Assistive technology news and info.
Listen to the Let's Go Shopping Holiday Spectacular and Support Small Businesses
A. T. Guys was one of the many vendors in this year's Let's GO Shopping event, a holiday shopping spetacular supporting blind-owned small businesses. If you missed the event or would like to relive the weekend, the audio recordings are below. Each vendor gives a detailed description of the items they sell and also answers questions from listeners.
Listen to the A. T. Guys Tech the Halls presentation
Go here for the complete list of vendors
Day 1, Part 1:
Mitsy Kit Handcrafted and Heartfelt
AilleDesign (pronounced: eye) Fashion you can feel!
Tully s Treats It s a canine Christmas!
Scentsy with Nini A Festival of Scentsations
Stocking Stuffers Great Gifts Under $20
Listen to Day 1, Part 1
Day 1, Part 2:
Guidelights and Gadgets Gifts for the Techies, Cane Swingers, and Leather Lovers on your list!
Elegant Insights All That Glitters for Holiday 2022
Elegant Insights Treasures for a tactile tree
Victorialand Beauty Beautiful you for the holidays
Harbolt Company The Harbolt Happy Holiday Hour
Listen to Day 1, Part 2
Day2, Part 1:
Guidelight Dogs Santa is Bringing it to the Dogs!
Elegant Insights What s New for Holiday 2022
Blind Girl Designs Happiest Holidays
Inflation Fighters Deck the Halls with Discounts
Listen to Day 2, Part 1
Scenic Made Sweeten your holidays with Scenic Made Artisinal care packages!
BrailleWear Tactile Treasures
A. T. Guys Tech the halls
Wright Turn Only Handcrafted Wood Creations
The Harbolt Company The Harbolt Happy Holiday Hour
Listen to Day 2, Part 2
Breaking: Android 13 will Include Built-in Braille Support, Supplanting BrailleBack
Android 13 will at long last include built-in braille support without the need to download a separate app. The feature was announced by Google's Nimer Jaber during a session at this year's IO conference.
#CSUNATC22: Envision's Glasses Gain New Smarts with OCR Improvements, New Languages, Currency Recognition
Envision has announced a major update for its AI-powered smart glasses including improvements to optical character recognition, currency identification, new languages, and document guidance. The new glasses will debut at the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference in Anaheim this week.
#CSUNATC22: BlindShell Phones Get Expanded Reach in the U.S. with Newly-formed BlindShell USA
Fresh off the successful launch of the second edition of the BlindShell Classic cell phone, the company is expanding its presence in the United States. BlindShell USA will provide sales and support for the company's products, with a new office based in Aventura, Florida. The BlindShell Classic 2 will remain available from dealers including A T Guys, and customers can expect an enhanced and localized level of service going forward.
Listen to a Sound-Enhanced Broadcast of Sunday Morning's Australian Open Men's Final from Action Audio
The audio track of a tennis match is typically pretty homogeneous, a series of sounds from a tennis racquet hitting a ball, followed by some cheering and the announcement of the score. But what if this experience could be made immersive, providing a dynamic, stereo representation of the game? That's the challenge tackled by Action Audio, who has succeeded in bringing the technology to this year's Australian Open, one of tennis's four major events.
Join us for The Year in A. T. on Clubhouse or on your Computer
Remember 2021? Remember Clubhouse? Tonight, we'll be merging both of these things into a look back and forward audio event. And if you are reading this later on in our newsletter, you can listen to the replay.
Now you can Play the Popular Game Wordle with a Screen Reader
You may have seen friends posting their daily results from Wordle, the hot new word game craze. Now, there's an easy way to play the game with a screen reader.
Breaking: NFB Nearly Doubles Scholarship Program, Offering $240,000 in Awards in 2022
The National Federation of the Blind is nearly doubling the value of it's scholarship program and guaranteeing all winners an $8,000 prize. Applications are available now.
Let's Go Shopping, the Virtual Mall Crawl, is Back this Weekend
Back just in time for the holidays, Let's Go Shopping is a two-day, virtual mall crawl featuring businesses owned by blind and low vision individuals. We are excited to once again join this dynamic event, November 5 and 6.
J.J. will be presenting two sessions:
Friday, 2 PM Eastern, The Blindshell Classic 2 and Other Cool Stuff
Saturday, 6:30 PM, Tech and Gadgets for the Holidays
There are many amazing small businesses represented at this event, which starts at noon Eastern each day. Go here to read the complete schedule or the Vendor Directory.
For security links, we aren't posting the Zoom link on this website, but there's an easy way to get it. To get more information about Let's Go Shopping events, subscribe to their Email list by sending a blank message to firstname.lastname@example.org
New Aira for Android version brings improvements and bug fixes
Aira has released a new version of their Android app, bringing new bug fixes and improvements. Read on to find out what's new in the update.
Falling Squirrel presents the Vale: Shadow of the Crown, an action RPG for PC and x-Box
From their website,
The Vale is a story driven, action-adventure that utilizes the full potential of 3D audio and haptic controller feedback to deliver visceral gameplay that shatters the barrier between player and character.
As an audio based game, The Vale sets out to breathe new life into medieval combat and provide a truly novel experience for visually impaired and sighted gamers alike.
Read more about the game below.
Introducing Comics for All, Seeking Kickstarter Funding
Many people who are blind or have low vision do not have independent access to comic books due to their visual nature, the Comics for All project intends to change that. The idea sprang from the concept of audio description because if people can do that for movies, why not graphic novels and comics as well.
Breaking: NFB Revokes AccessiBe Convention Sponsorship
The National Federation of the Blind has revoked the convention sponsorship an benefits from AccessiBee, due to questionable business practices by the company.
Accessible game Serania: path of the Scion Available for Android and iOS
Read on to find out about a new accessible rpg, Serania: Path of the Scion, available now for both iOS and Android
Uber and Lyft offering free or discounted vaccination transportation between now and July 4
In partnership with the White House's initiative to vaccinate 70% of Americans by July 4, Uber and Lyft will offer free or discounted transportation to vaccination sites nationwide between now and then. Read on to find out the particulars of each company's offer and how to access them.
#GAAD: Apple's Image Recognition is About to Get Much More Descriptive
Apple has announced improvements to VoiceOver's image recognition features among other forthcoming updates, as a part of a Global Accessibility Awareness Day press release.
New #GAAD Foundation Seeks to Amplify the Importance of Universal Accessibility
On the 10th anniversary of Global Accessibility awareness Day, a new nonprofit seeks to take accessibility awareness to the next level and further embed it within organizational culture.
#GAAD: GoodMaps Goes More Global with UK Expansion
GoodMaps has brought their free outdoor and indoor navigation app to the United Kingdom and Ireland. The successor to Nearby Explorer has been available in North America since last fall.
Attend the Free Virtual Coding Symposium Sponsored by APH
APH will be sponsoring a free symposium for educators, students, and coating professionals Tuesday, May 11 through Friday, May 14. It is free to attend, features panels and talks from blind and visually impaired coders throughout the industry, and will provide resources for blind and visually impaired students and educators. There will be opportunities to win cash prizes and Amazon gift cards as well.
Voice Dream Reader Version 4.13.0 Released, Bringing New Features and UI Changes
A new version of Voice Dream Reader has been released, bringing new fonts, Bookshare changes, improved cloud services and more. Read more about the update below.
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