From my Talking Tech Vision Australia Radio program: an interview with the Australian voice of Siri July 12 2016
In this demo of the Ballyland Magic app, I give you a demo and overview of the app.
From the developers: http://www.sonokids.org
An educational iPad game that helps children with vision impairment to learn and practice a number of VoiceOver gestures.
The Ballyland Magic app is specifically designed for young children with vision impairment to learn and practice their first navigational touch gestures for VoiceOver, Apple’s built-in screen reader. While engaging with the Ballyland Magic app, children with no or low vision will learn fundamental skills to use a mobile touch screen device. You don’t need to be a VoiceOver expert to assist the child – but by the end of the Magic Show, you may be well on your way to becoming one!!
- No previous iPad experience required by the child or parent/teacher
- Built-in speech
- Original ‘Tap-tap’ practice song
- Popular Ballyland characters
- Use at home and at school
- Designed with extensive feedback from young children with vision impairment, their parents and educators
Voice Assistant basic gestures demo using Samsung Galaxy Tab
Firstly I give you a physical description of my Samsung Galaxy Tab and a reminder that the Tab has a physical Home button with the Recent apps and Back buttons to the left and right of the physical Home button: i.e. the Recent apps and Back buttons are soft buttons: i.e. part of the touch screen interface with the other icons.
I then go through the following gestures.
3 finger flick left right to change:
1 finger flick up or down to change.
3 Finger flick up or down to change navigation elements:
Line granularity, and
1 finger flick up or down to move by navigation element.
Jump to first and last items on screen:
1 finger up/down (up pointing arrow) top of screen, and
1 finger down/up (down pointing arrow) bottom of screen.
Drag finger around screen or flick left/right to navigate.
1 finger double tap to activate last item heard/in focus.
2 finger flick left/right up/down:
scroll screen in opposite direction to flick.
Two finger flick down: read down from current position.
Two finger touch to silence speech.
Two finger double tap: start/stop audio if playing.
2 finger triple tap: read out Notification info: time, date etc.
3 finger touch: reads out items in order after the current selected item.
Complete the demo by showing how I unlock my Tab using a pin number at the lock screen.
Demo of the Albert Accessibility Training tutorial Android app to learn how to use the Albert EFTPOS Accessible terminal pin entry from CBA
In this demo, I take you through the Albert Accessibility Training tutorial Android app which is a secure way of entering your pin on an Albert terminal including: Audio Introduction, Tutorial, Practise Gestures, and Help.
Demo of the Vision Australia Connect Android app using VoiceOver for the I-Access online library service
In this demo I demonstrate the Vision Australia Connect app for use with the I-Access library service which provides daisy books, newspapers/magazines and podcasts for members of the VA Library to stream or download to their Android devices: in my case on my Samsung Galaxy Tab..
Demo of the Vision Australia Connect iOS app using VoiceOver for the I-Access online library service
In this demo I demonstrate the Vision Australia Connect app for use with the I-Access library service which provides daisy books, newspapers/magazines and podcasts for members of the VA Library to stream or download to their iOS devices: i.e. iPod touch, iPad or iPhone.
In this demo I give you a physical description of the Wahoo TICKR Hart Rate Monitor, how to attach and ware the chest band, using the Wahoo utility app to check connectivity, go through the Run Fit app briefly looking at Settings and the Profile tabs (to set your heart zones), and then take you through using the heart rate monitor with a cardio workout on my treadmill.
In this demo, I take you through navigating Microsoft outlook for Mac (release 2016 April 11) using VoiceOver covering the layout of the main screen (Toolbar, Ribbon Group, Navigation Table, Message Table [when using Mail], buttons for Mail, Calendar etc, and Status Group, accessing Mail, sending a New e-mail, Replying/Forwarding on an e-mail, checking for e-mail, changing application screens within outlook (Mail Command+1, Calendar Command+2, People Command+3, Tasks Command+4 and Notes command+5), a brief look at the layout of the Calendar screen, and looking at preferences for setting up an Account, and Notification Sounds.
In this demo, I take you through a demo of the Audio Game Hub and play two of the eight games: Archery and Hunt.
In this demo, I show you how to keep listening to an eBook such as an iBook or Kindle book even when your screen is locked using the "speak screen" function that you will find in Settings, General, Accessibility, Speech, Speak Screen.
In this demo I take you through what is new in TV os 9.2 in respect to using voice dictation: renaming, moving and creating folders to sort apps in to, and demoing navigating with a Bluetooth keyboard which is now available on the Apple tv once again.
In this demo, I take you through having a bit of a play around with using more than one Apple watch with my Apple watch 42mm and Apple watch sports 38mm, and suggest a number of benefits of using more than one Apple watch, particularly at least for me, it now allows me to demo one watch without the worry of people accessing private information.
iOS 9.3 demo: 4 finger flick left or right multitasking app switching gesture to switch between running apps
No longer need to be on 4g or Wi-Fi to use voice dictation: can be offline with no internet connection.
In this demo, I go through the following:
In The Box:
Jabra Storm Bluetooth Headset
Micro USB cable
Extra ear bud and wind sock
Getting Started Guide
9 hours of Talk Time
2 hours battery charge
Bluetooth and NFC pairing
Pair up to 8 Bluetooth devices, 2 activate at same time (only one activate at a time talking)
Win resistant (if to noisy, put on wind sock).
Ware on either ear
Very light and comfortable to use
Jabra Assist app for tracking headset, BT pairing tips and battery status (battery status seems not to be accessible)
Arm with Mic and Answer/End button on end
Curved tight letter C to form body of headset that goes around ear
Most controls positioned towards end of boom and on to curved C
Micro UsB connector with protective flap
rotate ear piece to put in either ear
Battery low Redialling
To connect your headset, go to the Bluetooth menu on your phone and select it from the list
To answer call, say Yes or No
When first used, is in paring mode,
Hold down Answer/End button for 3 second s pair
Switch side switch up to turn on headset or down to turn off headset
Press Answer/End to hear Connected
Press Answer/End to answer an incoming call or say yes or No
Press Answer/End twice to reject an
incoming call or say No
Press Answer/End twice to redial last call
Press Answer/End for 1 second to activate Siri
Press Answer/End for 3 seconds to put in pairing mode
Press Answer/End plus Volume Down to turn off low battery warning
Press volume down or up to adjust volume
Press volume Up/Down at same time to mute
Headset is capable of answering multiple calls and putting calls on hold
Points to consider:
low battery warning starts at 50 percent and announces every 10 minutes if not turned off
Turning off voiced low battery warning sometimes doesn’t seem too work
No charging voiced indication
Comfortable to ware
Can use in either ear
Have to active devices at the same time
9 hours talk time does last all day
Reasonably good volume
Clear when on phone call
In this demo I show you how to activate Voice Dictation from the Bluetooth Keyboard using the VoiceOver command VO+Dash (-) or on the Braille display input keyboard Space+dots 156: i.e. the VoiceOver two finger magic double tap.
In this demo, I take you through 3 configuration tips suggested by a listener of my podcasts for new users or people that would like a suggested way of using the watch everyday.
In this demo of the Ring Video Doorbell, I give you a thorough setup and run through of what the Ring Video Doorbell is, unboxing, Ring app setup to use the physical Ring Video Doorbell, attaching the Doorbell to the wall and completing the setup, using the Ring app, and final comments.
Physical description and demo of the Incase iPhone nano 7th generation and iPhone 6s Arm Sport Bands from Apple
As I use both of these Incase Arm Sport Bands, in this demo, I take you through a physical description of both of the iPod nano 7th generation and iPhone 6s Arm Sport Bands available from Apple Stores or online.
In this demo, I take you through a description and play around with my first try out of an Apple watch case.
Odd that after 384 demos I've finally gotten around to doing a podcast on one of my most used apps on a daily basis: the Audible app.
In this demo, I demonstrate Apple's Podcasts app that became available with the 9.1.1 Apple TV OS update.
Demo of 3rd party apps that I use on my Apple watch (not the default Apple watch apps) including: CNN, Just Press Record, Navigon, Downcast, Drafts, Comfort, Tic Tac Toe, Tweetings, Newsify, Hangman, TimeBuzz, Animal Watch, Phone Battery, Trash Day, Pandora, Calculator Watch Pro Free, Dictationary, QuickSwitch, Decibl, DoublePost, and UnHand Me. ,
In this demo, I take you through where to turn 3d touch on, adjust the sensitivity of using on the screen, note where to test 3d touch after adjusting sensitivity, demo several apps (including Phone, Music, Videos, App, iTunes and iBooks stores) that I use regularly, demo a nice tip with Assistive Touch with 3d touch, note what feedback you are given if an app doesn't support 3d touch, and finish off by demoing the 1 finger double tap and hold for moving/deleting an icon commenting that if I held my finger down on the screen to hard I could trigger 3d touch if it was in the light force sensitivity setting.
In this demo, I take you through a physical description and use of the iPad pro, smart keyboard, and the Apple pencil.
An interview with Jonathan Mosen aired on Vision Australia radio Jan 5 2016 where Stephen and I discuss with Jonathan how he got in to tech and some general thoughts about his experiences with technology.
Apple watch app demo: Comfort (Netatmo Weather Station) & QuickSwitch (Belkin WeMo) hardware access.
In this demo, I demo how I can access my Netatmo Urban Weather Station (where I am using two hardware modules for indoor/outdoor temperature information), and my Belkin Link light globes and Belkin WeMo switch's from my Apple watch.
On the 31st of December 2015 Aussie time, the official Twitter client for Mac OS X was updated. Amongst the improvements was giving access to VoiceOver users to the interface.
As a follow-up to my December 7 2015 demo of a Beats Pill 2.0 portable speaker, as I stated then, I would do a demo of pairing two Beats Pill 2.0 speakers when I purchased two. Now I have and this demo shows you how to firstly pair them together so that they play the same sound and with the 2nd pairing for each speaker playing left right channel. Pairing the two speakers together is done via NFC which you will find the NFC tag at the back left hand side of the speakers (slightly raised logo).
The TimeBuzz app makes it possible to feel the current time through vibrations of the Taptic Engine on the Apple Watch. The app is designed especially for visually impaired people. With this app you can discretely get to know the current time without the need for the time to be pronounced. The app itself is completely VoiceOver accessible.
If you open the app on the Apple Watch you will see a large button with the text 'Tap to buzz the time'. When you tap this button the app will start buzzing the current time. It will translate the time into a pattern of long and short vibrations whereby it will first buzz the hours and then the minutes. In between every sequence of vibrations there will be a short pause to be able to separate the hours and minutes from each other. You will feel a distinctive vibrating buzz when opening the app and when you start the buzzing of the current time so that you know when you opened the TimeBuzz app or tapped the button on the screen.
The Big Ben buzz pattern
With this pattern a short vibration (that feels like a short tick) indicates a 1 and a double vibration indicates a o.
The hours are always in the range from 0 to 12, even in the morning or afternoon/evening. So three o'clock in the afternoon is indicated by 3 short vibrations and not 15.
The minutes are separated into tens and single digits. 24 minutes is indicated by 2 short vibrations, a short pause and then followed by 4 short vibrations.
Dom Tower buzz pattern
This pattern is similar to the Big Ben pattern but it shortens 5 single vibration into 1 longer vibration. This allows for the hours and minutes to be buzzed quicker. For example an 8 is shorted to 1 longer vibration and 3 shorter vibrations.
Notre-Dame buzz pattern
With this pattern the tens and single digits of the minutes are not buzzed separately but as one number. As with the Dom Tower pattern, a value of 5 is shortened to a longer vibration.
Time Square buzz pattern
With this pattern both the hours and minutes are separated in tens and the remainder are buzzed separately. A value of five or a multiple of that are shortened to one longer buzz. For example 16 is buzzed as 1 short vibration, a pause, followed by 1 longer vibration and 1 short vibration.
All of these patterns can either be changed via the Apple watch or on the iPhone.
In this demo, I take you through getting the app, brief run through of the iOs app, installing the app on to the Apple watch, more in-depth look at both apps, a run through of the buzz patterns, using the Time Buzz as a complication on the clock face, developer tips for using the app discreetly without VoiceOver, and where to get more contact information.
Blindfold Air Hockey is an fully accessible audio game that's similar to the arcade game Air Hockey.
In Blindfold Air Hockey, you have a mallet or paddle, and there's a puck on the playing table. To start the game, hit the puck swiping your finger. The puck heads towards your opponent's goal, where he knocks it back to you, bouncing off of the walls as it gets closer to your goal. You block his shot, and fire the puck back at his goal. You need 4 goals to win the game.
Using head phones or ear buds, you hear the puck heading towards you, and you control your mallet by moving your finger left and right. When the puck is close enough, you'll hear a ding sound, and you can swipe the puck aim at your opponent's goal.
Blindfold Air Hockey comes with a tutorial level, and 16 different opponents - varying from beginner to expert.
Blindfold Air Hockey was suggested by several blind gamers who enjoyed Blindfold Breakout and Blindfold Bowling.
The game comes with coins; you need one coin to play. To get more coins, you can listen to advertising videos, or purchase coins as an in-app upgrade.
In this demo, I give you a physical description of the Beats Pill 2.0 bluetooth speaker, play different samples of music/spoken word to demo the audio, use the speaker as an answer phone, connect the Beats pill to my Mac as a powered speaker via a 3.5mm audio cable, connect another speaker (portable Jambox) to the Beats Pill via another audio cable, use both speakers together with the Beats Pill back in BT mode with iPhone, and give a quick side by side music sample at the end from the beats Pill and the Jambox.
In this demo I take you through a physical description of the Sparks microphone, what you get in the box (lightening/USB cable, shock cradle stand, carry pouch and manual), using the Sparks with Simple Rec app on the iPhone (with a reminder that VoiceOver will becoming through the monitoring lead on the cable so you'll need to plug in head phones), and using the Sparks on my Mac running Amadeus pro.
In this demo of the Apple tv 4th generation, I go through a number of apps using VoiceOver including: My radio free, Clock tv, Weather, ABC News (US not Australia), Mashable, AirFeed, Netflix, Youtube (seem to be corrupted when I tried to use it), Carrot Weather, TWiT tv, Healing Free, Voice Healing, White Noise Pro, Assistant, TED, Ten Play, Plex, and News Room.
I also list my boys games.
Quick demo of using Apple pay on my iPhone and Apple watch to celebrate the launch of Apple pay in Australia for Nov 19 2015.
The following demo of using Appel pay was at the Appel store.
Apple pay in Australia became available on November 19 2015.
At the moment in Australia, The American Express card itself is supported with contactless pay terminals..
To set up Apple pay:
I used the wallet app to add/scan in via the camera my American Express card,: only assistance required was to input in the security number on the back.
Via the Apple watch app, added the credit card to the watch.
Purchases: on my iPhone purchasing an iPad pro and on my Apple watch purchasing Beats Wireless head phones: alas, it was only for a demo smile.
Apple pay steps ipHone:
Put iPhone next to terminal,
Hear American Express card number ending in xxx voiced by VoiceOver,
Use touch id finger print on Home button, and
Hear chime, and transaction complete.
Apple steps Apple watch:
Press Friends button quickly on Apple watch,
turn wrist over so that Apple watch face closer to the terminal,
Hear chime, and transaction complete.
Apple tv 4th generation demo: how to use your existing 3rd generation optical audio out from 4th generation Apple tv
In this demo, I take you through using the search, password, and pin restriction keyboard. I point out the differences between the main keyboard used in search and the password keyboard. Also demo direct touch on the keyboard, and a nifty quick way of deleting characters rather than having to go to the end of the first row to use the delete button.
Apple tv 4th generation demo: using the infrared remote from the 3rd generation on the 4th generation Apple tv.
In this demo I show you how you can still use the infrared remote from the 3rd generation Apple tv on the new 4th generation Apple tv. You will still have the ability to move left, right, up, down, select an item, choose menu, and use play/pause. You don't have access to either the Siri button or Home buttons of course, and to state the obvious, no touch trackpad.