anyone who has listened to our previous event coverage. However, it s the first time for Chancey to turn our microphones his way. And what a wonderful first time at the APH batter's box for her as Larry provides more information on the Orbit Research Braille Display, a talking tactile map, the Smart Brailler and the Joy Player. There was a lot of info in this one, so to learn more about the products mentioned, head on over to the APH website.

2016 summer convention coverage is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., makers of the Blaze ET, BrailleSense U2, and the GoVision. Go make it happen with GoVision, the new transportable video magnifier with optical character recognition and the ability to enlarge and customize files, photos or videos from your cell phone, tablet or computer. For more information, visit http://www.hims-inc.com
HIMS: Lifestyle innovation!

Blind Bargains Qast 67: Flip of a one-sided Coin



This week's show is way shorter than last week's show. However, we didn't skimp on the content because the news section is back in force. And we have our A T Guys Product Showcase on hand for those of you who are heading to the ACB or NFB national Conventions. Even if you aren't going to either convention, take a listen to the showcase and stick to our feed for convention coverage this July.

Blind Bargains Qast 66: Far Flung Future Stuff



Ok, we'll say this right up front, with Apple mania and a huge AT buyout, this show took a bit of time to produce because there was so much to cover this week. We even brought in Mike Doise to help us sort it all out. plus, if that wasn't enough, we have a demo of a new Bluetooth keyboard from A T Guys as well. Throw in a tip, "Sound Off" and "Last Word". no more complaints for a few weeks about a slow news week. Because this one is going to be epic!

Blind Bargains Qast 65: Copyright MMXVI



Two episodes and two Android-based hardware reviews. Yep, we wanted to balance the scales before the Apple WWDC round up episode next week. We also have a tip, another large complement of comments in "Sound Off" and a "Last Word" that inadvertently ended up being recorded in two parts. That just seems to be the dualistic nature of the odd-numbered episode 65.

Blind Bargains Qast 64: Marshmallow Shield Maneuver



A few months ago J.J. placed his new Android phone in the shower to demonstrate how water-resistant it was. While that was super entertaining, Ricky Enger decided not to do that with her new Android tablet. The 8-inch unit might be made for Android gaming, but at $200, it turns out to be an affordable slab of glass that just so happens to run marshmallow. Tune in to hear about that, our Windows related tip and possibly the longest "Sound Off' ever -- or at least Patrick felt that way. Relax as there are no Beatles titles referenced in BBQ 64.

Blind Bargains Qast 63: Guardian Guide Cats



News about conventions, a timely tip plus a couple of music clips in the "last Word"... you would think we might be back to a regular series of shows or something. Don't worry, "Summer is coming" and that will put a damper on that for a bit. until then, sit back and relax with episode 63 including an interview with the app developer of "Guardian Circle".

Blind Bargains Qast 62: Disturbing Goalball Duo



We've been away for a bit, darn that offline world, but we're back and ready to take on the pre-summer convention world. And Google i/o. While Steve and Ana are not on hand to aid us in our wrap-up of the big Android event, Ana's presence can be felt in one of the contributions to this week's "Last Word". We have an Apple TV tip and web-based "Sound Off" in the lineup as well. So Google Cast this week's episode and find out what's up with Google now... yeah, you know you missed that kind of word play from us. Admit it.

Blind Bargains Qast 61: Couch Cushion Audio



This week BBQ Regular Shelly Brizbin is on the show, although she didn't know it until just now. That is because we found a CSUN interview not heard before in our earlier run of coverage. So, um, surprise? We also have a tip, "Sound Off" and a motivational link on one hand and a modded OS on the other.

Blind Bargains Qast 60: The Final Bar Code



Before we begin, we would like to thank our sponsor HIMS for their wonderful support of BBQ. To learn more about the lifestyle Innovations, from low vision to Braille, visit the HIMS Inc. website.

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!

Blind Bargains Qast 59: Mystic Dream Fries



The news for the week might be a little lighter, however, that just allowed us to have more time to spend with our friends from mystic Access on all their various projects. A tip, "Sound Off" and the infamous "Last Word" round out this week's offerings. So sit back and relax while our BB Qast Team takes you on another A.T.journey of the mind. Oh, and don't forget you can do so using Google Play Music for Android or via the web.

Blind Bargains Qast 58: The Ace Of Space



We're finally, and properly, back in the studio for a regular normal ordinary show this week. That isn't to say that our content is run of the mill however. We have Scott with a look at a new Amazon product, a tip for iOS, the Last Word" and more CSUN audio. no wait, um, we mean we have some last bit of CSUN audio from our sponsor HIMS up on the site this week. Namely, we have the first and second of their two CSUN presentations.
check them out and visit the HIMS site if you would like to know more about their innovative products.

#CSUN16 HIMS Session 2: Educating The Masses With Dave Wilkinson



Dave WIlkinson, in the second of two presentations from CSUN16, speaks to how Braille and Education go hand in hand in making a successful student. Listen as Dave demonstrates key features of the HIMS line of Braile Notetakers and Braille Displays. Then, he will talk about how math can be tamed in the classroom with Nemeth and HIMS products. To learn more about HIMS s Blindness solutions, visit the product directory page.
The Blind Bargains team would sincerely like to thank HIMS Inc. for once again being a sponsor of the podcast.

#CSUN16 HIMS Session 1: Going Places With GoVision



In this audio presentation from sunny San Diego, James McCarthy walks through the features of the newly released GoVision video magnifier. James answers questions along the way in this first of two CSUN HIMS events. If you would like to know more about GoVision, visit the product page at the HIMS website.

The Blind Bargains team would sincerely like to thank HIMS Inc. for once again being a sponsor of the podcast.

Blind Bargains Qast 57: #CSUN16 Wrap-up, The Year of Braille Cocktails



This year, Blind Bargains brought you more CSUN audio and coverage than ever before. We've called it the Year of Braille and our audio coverage proves it, with 13 of our podcasts talking about the bumpy dots. On episode 57, our CSUN podcast team, J.J. Meddaugh, Joe Steinkam, and Shelly Brisbin, discuss their highlights and lowlights of the conference as well as a few other stories that happened while the team was in San Diego.

Blind Bargains Qast: #CSUN16 Interview Extra



The CSUN fun continues. In this episode, we feature a couple of CSUN interviews which were not released earlier, answer some listener mail, and introduce a hot new product from a familiar spokesperson. We hope you join us for this jam-packed show.

#CSUN16 Audio: When Tactile Graphics and Android Tablets Collide



In this interview, Shelly talks with Lindsay Yazzolino, Tactile Test Administrator, and Steve Landau, owner of Touch Graphics, a company that is combining tactile maps with large Android tablets to create some very innovative talking maps. Already in use throughout the country, these maps could eventually connect with iBeacons to provide some truly unique wayfinding solutions.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Inside Vision Offers a New Twist On PC Tablet Technology for the Blind



In this audio, J.J. talks with Eric Vioche, Purchase Manager for Inside Vision, about the company's Windows 10 PC touch screen tablet that includes a 32-cell Braille display and a Perkins-style keyboard. Currently available in France, this unit will soon be available in the U.S. for around $7000.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Web enhancements and More with Google TalkBack, Music, and Play



In this interview, J.J. talks with three representatives from Google. Victor Tsaran works with various accessibility initiatives at Google, but often focuses his time on the Talkback screen reader. Christopher Patnoe, is the lead program manager for Google Play Music, and Karo Caran is the Accessibility program manager for Google Play. There are many accessibility improvements under way across all of Google's services, and this discussion highlights many of them.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Reinecker US Makes Improvements to the Mezzo Vario



In this audio, Shelly talks with Wendy Greenwood of Reinecker U.S. about the Mezzo Vario, a compact CCTV device that has been around for a while, but continues to receive timely updates. You can obtain the Mezzo Vario from HIMS Inc. thanks to a new partnership between HIMS and Reinecker. The Mezzo Vario is priced at $2,495.00.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Index V5 Embossers Let you Print from your Phone



In this audio, J.J. speaks with Bjorn Lefstedt, the owner and founder of Index Braille, about the newest offerings in their line of Braille Embossers. The V5 includes new text-to-speech support, printing from USB flash drives, and a way to print from mobile devices. Feel free to visit the company's Website to learn more.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Neobraille Provides Another Braille Display Option



In this interview, J.J. speaks with Tony Han, Sales Manager for NeoAccess, about Neobraille, a new 32-cell Braille display with Perkins-style keyboard entry. The unit runs on Android 5.1, but will have its own app store rather than using the Google Play store. Visit Irie-AT to learn more about this display, priced at $4,995.00.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: BlindShell Makes Using an Android Smart phone Simple



In this audio, J.J. speaks with Danel Novak from BlindShell. This Android phone comes with custom-built apps intended for the blind user who is not comfortable with traditional smart phone technology. When it is available in the U.S., the hardware and software package should cost around $350.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: A New Way to Teach Braille to Students



In this Blind Bargains audio, J.J. talks with Han Kim of Ohfatech about Taptic-edu, a tool that uses an iOS or Android app to allow teachers to interact with students using oversized Braille dots. With an entry price of around $700, this teaching tool should launch in the United States in May or June of 2016.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio LVI Products Help Low Vision Users Get the Job Done



In this interview, Shelly Brisbin talks with Erik Bondemark, the CEO of Low Vision International, about the MagniLink S and MagniLink Pro. These devices not only enlarge text, but perform full page OCR. Pricing for the MagniLink S starts at $2,600, and operates on Windows and Mac.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Shelly Talks Low Vision and More with Eric Damery of Freedom Scientific



In this audio, Shelly talks with Eric Damery about Freedom Scientific's new Ruby 7-inch magnifier. The product will ship in April. Please check the Freedom Scientific website for pricing. Shelly and Eric also talk briefly about the merger of Freedom Scientific and Optelec.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Hands On with Humanware's BrailleNote Touch Android Tablet



Braille made a huge splash at CSUN, and HumanWare's latest BraileNote was right in the thick of things. In this extensive interview, J.J. speaks with Greg Stilson, Product Manager for HumanWare's Blindness Products, who demonstrates the BrailleNote Touch, an Android-based assistant with Google apps and services in the background, but the familiar KeySoft commands in the foreground. The units will ship in May with the 32-cell unit selling for $5,495 and the 18-cel for $3,995. Check our previous post for more general information on the unit.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN 16 Audio: Audio Games with Ian Hamilton and Adriane Kuzminski



Anyone who has ever listened to Joe on a podcast knows that he is an avid gamer. In this conversation with Ian Hamilton and Adriane Kuzminski, who is a sound designer, Joe really geeks out. This audio is for the serious gamer, or anyone who wants to become aware of what is available in the world of gaming for blind people today, and what developments are on the horizon.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Shelly Talks Low Vision with James McCarthy of HIMS Inc.



In this interview, Shelly speaks with james McCarthy, President of HIMS Inc. about the company's new GoVision video magnifier. The GoVision is priced at $2795.00 Please check the HIMS Website for product availability.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: enhanced Vision Introduces DaVinci Pro



In this interview, James Bailey of Enhanced Vision talks with Shelly Brisbin about DaVinci Pro, a three-in-one high-definition desktop magnification solution that includes full-page OCR capabilities. The unit is priced at $3795.00 in the United States.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: TrySight Offers a Wide Range of Low-Vision Solutions



In this audio, Shelly Brisbin talks with Larry Lake, North-American manager for TrySight, a Canadian-based company that offers a wide range of portable, tablet-based low-vision solutions.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Dolphin Computer Access Introduces New Features to SuperNova Including Whiteboard access



Dolphin Computer Access has been hard at work on updating its SuperNova screen magnification software. Now, students can read content being displayed on their classroom s whiteboard, and even track mouse movement on Whiteboard with ease. In this Blind Bargains audio, Shelly Brisbin talks with Jeff Bazer about the exciting enhancements to Super Nova.

Jeff also tells Shelly about Guide Reader, a soon-to-be-released tablet that will allow the user to read content from BARD, Bookshare, NFB Newsline, and many other sources using Dolphin s Guide product.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.
Dolphin Computer Access has been hard at work on updating its Super Nova screen magnification software. Now, students can read content being displayed on their classroom s whiteboard, and even track mouse movement on Whiteboard with ease. In this Blind Bargains audio, Shelly Brisbin talks with Jeff Bazer about the exciting enhancements to Super Nova.

Jeff also tells Shelly about Guide Reader, a soon-to-be-released tablet that will allow the user to read content from BARD, Bookshare, NFB Newsline, and many other sources using Dolphin s Guide product.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page.

Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: En-Vision America Unveils the I.D. Mate Galaxy



David Raistrick of En-Vision America says that the i.d. mate Galaxy is the best talking bar code scanner that the company has released to date. That is saying a lot, considering the fact that the Galaxy is the sixth generation bar code scanner released by En-Vision America over a 20-year period.

In this interview, Joe talks with David about the i.d. mate Galaxy, and takes the unit for a test drive.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: APH Is a Major Player in The Year of Braille



In this interview, J.J. speaks with Larry Skutchan, Director of Technology Product Research at The American Printing House for the Blind (APH.) JJ and Larry talk about APH's new Orbit Reader 20 Braille display which should sell for around $500 when it is released later this year. APH is also partnering with Freedom Scientific to provide students with a copy of Jaws at no cost during their school years. Larry also spills the beans on a possible forthcoming 40-cell braille display. This is a wide-ranging interview, with many topics covered.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Irisbond Makes a Difference



Irisbond is eye tracking hardware and software designed for those who are unable to move. In this audio, Joe speaks with Marie Macharckova about the technology that allows someone to control a computer solely with their eyes.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: There's More to Love About Leasey



Joe sits down with Brian and Louise Hartgen to talk about upcoming updates to Leasey, the set of productivity tools for Jaws 14 and up that have been developed by Hartgen Consultancy. In addition to productivity, Leasey now sports some very engaging games. Louise talks about her plans for the future of Leasey game development.

There is a lot more that Hartgen Consultancy has to offer, so be sure and listen to this very informative interview.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Aira Takes Assistance to a Whole New Level



Aira is an assistance app that will use a device such as Google Glass in conjunction with an iOS or Android phone, and will connect the user to a professionally trained agent. In this interview J.J. talks with Michael Hingson and Austin Marron about the project, and discusses scenarios from sifting through legal documents to navigating airports with the help of Aira. Subscriptions will start at around $9 per month, and the service will roll out later this year.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: North State AT Helps You See



In this interview, Joe visits with Cory Hanosh of North State Technology about a variety of magnification options running on Android tablets. From close-up magnification to distance viewing, North State has you covered. Their software is not available from the Google Play store, but must be purchased with hardware.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Enhance Your Audio and Video with the Services of Docsoft



In this interview, Joe speaks with Mike Robichaux from Docsoft, a service that provides closed captioning, and even some audio description for your audio and video content. Docsoft provides a variety of services to meet the needs of podcasters, video content creators, and more.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Triumph Technology Talks Braille Displays



Anyone who has ever visited the Triumph Technology booth at a convention knows that this company offers an amazing variety of Braille displays. In this audio, Joe and Earl Harrison banter back and forth a bit, but also get down to business and talk Braille.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: The First Braille Smart Watch Is Closer Than You Think



In this audio, J.J. examines a prototype of a Braille smart watch, and talks to Eric Kim, the CEO of Dot Incorporated, about its planned development. In addition to developing Dot Watch, the company hopes to release Dot Pad, the first multilayered Braille smart device.

Dot Watch will pair with iOS and Android devices, and come with its own app for setting up notifications.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Ambutech Gets Creative with Cane Tips



Ambutech is known for its wide array of styles and choices when it comes to canes. In this interview, Joe talks with Gordon Hudek about Ambutech's new Dakota Disk tip, intended for all kinds of rough terrain from sandy beaches to snowy regions.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Pearson Makes Math More Accessible for the Visually Impaired



In this Blind Bargains audio, Joe talks with Sam Dooley about an accessible equation editor that allows a student using NVDA with Firefox to type math equations in Nemeth Braille that can be seen by a sighted teacher. There are many more possibilities to explore with this technology, and other screen reader/browser combinations are being looked into.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: The VarioUltra from Baum Just Keeps Getting Better



Since its launch in 2014, the VarioUltra from Baum has continued to gain favor in the blind community. This Braille display can connect to five devices at once, and includes some notetaking capabilities.

In this audio, Joe talks with David Bradburn about the success of the VarioUltra, as well as some planned enhancements to the product. Joe and David also talk about the VisioPro, the company s newest desktop magnifier.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Amazon Reaffirms Its Commitment to Accessibility



In this extensive interview, J.J. speaks with Peter Korn, Accessibility Architect at Amazon. Peter frankly talks about previous mis-steps Amazon has made in the area of accessibility, and where the company is currently headed in that regard. Along with a discussion of the Amazon Echo, JJ examines Amazon's newest Fire OS tablet running the company's VoiceView screen reader.

Be sure to visit Amazon's Fire tablet accessibility page to learn more.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: American Thermoform shows Off the Braillo 650 Sf Commercial Braille Embosser



In this audio, J.J. talks with Sales Engineer Robert Jaquiss and CEO Tore Skrogstad of American Thermoform about the Braillo 650 sf commercial Braille embosser. Priced at $130,000, this embosser will produce a Braille magazine complete with folded and stapled pages, as well as a print label on the front cover.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Ai Squared Brings Screen Magnification and Screen Reading Technology Together with Fusion



In this interview, J.J. talks with Jeremy Curry of Ai Squared about Fusion, the new product that brings the power of ZoomText and Window-Eyes together into one piece of software. Support for multiple monitors, and a fully-featured learning center are just a couple examples of what can be found in Fusion. The retail price of Fusion is $999, but there are some attractive upgrade options for anyone who currently owns ZoomText or Window-Eyes.

JJ and Jeremy also talk about the future of Window-Eyes, including completely rewritten Braille support, and where Ai Squared as a company is headed in the future.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: National Braille Press Unveils The B2G, a portable, Android-based refreshable braille computer



After almost six years of development, National Braille Press is unveiling the B2G, a "portable, Android-based refreshable braille computer and optional smart phone." Priced at $2,495, this 20-cell Braille notetaker runs on Android's Jellybean operating system, and sports some 32 apps. With access to the Google Play store, it is possible to install many more apps on the device.

In this audio, JJ speaks with Brian McDonald of National Braille Press about the B2G, and puts it through its paces.

Many are heralding this year's CSUN convention as the year of Braille. With the release of the B2G, National Braille Press is doing their part to make that a reality.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN16 Audio: Bristol Braille Technology Continues Development of the Canute Electronic Braille Book Reader



In Blind Bargains Qast 21, Dave Williams demonstrated a prototype of the Canute electronic Braille book reader from Bristol Braille technology. The Canute is an eight-line, 32-cell open-source Braille display intended primarily for reading content. In this interview, J.J. speaks with Ed Rogers and Dave Williams about the progress of development on the Canute. Bristol Braille Technology hopes to release the Braille display at a cost of around $700 U.S.

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Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2016 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

Blind Bargains Qast 56: Qapla'! Waterproof Galaxy



Before we begin the show this week, our thoughts and prayers go out to Rick Reed and his family. Sadly, Rick passed away this week and he will be greatly missed by many in our community. We were lucky enough to have Rick on two of our programs. He was featured as a panelist in last year's NFB AT Trainers Division Meeting as well as BB Qast 25.

A hardware review? yep, J.J. has the new Samsung Galaxy S7 and he found an interesting way to test one of its features. Patrick takes us on a tour of the Disney app that sports audio described content. And there is a tip, "Sound Off" and the infamous "Last Word all on episode 56.

Blind Bargains Qast 55: Words Have meanings



So much for that pre-CSUN news drought. Seems we have a whole mess of news to talk about before we get to our feature interview on Dictation Bridge with Lucy Greco. Liam, our Gadget Guy, is back to answer some questions our listeners sent in about the Amazon Echo. Plus, learn about an accessible March madness promotion we have going which might net you an A T Guys prize. And somewhere in there is our "Last Word" and "Sound Off". it is an action-packed episode of the Blind Bargains Qast!

Blind Bargains Qast 54: Alexa And The Muffin Man



Our resident Gadget Guy, Liam Erven, returns to show off a popular device from Amazon this week. The news line up is a little sparse pre CSUN, but we bet that won't be the case much longer as we're less than three weeks out from going to sunny San Diego. joe has a Windows tip, there is some great feedback in "Sound Off" and you'll hear about GPS plus overdue parking in the "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 53: Megabus School For The Gifted



News, a demo from Scott Davert and a nice assortment of your feedback in "Sound Off" make up the bulk of this week's program. The "Last Word" focuses on music and travel. And we have a tip in there somewhere. So sit back and relax while J.J. and Joe talk about the goings on in our community.

Blind Bargains Qast 52: Sexy Voices In Your Head



We catch up on a few weeks of news, we revisit the talking Xbox with a cord cutting solution then discuss how an eye is like a pancake. No, seriously, we do. Oh, of course, we also have "Sound Off" and a Dropbox tip to share... get it? Dropbox? Share?

Blind Bargains Qast 51: Waterfalls And Accessible Apps



This week J.J. and Joe bring you two interviews in one information-filled podcast. First up Joe sits down with BBQ Regulars Shelly and Jamie to talk ATIA. Next, J.J. has a chat with the man behind "CAPTCHA Be Gone", Christopher Toth, who gives us a demo of the new service from Accessible Apps. And if that wasn't enough... we have a tip, "Sound Off" and the odd news with the "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 50: The Golden Bowl



Joe is back from traveling, however, J.J. is not. Never to worry though, thanks to our Audio Master Patrick, you will hear J.J. from the creature comforts of a hotel room from an undisclosed location -- that isn't ATIA 2016. No really, it isn't. This week's show was recorded before that event. So the news this week is kind of light. We do have a product review, "Sound Off" and "Last Word" on tap. Plus a quick tip.

Blind Bargains Qast 49: A Skunk And Two Weapons



Mmmm ... there is nothing like peeling off the shrink wrap on the first new show of the year. And we start season two off with a big interview, a tip and all the news we didn't talk about while we were on vacation. Be sure to read all the notes in order to learn how you can be involved in our first giveaway of 2016!

Blind Bargains Qast 48: This Year in Assistive Technology 2015



We've been counting down the top 10 Blind Bargains stories of 2015, and now it's time for the podcast crew to take over and reveal the best of the best. Listen in as Joe and J.J. are joined by Shelly Brisbin and Chancey Fleet as they discuss the big movers and shakers of 2015 and look ahead to 2016. Will Netflix take the crown with audio-described dramas and comedies? Or will a story from the world of screen readers end up on top. The only way to know is to listen.

Blind Bargains Qast 47: Random Audio And Natural Reactions



46 episodes, several specials and just a few interviews make up the first year of the Blind Bargains Qast. But that barely describes our first year of shows. We've had amazing discussions with the movers and shakers in Blindness Assistive Technology. We've heard devices like cable boxes and video game consoles speak for the first time. And then there were the staples of the internet in the form of food and cats. yes, our first year of BBQ ran the gammet and here is a sample of the good, the not so good and the stuff Patrick kept around as part of his holiday... surprise! for you. Some of this audio hasn't even been heard by J.J. and Joe. So really it is the perfect gift for fans of our Qast.

We would sincerely like to thank our sponsors, panel regulars, content contributors and our interview guests for being so generous with their patronage and time. We would not have a show without them. nor you the listener. It was our audience that named this podcast and it was our audience that drove the subject matter that we covered during the year. if it wasn't for all of you, well this show would sound a whole lot different. probably not in a good way either.

So from J.J., Joe and Patrick... thank you for listening and here's to a fun and exciting 2016!

Blind Bargains Qast 46: It's Business Time



Many people who are blind and visually impaired have aspirations of starting their own company. Often, this idea leads to more questions than answers. What software tools are accessible? Which shopping cart or payment solution should you use? What about accounting?
At CSUN 2015, J.J. and Ted Drake from Intuit presented a session titled "Small Business in a Box: Enabling Entrepreneurship with Accessible Tech". The session talks about a new resource Called BizAbility which seeks to collect resources and articles to answer questions like the ones listed above.

Blind Bargains Qast 45: Go, Go, Gadget Goat!



Joe and J.J. took a little time out from holiday shopping, and looking at the crazy people sitting in line for the Force Awakens", to hang out with Liam to discuss gadgets. Along for the ride is Travis with a tip and some familiar friends in the "Last Word". So grab a fresh set of batteries or start wrapping all those gifts, it is the final regularish show of 2015!

Blind Bargains Qast 44: Recursive Pizza



We're going to be honest this week. The news and the middle of the show came together quite organically and "in the moment". Okay, that is our stylish way of saying we had no idea what the show was going to actually have in store for us, and for you the listener, until we discussed things in the studio. and, despite that little lack of planning, the result ain't half bad. See, we still have news, a look at some games Joe can't completely recommend, a tip plus "Sound Off" and "Last Word". We won't be making this style choice a regular habit, however it's nice to have a "fly by the seat of our pants" show land during the holiday season.

Blind Bargains Qast 43: Boozy Turkey Soup Inboxing



J.J. and Joe are still recovering from Black Friday, Cyber monday, Small Business Saturday and perhaps just a few plates of Thanksgiving's best. However, that hasn't stopped them from bringing you some of the latest news and a fantastic interview about a new app. "Sound Off" talks remotes, the "Last Word" looks at the past and our tip this week focuses on NVDA. All that, and more, on this week's Blind Bargains Qast.

Blind Bargains Qast 42: The Accessible Holiday Shopping Guide 2015



Welcome to our special Blind Bargains Holiday Shopping Guide. This year, we've brought the deals straight to your audio feed. Sit back and relax as some of your favorite merchants, or perhaps some that are new to you, tell you about their latest products and services as well as some holiday deals. We'd like to sincerely thank all of the companies who were apart of this show. Below you'll find information about each company in the order they appear in the show.
Be sure to stay with Blind Bargains for lots of deals from Black Friday to Cyber Monday and beyond. We hope you have a safe and fulfilling Thanksgiving.

Blind Bargains Qast 41: Nimbus Squircle



We may be nearing the end of another year, but that doesn't seem to be stopping big events from happening. J.J. has returned from his big trip to the West Coast, Joe has returned from the Apple Store where he saw a big iPad and we open this week's round of news with a story that might end up being one of the biggest things to happen to A.T. all year. Joe also demonstrates an MFI controller for his new Apple TV... on a big screen. Then we have "Sound Off", a tip and the "Last Word". So get yourself a big hot or cold beverage of your choice. This one is going to be, sensing a theme here?, big.

Blind Bargains Qast 40: Meows What I call music Volume 3



When not distracted by upcoming Black Friday and Cyber Monday rumors, J.J. and joe found time to construct this week's BB Qast. We have a supersized interview about a new DAISY player, as well as our regular features of "Sound Off" and a feline-centric "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 39: Grease Monkey Frequent Flier Miles



A "back to basics" show this week. And by that we mean fewer zombies, okay sadly, only two, but they're the hosts after all. We also have an interview, "Sound Off' and the "Last Word" in this return to the original formula episode of the BB Qast.

Blind Bargains Qast 38: Original Gangsta Zombie



We'll warn you right up front. This show will sound a whole lot better if you throw on a pair of headphones or earbuds. We'll be taking a spin through some spine-tingling bone-chilling audio games in this episode. And yes, there will be zombies. So many zombies ... ahem, not all the audio is game related though. There is a tip and we stop playing games long enough to recommend an app about a book. Don't worry, it still has a zombie as the main character. After all it is Halloween!

Blind Bargains Qast 37: Rose Gold Edible leaves



J.J. is back from New York City and he brought an interview with him to boot. Joe takes us on a short trip with the Blind Knight as his companion. Plus the regular stuff like a tip, "Sound Off" and some strangeness that always comes along in "The Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 36: Blue Light Surface



The last of the big tech events has concluded with Microsoft taking a bit of a victory lap. J.J., Joe and Rodney Edgar dive into the hardware portions of the MS talk then broaden out their conversation to compare these announcements against the earlier news from Google and Apple. Along the way we'll have the usual features; "Last Word", "Sound Off" and much more in episode 36 of the BBQ!

Blind Bargains Qast 35: Bug Fixes at 88.8 MPH



In order to celebrate our 35th episode, and at the cost of $35 no less, J.J. takes us on a path of audio bliss with his demo of the new Chromecast Audio device from Google. Joe talks about a low vision friendly time waster that returns "Back From The Future". Also there is the matter of the news, a tip, "Sound Off' and the infamous "Last Word" sporting a cameo from Mr. Patrick Perdue!

Blind Bargains Qast 34: Hot Dog, Smiley Face, Toilet



A few weeks ago we talked about the products that emerged from the Apple event. Now it is Google's turn as J.J., Joe and Steven Clower discuss what was announced at the Nexus presentation. Surprisingly, Apple gets a mention here and there throughout the show. We also have a tip from Jeffrey Stark, "Sound Off" and of course the "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 33: The Cat Is Already Out Of The Bag



Google and Microsoft may have some new hardware coming in a week or two. So Joe and J.J. thought why not play a game and read social media from the web to pass the time before the next big tech event lands, enticing all to drain their bank accounts this holiday season? And why not go ahead and throw in a tip, "Sound Off" and possibly our most retweeted "last Word" story ever? Sure, let's do that and perhaps a little bit more in episode 33.

Blind Bargains Qast 32: This One Goes to Eleven



Somewhere between the post Apple Event aftermath and the pre Google Event hype lies episode 32. We get back to basics this week with a Listener Submission, a low vision game recommendation and a catchy bit of fluff in the "Last Word". Plus J.J. and Joe have a tip and some Twitter talk in "Sound Off".

Blind Bargains Qast 31: Does it Work With Voiceover?



Recorded just mere hours after the big Apple Event on September 9th, Joe brings in the big guns to talk about everything iDevice with Buddy Brannan and BBQ Regular Shelly Brizbin.
We've tossed the weekly news line up aside and dedicated the bulk of the show to our "Discussion Topic". Well, that and the "Last Word". With J.J. off this week, does that mean a food mention at the end of the show? uh, probably.

Blind Bargains Qast 30: Autotune The Moos



This week J.J. and Joe power through the week's news, show off a few things with a demo or two and the winners of the Jet competition are announced. Of course we also have Sound Off" and the "Last Word". This show may have been recorded as the last show of August, however, it airs as the first show of September. How amazingly "timey wimey" of us.

Blind Bargains Qast 29: Stars, Moons And Legal Correspondants



The news might be slowing down, until Apple's big reveals next month, yet our interview segments just keep getting better. This week, our newly self-named "Outstanding Legal Correspondent"," Tim Elder discusses some of the finer points of topics we've covered on the show this year. Additionally, we have a tip and feedback along with more food items in the "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 28: The Cheapest Hits We Could license



J.J. and Joe reconvene to discuss the news of the week, bring you an interesting interview about live audio description and J.J. has a tip that can assist you with those hard to make decisions. We also have "Sound Off" and the "Last Word" on deck. so tune in to see if lightning strikes twice and knocks Joe off the line in midsentence this week.

Blind Bargains Qast 27: Limited Time Only Joe With Voiceover Remote



The much rested and relaxed J.J. and Joe are back from parts unknown to talk about recent news and events. They also bring word of a new project in an interview with Alex Jurgensen.
Plus, there is a very special appearance by Mr. Patrick Perdue on this very audio program. So tune in to hear "Sound Off", "Last Word" and details on a new giveaway from Jet.

Blind Bargains Qast 26: Trainers, NVDA And AI Squared



Joe, J.J. and Patrick are taking some needed downtime after all the crazyness of the 2015 convention season. But before we say goodbye to the summer, here is a portion of the NFB A.T. Trainers Division meeting from July. Jenny Lineback leads a panel about NVDA with Rick Reed and BBQ contributor Chancey Fleet.

The second portion of our audio contains more discussion on Windows 10 with Ai Squared's marc Solomon.
We would like to thank the A.T. Trainers Division for allowing us to share this audio with our audience and we encourage our listeners to review the Division and Committees page to learn more about the various facets of the organization.

Blind Bargains Qast 25: Cortana, Earl Gray, Hot!



It is finally here! The day many have eagerly awaited, or dreaded as the case may be, has come upon us all with the release of Windows 10. Joe, Byron Lee and Rick Reed discuss thoughts and experiences with Microsoft's newest operating system. And, not just because J.J. is on vacation this week, the news cycle this week is bigger than usual as many celebrate the 25th birthday of the ADA. There are also the little matters of the "Last Word" and your feedback in "sound Off'. So get a pot of tea ready, it is one jam-packed episode of information!

Summer Convention Audio: Powerful Tablet Magnification With eBot



The ability to use a dedicated video magnifier with off-the-shelf tablets opens up many possibilities for the person starting a new job or for the student on the go. The HIMS eBot is versatile and easy to carry. Listen to Michael Rowley use it to read aloud text and view objects at a distance in this audio presentation from the National Federation of the Blind 2015 Convention. And to learn more about the eBot Video Magnifier, visit the HIMS Inc website.

Blind Bargains would like to sincerely thank HIMS for their sponsorship of our 2015 NFB and ACB coverage! HIMS: "Your needs are our solutions". Check out the E-Bot Video Magnifier, the Blaze EZ reading solution, the new Smart Beetle Braille Display and more by visiting the HIMS website. Or, follow them on Twitter.

Summer Convention Audio: HIMS Sets The World ABlaze With The ET And EZ



Dave Wilkinson hosts the third of three HIMS sessions, with a focus on the Blaze EZ and the new Blaze ET. In this recording you will hear Dave demonstrate the internet radio, OCR and color identifier features. He also discusses the available accessories for the Blaze line. And of course, since this is a session featuring Dave, almost anything can happen -- which is our way of saying that the questions from the audience are some of the best parts of any event with Dave! To learn more about the Blaze line, or any of the HIMS products, visit the HIMS website.

Blind Bargains would like to sincerely thank HIMS for their sponsorship of our 2015 NFB and ACB coverage! HIMS: "Your needs are our solutions". Check out the E-Bot Video Magnifier, the Blaze EZ reading solution, the new Smart Beetle Braille Display and more by visiting the HIMS website. Or, follow them on Twitter.

Blind Bargains Qast 24: N, F or C?



Dave Williams joins J.J. and Joe on a raucous journey through the stories not covered yet by BBQ due to our massive amount of audio coverage from the 2015 summer convention season. This might just be the most info-packed non-U.S.-centric show we have ever done. Of course, we still have our regular bits such as a tip, "Sound Off" and the "Last Word" to round things out.

Summer Convention Audio: Smart Beetle, Braille Sense And Even More Braille From HIMS



Dave Wilkinson spoke to a large group of people from Salon 8 of the Rosen Center in Orlando at the NFB National Convention for the Blind. Tune in to hear Dave's description of the new Smart Beetle braille display, upcoming UEB changes and a demonstration of Bookshare you will not soon forget. There is also an informal Q and A with the crowd on Apple device connections as well. To learn more about the Smart Beetle, or any of the HIMS releases, visit the HIMS website.

Blind Bargains would like to sincerely thank HIMS for their sponsorship of our 2015 NFB and ACB coverage! HIMS: "Your needs are our solutions". Check out the E-Bot Video Magnifier, the Blaze EZ reading solution, the new Smart Beetle Braille Display and more by visiting the HIMS website. Or, follow them on Twitter.

#SightVillage Audio: Dine And Think In Braille At Dens Le Noir



Dave ran into his old mate Darren Paskell, from ACB Radio days, and was surprised about his current employment. Seems that Mr. Paskell is currently working with a French chain of restaurants who specialize in the "Dining in the Dark" concept. "Dans Le Noir" offers a limited menu but that hasn't stopped the eatery's patrons from enjoying an endless world of experiencing food and drink without visual cues. Dave gets the inside scoop on what it takes to serve others in this capacity. Also, he gets a few funny stories out of him on what can happen when you get a group of people together in this type of environment. Visit Dans Le Noir for more information on how you, too, can be a part of this dining trend.

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#SightVillage Audio: UEB, Improved Math Support and More from Humanware



Martin Roberts from Humanware gives Dave info on Keysoft, UEB and the improved math support on the Apex line of notetakers. The pair also discuss the "Open Field mode" of the Trekker Breeze Plus and just why you might want a standalone device for your GPS needs. To contact Humanware in the EU for questions or sales inquiries, email eu.sales@humanware.com or telephone 0193 341 5800.

Coverage for Sight Village is generously sponsored by Hartgen Consultancy. From the computer novice to the power user, Hartgen Consultancy brings you top quality products, training and support. Find out about products and services, including Leasey, here!

#SightVillage Audio: Dolphin Computer Access Readies For Windows 10 With A Supernova



Windows 10 begins the long road to it's rollout across 1 billion devices at the end of July 2015, and Dolphin stands ready. Ben Rendle gives Dave a status report on what to expect for those who want to be early adopters of the next operating system from Microsoft. No matter if you are a Screen Reader user, a Screen Magnifier user or a user of Dolphin Guide, Dolphin Computer Access has a product that will fit your needs.

Coverage for Sight Village is generously sponsored by Hartgen Consultancy. From the computer novice to the power user, Hartgen Consultancy brings you top quality products, training and support. Find out about products and services, including Leasey, here!

#SightVillage Audio: The Cane Is The Perfect Fashion Accessory For Queen Alexandra College



Dave found Jen Bryant of Queen Alexandra College on the show floor sporting some nifty carbon fiber canes. Find out how Revolution Canes can assist you in looking stylish on your travels. To learn more, visit QAC on the web
or telephone 0121 428 5041.

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#SightVillage Audio: Tiger Tiger Brailling Bright With Sight And Sound



Asking what is new at Sight and Sound is one daunting question. But Dave asked Glenn Tookey that amazing queery. Hear about the latest from Freedom Scientific, HIMS and View Plus just to name a few. then learn about new products on the way like the Mobile Touch Map. From hardware to software, with all the training and support services in between, there really isn't much you can't find in the field of Assistive Technology that is not at Sight And sound. Visit their website, or call 01604798000

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#SightVillage Audio: Thunderous applause for Georgie, Enhancing your Android Phone



Roger Wilson-Hinds , the driving force behind the Thunder free screen reader project, chats with Dave about the Georgie Phone for Android. named after Roger's first guide dog, Georgie is a suite of apps that is powerful yet easy to navigate one-handed. Contact lists, music and more are available within the Georgie program. To learn additional information, visit the official site or download it from the Google Play store.

Coverage for Sight Village is generously sponsored by Hartgen Consultancy. From the computer novice to the power user, Hartgen Consultancy brings you top quality products, training and support. Find out about products and services, including Leasey, here!

#SightVillage Audio: Cooking And Color Identification With Cobolt Systems



Ever touched a talking watch? How about more than 30 types of them? Cobolt Systems offers a wide selection of talking watches, color identifiers and they even have a talking microwave/convection oven combination unit. But even more impressive is the newly released remote talking thermostat for your heating and cooling needs. no more crawling out of bed to nudge the tempature up or down a degree! Belinda Middleton gives Dave the remote in this interview from the show floor. Dave might just be in trouble if his wife hears this one. check out the full range of products from Cobolt systems by visiting their website or emailing them at sales@cobolt.co.uk. Or call them at 0149 370 0172.

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#SightVillage Audio: Talking Baum Braille With the Brothers Bradburn



Ian and David Bradburn speak about the opening of the Baum Retect UK office and the history of the Bradburns in Assistive Technology. Baum is very excited to bring their brands of Video magnification and Braille Displays to exhibitions around the UK this year. Come and learn more about the Vario Ultra Braille Displays and the Visio line of magnifiers. You can also visit the website, ,contact the UK office by email at info@baumuk.com or phone them at 0208 133 9432

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#SightVillage Audio: Six Legs, 14 cells, Sight and Sound Show Off The Smart Beetle



The HIMS Smart Beetle might be made of magnets because people seem to be really drawn to it this convention season. And Dave also proved to be the rule rather than the exception as he fell under the spell of the unit too. Kerry Doyle, Braille Specialist for Sight And Sound, demonstrates the Smart Beetle and explains just why it is the brightest star in the summer sky.

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#SightVillage Audio: England and Wales Blind Golfers At The Top Of Their Game



Barry Richey and Steve Beevers explain the grass roots behind Blind Golfing. Do they recruit Dave into their ranks? Tune in to hear Dave take a swing at a growing sport. If you are interested in playing through, visit http://blindgolf.co.uk/

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#SightVillage Audio: Productivity, Training And More With Blazie UK



Many long-time users of JAWS may remember the name Blazie. But did you ever think you would hear it mentioned in the same breath with Apple's Voiceover? Dave caught up with Kelvin Duncan, of Blazie UK, to learn about the array of services offered by the company. Whether it is a custom set of scripts needed to access Skype for Business, or Voiceover training on the iPhone, the team at Blazie has hardware and software solutions that can help. Visit the company's website or you can contact Barry Webb at 0190 884 3680 to arrange a personal consultation.

Coverage for Sight Village is generously sponsored by Hartgen Consultancy. From the computer novice to the power user, Hartgen Consultancy brings you top quality products, training and support. Find out about products and services, including Leasey, here!

#SightVillage Audio: The Beautiful Sanata Continues With The British Wireless for the Blind Fund



Established in 1929, the British Wireless for the Blind Fund has made information and entertainment available, through accessible technology, to thousands in the UK.
The privately funded organization offers digital radios such as the DUET 2 and the CONCERTO 2. And for those who are connected to the internet, the SONATA PLUS internet audio player is also an option. Dave spoke to Simon Parsons about the history, and how fun it is to look to the future, of the Fund. For more information about purchasing a device, or to see if you qualify for a free player, visit the Fund's website. Or contact them by telephone at 0162 275 4757.

Coverage for Sight Village is generously sponsored by Hartgen Consultancy. From the computer novice to the power user, Hartgen Consultancy brings you top quality products, training and support. Find out about products and services, including Leasey, here!

#SightVillage Audio: Setting A Beacon With Barclay's Bank



Dave explores the banking services of Barclay's with Parag Nandha as his guide to all things Chip and Pin. Talking ATM's, accessible statements as well as the availability of credit book and checkbook templates are just some of the services offered by the 1400 plus branches of Barclay's. The bank also has an app that uses beacons to provide banking staff more about you when you enter a bank location in case you desire more assistance with your financial experience. learn more about the accessibility services provided by the bank by visiting their website.

Coverage for Sight Village is generously sponsored by Hartgen Consultancy. From the computer novice to the power user, Hartgen Consultancy brings you top quality products, training and support. Find out about products and services, including Leasey, here!

#SightVillage Audio: Recording Remotely With voice Guidance And Olympus



A recorder that has wi-fi and an app to go with it? It sure seems so. hear Aidan Mayne give Dave a tour of the units, and their key features, in the Olympus DM and DP ranges. Or, to get even more details, visit the dedicated site for units with voice guidance.

Coverage for Sight Village is generously sponsored by Hartgen Consultancy. From the computer novice to the power user, Hartgen Consultancy brings you top quality products, training and support. Find out about products and services, including Leasey, here!

Blind Bargains Qast 23: #ACB15 And #NFB15 Convention Conversation



J.J. and Joe have returned home from their trip to Orlando and NFB's 75th. our contributor Chancey Fleet was also there in Florida but our guest Jeff Bishop attended the ACB convention in Dallas. All have joined together to review the week that was, minus Joe's thoughts on the San Diego Comic Con which also took place last week, our traditional convention wrap up show. Listen to what the team thought were the hits, the misses and the best of the resolutions put forth to both organizations.

@NFB15 Audio: Braille's Best Friends, Cosmo and BERT from E-Brailler



Embossers can be loud. However even on the exhibit hall florr, they can't always be heard over the buzz of the attendees. So David Pillischer and joe found a quiet spot to demonstrate the quiet keyboard of the Cosmo for Braille input as well as its incredibly quiet embossing. David, with the help of Karen Navy from a remote location, demonstrates how the remote braille training program, BERT, works and explains a number of scenarios where the software could be beneficial. Learn more about the Cosmo E-Brailler and the companion BERT software by visiting the E-Brailler website.

HIMS Inc., where your needs are our solutions, has generously sponsored our coverage of NFB15. Learn about the E-bot magnifier, the Blaze line of DAISY players and the Smart Beetle Braille display by visiting the HIMS website. Want more audio like this? Check out our audio page for our weekly technology podcast and more.

#ACB15 Audio: Hands-on with Tactile iOS screenshots from iHabilitation



Tom Dekker convinces Shelly to develop her "Ear Hand Cordination" through the use of iHabilitation's tactile books. These Braille books provide visual representations of many commonly used iOS screens for both iPhones and iPads. Work is currently underway for the upcoming iOS 9, however, you can find materials already on hand for older versions of iOS. To learn more, visit the iHabilitation website.

Blind Bargains coverage of ACB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

#ACB15 Audio: Indoor GPS Navigation with Lowviz Guide



GPS is a wonderful thing ... unless you are indoors. It would sure be nice to have a way-finding option to navigate large events like the ACB convention with an iOS app. Oh wait, Shelly found one. Hear Dan Roberts give a walking demo of the Lowviz Guide app from inside the host hotel of the 2015 ACB National Convention. for locations that support it, you can download the app for free, and you can learn more about it by checking out the Lowviz Guide FAQ.

Blind Bargains coverage of ACB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

#NFB15 Audio: The Latest from Duxbury Systems



Joe is joined by Neal Kuniansky to talk about the latest version of Duxbury for Windows, which is fully compatible with Windows 10. Neal also shares some exciting news for Mac users, and it is hoped that Duxbury for Mac will ship before the end of the year. To learn more about Duxbury, visit the Duxbury Systems website or call (978) 692-3000.

HIMS Inc., where your needs are our solutions, has generously sponsored our coverage of NFB15. Learn about the E-bot magnifier, the Blaze line of DAISY players and the Smart Beetle Braille display by visiting the HIMS website. Want more audio like this? Check out our audio page for our weekly technology podcast and more.

#ACB15 Audio: Reading on The Run with the Topaz PHD



Shelly caught up with Brad Davis to talk about the portable midline Topaz PHD. The PHD is available in both 12 and 15 inch models and retains much of the look and feel of the desktop editions of the Topaz. Both can use a four-hour battery, better yet, the battery is user replaceable. That means if you have more batteries, you can use the PHD away from an electrical outlet even longer. To learn more about this and other Freedom Scientific products, visit the Freedom Scientific website.

HIMS Inc., where your needs are our solutions, has generously sponsored our coverage of ACB15. Learn about the E-bot magnifier, the Blaze line of DAISY players and the Smart Beetle Braille display by visiting the HIMS website. Want more audio like this? Check out our audio page for our weekly technology podcast and more.

#NFB15 Audio: Frolic with Dolphin in Windows 10



Jeff Bazer of dolphin informs us of a number of Dolphin products including Supernova, Guide, and Easy Reader and Producer, which are better than ever and fully ready for Windows 10. Jeff covers a few great features from each product, and mentions that 30-day trials are available for all Dolphin products. Read more and check out the available downloads by visiting yourdolphin.com. You can also contact Dolphin in North America by phone at (866) 797-5921.

Blind Bargains coverage of NFB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

#ACB15 Audio: Zoomtext Fusion and More from AI Squared



Shelly caught up with Dan Weirich to talk about the status of the new Zoomtext Fusion. that's the upcoming release that features the Screen Magnifier Zoomtext fused to the Screen Reader Window eyes. Windows 10 is right around the corner and Ai Squared is getting ready. tune in to hear about what is coming up up for those users who decide to install Windows 10 in the product's initial launch window. Also, for those mac users out there, Cam Reader is available for the Mac OS. It makes a great companion to Zoomtext for mac. lastly, learn more about how companies are adopting Site Cues for reaching those who don't use traditional forms of Assistive Technology. Learn more about these products and more by visiting the AI Squared website.

Blind Bargains coverage of ACB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

#ACB15 Audio: New App and New Features for NLS BARD



Don Olson, quality assurance specialist for NLS, joins us to discuss the latest news regarding the library service. The much-anticipated Android app has recently been released, and the iOS app will soon see an update as well, and is currently in beta. Don also discusses upcoming new changes to the search feature of BARD on the web. For more information about the NLS BARD service, visit http://www.nlsbard.loc.gov.

Blind Bargains coverage of ACB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

#NFB15 Audio: The Latest with Uber from Mike May



Joe is joined by Mike May of Sendero Group to talk about the latest with the Uber ridesharing app. Mike shares tips for a better Uber experience, talks about the process of providing feedback to Uber, and discusses changes that might be forthcoming. If you have relevant information to share with Mike about your Uber experience, send him an email at mikemay@senderogroup.com. Uber support is also interested in hearing user experiences, which you can share by emailing support@uber.com.

Blind Bargains coverage of NFB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

#ACB15 Audio: New Home and New Features for The Ace Plus



Justin Fagel joins Shelly to show off the new Ace Plus OCR device, now from Freedom Scientific, on the Dallas exhibit hall floor. Hear a detailed description of the device, as well as the speed at which it scans, in this product that sports both features for low vision and braille display support. The device was previously branded by ABiSee and its home is now at Freedom Scientific. Find out more about this and other devices for blind and low vision by visiting the Freedom Scientific website.

HIMS Inc., where your needs are our solutions, has generously sponsored our coverage of ACB15. Learn about the E-bot magnifier, the Blaze line of DAISY players and the Smart Beetle Braille display by visiting the HIMS website. Want more audio like this? Check out our audio page for our weekly technology podcast and more.

#ACB15 Audio: Latest with Trekker Breeze and Prodigi from Humanware



The Prodigi line of products has recently seen an update to version 1.3 of the on board software. Shelly and Humanware's Patrick Wallace walk through some of the new features that come in v1.3 and discuss the new front panel shipping now on a couple of the prodigi models. Patrick also discusses the improvements that come with the updated Trekker Breeze Plus and outlines how those who have an older Trekker can gain the powers of the Plus via the update program. Learn about this and more from the Humanware website.

Blind Bargains coverage of ACB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

#NFB15 Audio: Telling Time with Style Using The Bradley Timepiece



Tim Fleschner and Rita Sengupta from Eone Time join us to discuss the Bradley Timepiece, a watch designed for both the blind and sighted to tell time with accuracy and style. Tim describes how this unique timepiece works, and enumerates a number of colors and band options available. Following that, Rita shares the inspiration for the timepiece. You can learn more, and purchase a Bradley timepiece of your very own by visiting the Eone Time website.

HIMS Inc., where your needs are our solutions, has generously sponsored our coverage of NFB15. Learn about the E-bot magnifier, the Blaze line of DAISY players and the Smart Beetle Braille display by visiting the HIMS website. Want more audio like this? Check out our audio page for our weekly technology podcast and more.

#NFB15 Audio: Traveling with The Redesigned Traveler, and Clearview Plus from Optelec



Joe joins Ivar Illing and Stephan Terwolbeck to discuss the latest innovations in video magnifiers from Optelec. stefan explores the Clearview Plus, followed by a discussion with Ivar about the Traveler, which has been newly redesigned based on user feedback. Discover these and a number of other Optelec products by visiting the Optelec website or by calling 800-826-4200 for assistance in the U.S.

Blind Bargains coverage of NFB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

#NFB15 audio: Basic Braille, Active Braille and Active Star Displays from Handytech and Triumph Technologies



Joe catches up with Earle Harrison of Triumph Technologies to talk Braille and more. Triumph sells a number of high quality displays from Handytech, as well as other electronics including Bluetooth headphones and speakers. Learn more about Handytech and Triumph by visiting the Triumph Technologies website or by calling (651) 636-5184.
Blind Bargains coverage of NFB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

#NFB15 Audio: APH and Nemeth, Calculators and apps, oh my!



Larry Skutchan, Director of Technology Product Research at APH, joins us to discuss a number of exciting updates and a few new iOS apps. First, Larry discusses the free and fully accessible Nemeth tutorial, and then mentions upcoming updates to the TI84 talking calculator. finally, Larry shares exciting news about iOS ports of a few classic APH programs we all know and love. To learn more about these and other products from APH, visit aph.org or call (800) 223-1839.

Blind Bargains coverage of NFB15 is generously sponsored by HIMS, Inc., home of the Blaze ET and the Smart Beetle Braille display. Enjoy our coverage? Access our Blind Bargains audio and more on your mobile device by visiting our apps page.

Summer Convention Audio: Move those Muscles with Blind Alive workouts



Joe is jazzed to talk with Lisa Salinger of Blind Alive about the very popular backpack line that is getting rave reviews on social media. Lisa also mentions the gentle workout programs which are perfect for those who want to build up gradually to the more advanced workout programs. these workout options are self-paced and easy to learn. And for those who really want a challenge, check out the level 2 cardio options. Plus, for the month of July 2015 if you order a digital download through the Blind Alive website, you can save 10% off your purchase by using the promo code july2015.

HIMS Inc., where your needs are our solutions, has generously sponsored our coverage of NFB15. Learn about the E-bot magnifier, the Blaze line of DAISY players and the Smart Beetle Braille display by visiting the HIMS website. Want more audio like this? Check out our audio page for our weekly technology podcast and more.

Blind Bargains Qast 22: The Guide Dog Name Book



It's the last show before J.J. and Joe jet off for summer conventions, however, there is still a lot to talk about prior to next week's big events. New products, new tutorials, a tip plus some fascinating feedback in "Sound Off". We also reveal our winner, and the identity of said voice, in the Secret Sound drawing. So pack a bag and prepare for the onslaught of information coming your way in episode 22!

Blind Bargains Qast 21: Bacon Drizzle Binary Math



The audio clubhouse seems to be a bit more crowded this week. Joe has returned to find his buddy J.J. in the midst of releasing version 2.0 of the Blind Bargains app for iOS. And to celebrate said app's release, it seems that Michael Doise and Steven Clower rolled up to the party in style with their canoe. Wait, that isn't right. Dave Williams showed up to the event with his Canute Braille Display. Yeah, that's what happened. Well that and a tip plus "Sound Off" and "Last Word" also happened. Along with a secret sound!

Blind Bargains Qast 20: Must... Get... Coffee... Delivered...



Wow, time certainly does fly, and it seems like only yesterday when we were recording our first, then-unnamed show. 20 episodes later and we now have a name, a bit of a format, and this week, a giveaway. With Joe still away (more on that in a bit), J.J. is joined by Ricky Enger, to talk about the latest AT news. We also learn about a new shopping app from Chris Maury of SayApps, Ricky tells us about a new way to mow your lawn, and much more.

Blind Bargains Qast 19: There's Lots of Calories in dem Apples



Last week, Android news took center stage, but now it's time for Apple to have its bite. This week's Qast features J.J., Jamie Pauls, and Buddy Brannan on a mission to slice through the news from Apple's World Wide Developer Conference. Plus, Patrick gives us a cool tip about Field Test Mode and we learn about a smart garbage can? And don't fret, Joe will be back to grace our airwaves very soon.

Blind Bargains Qast 18: Glanceable, Actionable And Effortless Class Reunion



Thankfully this week Joe is in the air, rather than swimming in the rising waters of Texas, so J.J. is in charge of this episode. And since it just happened to be the week of Google i/o at the time of this recording... why not bring aboard his old pals Access Ana and Steve Nutt to talk about all things Android and more.

Blind Bargains Qast 17: The Golden Age Of Braille N Print



This week Joe and J.J. prepare for the oncoming onslaught of tech that will arrive in the forms of Google i/O and Apple's WWDC. We have some great wrap up panels scheduled. So be sure to stay tuned to our feeds for episodes 18 and 19! However, before the cavalcade of announcements begin in earnest, this week the duo discuss your feedback and toss in a tip that will have you tapping your fingers to the beat of a different drummer.

Blind Bargains Qast 16: Purrfect Hot Donuts



The "Justice League" can't hold a candle to the podcasting might of our BBQ team this week. J.J. and Joe are joined by Chancy, Shelly and Ricky to bring you news and fun conversation that spans not just one week... Oh no! Nearly half of the year so far are summed up in our Discussion topic section. We also managed to cram in a tip plus your feedback and a meme-driven "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 15: The Book Of Jenny's Buzzer Beaters



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.

BBQ Special: CSUN AT 30



Welcome to our first in a line of Assistive Technology history specials. J.J. and Joe believe that having a firm foothold on our collective adaptive past ensures a well-grounded perspective on what technology holds for us in the future. With that in mind, our duo traveled to San Diego in March to capture some thoughts of those in the industry at the celebration of the 30th CSUN conference.

Blind Bargains Qast 14: Apple Watches Time and Relative Dimension in Space



Did you hear that Apple has a new product shipping around the world? Something about a watch we think. Yeah, we are pretty sure it's a timepiece of some kind. So we flipped open our contacts apps and found someone we knew who had one on the way. Lo and behold, Michael Doise will stop by to talk about his new Apple Watch and tell us what he enjoys about the new accessory to your Apple driven life. We also have a tip, your feedback and what J.J. calls "pocket lint" in this week's "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 13: Super Uber Sensearound Kilt



J.J. and Joe cover some of the past week's news and delve a bit more into Audio Description with "Daredevil". Mike May, from Sendero takes us along on a trip using the Uber ridesharring service. Plus we have a tip, your feedback in "Sound Off" and Easter leftovers? Oh, never mind, it is what J.J. calls this episode's "Last Word".

Blind Bargains Qast 12: Organic Audio Tours For Your Peers



This week J.J. and Joe find themselves in a descriptive discussion, at a crossroads for the summer and JJ takes a tour of a technology landmark. All that, plus a tip and Sound Off, in Episode 12!

Blind Bargains Qast 11: Audio Gaming With Goat herds On Demand



Our look at gaming continues, and who better to talk with JJ and Joe but Mr. Audyssey himself, Michael Feir.
Michael has been giving talks about games recently, he has started work on a book detailing the history of audio gaming and he is about to embark on the biggest adventure of them all with his impending marriage later this year. Since this is a Canadian wedding, poutine might be on the menu for the wedding reception. Or maybe not. However, Jenine Stanley shows us some of the best ways to cook potatoes in our demo segment. Plus we have a tip, your feedback and of course the odd story or two in the "Last Word" all coming up in episode 11!

Blind Bargains Qast 10: April Foolin' Around



This week Jamie, Ricky and Joe meet up to banter about tech and stuff. Buddy Mays drops by, there are a few cameos along the way and the triumphant return of … “The Mailbag”!!!

Blind Bargains Qast 9: Functional, Decorative And Inclusive BBQ



What's in a name? Quite a lot, actually. For Superman and mild-mannered reporter Clark Kent, it can define who he is and what he does depending on which persona he has adopted at any given time.
For Clint Eastwood and the classic Speghetti Westerns, the man with no name" signified that the movie's protagonist was powerful beyond a simple label or surname. Thanks to our amazing listeners, and their helpful comments on a recent survey, our little series has a moniker that not only rolls off the tongue easily, and trust us that helps in podcasting a lot, but it can mean a great many things when you hear it spoken. With that said, and thanks to Alex Hall for the suggestion, we are delighted to bring you episode 9 of the Blind Bargains Qast ... or BBQ!

#CSUN15 Audio: Kurzweil 1000 Presentation With Steve Baum



Kurzweil 1000, the venerable desktop OCR program, celebrates the recent release of version 14. In this audio, Steve Baum, Vice President of Engineering at Kurzweil Education, takes us on a brief tour of version 14 and even discusses what we might expect in the future for K1000.

We sincerely thank Mr. Baum for allowing us to capture this audio, and we encourage you to test drive the latest version of K1000 for yourself.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Do you like what you hear on our podcasts and conference coverage? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: Read How You Want With The Latest Technology From HIMS



In this special, join Dave Wilkinson, Business Development Manager, as he discusses a number of reading options from HIMS including the new Smart Beetle 14-cell Braille display supporting connections to multiple devices simultaneously. In addition, Dave discusses the Blaze EZ and ET portable DAISY players including OCR support. We thank HIMS for their generous sponsorship of our CSUN 2015 coverage. To learn more about the latest from HIMS, you can visit the HIMS website, and you can also follow HIMS on Twitter and check out their Facebook page.

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#CSUN15 Audio: Meet The E-bot Portable Video Magnifier from HIMS



In this special, join James McCarthy, President of HIMS Inc. as he discusses the E-Bot portable video magnifier. The unit allows for reading, writing, and near and distance viewing, and the advanced models have OCR support. The unit has a number of options for displaying materials, including a standard monitor, an iPad, and an Android tablet demonstrated here. We thank HIMS for their generous sponsorship of our CSUN 2015 coverage. To learn more about the latest from HIMS, you can visit the HIMS website, and you can also follow HIMS on Twitter and check out their Facebook page.

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Blind Bargains Podcast 8: #CSUN15, Apple and Taptic Burritos



Jet lag, day light saving and then an Apple event on top of all that. It's been one wild week and a half for JJ, Joe and Jeff. It is a good thing that Jamie came along to keep everyone on task this go around as the group sits down to cover some of the highlights in the world of Assistive Technology. We'd like to thank our partners at AFB, Blindy.TV and HIMS Inc. for their support in bringing you audio and stories from sunny San Diego and CSUN 2015.

#CSUN15 Audio: Custom Accessible Phones From Claria for Blind and Low Vision users



In this interview, we speak with Marie Tranbahuy, Managing Director for the UK branch of Claria. Marie demonstrates a Nexus 5 phone modified with both a hardware overlay and customized software including basic functionality such as phone and email applications, as well as blindness-specific applications like GPS and a DAISY reader. A version is available for both blind and low vision users, and you can learn more from the Claria website, or from their U.S. distributor Odin Mobile.

Find all our conference coverage on our audio page, and don't forget to subscribe to our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Do you enjoy our Blind Bargains Audio? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: Accessibility Oz Provides Automated Accessibility Tools, Accessible Video Player and



In this interview, Gian Wild, CEO of Accessibility Oz, joins us to talk about a number of accessibility tools and testing procedures from her company. Accessibility Oz conducts both automated and user-based testing for its clients, and also provides them with tools and training which enable them to ensure accessibility independently. To learn more about Accessibility Oz, including the fully accessible Oz Player for videos, visit the Accessibility Oz website.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Do you like what you hear on our podcasts and conference coverage? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: Free Currency Reader from Bureau of Engraving and Printing



Sabra Pressman, Meaningful Access Specialist for the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, joins us to discuss the process for obtaining a free currency reader. On the BEP website, you'll find the online application for receiving the reader, as well as links to the iOS and Android currency identification apps. To learn more, visit http://www.bep.org

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: Nemeth Braille Tutorial, TI-84 Plus and More With APH



Larry Skutchan, director of Technology Product Research, joins us to talk about a number of products of interest available from APH. Most recently, APH has released a free, cross-platform Nemeth tutorial for use by students and teachers interested in learning Nemeth code. Additionally, Larry talks a bit about other products such as the accessible TI-84 Plus calculator, Nearby Explorer and more. You can learn about these, plus a wealth of other technology and information on offer from APH by visiting the APH website.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: Shh! Listen to The Mountbatten Whisper From Harpo



Jarek Wiazowski, International Sales and Support for Harpo, takes a few moments to talk about and demonstrate the new Mountbatten Whisper. The unit is built to be much quieter than a standard Brailler, and includes Bluetooth for interface with an app available for iOS, Android and Mac. The app allows for real-time print-to-Braille and Braille-to-print translation so students and teachers can interact effectively. Humanware is the exclusive distributor for the device in the U.S. and Canada, and you can also read more on the Harpo international website or visit the Harpo Facebook page.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Do you like what you hear on our podcasts and conference coverage? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: The Updated Phoenix Gold Edition Braille Embosser from Enabling Technologies



Tony Schenk, President of Enabling Technologies, shows off the shiny new Phoenix embosser for Braille and tactile graphics. Turns out the unit isn't made of gold, which might be a bit heavy anyway, but it is packed with features and includes the Firebird software suite. The gold edition is priced the same as the silver edition, and you can learn more about it and other high quality Braille embossers by calling (800) 777-3687, or by visiting the Enabling Tehcnologies website.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: Join The Revolution With an All-in-one CCTV and Android Tablet from North State AT



Cory Hanosh from North State AT tells us about a revolutionary new product, aptly named the Revolution. This device functions as a CCTV, with the unique addition of an Android tablet serving as a touch screen and providing access to the Google Play Store and more. A basic and professional version of the device exist, and the best way to learn more is to call the company toll free at (877) 682-0452. You can also visit the North State AT website but note that at the time of this recording it is still under construction.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: Latest News and Upcoming Conference for IAAP



In this interview, we hear from Christine Murphy Peck, CEO of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. This organization aims to connect like-minded accessibility professionals with each other, as well as provide accessibility workshops and certifications. IAAP plans their first annual conference later in 2015 in Las Vegas, and members will receive a discounted registration price. To learn more about IAAP and sign up for a student or associate membership, visit the IAAP website.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoying our coverage of CSUN15? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: The Latest on The KNFB Reader



Jim Gashel, Chief Technology Officer of KNFB LLC, talks a bit about the success of the KNFB Reader app since its launch in september and gives us a quick look at the future roadmap of the app. A number of improvements are slated for inclusion in the iOS version, and an Android prototype is in active development for future availability on that platform. You can get the iOS app for $99, and you can visit the KNFB Reader website for information and support.

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#CSUN15 Audio: Real-time iOS OCR from Amedia



In this interview, Rena Takiguchi, International Sales and Purchasing Representative for Amedia, gives us a quick look at the iYomube app for OCR on iOS. This app is meant to be used with streett signs and the like, and can also be used to OCR standard printed pages. You can get the app for $29 in the app store, and you can visit the Amedia website to learn more about Amedia's products.

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#CSUN15 Audio: What's New With The Ace Plus from ABiSee?



Lori Berkey, Customer Support and Marketing Associate from ABiSee joins us to talk about the latest features on the Eye-Pal Ace Plus. This unit is much like the Ace, but with wi-fi capability. It has now been updated to include support for NFB Newsline, and has been slightly redesigned to support a user-replaceable battery. For more information about this and many other products for blind and low vision users, visit the ABiSee website or call (855) 354-4080.

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#CSUN15 Audio: Accessible Prescription Lables from AccessaMed



Chad Hazen, Director of community outreach from AccessaMed, demonstrates the Digital Audio label. The label is attached to a prescription by your pharmacy, requires no additional device, and speaks all information contained on a printed prescription just by touching the button on the label. Learn more about AccessaMed and find out how to approach your pharmacy for participation by visiting AccessaMed.com.

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#CSUN15 Audio: Researching Technology for Indoor Mapping and More With Cavu



Gordon Fuller, Senior Managing Director of Cavu, joins us to talk about a number of concepts for improving the ability to explore the world and everything in it. From technology for indoor mapping and navigation to advertising and taking advantage of existing accessibility in various venues, Gordon discusses his current research and future plans for himself and his company. Visit the Cavu website for information on forthcoming products, existing case studies on a variety of topics, and much more.

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#CSUN15 Audio: Listen to Your Favorite Internet Content on The Webbox2



In this interview, Werner Han of Solutions Radio joins us to talk about the fully redesigned Webbox2. This is a successor to the Iris Radio, and allows for a variety of content such as Internet radio, podcasts and NLS Bard material to be played through the speaker without the use of a computer. You can learn more and purchase the device by visiting the Webbox2 website.

Find our conference coverage and weekly podcast on our audio page, and discover how to access our content from your mobile devices by visiting our apps page. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Do you like what you hear on our podcasts and conference coverage? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: What's New With Site Cues



In this interview, Marc Solomon, sales engineer for Site Cues joins us for a discussion and demonstration of the product. A number of improvements have been made since the program's launch over a year ago, and we hear about a number of sites successfully utilizing the technology. Learn more by visiting the Site Cues web site, or by calling the AISquared main number at ((802) 362-3612.

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#CSUN15 Audio: Travel in Style and Safety With Ambutech Canes



In this interview, Ambutech president Gord Hudek discusses a variety of canes, holsters and other accessories available from Ambutech. He also introduces the new disk tip, which allows for safe and comfortable cane travel in rough terrain. You can find more information about this and other products by visiting the Ambutech web site or by calling (800) 561-3340.

Find more great coverage like this on our audio page, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: Color Gradient Makes Reading Text Easier with Beeline Reader



Nick Lum, CEO of Beeline Reader, joins us to talk about several tools which use a color gradient to guide your eyes from one line to the next for easier and faster reading. These tools function exclusively in a browser, so no download or installation is required. All these tools are currently available for free online, and the company can also be reached on Twitter and Facebook.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: The Redesigned 6dot Braille Label Maker



Glen Dobbs, president of LoganTech describes the completely redesigned 6dot Braille label maker. The unit will begin shipping in May, now contains a powered option in addition to operating on battery power, and much more. Learn more and preorder your unit at 6dot.com.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Do you like what you hear on our podcasts and conference coverage? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: AT Prime Brings a New Level of Accessibility to Windows Applications



Paul Warner, founder and head developer for VICT Consultancy joins us to discuss and demonstrate ATPrime, a program which makes controls in Windows applications easily accessible to all users, regardless of which screen reader they use. In this interview, Paul demonstrates some of the most common issues that make applications inaccessible or difficult to use, and shows how ATPrime eliminates these barriers to access. The product is expected to be released in the last quarter of 2015, and you can keep up to date with the latest developments by visiting the VICT Consultancy website.

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#CSUN15 Audio: Music At Your Fingertips With the Handy Tech Active Star



Earle Harrison, president of Triumph Technologies and distributor for Handy Tech, joins us to talk about the new Active Star Braille display. The unit has a tray for use with laptops, will soon support housing a tablet inside, and even allows midi music composition and playback. Earle demonstrates this feature, and also discusses the Handy Tech Start Stick containing all necessary software and drivers for Handy Tech displays. To learn more about this and other Handy Tech products, call (651) 636-5184 or visit the Triumph Technologies website.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoying our coverage of CSUN15? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

#CSUN15 Audio: Humanware Introduces the Trekker Breeze Plus



Greg Stilson, product manager for Braille and GPS at Humanware, joins us to talk about the updated version of the Trekker Breeze GPS device. Greg discusses the hardware and a few of the new features found in the Trekker Breeze Plus, as well as the ability for existing Breeze users to upgrade to the latest unit, to be released within the next couple months. For specific information on the Trekker Breeze Plus, visit http://www.humanware.com/breeze

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#CSUN15 Audio: A Deeper Look at NV Access



In this extended interview with Mick Curran, executive director of NV Access, we cover a wide range of topics, including the use of NVDA in a corporate environment, remote access, and new math support through partnership with Design Science in the latest release. We also take a closer look at the organizational structure of NV Access, discuss corporate and individual donations, and explore current and future speech synthesis options for use with NVDA.

Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2015 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind. Enjoy our Podcasts? You can help us out by taking this very short survey.

Blind Bargains Podcast 7: Access For iOS At 1.5x



Joe and JJ have had just about enough of ice and snow for one winter season. That is why they are excited to jet off to the west coast for CSUN 2015 next week. But, before they do, they wrangled in Shelly Brizbin to the program to talk "iOS Access For All", that book you may have heard us mention a few times in regards to our "Name the Show" saga. And the saga continues as you will see in the "Sound Off" section. Tune in to learn more about that, a Listener contributed demonstration of a neat service that might be able to earn you some pocket change, an Android tip and lots more in episode 7.

Blind Bargains Podcast 6: Party Sounds And Shoeboxes



The wild winter weather continues. However, we have one hot podcast on hand to keep you warm. In this episode we feature the second portion of our interview with Brian Hartgen, a look at an accessible smartwatch with Nimer Jaber and helping us out with it all is the fantastic Lisa Salinger. Tips, feedback and our survey with the finalists in the naming competition round out the show. So find a hot beverage, or dust off that old Snuggie, and join us for the sounds of the pre CSUN season.

Blind Bargains Podcast 5: Geeks Being Blind, Cool And Tech



The lull between ATIA and CSUN is always the calm before the storm for watchers of the ebb and flow of the world of Assistive Technology. As JJ and Joe begin their mad plans to assault San Diego, Rick Harmon joins the duo to discuss the saving of an audio historical internet landmark.

Blind Bargains Podcast 4: Comcast And Katy Perry's Shark



Joe is still full from the big Super Bowl feeding frenzy and J.J. is pooped from partying at ATIA. So it's a darn good thing we have Liam Erven here this week to veg out on the virtual couch. And look! He brought his talking Comcast X1 box with him. We'll take a listen to what the box says, hear a review sent in from one of our listeners and we'll hear more show name suggestions in the "Sound Off" section. But first...

#ATIA15 Audio: Dolphin can now Guide you to NLS and NFBNewsline Content



Dolphin's Guide product, which introduced a Bookshelf feature in version 9, now includes support for additional sources including NLS books and NFBNewsline publications. Jeff Bazer, Sales Manager for Dolphin Computer Access, joins us to talk about the new features and the latest developments in Guide in this podcast. Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond.

#ATIA15 Audio: What does the C in the Optelec ClearView C Stand For?



The ClearView C is a new desktop magnification system from Optelec which is especially suited for reading larger items such as newspapers more efficiently. Stephan Terwolbeck, President of Optelec, explains what the "C" stands for and gives an overview of the unit in this podcast. Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond.

#ATIA15 Audio: Introducing the Smart Beetle Braille Display and the Blaze ET from Hims



The Smart Beetle is a new 14-cell braille display from Hims, so-named because it can connect simultaneously to up to six devices at a time. Dave Wilkinson, Regional Sales Manager for Hims, joins us to talk about the new display as well as a preview for the new Blaze ET digital media player. He also addresses the recent delays in obtaining NLS support for the Blaze line. We've got many more interviews from ATIA 2015, so be sure to check our audio page for these as well as our new weekly podcast, featuring the latest in technology and beyond.

#ATIA15 Audio: Window-Eyes 9 is Ready for the Modern Web, and a ZoomText Hint



Window-Eyes 9 was a hot item at this year's ATIA conference, and so was a brief mention of integrating screen reading features in AI Squared's Zoomtext magnification suite. Jeremy Curry, Director of Product Management for AI Squared, joins us and explains what's new with this release and also addresses the recent security breach at the company. This is just one of the many interviews we've posted from ATIA 2015. Be sure to check our audio page for these as well as our new weekly podcast, featuring the latest in technology and beyond.

#ATIA15 Audio: Freedom Scientific Introduces A Topaz you can Carry With You



On the surface, The Topaz PHD looks like other desktop video magnifiers but it also can fold up into a compact package that resembles an oversized laptop. Brad Davis, Vice President for Hardware Product Management for Freedom Scientific, joins us to discuss the latest in magnification from the company in this ATIA 2015 interview. Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond.

#ATIA15 Audio: Voice Dream Writer Raises the Bar for Text Editing on iOS



On the heels of the wildly successful Voice Dream Reader, the company is back with a new app which aims to bring text editing to the next level on the iPhone. Winston Chen, founder and developer of Voice Dream joins us to talk a bit about the company and some of the features which set Voice Dream Writer apart from other text editors. Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond.

#ATIA15 Audio: Signs, Signs, Everywhere there's NFC Signs from Signaids



Signaids has been making accessible signage for many years, but now they're offering a way to make these signs accessible to a wider audience using near field communication (NFC) technology. To learn more, we spoke with Robert Brooker, owner of Signaids who gives us a demonstration of the technology and talks about some of the potential modern uses for enhanced signage. We've got many more interviews from ATIA 2015, so be sure to check our audio page for these as well as our new weekly podcast, featuring the latest in technology and beyond.

#ATIA15 Audio: Hands On with the VOXbox OCR System from Reinecker Vision



The VOXbox is a all-in-one OCR system which reads printed pages in about 5 to 7 seconds using a variety of voices and languages. Melissa Balbach, owner of reinecker Vision gives a hands-on demo and overview of this new OCR system and also describes the Mezzo Desktop/portable video magnifier in this interview. Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond.

#ATIA15 Audio: A Talking Braille Watch and More from LS&S



LS&S was doing a lot of talking at ATIA, but many of their products were talking more, including a new talking braille watch. In this interview, we spoke with LS&S Senior Account Manager Jason Neeland who gives us a quick overview of some of the latest products from the company. Be sure to check our audio page for more exhibit hall coverage, and check out our new weekly podcast for news and features about technology and beyond.

Blind Bargains Podcast 3: Windows 10 through a Hollo Lens



Microsoft dominated the headlines with the sneak peek at the next chapter in the Windows saga. However, we did manage to find news and conversation that was non-Windows-related. J.J. is out on assignment, i.e. heading towards sunny Florida and our ATIA 2015 coverage, so please try not to wish him ill thoughts in that over 65-degree climate zone he will be visiting. He is there for work after all... we hope. Helping Joe with the news this week is Rodney Edgar, from Tech Access Weekly, and Byron Lee, from Low Vision Rants. Plus we have a review by our own Patrick Perdue on a pretty spiffy new Bluetooth keyboard. Now find a warm beverage of your choosing, crawl under a warm covering of some kind and enjoy our third episode. And try not to think about J.J. enjoying the sun and a swimming pool.

Blind Bargains Podcast 2: Voices, Eyes and Fashion Runaways



"So... we were worried that January would be a slow news month for the launch of our new podcast series. Seems we didn't have to worry after all about that as we have a ton of news to talk about this week. And who better to discuss it all with J.J. and Joe than the incomparable Chancey Fleet.
This week we have a demo of some new voices for Android, two great discussion topics and some early podcast names in our bag of mail section. Also, if you were thinking about a name for our show, one lucky commenter will win a copy of Shelly Brisbin's brand new book, iOS Access for All. Listen to learn how. Or, if you can't wait for us to choose a name, run out and get the book now from the official site.

Blind Bargains Podcast: CES 2015, Be My Eyes interview and totally a tween!



Welcome everyone to the first show of our new weekly series that discusses what's new and notable from all around the net. Joe and J.J. welcome Ricky Enger aboard this initial episode to talk about what happened at CES. Also, she hangs out during our interview with Be My Eyes's' Thelle Kristensen. Be My Eyes just launched in the U.S. iOS App Store and it is worth a spin.

Audio: This Year in Assistive Technology 2014, Counting Down to Number 1



Welcome to this Blind Bargains Audio exclusive, where   we take   a look back at what big stories impacted the Blindness and Low Vision community in the field of Assistive Technology in 2014. This year J.J. Meddaugh, Jeff Bishop, Jamie Pauls and Joe Steinkamp discuss there voting decisions for the top 10 stories and add some commentary on the year that was. Our panel discusses trends in 2014, and we even wax nostalgic by reviewing what made our list back in 2009. You might be surprised about what has and hasn't changed over the last five years!

Audio: Wolf Products Makes Learning Math Fun



When I was a kid, I found that I learned concepts much more efficiently by touch. Wolf Products produces a line of boards for students learning math which makes learning complex concepts much easier. The Math Window is a magnetic board with hundreds of braille tiles representing everything form simple numbers and operators to complex algebra and geometry symbols. To learn more, we spoke with Roger Wolf, President of Wolf Products, who explains how their tools can benefit learners in a variety of math classes. This podcast was recorded at the Michigan AER Conference in Livonia.

Audio: My Braille Cell, A Simple Teaching Tool for the Budget-minded



We often talk about educational technology that costs thousands of dollars, but sometimes the best learning aids can be purchased for the price of an inexpensive meal. My Braille Cell is a simple tool for teaching braille to children and adults using blocks and wooden pegs. We spoke with Lillian Quickley, CEO of Small Bizness Research and Development, who explains how a simple learning tool can benefit those learning braille. This podcast was recorded at the Michigan AER Conference in Livonia.

#CSUN14 Audio: Accessible Braille Emergency Alerts from NPR



We're often impressed by the work of NPR Labs displayed at the CSUN conference in bringing radio to new and often overlooked audiences. This year at their booth, technology to provide emergency alerts to the deaf-blind via radio was being demonstrated. Maryfran Tyler, Senior Director of Enterprise Strategies and Planning for NPR, tells us more in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Perkins Products ZoomCapture Magnifying Lens and LightAid Tool for Kids



Perkins Products was demonstrating some new products for low-vision users as well as early learners. The ZoomCapture is a lens that connects to a laptop to provide visual feedback, especially while in class while the LightAid is a tool for early learners which provides games and activities using differing light paterns. Joe Martini, Director for Assistive Technology at Perkins Products, joins us to talk about these products as well as Perkins distributing the Odin VI cell cell phone in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Tactalis Presents Visual Information Magnetically



Finding new and innovative ways to present visual information has been an ongoing challenge over the years. Tactalis is a new company which is using magnets moved around an LC screen to present spacial and other information to a blind user. Tactalis Ceo Douglas Hagedorn joins us to explain his vision for the technology and how it all works in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Chat Online with the Job Accommodation Network



The Job Accomodation Network has served as a resource for employers and jobseekers alike since the 1980's, and now they've expanded their offerings with a live online chat service for gaining necessary job information. In this podcast, Chancey Fleet speaks with JAN Co-Director Louis Orslene and Employment services specialist Jason Olen to learn about the details for the chat system and how JAN may be of benefit to someone seeking accomodations for their career. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Harpo Lets you Type with One Hand with the BraillePen, Introduces New Mountbatten



Harpo was at CSUN 2014 showing off the latest updates to the BraillePen 12 Touch including a one-handed mode for input as well as an updated Mountbatten brailler called the Braille Whisperer. Jarek Wiazowski, Expert Manager at Harpo Poland, joins us to explain both of these new products in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Wordpress Accessibility Making Big Gains



You may recognize the name Wordpress from reading your favorite blog, but it's actually a very flexible platform for web publishers and now, thanks to some dedicated individuals, a more accessible platform for website developers. Joseph Karr O'Connor, an accessibility consultant who is also heavily involved with the Wordpress accessibility team, joins us to explain what the team is doing to make Wordpress a more accessible platform both for users and site administrators. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Bones Turns a Milestone into a Vibrating Clock



At first glance, we thought we had found a new Milestone from Bones, but the company was actually showing off a new alarm clock and timer for the deaf-blind using the same shell and vibration feedback. To learn more, we spoke with Bones Managing Director Stephan Knecht who gives us a demonstration of the Helen Vibrating Clock in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Discovering Access to Microsoft SharePoint



You may not have heard of Microsoft SharePoint, but it's one of the most widely used collaboration tools used amongst large organizations including most of the Federal government. We spoke with Bruce Stover, Chief Marketing Officer for Discover Technologies, who explains how their company is bringing access to this widely-used program for both users and administrators. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: I.D. Mate Quest, It's Much Smaller Than a Loaf of Bread



En-Vision America has been selling their I.D. Mate line of bar code scanners since 1997, and their latest model, the I.D. Mate Quest, looks quite a bit different in both form and function than the first version. To update us on the latest with the Quest, Chancey Fleet spoke with David Raistrick, Vice President for Envision America, who talks about the history of the I.D. Mate and some of the latest features. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

Audio: The Quest to Make Board Games Accessible



64 Ounce Games is currently running a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to purchase equipment to make a variety of board games accessible to blind people. They've already reached their initial goal, and additional donations will help them to produce materials for even more titles. To learn more, we spoke with Richard Gibbs, Owner and Lead Designer of 64 Ounce Games, to learn about his passion for board games and what the company is doing to bring board games to an entire new group of people.

#CSUN14 Audio: National Braille Press Awarding up to $20,000 for Accessible Software and Hardware



The National Braille Press is accepting nominations for its 2014 Touch of Genius prize, which awards up to $20,000 for software or hardware in four different categories. This year's deadline is April 15. Chancey Fleet talks to National Braille Press President Brian MacDonald to learn about the new focus for the prize and more about the award in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Getting Down to Business with Accessible QuickBooks



After 20 years, one of the most popular software programs for Windows is becoming accessible for the first time. Intuit's recent accessibility efforts along with a collaboration with My Blind Spot have led to improved access to QuickBooks 2014 with screen readers. To learn more, we spoke with Intuit's Cheryl Aranha, Ted Drake, and Lori Samuels and My Blind Spot's Albert Rizzi in this extended podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Math Equations Are Getting A Whole Lot More Accessible



Access to mathematical equations is getting a whole lot easier, thanks to the efforts of Design Science and their MathPlayer application. One of the leading peple behind this effort is Sina Bahram, President of Prime Access Consulting, who joins us to give a demonstration of accessible math equations using Window-Eyes 8.4 and the MathPlayer plug-in for Microsoft Word. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Dancing Dots Sees the Light with New Lime Lighter Models



The Lime Lighter from Dancing Dots has become more versatile with some new configurations to meet a variety of music needs including a model which sits on an existing keyboard stand to provide magnified sheet music. Bill McCann, Founder and President of Dancing Dots, joins us to talk about these devices and how they are making music more accessible to students and professionals. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: The E-bot, the Magnifier behind the Hims Robot



Hims caught many people's attention at CSUN with Big E, but the real E that is for sale is their new E-bot video magnifiers which feature support for WIndows and APple tablets. James McCarthy, President of Hims in Austin, joins us to give a demonstration of the device and how it might benefit low-vision users in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Aumed Expands HD Line with LaView 22-inch Desktop Magnifier



Like many others, Aumed is updating its video magnifiers to new HD versions to take advantages of advancements in technology. In this podcast, AUmed Senior Consultant Cory Hanosh joins us to discuss the LaView, a 22-inch HD desktop magnifier which aims to compete on price. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Duxbury 11.2 Supports Nemeth Input, Mac Version Coming Soon



Version 11.2 of the Duxbury braille translation software was recently released and includes, among other features, the ability to input Nemeth notation and have it translated to print. Neal Kuniansky, Director of Sales and Marketing for Duxbury Systems, joins us to discuss the latest developments with the software and the progress of their product for the mac in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Issist Creating Mercury Magnification and OCR Suite for Android



Issist, the company behind the iZoom magnification software for windows, is delving into the world of mobile apps including Mercury, a suite of android apps to offer magnification, OCR, and other functions. Namita Joshi, Marketing Manager for iSsist joins us in this podcast to talk about the company's direction, their choice of Android as a platform, and some of the features and pricing for the software. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Enabling Technologies Ditches Shakespeare, Introduces Sleek Cyclone and Trident Braille Embossers



Enabling Technologies is updating their venerable flagship braille embossers with a sleek new design and more modern capabilities. The Cyclone is a single-sided embosser which updates the Romeo while the Trident, an interpoint embosser, will likely replace the Juliet. Enabling Technologies President Tony Schenk joins us to talk about the features and availability of these embossers in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: It's All about Wireless with the Victor Stream



Since the introduction of wireless support for the 2nd generation Victor Stream from HumanWare, many additional features have been added to take advantage of this capability including Internet radio support, Bookshare downloads, and support for online reference sources. We welcome back Matthew Janusauskas, Product Manager for Digital Talking Book Products for HumanWare, who discusses the latest updates for the stream and what might be on the horizon in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Eye-Pal Ace Plus Includes Portable OCR and Braille Output



The Eye-Pal Ace Plus is the latest in portable OCR solutions from ABISee and, along with the other models in this series, includes braille output to several displays. Lori Berkey, Customer Support and Marketing Associate for ABISee, joins us to tell us more and give a demonstration on this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: DO-IT Gets Teens and Young Adults Excited about Tech



DO-IT stands for Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology and is an organization headquartered at the University of Washington which supports teens and adults who are blind as they enter into high-tech fields. Sheryl Burgstahler, Director of Accessible Technology Services at the University of Washington, and Mamoru Iwabuchi from the University of Tokyo explain more about the program and how it benefits blind teens and adults. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Capti iPhone App Reads the Web and More, now for Free



Capti is an iPhone app which allows you to read news, blogs, and other content while walking, driving, or anywhere where you would prefer a hands-free experience. Plus, the app is now free. Charmtech Labs President and CEO Yevgen Borodin joins us to give an update on the Capti product and demonstrate some of the new features. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Touch-screen Magnification from Dolphin; Giving Away a Dell Tablet



Dolphin continues to update its screen reading and magnification solutions and was demonstrating some new touch-screen magnification capabilities in its booth. Jeff Bazer, U.S. Sales Manager for Dolphin, joins us to talk about the latest with SuperNova and Guide in this podcast and tells us how to win a Dell touch-screen tablet. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: AI Squared Talks ZoomText for Mac Speech Features, Sitecues for Web Publishers



AI Squared has been making many improvements to its venerable ZoomText screen magnification software including some new speech support for its Mac product. But why would you add speech to ZoomText for Mac when VoiceOver already is on every computer? We spoke with Derek Bove, Technical Product Manager for AI Squared, to talk about the latest with ZoomText and the nuts and bolts of AI Squared's new Sitecues tool for web publishers.in Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Baum in the USA, Introduces VisioBook S Magnifier



Baum has been around for roughly 35 years but has now decided to open an office in the United States. Meanwhile, the VisioBook S is the latest version of their compact video magnifier and it was introduced to the world at CSUN. David Bradburn, President of BAUM USA, joins us to talk about the company's direction and their latest products in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: The Alva Comfort and EasyLink 12 Touch Braille Displays from Alva and IRIE AT



IRIE AT, as the national distributors for Alva braille displays in the UNited States, was demonstrating the new Alva Comfort, a 40-cell braille display which includes 4GB of memory and a built-in copy of the NVDA screen reader. Also, the EasyLink 12 Touch is an update to the former EasyLink braille display which now will include optical routing buttons. In this podcast, IRIE AT Service Technician Holly Stowell joins us to talk about these new displays and some of the features they include. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Check out the Moves on that Robot



We've never interviewed a robot before for one of our podcasts, but Hims gave us the opportunity to talk to Big E, their booth mascot. We talked with him? her? it? to learn why they were at CSUN and to check out their moves. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: The Compact Touch HD, a Touchscreen Portable Magnifier



Optelec was showing its recently-released Compact Touch HD, a portable video magnifier which is operated using touchscreen gestures. To learn more, we spoke with Charlie Collins, Director of Sales for the Eastern United States with Optelec, who explained its usage and design. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: ScripTalk Prescription Labels Now Available through CVS



The reach of the ScripTalk perscription labeling system became much larger this week as En-Vision America forged a deal with CVS to make the technology available for its mail-order prescription service. To learn more, Chancey Fleet spoke with David Raistrick, Vice President for En-Vision America, who talks about the partnership and other new features of the system. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Honest Vision's $15,000 Computer-based OCR System



Honest Vision introduced a new computer and camera system which featured a screenless Windows 7 laptop and an attached camera to perform optical character recognition. We spoke with HOnest Vision President Young Cho and Engineer Luan DIns to learn more and get a live demo of the product. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: A Low-vision Graphing Calculator with Speech and more from Sight Enhancement Systems



Sight Enhancement Systems is updating their line of SciPlus scientific calculators to include graphing support in both low-vision and speech versions. In addition, a new version of the SceneEye, called the SceneEye 500, improves upon their desktop distance magnifying solution. We spoke with the new president of Sight Enhancement Systems, Rob Hilkes, to learn about the company's latest products in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Two New Magnifiers from Optelec including One Using Windows 8.1



Optelec unveiled two new desktop video magnifiers at CSUN including the ClearNote HD, a close-up and distance model which uses software on a Windows 8.1 computer and a touch-screen interface. Stephan Terwolbeck, President of Optelec, explains all about them in this audio podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Candid Thoughts on the GW Micro and Microsoft Partnership from Jeremy Curry



GW Micro made big news earlier this year when they announced a partnership with Microsoft to provide a free copy of Window-Eyes to owners of Microsoft Office 2010 and newer. But what will this mean for the screen reader going forward and for long-time or new users? To dig deeper, we spoke with Jeremy Curry, GW Micro's Director of Training, to get some of the nuts and bolts of the partnership and a taste of what will be in Window-Eyes 9. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Introducing the International Association of Accessibility Professionals



The INternational Association of Accessibility Professionals is a new membership organization seeking to unite and act as a resource for professionals in the accessibility field. In this podcast, IAAP board President Rob Sinclair and CEO David Dikter spent a few moments with us to explain the idea and goals for the organization and how you can get involved. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: Indoor Navigation using iBeacons



iBeacons are one of the new methods for conveying information to consumers especially while indoors, and Apple's recent support for the technology has helped to expand their usage over the past year. Gordon Fuller, CEO of Accessible Help, talks about his vision for the future of indoor navigation and what his company is doing to see it through in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: The Sound of Eloquence on Android



Code Factory surprised many at CSUN by announcing the development of a version of the ETI Eloquence speech synthesizer for Android. We checked in with Code Factory Sales Director Melanie Endres for a live demo and to learn of what else the company is up to in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN14 Audio: A Live Demo of the Hims Blaze EZ



Hims came into this year's CSUN conference with a bang, announcing the Blaze EZ, the successor to the BookSense digital media player. The Blaze EZ includes wireless capabilities and optical character recognition for reading printed documents. We spoke with Dave Wilkinson, Business Development Manager for Hims, who gave us a first look and live demo of the device. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2014 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#afblc Audio: A 3d-Printed Audio and Tactile Museum Experience from Tooteko



Tooteko is a new company who was exhibiting at the AFB Leadership Conference who specialize in 3d-printed replicas of buildings, objects, and places which also include audio descriptions using a wireless headset. It's one of the new ways that companies are trying to increase accessibility of museums and other public spaces. In this podcast, we learn more from Gilda Lombardi from Tooteko who explains how the technology works and where they see it being used the most.

#afblc Audio: How Adversity leads to Opportunity: A Chat with the Developers of TapTapSee



TapTapSee, a simple app for recognizing images using both computer-generated and human methods, is perhaps one of the most popular downloads for the blind on the iPhone App Store. Last week, the American Foundation for the Blind recognized the achievements of their developers by giving an AFB Access Award to the company. In this podcast, we spoke with Image Searcher CEO Dominik Mazur and CTO Brad Folkens to learn about how the app came to fruition and to get a glimpse of their future development plans. We also discuss the recent change in pricing models and how that may play out going forward.

Audio Sczweck on Tech: The Accessibility of Smart Watches



Welcome to Sczweck on Tech, a new podcast featuring the latest and greatest in assistive technology. In this episode, Dale Sczweck discusses the accessibility of smart watches including the Pebble and the Samsung Galaxy Gear. His findings, especially for low vision users, may surprise you. Dale Sczweck is an assistive technology trainer from Illinois. Reach out to Dale, on Twitter at @betteroffdale.

Audio: Another quick and Dirty 7-minute Guide; What's new in Low Vision in iOS 7



We're back with another rapid fire guide to the latest accessibility changes in iOS 7. This time, assistive technology trainer Dale Schweck guides us through the features and options of interest to low vision users in under 7 minutes. In case you missed it, we did a similar podcast for VoiceOver users earlier this week.

Audio: The Quick and Dirty 7-minute Guide to What's new with VoiceOver in iOS 7



A lot has changed in iOS version 7 but we realize you may not have hours upon hours to listen to dozens of podcasts on every new feature. So we've created the quick and dirty audio guide to what's new in VoiceOver with this latest release. Join assistive technology trainer Dale Schweck as he gives you a 7 minute summary of the new and exciting features of iOS 7. Low vision users, we'll have a similar podcast coming for you soon.

Audio: Meteor Vibrating Pocket Watch



A T Guys is now carrying the Meteor Vibrating Pocket Watch from Alexandra Vision, a simple timepiece which allows you to check the time discretely and conveniently. Here's a brief podcast giving more info and demonstrating how the watch functions. order the Meteor Vibrating Pocket Watch.
A text transcription of the demo is also available.

#CSUN13 Audio: Gotta Love Them Outtakes: The Rest of CSUN 2013



Blind Bargains provided wall to wall coverage of CSUN 2013, featuring interviews and hands-on demonstrations from some of the biggest names and companies in the industry. But not surprisingly, things didn't always go as planned. We now present to you the rest of CSUN 2013.

#CSUN13 Audio: Hands On With the All-new Victor Stream from Humanware



The highly-anticipated next generation of Humanware's Victor Reader Stream is now shipping and includes several new features including wireless capabilities, USB charging, and a smaller size. In this podcast, we speak with Victor Reader Product Manager Matthew Janusauskas to get a hands-on demonstration of some of the new features including the new built-in voices. We also discuss some of the potential features planned for the free firmware updates including expanded use of the wireless chip and an update on Audible support. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: iOS Access for All, an eBook Guide to iOS Accessibility



A new online book will soon be published offering an up-to-date and detailed guide to all accessibility features available on iOS devices. Those purchasing iOS Access for All which is expected to cost less than $10, will also receive free updates as new features are introduced. The effort is lead by experienced Freelance writer Shelly Brisbin who joins us to talk about her experience and her plans for the book in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: @Learning_Ally Adds Text to Some of their Books, Introduces Tools for Teachers



Learning Ally has begun to add text to some of their audio recordings, allowing for readers to both listen to and read several hundred books in their collection. Terrie Noland, National Director of Professional Development and State Initiatives for Learning Ally, joins us to explain how these new services work on this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Dancing Dots Teaches Braille Music with Music Touch



Dancing Dots has created a new set of braille music tutorials using the Talking Tactile Tablet called Music Touch. Bill McCao wnn, President and founder of Dancing Dots, tells us more and gives us an audio demonstration of the tutorials in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: A Vibrating Pocket Watch from Alexandra Vision



Alexandra Vision was showing a new line of elegant vibrating pocket watches which can be used to check the time by touch. Helene Richardot, Marketing and Sales Manager for Alexandra Vision, tells us more and shows us how the watch functions in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: AI Squared Discusses ZoomText for Mac, ImageReader OCR Solution



AI Squared has now released their first version of ZoomText for the Mac and it offers many accessibility features which PC users have come to expect from magnification software. Meanwhile, the ZoomText ImageReader is AI Squared's document camera solution for the PC and works with both ZoomText or a screen reader to provide OCR capabilities. Derek Bove, Technical Product Manager for AI Squared, tells us all about the latest hardware and software from AI Squared in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Logickeyboard offers Large Print Bluetooth Keyboard, LogicLight Keyboard Light



Logickeyboard offers full-size keyboards which include large print symbols for easier viewing for those with low vision. This year at CSUN they featured a new Bluetooth model along with a LogicLight, a usb peripheral for illuminating a keyboard. Sales Director Howard Chan joins us on this podcast to tell us more about the company and their latest offerings. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Bookshare Offers Browser-based Book Reader, New Bookshelf Features



Bookshare has eliminated the need to download books in order to read them by offering a browser-based book reader compatible with most browsers. In addition, some new bookshelf features allow you to organize your favorite titles for easy retrieval. We speak with Allison Hilliker, Collection Development Associate for Bookshare, to learn about the latest developments with the service in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: LookTel Releases VO Tutorial, Gives Update on Breadcrumbs GPS, Going Nonprofit



LookTel continues to release new apps for the iPhone including a new free VoiceOver tutorial. They also continue work on their Breadcrumbs GPS app and are planning to take the company nonprofit. To learn about all of this, we speak with Cara Quinn, Software Developer for Looktel, in this audio interview. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Braille Institute Offers Free Big Browser, App Directory, and Vision Simulator Apps for iOS



The Braille Institute offers several iOS apps for free including a web browser for low-vision users, an app which simulates various eye diseases, and an application directory focusing on accessible apps. To learn more about these apps and a local information service they manage, we speak with Administrative Assistant Eliza Burmester and Reader Services Coordinator and BARD Administrator Brian Albriton in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: The Latest with Mobile Accessibility for Android, Now Free on Several Carriers



Code Factory continues to update its Mobile Accessibility software for Android devices, which is now free on several U.S. carriers including Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint. We speak with Ferran Gallego, Chief Technology Officer for Code Factory, to learn about the latest features of the screen reader in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: B2G Android Notetaker Nearing Release, National Braille Press Offering up to $20,000 for App Developers



The B2G, the forthcoming notetaking/PDA solution from the National Braille Press and Deane Blazie, is on its way to being released, perhaps as early as this fall. It'll feature the latest Android operating system and a likely cost of under $2,500 for a 20-cell unit. In this podcast, Brian MacDonald, President of National Braille Press, gives us an update on the project and also how you can win up to $20,000 for developing apps. We also get an update on their research with full-page braille displays. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Free Sight Compass App Helps you Navigate Hotels, Bathrooms, and More



Sight Compass is a new technology which gives travelers information about their environment at a short range using wireless technology, without the need for a phone signal or a data connection. The free app is currently available for the iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 and will soon come to Android, Windows and other platforms. Briggs Cunningham, one of the inventors of Sight Compass, gives us a live demo of how the technology works in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Hands-On With the Nearby Explorer GPS Software from APH



Nearby Explorer is a fully-featured advanced GPS solution which was recently released for Android smartphones by the American Printing House for the blind. It includes many advanced features common to accessible GPS solutions including virtual navigation and custom points of interest as well as some new options and functions including public transit integration. We went outside with Technology Project Leader Larry Skutchan to get a hands-on demonstration of the software and some of its latest features. We also ask about the possibility of an iOS version and talk about possibilities with indoor navigation. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Nippon Telesoft Displays Tactile Artwork Created by the Blind with Pico



The makers of the Seika braille displays were displaying some tactile artwork drawn by blind Japanese students, using a pen-shaped device called the Pico which transfers balls of wax into raised lines. Hideaki Kaneko, president of Nippon Telesoft explains how it works in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: The Cheaper Milestone 112 from Bones Focuses on Recording



The Milestone 112 is the latest in the Bones line of digital audio recorders and is now their low-end model, focusing primarily on digital recording. We speak with Robert Kempf, Product Manager for Bones, to learn about the device and the latest with the company in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Accessible Tactile Graphics Software from IRIE AT



The TactileView Tactile Graphic Design Software allows you to print a wide variety of graphics and images on to most modern embossers, and can also be used with a custom tablet to create images accessibly. Emily Axelsson, Customer Service Director for IRIE AT tells us how it all works in this audio interview. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: What's New with Window-Eyes 8.1 from GW Micro



The free Window-Eyes 8.1 update includes some bug fixes and enhancements, especially for Windows 8 and Office 2013 users. We speak with Doug Geoffray, Vice President of Product Development and Support at GW Micro, to learn about the latest features and the future of Window-Eyes including potential touch screen support and how long Windows XP users will have until they have to upgrade in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: New Consumer and High-speed Embossers from American Thermoform and Braillo



The Braille and Print combines an Index Everest embosser with an HP ink cartridge for a one-box solution for producing braille and print simultaneously without losing any braille lines on the page. Meanwhile, the Braillo 300 is the latest in high-speed embossers for production houses and larger transcribing firms. We speak with Jason Castaneda, Director of Sales and Support for American Thermoform Corporation and David Merriman, Director of Sales for Braillo Norway, to learn all about them in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Latest HandyTech Braille Displays and More from Triumph Technology



Though the name has changed, Triumph Technology is still the master distributor for Handy Tech braille displays in North America, and their new Basic Braille line is more affordable than prior generations. To learn more, we speak with President Earle Harrison in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Ask Earl and He'll Read you the Newspaper on your iPhone



Earl is a new iPhone and soon-to-be Android app which presents newspapers using a simplified audio and voice-driven interface for blind users and those who are less comfortable with smartphones. Angle, LLC president and founder David Bong and chief evangelist Bill Spiry give us a hands-on demo of the app and talk about its development in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: The Accessible Firefox Browser for Android and the Development of the Firefox OS



The Firefox browser for Android is now fully accessible with Android devices, providing a fully-functioning browser experience for Talkback users, even with older versions of Androids. Meanwhile, work is progressing on the Firefox OS, a new and open-source mobile platform which will eventually include a built-in screen reader. Eitan Isaacson, Software Developer for Mizilla, demonstrates the latest with Firefox for Android and the development of the Firefox OS in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: @Optelec Announces the ClearView Speech Desktop Video Magnifier with OCR



Optelec unveiled the ClearView Speech, a new add-on module for the Clearview Desktop Video Magnifier which provides full-page OCR capabilities. Stephan Terwolbeck, President of Optelec, snuck us into the booth shortly before the reveal to give us a hands-on demonstration of the unit in this audio podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Updated Software Unleashed for the Phoenix Embosser



In 2011, we covered the new Phoenix embosser from Enabling Technologies, a single-sided unit that also features high-resolution graphics. Since that time, the graphics software has received some major updates. In this podcast, we welcome back Enabling Technology's President Tony Shenk to give us the latest on this embosser and the software. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Smart911 Helps You Stay Safe in an Emergency



A new service called Smart911 is available which connects directly with local 911 call centers to provide important safety information in case of an emergency. We speak with Community Marketing Manager Jessica Olson who explains how the service works and how you can sign up. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Building Robots Accessibly with Lego Mindstorms NXT



Lego Mindstorms NXT is perhaps one of the most popular holiday gifts for teenagers and adults, and how blind people can be a part of the fun as well, thanks to a program called JBrick. In this interview, We spoke with Stephanie Ludi, an Assistant Professor of Software Engineering at the Rochester Institute of Technology, to learn how this free and open-source software can be used accessibly to program robots to do fun things and learn about computer science. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: New Phones from Clarity Products for Seniors and Hard of Hearing



While many companies focus on advanced smartphones with Internet access and dozens of other features, one company features simple-to-operate devices designed for seniors and those who are hard of hearing. Gary Moore, Account Manager National for Clarity Products,</a. tells us about the latest in amplified and accessible phones in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Hands On with the Accessible TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator



One of the most talked about devices at CSUN 2013 was the forthcoming accessible graphing calculator. Orbit Research and APH are colaberating to create an accessible version of the hugely popular and mainstream TI-84 Plus Graphinc Calculator and we talked to doctoral student and product tester Sina Bahram to learn all about it and try it out. This podcast is presented in stereo so you can hear the full effect of the graphs, and we recommend listening to it with headphones for the best effect. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: The Maturation and Future of NVDA



It wasn't very long ago when NVDA was a tiny screen reading project which happened to make a few parts of the computer accessible. The screen reader has come a long way from its early days, and 2013 brings with it Powerpoint support, support for more braille displays, and much more. NVDA lead developer Mick Curran took some time to catch us up and discuss the future of the free screen reader in an extended audio podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN13 Audio: Ananse Productions Gets Fancy with Letter Clever for iOS and Android



Ananse Productions is back with a new mobile game, and this time, it's all about words. Letter Clever, a multiplayer word game,will soon be released for iOS and later Android, and Jim Denham is hear to give us a demonstration and tell us all about it in this podcast. Blind Bargains audio coverage of CSUN 2013 is generously sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

Audio: Demonstration of the Quantum Bar Code Scanner



In case you missed it, here's an audio demonstration of the new Quantum Bar Code Scanner from A T Guys with the latest version of Bar Code Finder. The Quantum is a USB-based bar code scanner which can be used to identify millions of items including food, books, household items, CD's, movies, non-prescription medications, and much more. It's powered by a variety of sources including Directions for Me from Horizons for the Blind, Amazon.com, Bookshare, and many more. You can
purchase the scanner for $149 from A T Guys.

Audio: What's New at Freedom Scientific?



We didn't get a chance to catch up with Freedom Scientific at CSUN, so thought it would be a good idea to find out the latest. In this audio podcast, we learn about the latest features in Jaws and some new developments for their notetaker line.

Audio: A Makeover for Accessible Event



There was even more to see at CSUN 2012, and we'll be recording some more podcasts to cover what we missed. Serotek released version 2.0 of their Accessible Event platform which adds many new features to the online meeting platform including text chat, polls, and mobile device support. We speak with Serotek's Ricky Enger to bring us up to speed in this podcast.

#CSUN12 Audio: New Notetaking and Braille Options from Hims



Hims feels the notetaker market is here to stay and was showing off new BrailleSense models as welllas a new braille display at CSUN. In this podcast, we speak with Hims Technical Support Specialist Jenny Axler to talk about their latest devices and the company's views on the current notetaker marketplace. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Crowdsourced Funding and the Release of the 6dot



The road to a final product for 6dot has been long and treacherous, but the company now has a finished product and is taking orders. Perhaps one of the most interesting parts of their journey was the campaign to raise funds through the crowdsource donation site Kickstarter. In this podcast, Karina Pikhart, President of 6dot Innovations, tells us more about the company's story, some of the challenges they faced, and how to order a 6dot. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Demystifying the NBP Braille Notetaker



It's gone through many names including the Braille Wizard, but the Android-based notetaker now known as B2G may finally be headed for retail. Brian Macdonald, President of National Braille Press, explains the history behind the project and talks about what's next and when it might be released. He also discusses a concept in the works for a full-page braille display. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: A Unique iOS Bluetooth Keypad from Mobience



Using the touchscreen or a traditional Bluetooth keyboard are not the only ways to control an iOS device. In this audio podcast, we speak with Jaewoo Ahn, CEO of Mobience, to learn more about the device, which is currently available in South Korea. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Learning More about Yahoo! Accessibility and Inclusive Design



The team at Yahoo! Accessibility is often not widely noticed but is working on a variety of innovative projects to improve accessibility for their websites, mobile apps, and the Internet as a whole. So how does Yahoo! Accessibility aim to accomplish these goals, and what is their role in the overall company? To learn more, we speak with Senior Accessibility Program Manager Victor Tsaran, Accessibility Engineer Ted Drake, and Social Media Manager Nate Ebrahimoon in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: The Latest with Duxbury for Windows, and Duxbury for the Mac?



Duxbury continues to pack in new features to their flagship translation software for Windows, features which may also appear in a product for the Mac. Neal Kuniansky, Director of Marketing and Sales for Duxbury Systems, talks about the latest developments in this audio podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Knowbility Offering Cash for Website Testing



If you're looking to get paid to perform website usability testing, Knowbility's Accessworks may be a good match for you. Jayne Schurick and Jennifer Sutton have been contracted by Knowbility to help administer and promote the service, and we talk with them to learn all about it and how you can get involved as a tester or content provider in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Captioning Radio Programs with Braille for the Deaf-blind



Close captioning television shows for the deaf is a commonly used technology, but what about radio programs? Sam Goldman, Technical Research Associate from NPR Labs, is part of a team developing a solution which includes the ability to provide braille radio captions for the deaf-blind using open-source software. We learn more about the technology in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: This Ain't your Grandma's Blio



If you tried out the Blio eBook reading software when it was first released, the company hopes you'll give it another chance. James Gashel, Vice President for Business Development at KNFB Reading Technology, explains what has changed and how version 3.0 is now accessible to multiple screen readers and platforms. We also discuss the future of the KNFB Reader including plans for an iOS version. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: A Demo of the LookTel Object Recognizer



LookTel continues to produce affordable apps for iOS devices, the latest being their object recognition program. In this audio interview, Eyal Binshtock, Business Development for LookTel, gives us a demonstration of how the app works and talks about the future of the company. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: AbiSee Refreshes Eye-Pal Line



AbiSee has updated their low-vision and blindness portable reading products with the Eye-Pal Vision and the Eye-Pal Reader. Ilana Voldman, QA Manager for AbiSee, explains more in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Remote Braille Learning with BERT



The Electronic Brailler has been modified since its prototype phase and now includes a new braille remote learning component called BERT. David Pillischer, President of Electronic Brailler LLC, explains more about the system in this audio interview and his vision for saving teachers time and money in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Optelec's Latest HD Magnifier



Optelec recently announced the Compact 5 HD, a portable video magnifier with a high definition display and an autofocus camera. Optelec Marketing Communications Manager Courtney Berg tells us all about it in this audio interview. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: A Folding Desktop Magnifier from Baum



While BAUM Retec is largely known for braille displays, the company is now expanding the product line to include the Visio Book, a portable desktop video magnifier available in the United States from APH. Niels Vanweele, International Sales Manager for Baum, talks about the company's entry into the low-vision market in this audio interview. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: HumanWare Talks Braille Displays, mPower PDF Support, and a new SmartView



HumanWare has been busy over the past several months, promoting their latest generation of Brailliant braille displays, releasing an update for the mPower series with PDF support, and updating their desktop video magnifier line with the SmartView Synergy PI. To learn more, we speak with HumanWare's Greg Stilson, Technical Product Manager, and Ed Wikdall, Western Regional Low-vision Sales Manager, in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: The Latest Perkins Braille Display and Next Generation Brailler Take 2



Perkins Products was busy showing their latest braille technology offerings at CSUN 2012 including the latest Seika braille display, branded in the U.S. as the Perkins Products Mini, and an updated Next Generation Perkins Brailler. Gayle Yarnall, Director of Adaptive Technology at Perkins Products, explains more in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Equal Access to Textbooks with STEPP



While many publishers are providing less than ideal access to their textbook collections, CourseSmart is one that is bucking the trend and providing equal access in a partnership with the Student E-rent Pilot Project or STEPP. In this podcast, We speak with Kevin Chao, Quality Assurance Specialist for STEPP, to learn more about the program and how students can gain access to these textbooks. We also discuss the Federated Textbook Finder, allowing users to search a variety of sources for books. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: A Recap of ZoomText 10 and the iLoView Video Magnifier



AI Squared has recently released ZoomText version 10, featuring support for an HD webcam as a video magnifier. Plus, the iLoView is a portable video magnifier and the company's first foray into this space. We speak to Marketing Project Manager Rebecca White to learn more and discuss AI Squared's plans for Windows 8 in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: A 49-minute Demo of the BraillePlus Second Generation



With the forthcoming release of the next generation of the BraillePlus, Larry Skutchan from the American Printing House for the Blind was ready to show off some of the guts of the device. In this podcast, we explore the unit and some of its apps, especially the Nearby Explorer GPS app which likely will also be available on the Android Market.
Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Controlling a Traffic Light from your Phone



In Europe, many audible traffic lights are activated through the use of a mobile device such as a phone or the Kapten Plus GPS. In this podcast, Fabrice Mercier, International Sales Manager for EO Guidage, gives us a demonstration and talks about the company's efforts to install the system in the United States. View an English translation of the site. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Read the Web Later, or Better with Capti



Capti seeks to change how you listen to the web, both with an iPhone app which allows for offline website viewing and a Firefox extension which can potentially replace the functionality of a screen reader for a more fluid browsing experience. We speak to CharmTech Labs President Yevgen Borodin and Usability Consultant Glenn Dausch to learn more and hear a demonstration in this audio interview. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: A Windows 7 Braille Laptop



We saw several braille displays at CSUN, but only one had a braille keyboard and ran Windows 7. The ESYTime is a laptop with a built-in 32-cell braille display. Jean Laurens, Sales Manager for Eurobraille describes the unit in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Need help Getting the Accommodations you Need at Work? Ask Jan.



The Job Accommodation Network is a free program which aids employers and employees alike in understanding their rights and responsibilities when it comes to workplace rights and accommodations. Teresa Goddard and Elisabeth Simpson, Senior Consultants for the Job Accommodation Network, explain more in this audio interview. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: DocumentAccessibility.com Helping with Section 508 Compliance



Access Ingenuity is an assistive technology reseller which also offers website services focusing on section 508 compliance. We speak with Access Ingenuity director Michael Parker to learn more about their products and services in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Dolphin is No Longer the Hal Company



In case you missed it, Dolphin Computer Access has rebranded many of their products, unifying their screen reader and magnification products under the SuperNova banner. But the latest versions of their products include many updates as well, including dual monitor support and revamped Internet support. To learn more, we speak with Jeff Bazer, Dolphin Sales Manager for the United States, in this audio interview. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Introducing A Desktop BookPort



With the demise of the cassette tape, digital devices have been introduced to replace and expand upon the capabilities of their older siblings. The BookPort DT is a forthcoming desktop version of the digital book player with advanced editing features and Internet connectivity among other enhancements. In the first of two CSUN podcasts from the American Printing House for the Blind's Larry Skutchan, we learn about and try out this device and some of the advanced features that are included. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

#CSUN12 Audio: Ambutech's Premium Canes



What exactly is a premium cane? Mellyssa Lyght with Customer Sales and Service for Ambutech explains the company's latest offerings including a new method for replacing cane tips in this podcast. Blind Bargains coverage of CSUN 2012 is sponsored by the American Foundation for the Blind.

Audio: Q&A about the Vanda Pharmaceuticals Sleep Study



There has been a lot of discussion about the current research from Vanda Pharmaceuticals regarding Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder, so we wanted to learn more about the study and what exactly is involved.
In this podcast, we speak with William Hoos to learn more about the study and how to become involved. We also learn of an easy fund raiser for nonprofits which rewards $25 for a completed survey. To take the survey via phone, call (888) 389-7033. Or you can take the survey online
More information is available in a five-part series from the Matilda Ziegler website.
Here's an audio version of the article.
You can also check out an Informational website on Non-24-Hour Sleep-Wake Disorder as well as following @24sleepwake on Twitter.

Audio: Wasting Time with Bop It XT



We've wasted many hours in our lives on Bop It, so when the latest model came out, Blind Bargains had to try it. Listen in as J.J. plays with the Bop It XT, the latest in the Hasbro line of audio handheld time-wasters. You can purchase it from Amazon.com for $18.

Audio: What can the Insignia Voice Command Clock Radio do for You?



Last week, we posted a link for the Insignia Voice Command AM/FM Clock Radio for $7.99, making it the cheapest such radio by far. For that price, we figured it was worth giving it a test drive. In this podcast, J.J. describes the unit and demonstrates some of its functions. You can still purchase the clock radio for $7.99 from Cow Boom.

#csun11 Audio: A Laptop with a Built-in Braille Display



For many years, people have asked for a laptop with a built-in braille display and now, one

Korean company has delivered. Minseob Jung, Executive Director for the <a target="_blank"

href="Siloam">http://www.silwel.or.kr">Siloam Welfare Foundation for the Visually Handicapped,

explains how the device, which emulates a Seika braille display, works in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: Hands On with the Electronic Brailler



The Electronic Brailler is a forthcoming device which includes an electronic braille typewriter

as well as the ability to type braille using a computer, targeted for students and schools.

David Pillischer, President of Electronic Brailler LLC, explains more about the device and lets

us try one out in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: Free Phones for Disabled California Residents



The California Telephone Access Program offers

free telephone equipment for people of any age with a disability in the state of California,

including several models with talking caller ID and other accessible features. Outreach

Specialist Pamela Goodwin explains how the service works and how to receive a free device in

this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: A More Compact Seika



The latest version of the Seika, version 5, is more compact and now includes a built-in battery.

Tomohiro Hatano, Sales Manager for <a target="_blank"

href="NipponTelesoft">http://www.nippontelesoft.com/english.html">NipponTelesoft, tells us about the

company's latest generation of braille displays in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: Voiceye Offers Free App to Read Bar Coded Text



Using bar codes to hold large amounts of information has not caught on much in the United

States, but it is one of the major forms of creating accessible information in South Korea. In

this audio interview, Jay Jo of Voiceye explains how their free mobile apps allow for the

reading of text encoded in this format and how to create your own codes.

#csun11 Audio: Speaking Highly of Website Accessibility



With the increasing requirement and push by the accessibility community for usable and

accessible websites, companies are stepping up to offer tools to help businesses and

organizations ensure their sites are compliant. Dana Tannatt, Vice President of Customer

Solutions for HiSoftware, explains the

tools his company offers to help ensure website accessibility and compliance in this audio

interview.

#csun11 Audio: Internet Radio on a Plextalk Pocket



Version 5 of the Plextalk Pocket is a free update which now includes support for Internet radio,

podcasts, and new file formats. We speak with <a target="_blank"

href="Plextor's">http://www.plextalk.com/in/index.html">Plextor's Chief Engineer, Tatsu Nishizawa,
to learn about the latest capabilities of the device and try out the Internet radio support in

this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: Demoing the RFB&D iPhone App



There's been a lot of talk about the new iPhone app for listening to books from <a

target="_blank" href="Recording">http://www.rfbd.org/">Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic so we figured

we would stop by and receive a demonstration. We speak with Margaret Tennant, Western Regional

Director of Programs and Services and Peter Beran, Cheif Technology Officer who shows us the

product and also mentions a forthcoming demo version of the app in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: Ambutech's Vibrating Glasses



One of the popular mobility aids at CSUN was a new set of vibratory glasses from <a

target="_blank" href="Ambutech">http://www.ambutech.com">Ambutech, known primarily for their canes. VP

of Sales and Marketing Gordon Hudek explains more while we try out a pair in this podcast.

#csun11 Audio: The Accessible Blio Reader



Blio, the much talked about eBook platform and software package, is now available in an

accessible form and more improvements are planned for the near future. In this podcast, we speak

with James Gashel, Vice President for Business Development at KNFB Reading Technology, to learn

about the latest progress with Blio and his

thoughts on the future of the electronic book industry.

#csun11 Audio: A CCTV and OCR in One



It hasn't taken long for GW Micro to find a

new product to restart their hardware division, and this time it's of potential benefit to low

vision users. Director of Training Jeremy Curry gives us a demo of a new line of combination

CCTV/OCR products including the Orabis and Vocatex in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: LookTel Taking the World by Storm



The LookTel Money Reader has quickly become a popular identification app for iOS devices. Jeremi

Sudol, cofounder of LookTel, gives us a

demonstration of the app and tells us about his vision for the company in this podcast.

#csun11 Audio: Hands On with Talking PC Maps



APH has funded some major enhancements to the Sendero Maps product and has now released Talking

PC Maps, of special interest to mobility instructors and others in education. To learn more, we

speak with Terrie Terlau, Produc Development Project Leader for Adult Life for the American

Printing House for the Blind, who gives us an in-depth demonstration of the product in this

audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: APH Rebirths Wayfinder Access as AviNav



We were first to report about <a

target="_blank" href="AviNav">http://www.blindbargains.com/redirect.php?redirect=5942">AviNav, a forthcoming GPS

program from the American Printing House for the

Blind. Now, with the development of the Orion, or the new version of the Braille Plus as APH

is calling it, the future of Wayfinder is becoming much cleared as the code is destined for the

Android operating system. Larry Skutchan, Technology Project Leader for
the American Printing House for the Blind, explains how all of these pieces will be connected

into a new all-in-one device for the blind and visually impaired in this podcast.

#csun11 Audio: A Preview of the 6dot Braille Labeler



After much anticipation, the 6dot, a new braille labeler which uses standard Dymo tape and

allows for all braille contractions, is now available for preorder. Karina Pikhart, President of

6dot Innovations, lets us try out the

device and explains how to get one in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: A Graphite Cane Advantage



Advantage Canes were the world's first cane made of graphite materials. We chat with David

Hadzicki, owner of Revolution

Enterprises, who explains more about the product in this audio podcast.

#csun11 Audio: Dolphin Swimming with Updates



The latest products and updates from Dolphin provide for several new options for screen reader

and magnification users as well as support for modern applications and a new way to retrieve

online information. To learn more, we speak with Andy Leach and Jeff Bazer, <a target="_blank"

href="Dolphin">http://www.yourdolphin.com">Dolphin Sales Managers, in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: Hands-on with DocuScan Plus and the HoverCam Document Camera



Serotek's previously announced DocuScan Plus is now available, and will ultimately work with

Windows and Mac computers as well as mobile devices. To learn more, we speak with Ricky Enger,

Operations Manager for Serotek, who gives

us a quick tour of both the hardware and software behind the system in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: A Tactile, Braille Mouse



Tactile World is a new company which offers a mouse which gives braille feedback based on what's

on the screen. In this podcast, Douglas Martin, Dr. Igor Karasin, and Joshua Loya from <a

target="_blank" href="Tactile">http://www.tactile-world.com/">Tactile World tell us about the Tactile

Explorer as we try out its functionality and play a very addictive game.

#csun11 Audio: A First Glimpse at the Orion



The Orion is a forthcoming Android-based device which will modernize the Icon and include

up-to-date hardware and software components. Guido Corona, Director of Marketing for <a

target="_blank" href="LevelStar">http://www.levelstar.com">LevelStar, LLC, gives us a first glimpse and

a quick demonstration of some of the functionality of this new line of devices in this audio

interview.

#csun11 Audio: The Long and Winding Road to NVDA



NVAccess, makers of the popular and free NVDA screen reader, has become one of the most

feature-rich open source programs available for the blind today. In this podcast, we speak with

NVDA's two primary software developers, president Mic Curran and vice president Jamie Teh about

how NVDA got its start, some of the challenges and triumphs along the way, and what the future

may hold. The need for future funding is also discussed, along with the possibility of selling

licenses for text-to-speech engines such as Eloquence.

#csun11 Audio: A New Chapter for Index



In addition to the new Braille Box, the rest of Index's embossers are gaining a major overhaul

as well, known as version 4. Bjorn Lofstedt, owner of Index Braille, explains the improvements

in these latest models in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: Print and Braille Together with the Braille and Print



A specialized version of a forthcoming Index embosser is the latest solution to provide for

braille and print on the same page. Patrick Nunnelly, vice president for American Thermoform,

explains more about the ATC Braille and Print in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: A Remodeling for Gnome



Version 3 of the Linux-based Gnome desktop features a complete redesign and also includes

accessibility features from the ground up. Gnome developer Eitan Isaacson talks about these

enhancements and the state of Linux for the blind in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: Clearreader+ Gets Feature Packed



The Magnification Feature Pack is a new add-on available for Optelec's stand-alone OCR solution

which includes a hardware controler and new options. Stephan Terwolbeck, President of Optelec

U.S., explains the latest enhancements to the Clearrreader+ in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: Stem Stumper Game Headed to iOS



Stem Stumper is an upcoming puzzle game for iPhone including multiple difficulty levels and a completely audio interface. In this audio podcast, Jim Denham from Ananse Productions gives us a sneak peak of the game and tells us all about it.

#csun11 Audio: Speaking of Mobile Speak Improvements



There's been a lot of talk about Mobile Accessibility, but Code Factory is also busy working on

updates for its other products. We catch up with Caroline Ragot, Managing Director for Code

Factory, who talks about the latest developments for Symbian and Windows Mobile as well as when

the paid version of Mobile Accessibility will be released in this audio interview.

#csun11 Audio: CAIT Aiming to Introduce More Affordable Technology



A new nonprofit has been formed which aims to introduce new products and programs to the

disability community for a more affordable price. In this podcast, usability consultant Pratik

Patel explains how the Center for Access in Innovation in technology (CAIT) hopes to bring more

affordable apps and devices to the market and how users can get involved.

Audio: The Haptica Braille Watch



The Haptica Braille Watch is a new conceptual design featuring refreshable braille to present the time to the user. Inventor and product designer David Chavez is behind a major fund raising push to make such a watch a reality and is currently raising money on Kickstarter.com to make the watch a reality. In this audio interview, we speak with him and learn more about the watch and how you could potentially own one of the first Haptica watches for yourself.

#atia11 Audio: Saying Goodbye to our Friend Sierra



It's an annual Blind Bargains tradition to pay a visit to our best friend, perched just outside of tower 2. Listen in as we say goodbye to ATIA and our good buddy Sierra, everybody's favorite poolside bird.

#ATIA11 Audio: Wrap-Up with J.J. Meddaugh and Matt McCubbin



Another ATIA conference has come and gone, and J.J. Meddaugh and Matt McCubbin have plenty of thoughts and reactions to share after spending three days in the exhibit hall. Listen to hear their highlights and lowlights of the latest technology in this audio podcast.

#atia11 Audio: Eschenbach Magnifies in HD



Eschenbach came to ATIA with two new video magnifiers, including a new HD model .Eschenbach Marketing Manager Tim Gells explains more in this audio interview.

#atia11 Audio: GW Micro Touts Features of Window-Eyes 7.5



The next version of Window-Eyes will be released as a public beta very shortly and includes a new user interface, UIA support, and many other enhancements. We speak with several staff from GW Micro including Vice President of Sales Dan Weirich, Vice President of Product Development and Support Doug Geoffray, and Director of Training Jeremy Curry to learn more about the upcoming release in this podcast.

#atia11 Audio: Guerilla Takes a Bite out of OCR



Guerilla has refreshed their line of desktop OCR solutions with two models, one featuring a flatbed scanner and another using a USB-based digital camera. Erin Haithcox, Sales and Marketing Associate for Guerilla Technologies, explains more in this audio demonstration.

#atia11 Audio: A Major Duxbury Boost



Version 11.1 is a major upgrade for the venerable Duxbury Braille Translator and includes support for many new formats including .DOCX files. Neal Kuniansky, Director of Marketing and Sales for Duxbury Systems, talks about the many new features of this release in this audio interview.

#atia11 Audio: Taking Note of Baum



Baum is well-known in many parts of the world for their expansive line of braille displays We learn about their product line and some of the latest features with Baum Sales Director Henning Baum and Bay Area Digital's Chris Gray in this audio interview.

Audio: Blind Bargains Coverage of the Blind Driver Press Conference #nfbbdc



Shortly after history was made at Daytona International Speedway when a blind driver navigated a course around the 3.5 mile track, blind driver Mark Riccobono and others addressed the media at Daytona. Listen in as we bring you the entirety of this press conference. You can also listen to the actual event.

Audio: Blind Bargains Trackside Coverage of the Blind Driver Challenge #nfbbdc



History was made at Daytona International Speedway as a blind driver took to the speedway an navigated a course around the track. Mark Riccobono was behind the wheel of a Ford Escape vehicle modified with a nonvisual interface. Listen in to Blind Bargains coverage from trackside at the Blind Driver Challenge. You can also listen to the press conference after the event.

#atia11 Audio: The Two Minds of the Braille Phoenix



Enabling Technologies brought the Phoenix to ATIA 2011, a new single-sided embosser which can produce both high-quality braille and high-resolution graphics. Tony Schenk, President of Enabling Technologies, returns to Blind Bargains to show us how it works and manages to slip in a bit of embosser history in this audio interview.

#atia11 Audio: Going Mobile and More with BookShare



BookShare came to ATIA loaded with press releases and news, including talk of a new iPhone app and developer API. Betsy Beaumon, General Manager of the Literacy Program for Benetech, talks to us about this, gives a demonstration of the app, and explains their latest initiatives in this audio interview.

#atia11 Audio: Clarity shows new Video Magnifier but the Name is Unclear



Clarity has an affordable video magnifier which is so new, it doesn't even have a name yet. Clarity's Marketing Director Armin Flores explains more and also tells us about one of their flagship desktop products in this audio podcast.

#atia11 Audio: Braille from a Braille Box



The Index Braille Box is a high-speed production braille embosser with a not-so-high price tag. To tell us more, we speak with Bjorn Lofstedt, owner of Index Braille, who gives us a demonstration in this audio interview.

#atia11 Audio: A Hands-on Digital Milestone



While many people may be familiar with the popular book reader models, the Milestone 312 has often slipped under the radar as unnoticed, at least in the U.S. So we talked to Daniel Ilar, VP of Sales and Business Development for Bones, who gives an in-depth demonstration of the audio player and some of its accessories in this audio podcast.

#atia11 Audio: A Clear Demonstration of the ClearReader Plus



Optelec was showing its new ClearReader+ all-in-one portable OCR solution at ATIA for the first time. To tell us more, CEO Michiel Van Schaik shows us how it all works in this audio demonstration.

#atia11 Audio: Of Active Braille and Money Management



What exactly is Active Braille? Earle Harrison, President of HandyTech North America, explains how this new braille display follows the user while they read in this audio interview. Also, listen to learn about HandyTech becoming a distributor of the Accomplish Cash Manager, an accessible home and business accounting package.

#atia11 Audio: Nuance Talks Talks, Hints at Android



The next version of Talks, tentatively called version 5.2, will include support for OVI Maps as well as several new phone models. Monty Lilburn, Product Manager for Nuance Talks, explains more and gives an Android teaser in this audio interview.

#atia11 Audio: A First Look at ZoomReader



AI Squared is here at ATIA 2011 and talking about something else besides Zoomtext, a new OCR and video magnification app for the iPhone called ZoomReader. VP of Business Development Doug Hacker tells us more and provides a brief demonstration in this podcast.

#atia11 Audio: Humanware Unwraps KeySoft 9.1



Earlier this week, Humanware began to preview its latest version of KeySoft 9.1, a free update for the notetaker series. To dig deeper into that arena as well as learn about the latest with the Trekker Breeze, we speak with Greg Stilson, Product and Support Specialist for Humanware, in this extended, hands-on demonstration.

#atia2010 Audio: The Future of Hims in the U.S.



Coming into the ATIA 2010 conference in Chicago, there were certainly a lot of questions to ask Hims after their departure with GW Micro. Hims Inc. President James McCarthy and Operating Director Randy Ahn explain the reasoning behind opening a U.S. sales office for the company and what the future holds in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: Weirich Says GW Micro Still has a Future in Hardware



One of the big stories from ATIA 2010 in Chicago was the ending of the relationship between GW Micro and Hims. Dan Weirich, Vice President of Sales for GW Micro, comments on the ending of their relationship with Hims and what it might mean for the future of hardware products with GW Micro. We also beg him for some Window-Eyes 8 hints.

#atia2010 Audio: ViewPlus Offers an Infusion of the EmFuse



At ATIA 2010 in Chicago, ViewPlus was showing a prototype of a new print/braille embosser which can print on 12 by 18 paper at up to 400 characters per second. Steve Young, Marketing Representative for ViewPlus, demonstrates the EmFuse Color Braille Station in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: Damery Discusses the Latest from Freedom Scientific



Jaws for Windows version 12 has introduced several new features including grade 2 braille input and an alternative method of viewing the ribbon. Eric Damery, Vice President of Software Product Management for Freedom Scientific, talks about what's new with Jaws 12 as well as MAGic's dual monitor support and some of the company's reasoning behind the signing of braille display drivers. Also learn his thoughts on the ribbon and if it is still important for computer users to learn it.

Audio: Beware: J.J. Goes Hands On with the Audio Dart Master



The Audio Dart Master has become a popular recreational item and is now being used for leagues across the country. Tomo Lennox of Access Education tells us about the many features of the unit while J.J. tries his best to not injure passersby while throwing darts. Also, a rental option for those who can not afford to buy the unit is discussed. How many attempts will it take J.J. to hit the board?

Audio: A Quick Demo of Intersection Explorer for Android



We posted earlier about Intersection Explorer, a new app for Android which allows you to virtually navigate streets on a map for orientation. Since this concept is perhaps better explained through a demonstration, J.J. has recorded a quick demonstration of this new app.

Audio Quick Take: Eton FR300 Emergency Radio



Often, we end up taking advantage of the deals we post to Blind Bargains. The Eton FR300 emergency crank-powered radio is one such deal, and J.J. offers a quickfire review in this podcast. While the Newegg special is sold out, you can search for more deals on this and other similar emergency radios. Also, you can Read the product information and manual for this radio.

Audio: Thermoworks instant Read Talking Thermometer



We recently received the new Thermoworks Instant Read Talking Thermometer, and it's time to put it to the test. Listen in as Matt and J.J. describe the unit as well as testing it in boiling water. If you wish to purchase one, Blind Mice Mart has them for $35.95 plus shipping.

#csun10 Audio: Hands On with Accessible Canon Copiers



Canon has introduced several accessible solutions for their copiers and printers, especially marketed toward small businesses. Paul Albano, Senior Product Marketing Manager for Solutions Marketing, explains Canon's new accessible solutions for several of their portable business machines in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: The Summit of I.D. Mates



En-Vision America has once again created a smaller and lighter I.D. Mate, this time naming it the Summit. We talk with David Raistrick, Vice President of Envision America, about the new device and the differences between the Summit and the I.D. Mate Omni in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: New Magnification Upgrades from Enhanced Vision



Enhanced Vision brought a new version of the Pebble 4.3 and a prototype for a new USB magnification system called the Transformer to CSUN. Marc Stenzel, Vice President of Sales and Business Development, shows us these new products in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: iPhone Software can Help People Speak



It's great to see innovative products which take advantage of mainstream technology, regardless of disability. One example is a piece of software for the iPhone which aids those who are unable to speak in communicating. Samuel Sennott, a Ph.D. Student at Pennsylvania State University and creator of Proloquo 2 Go, explains how his product has the potential to change another disability market.

#csun10 Audio: MagniLink Go Reads, but also Magnifies



Yet another competitor in the portable reading machine field has emerged, and this one also includes a built-in magnifier. Erik Bondemark, CEO of Low Vision International, shows us how MagniLink Go can not only read printed material, but serve as a magnifier as well in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: Extended Hands On with Blio



Yes, there really is a Blio, and we have the audio demo to prove it. James Gashel, Vice President for Business Development at KNFB Reading Technology, gives us an extended tour of this potentially revolutionary program in this audio interview. Note: a couple of the books in this demonstration contain some strong language.

#csun10: Audio: In Motion with the Flexiciser



Sitting near the end of one of the aisles was a stationary exercise machine which caught our attention. It's actually a very useful tool for those with limited movement to help gain more control of their muscles. Eric Lewis, Account Manager for Flexiciser, explains more while we try the machine out in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: Raul Gallegos Talks some Sense



GW Micro announced several new products in conjunction with Hims earlier in the conference, and we wanted to find out more about them. So we once again speak with Raul Gallegos, Product Specialist for GW Micro, to learn more about them in this audio interview. Raul also gives a hint or two on the forthcoming 18-cell BrailleSense notetaker, a story Blind Bargains was first to break last week.

#csun10 Audio: Braille Translation Software you can Lease



Braille2000 makes several departures from the traditional braille transcription model, one of which is the ability to lease a copy. Listen as Robert Stepp, owner of Computer Application Specialties Company explains this along with some of the features of this WYSIWYG braille translation program in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: AFB Announces New AccessWorld Editor



The search has ended, and the American Foundation for the Blind has chosen Lee Huffman as the new editor of its popular and long-running AccessWorld technology publication. Huffman has written a variety of articles for the magazine in the past and will oversee an expansion to monthly publication this summer. Listen in as we learn more about the magazine's history and its future direction in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: Serotek's Michael Lauf Talks RIM, CSUN Observations



Serotek has made some enhancements to its RIM remote access service which includes claimed responsiveness improvements. We talk about this, but also much more including CSUN conference observations and the answer to the question of where J.J. stayed for $26 a night, in this extended audio podcast with Michael Lauf of Serotek.

#csun10 Audio: The Plextalk Pocket's new Wireless Features



The DAISY book player competition may have just become a bit more interesting with the pending support for wireless file sharing, podcasts, and Internet radio streams in the Plextalk Pocket. We speak with Plextor's Chief Engineer, Tatsu Nishizawa, to learn about the new and forthcoming capabilities of the device in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: Hands-On with Sendero's iPhone and Desktop Apps



The Sendero Group recently announced two new GPS applications, one which brings basic navigational information to the iPhone and another which offers virtual map exploration in Windows, similar to the old Atlas Speaks product. Listen in as we speak to Charles LaPierre and demo these new applications as well as discuss the new features in GPS 2010 for the BrailleNote family of PDA's..

#csun10 Audio: There's No place like Gnome



Windows isn't the only operating system with free and open-source screen reading alternatives and Gnome wants you to try their fully-accessible Linux solutions, including Orca. Eitan Isaccson, accessibility activist, and Willie Walker, leader of the Gnome Accessibility project explains the project and talk about the current and future development status in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: J.J. Mutilates a Classic using Braille Karaoke



Nippon Telesoft Co., makers of the Seika braille display, have developed a system which allows blind people to read the lyrics from a karaoke music system. The lyrics which are normally displayed on a monitor are shown in grade 2 on the display. Listen as J.J. tries out the system and sings part of a Stevie Wonder classic. We think they may regret ever creating this system after hearing this recording. Cover your ears.

#csun10 Audio: An Industrial-strength Braille Labeler



Japanese Company KGS Corporation, also makers of many braille display components, has created an automatic braille labeling system designed for those who need to create large quantities of labels quickly. Listen in as Tony Schenk, President of Enabling Technologies, the U.S. distributor for the labeling system, demonstrates the BL1000 in this audio interview.

#csun10 Audio: J.J. Hijacks a Brailler for Free Advertising



With all of the costs for attending a major conference, there is a definite incentive to get your money's worth. Not missing an opportunity, J.J. procures some free advertising in the exhibit hall.

#csun10 Audio: CSUN Through the Eyes of a Guide Dog



Perhaps some of the most interesting interviews at conferences like CSUN are the ones we never planned on doing. We met up with Lucy Greco who has partnered with Yahoo! to provide a view of the conference via her guide dog. Listen into this audio interview to find out exactly what is going on and how you can follow along. You can view the Flicker Feed here and follow <a target="_new"
href="follow">http://accessaces.blogspot.com">follow Lucy's blog.

#csun10 Audio: Quick Tour of the BookSense DS



We were first to report last week on the forthcoming BookSense DS, a new model of the portable media player with a built-in screen. In this audio feature, we get our first hands-on look at the device, tour the keyboard layout, and give some initial impressions, all with the help of Regional Sales manager Marc Solomon.

#csun10 Audio: A First Look at the Pearl



Freedom Scientific brought something completely new to CSUN, and it may help many with readingbooks quickly. Listen in as
Trainer Dan Clark gives us an early look at the Pearl, a new portable digital camera solution which works with OpenBook.

#csun10 Audio: When Braille and Print Collide



Viewplus brought some new and upcoming products to CSUN, including a prototype color print/braille magazine-style embosser for the professional sector. In this audio interview, Marketing Representative Steve Young explains how these new products might benefit those looking to print braille and ink on the same page.

Audio: Intel Reader Portable Capture Station not so Portable, but Does Improve Reading



After our Intel Reader review, we heard several comments about how the use of the Portable Capture Station (sold separately) would improve our results. Listen in as J.J. Meddaugh tries it out to see if reading is actually improved during this audio podcast.

Audio: Michel Pepin Talks Oratio in Extended Interview



Oratio, Humanware's screen reading solution for Blackberry smartphones, has garnered a lot of press, both positive and negative. In this extended audio interview, we talk to Michel Pepin, Product Manager for Humanware about the current and future features of Oratio, its future compatibility with other devices, and some of the recent statements which have been made about the software.

#atia2010 Audio: Saying Goodbye to Sierra



No trip to Orlando would be complete without a visit to our best friend, perched just outside of tower 2. Listen in

as we say goodbye to ATIA and our good buddy Sierra.

#atia2010 Audio: ATIA 2010 Wrapup



It's time for our audio recap of the festivities at ATIA 2010. Listen in as J.J. Meddaugh and Matt McCubbin discuss
the high and low points of the conference and some of the new products on display.

#atia2010 Audio: Hands On with the Book Port Plus



The Book Port Plus was certainly the talk of ATIA, marking the return long-awaited return to the digital book player

marketed by the American Printing House for the Blind. Larry Skutchan, Technology Project Leader for APH, gives us a

hands-on demonstration of some of the features which will be present in this forthcoming product.

#atia2010 Audio: Guerilla's Netbook OCR Solution



We have made several mentions to the newly-crowded OCR field seen at this year's ATIA conference. Sal Terranova,

Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Guerilla Technologies, explains how their OCR product which uses a netbook

and a digital camera differs from the rest in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: Expanding your Vision with evSpex



eSight Corporation was showing off some rather unique optical gear at ATIA. We speak with Rob Hilkes, President,

about evSpex, a new custom solution which can solve a variety of vision problems through technology. J.J. also was

wearing a pair of evSpex during the interview, though they don't do much for totally blind people.

#atia2010 Audio: The Open Braille Initiative



There's been a lot of talk about Freedom Scientific's signed braille driver initiative but what do other companies

think of the move? Sigi Kipke, CEO and Owner of HandyTech, is one who has chosen to speak out and gives his

comments, along with some background on HandyTech's new iRead OCR product and the OpenBraille initiative in this

audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: The Future of ZoomText



The next major release to ZoomText is slated for the summer of 2010. Derek Bove, Sales Specialist for AI Squared,

talks about the latest with the product and why he feels specialized screen magnification software is still relevant

in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: An Open Book with Freedom Scientific



Freedom Scientific introduced a new version to its long-running OpenBook OCR product at ATIA in Orlando. Dusty

Voorhees, Senior Product Manager, talks to us about OpenBook version 9, MAGic 12, and the latest from the company in

this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: SAMnet and MOre with GW Micro



GW Micro recently announced support for SAMNet content on the Booksense media player. Jeremy Curry, Director of

Training for GW Micro, talks about this and the company's latest products, his thoughts on the latest screen reading

trends, and what's on the horizon in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: What's New with Code Factory



Mobile technology dominated several of the booths at this year's ATIA conference. In this audio interview, Greg

Gladman, Chief Technical Officer for Code Factory, talks to us about the recently-released Mobile Speak 4 and the

future of Code Factory screen readers.

#atia2010 Audio: Talking Accessibility with Adobe



Depending on the software you wish to use, the access to Adobe products varies widely. One accessibility advocate

within the company is Andrew Kirkpatrick, Senior Product Manager for Accessibility. We speak with him about Adobe's

accessibility initiatives and future access for Adobe Digital Editions, Adobe Air, and other products in this audio

interview.

#atia2010 Audio: GH Talks DAISY for the Mac



Braille readers may have been introduced to GH, LLC, because of their involvement in producing the braille program

guides at this year's conference. In this audio interview, we speak with Shashank Patel, Director of Sales and

Marketing for GH, LLC, about their new DAISY software for the Macintosh platform and the company's other

initiatives.

Audio: James Gashel Introduces Blio



We've finally been able to hear an audio demonstration of the forthcoming Blio software. In this audio clip, James Gashel demonstrates the Blio software running on a laptop computer and the iPhone at the National Federation of the Blind's Washington Seminar.

#atia2010 Audio: A Clear View of Optelec Developments



Optelec has made improvements to the Clearview Plus, offering a new one-on-one magnification option while the recently-released Compact Mini offers portable magnification for under $500. We speak with Kelly O'Neill, Marketing Director for Optelec, about the latest magnification tools from the company and their new line of custom skins to personalize your device.

#atia2010 Audio: The Data on AbleData



For nearly 20 years, AbleData has provided a free, searchable database which provides information on thousands of assistive technology products and companies. To learn more, we speak with Project Director Katherine Belknap about the services offered at this popular, free website.

#atia2010 Audio: Navigating with ClickAndGo Maps



Earlier, we posted a quick audio demo of a ClickAndGo Map, a new service which provides pedestrian-friendly directions taylored for blind and visually impaired travelers. We speak to Joe Cioffi, founder of InTouch Graphics, the company behind these innovative maps in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: The power of Music with Thinking Moves



It's often interesting to talk with some of the companies which provide tools to help those with other disabilities and understand how they overcome challenges that are presented. Roberta Scherf, Founder of Thinking Moves, talks about a new DVD called Me Moves, designed to help in theraputic sessions and in the classroom.

#atia2010 Audio: Dancing Dots Offers Interactive Music Stand



Dancing Dots is primarily known for their music editing software, but now have announced their expansion into a new market with the introduction of a product for low vision users. Founder and President Bill McCann, explains how a new touchscreen music magnification system can provide new opportunities for students and musicians alike in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: Sendero GPS Updates on the Horizon



A lot is happening in the world of accessible GPS solutions. In this audio interview, We talk with Mike May, CEO of Sendero Group about the latest versions of their GPS software, some of the new features of version 6.3 and version 7,, the upcoming integration of Google Transit feed data for GPS users, and the hole left by the departure of Wayfinder Access.

#ATIA2010 Audio: Enabling Technologies Rebirths the TranScend



Remember the TransCend? It was an innovative device which allowed you to put print and braille on the same page. Now, the device has been reborn. Charlie Kiefer, Product Manager for Enabling Technologies, explains how it works in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: Past, Present, and Future with Dean Blazie



Deane Blazie was a recipient of the 2010 Migel Medal, for his work on the Brraille 'n Speak and his contributions to the assistive technology field. In this exclusive audio interview, we talk to Blazie about his career and some history of Blazie Engineering, as well as his involvement in a project which may yield a forthcoming affordable notetaker.

#atia2010 Audio: Talks on a Touchscreen



Talks will soon be available for many Symbian touchscreen devices, including the N97.
We speak with Torsten Brand, Talks and Zooms Product manager for Nuance, about the upcoming release of Talks 4.5, which also includes Email support for newer Nokia devices, in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: Atomic Learning offers 5,000 Video and Audio Tutorials



Educators, parents, and students are always seemingly looking for new ways to learn how to to use their assistive

technology.
To help solve this problem, we speak with Amanda Peters, Product Manager for Atomic Learning, about their online

video and audio tutorial service, which includes more than 5,000 solutions for over 80 products including JAWS for

Windows and other hardware and software.

#atia2010 audio: How Fast can MIS Recognize Text?



So how fast is the MIS OCR solution? Don Leary, Software Developer for EVAS, demonstrates the software as it

processes and OCR's a page in the booth in this audio podcast.

#atia2010 audio: EVAS Introduces MIS Fast All-in-one OCR Solution



The options for portable and semi-portable OCR solutions continue to multiply. Jerry Swerdlick, CEO of EVAS talks

about a new all-in-one solution called MIS which will read a page in about 6 seconds, in this audio interview.

#atia2010 Audio: The Apex of Humanware Interviews



Humanware has been busy over the past few months with new product releases and several free updates for existing products. In this extended audio interview, we speak with Dominic Gagliano, Vice President of Sales for the U.S. market and Greg Stilson, Product and Support Specialist for Humanware about a variety of topics. We discuss the design of the BrailleNote Apex as well as some of the changes planned for the next release of Keysoft, the forthcoming free update to the Victor Reader Stream which includes support for a new book format, a free update to the Trekker Breeze, the status of Trekker, Humanware's take on the Intel Reader, and the current status of Orator.

#atia2010 Audio: Navigating Around Orlando with ClickAndGo Maps



InTouch Graphics has provided pedestrian-friendly directions for navigating around the hotel and conference center here in Orlando, taylored for blind and visually impaired travelers. In this podcast, we put a ClickAndGo map to the test, as we locate one of the meeting rooms for an interview.

Audio: Intel Reader vs. KNFB Reader Mobile Comparison with Speed Test Results



Here's the moment you've been waiting for. In part 3 of our Intel Reader review, we pitted the Intel Reader against the KNFB Reader Mobile to measure their speed, accuracy, and performance. Listen to this audio comparison from Matt Mccubbin and J.J. Meddaugh to see how both performed on six types of documents. We also determine the time it took for each unit to process the images. The speed test results are after the jump. We'll be performing these same tests on other reading software and hardware in the future.

Audio: Hands On with the Intel Reader



Now that we've done the unboxing, it's time to do an in-depth hands on look at the Intel Reader. We explore virtually every function of the device and try it out with several documents in this over 40 minute audio demo. You may be surprised at how it works. Stay tuned for the final part of this series, where we will do a head-to-head OCR and speed comparison with the KNFB Reader Mobile.

Audio: Intel Reader Unboxing



When other gadget sites receive a new product in the mail, they'll often post a video unboxing, showing the opening of the package with their initial impressions. We're audio fans on Blind Bargains, so here we present the audio unboxing of the Intel Reader, one of the latest handheld OCR devices on the market. Join us as we find out what's in the box including a general description of the unit. In part 2, we'll take the reader for a test spin.

Convention Audio: Hands On with the Book Sense



A lot has been said about the Book Sense, but we thought it may be appropriate to hear from the unit itself. We sit down with Raul Gallegos, Technical Support Specialist for GW Micro, for an in-depth hands-on look into this new device.

Convention Audio: A New Scanning Pal



Earlier this year, ABISEE, the makers of Zoom-Ex, introduced a new self-contained reading machine which recognizes a printed page in about five seconds. Listen in to a hands-on demonstration of the Eye-Pal Solo with Product

Convention Audio: A Refreshing new Braille Display



The Refresh-A-Braille 18 has some rather unique qualities in a braille display including a whopping 80 hours of battery life. Larry Skutchan, Technology Project Leader for the American Printing House for the Blind, joins us for a quick hands-on tour of this brand new, lightweight device in this audio interview.

Convention Audio: Home-Based Learning for the 21st Century



Many new online and home-based courses are available in a wide variety of areas, from business and job hunting skills to training in Microsoft Excel. In this audio interview, Dawn Turco, Senior Senior Vice President of Educational Operations at the Hadley School for the Blind talks about the latest courses offered from the school, which are all available to take for free.

Convention Audio: Hands On with Si Recognizer - Part Two



Earlier, we learned a bit about the history and function of the Si Recognizer. Now, we sit down with CEO Marco Gregnanin for a hands-on demonstration, reading everything from printed text to round cans. Listen to find out how the software performs, and more.

Convention Audio: Hands On with Si Recognizer - Part One



We've heard a lot about the SI Recognizer (pronounced See Recognizer) but have not been able to get a good hands-on idea of how the product actually works. In the first of an expanded two-part audio interview, we speak with CEO Marco Gregnanin about the product and explore its functions. Stay tuned for part two where we try out the text recognition software on a variety of objects.

Convention Audio: A New Pal in Text Recognition



ABISee, Inc. has improved on its text recognition software to make it more friendly for totally blind users. Sales Representative Peter Golfman tells us all about the latest happenings from the company in this audio interview.

Convention Audio: Hot off the Braille Press



National Braille Press has been producing some of the most useful braille reference and

leisure reading titles for decades. In this audio interview, we talk to Customer Service

Representative Antonio Guimaraes about the latest releases including new reference books for

Office 2007 and a guide to labeling just about anything.

Convention Audio: Dolphin Says, Hey, We have Scripting Too



There has been much movement recently on the development of the Dolphin product line. Gareth

Collins, Technical Support Manager, tells us about the latest features for both PC and

mobile users in this audio interview.

Convention Audio: The Unnamed Plextor Portable



The folks over at Plextor are about to introduce a new entry into the portable DAISY recording arena. Though it doesn't even have a name yet, listen in as we talk to Hiroaki

Mizukami, International Sales Manager, about a full-featured DAISY recorder that can fit in

your pocket.

Convention Audio: Reading with Bar Codes



Blind people in other countries often use different techniques for accomplishing the same

tasks. Sam Kim, Sales Manager for AD Information and Communications Company talks about an

alternative technique used for reading printed material involving the use of bar codes in

this audio interview.

Convention Audio: Might as Well be Listening to the Sun



As soon as we entered the exhibit hall, our ears were immediately drawn to this audio exhibit from NASA. Listen as we walk on a virtual sun and make music while Marty Quinn,, founder of Design Rhythmics Sonification Research Lab, tells us all about it.

Convention Audio: On the Level with the Icon



The latest version of the Icon has added support for Audible books while braille display

support is planned. Marc Mulcahy from LevelStar tells us all about it and more in this

audio interview.

Convention Audio: Diabetic Accessibility



Those with diabetes are gaining more and more choices when it comes to medical supplies.

Elissa Preston, Manager for Homecare Supply of America explains one such option, the Prodigy

Blood Glucose Meter in this audio interview.

Convention Audio: Making Braille Sense of Scripting



After months of anticipation, GW Micro has released a public beta of Window-Eyes 7.0. In

this audio interview, we talk with several representatives from the company about new

features as well as their hardware products.

Convention Audio: All about the Wizzpeg



Buried amongst the high-tech demonstrations in the exhibit hall was a new company dedicated

to something completely low-tech. In this audio interview, we speak with Brian Davis,

Chairman and CEO of Unipeg North America, who tells us about Wizzpeg, a new product which

can ensure those socks stay together.

Convention Audio: Vision Cue gets Feature Packed



The big news from Vision Q, the United States distributors for Optelec products, comes in

the release of their long-anticipated feature pack for the Alva BC640 braille display. In

this audio interview, we talked with Larry Lake, Director of Vision Cue about the latest

developments with the company.

Convention Audio: An Accessible Wireless Media Solution



While there are several products for listening to audio podcasts and radio stations

wirelessly, few are completely accessible. In this audio interview, we speak with Werner

Han, owner and founder of Solutions Radio, about a wireless audio solution that is

completely accessible and also includes features taylored for blind users.

Convention Audio: Mosen says PAC Mate Omni 6.1 isImminent



New safeguards to prevent against data loss are among the features slated for version 6.1 of the PAC Mate Omni. In an exclusive audio interview, Jonathan Mosen, Vice President of Blindness Hardware Product Management for Freedom Scientific talks about this and many other features of this free update, which should be released very soon. Also, a few hints are dropped concerning JAWS 10 and we discuss the company's convention presence.

Convention Audio: A First Look at Mobile Geo



Perhaps one of the most anticipated summer product releases is Code Factory's Mobile Geo, the latest entry into the ever-growing GPS software landscape. In this audio interview with Chris Grabowski, technical support specialist for Sendero Group, we hear an initial hands-on demonstration as well as discuss the features of the upcoming product.

Audio: Exploring the World of Bar Codes with BCScan



With the release of Window-Eyes 7.0, we've been able to make our life a bit easier by using bar codes. In this short demonstration, listen as J.J. uses a bar code scanner and a Window-eyes script to identify packages and read product directions.

ATIA Audio: The Accessible Digital Lifestyle



Serotek's mantra at the ATIA conference in Orlando was the accessible digital lifestyle. Mike Calvo, founder and CEO, explains what this means for consumers and how the company is increasing access to a wide variety of modern applications including MP3 players, the Victor Reader Stream, and social networking sites. We also talk about Serotek's partnership with Lenovo through the AIR Foundation and the promise of a sub-$1,000 laptop with included screen access software.

ATIA Audio: Talking Parrot



Perhaps the highlight of this year's ATIA coverage wasn't the technology on display. Rather, our attention was often drawn to a talking parrot outside of tower 2 of the Caribe Royale Orlando. Listen to this short clip to realize why.

ATIA Audio: Dancing Dots Shows Off Music Software



Dancing Dots has been opening doors for professional musicians for over a decade. Bill McCan, founder and President along with Bryan Smart, Lead Technical Support and Trainer give us a live demonstration of an accessible music scanning and braille output system as well as their accessible JAWS scripts for Sonar 7. Not only do these programs function extremely well for professional musicians, the music scanning software would work great for school-aged students who wish to have braille music in their band class.

ATIA Audio: Read How You Want Expands



Read How You Want, a small startup which originally produced large print books, is planning an expansion into the commercial DAISY book market. We talked with Rosanne Goodwin, head of marketing and sales for North America about the company's new accessible book offerings which will be available for close to the price of print books.

ATIA Audio: Braille Displays for the 21st Century



We had a chance to look at perhaps one of the most advanced refreshable braille displays on the market. Listen in as we speak with Gert Jan van Barneveld, Account Manager for Optelec, who talks about the ALVA BC640 with Audio Feature Pack, a modern braille display with audio capabilities.

ATIA Audio: Talking Phones with Code Factory



One of the companies who perhaps has released the most new and updated software products in the past year is Code Factory. Greg Gladman, Chief Technical Officer and Irja Gerdes, Internal Sales Director join us to talk about what's new in accessible mobile phone and PDA software as well as what's on the horizon.

ATIA Audio: A very Scripted Interview with Doug Geoffray



We've been waiting patiently to hear more about the upcoming scripting support in Window-Eyes 7.0. In this audio interview, Doug Geoffray, Vice President of Product Development and Support for GW Micro, answers questions about the upcoming release and talks about some of the ways the new language can be used and the scripts that will be included.

KNFB Reader Mobile Press Conference Available



On Monday, January 28, a press conference was held at the Holiday Inn Capitol in Washington, DC to announce the KNFB Reader Mobile, the new cell phone-based reading software. Here is the full audio from the event which includes a demonstration of the reader andquestions from the audience.

ATIA Audio: A Free Screen Reader for All



AIR, standing for Accessibility is a Right, is a new nonprofit foundation initially formed by members of Serotek to promote and increase free access to assistive technology. In this audio interview, Michael Fox tells about System Access to Go, the first product to become freely available as a result of the new initiative as well as the goals of the foundation.

ATIA Audio: James Gashel Explains the KNFB Reader Mobile



Perhaps one of the biggest product announcements of this year's ATIA conference is the new KNFB Reader Mobile. To tell us all about it, we spoke with James Gashel, Vice President of Marketing for KNFB Reading Technologies. Learn about many of the features of the new phone-based product as well as the future of the KNFB Reader Classic.

ATIA Audio: Jonathan Mosen and Freedom Scientific



We spoke with Jonathan Mosen, Vice President of Blindness Hardware Product Management for Freedom Scientific about the latest hardware and software from the company. Listen to hear about the Pac Mate Omni, JAWS 9, MAGic Pro Scripting Edition, and OpenBook 8 as well as his thoughts about the screen reader industry.

ATIA Audio: Larry Lewis talks Baum



Larry Lewis is the founder of Flying Blind, LLC and a representative for Baum, makers of braille displays and portable CCTV's. In this audio interview, we discuss the latest products from the company including how braille displays can greatly enhance the use of a mobile phone.

ATIA Audio: GH Player, DAISY Reading Software



GH, LLC makes one of the most advanced software-based DAISY audio players on the market. Listen in as CEO Dave Schleppenbach tells us about the product and the latest enhancements and also demonstrates some of its functionality.

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