This Dyson 3 in one tower unit, purify’s the air, heats, and emits cool air.

 

Comes in white or silver.

 

Prices seem to vary quite a lot, when I purchased mine they were about $750  Australian for the second two.

 

When setting the unit up, take it out of the box, install the Hepa filters in both sides of the base, [plug in to wall outlet, stick remote on top face down to attach.

Note - don't lift or move the Dyson via the top part of the fan unit, even though it looks tempging.

 

The unit is about 1 metre high, about 400MM in diameter at the base, and weighs about 5KG.

 

The base contains the Hepa filters, one on each side, and are easy to remove and replace by releasing the latch’s on either side of the base.

 

On one side of the base at the top, is a round largish on/off button (also used to Bluetooth pair the unit) as well as a small LCD screen showing air quality for example.

 

On the opposite side to the on/off button, but at the bottom of the base is where the 1.5 meter    power chord connects.

 

The main fan part of the unit which sits on top of the base, is a tall oval shape, with the air coming in the back and out through the front edge of the oval sides. This air direction can be reversed.

There are no blades at all.

 

The oval shape fan unit can rotate 350 degrees.

 

The base can be tilted forward/back to adjust air flow direction down, forward or up.

 

The remote control has physical buttons, and magnetically  connects to the top of the oval shaped fan unit.

 

Note - whilst the oval shaped part of the unit is open, the manual advises strongly when moving the unit, do not treat the oval area has a handle, but pick up the whole unit from the base to move it, otherwise the movement mechanism to the base may be damaged.

 

The unit can be controlled from the Dyson Link app on iOS or Android, and via the Amazon Echo or via Siri shortcuts.

 

Connecting the fan to the Dyson link app was very straight forward, and pairing when instructed was to simply hold the iPhone near the on/off button and press to initiate pairing.

 

Overall the Dyson Link app is accessible.

 

When using the Dyson from Alexa, you need to enable the skill and login with your Dyson account via the skill to link it up.

 

The Dyson link app works well with Voiceover on the iPhone, allowing all functions to be accessed including temperature control, fan speed, cool or heat, rotation, air purification stats etc.

 

The Dyson skill works well, and allows control over temperature, fan speed, hot hot or cool, and how much rotating you want the fan to do.

 

With the app, you can set up your current location to get current weather info, and you can also name the unit, which comes in handy if you have more than one.

 

Both the app and skill allow the use of multiple fans to be switched between. In the app, you select the fan via the App Menu and on the skill, each fan is numbered, and you use that number to select the fan you wish to use.

 

When the Hepa filter needs replacing, there is a notification. You can also check the status of the filters at any time as this info is displayed within the Dyson Link app.

 

Having fans in different rooms, means I can custom set fan functions for those rooms.

 

Most of the time, I use the “Ask

Dyson” function with Alexa to change settings on all of the fans.

 

Well worth the price for the functionality I receive..

 

These head phones offer great comfort, good sound quality with minimal design and rugged construction.

 

For use as a monitoring head set to a mixer, they perform very well indeed.

 

The head set comes in Quite a large box. Inside you will find - leather carry pouch, neatly stored head phones (they do fold up), long attached to left ear cup head phone audio cable (2.74M, with step up  adapter already screwed on to the end of the 3.5MM audio jack), and warranty card.

 

The headphones are entirely black with silver (tactile) Audio Technica logo on the faces of both ear cups.

 

Audio Technica” is printed in white on the top side of the headband

 

The soft material on the headband and the ear cushions are made of leather.

 

Even though made of plastic, the body construction is well finished.

 

The headband has a metallic support on the inside which becomes visible where it connects to the ear cups.

 

The headband adjustment is very smooth, with no click in to position. However, they do stay put when adjusted.

 

The rotating mechanism for the ear cups is supported by a plastic hinge allowing the ear cups to fold inwards for storage or in to the provided leather carry pouch.

 

The head phones have large ear cups that cover the entire ear and cut out an amazing amount of external noise.

 

The head phones are very comfortable for all day use, no pressure on the top or side of the head.

 

As pointed out already, the long 2.74m cable is attached to the left ear cup of the head phones. The 3.5MM female to 6.3MM male step up adapter is already screwed on to the end of the 3.5mm jack.

In the case of the Zoom Podtrack P4, you will need to unscrew this adapter to plug the head phones in to the P4 3.5mm head phones jack..

 

With the excellent sound noise reduction of the ear cups (no they do not have active noise cancellation), you can concentrate on editing audio such as a podcast.

 

I find these head phones excellent for listening to VoiceOver out of the Mac, editing podcasts, listening to music, and because they fold up, great for use when out and about if I am podcasting with the Zoom Podtrak P4, and my Samson Q2u mics.

 

Note - these are straight head phones, they do not have their own microphone as found with the Audio Technica BPHS Head phones.

As you will b able to tell, Cleanfeed works fine on the Mac using Voiceover in Google Chrome.

Rather than just a boring demo, scott and i thought, why not chat about our old and new tech stuff.

i've combined what the Zoom Podtrak P4 was recording as far as logging in to www.cleanfeed.net was concerned, and of course, the issue with using Safari with Voiceover on the iphone for Scott aas everything including Voiceover was coming through.

So besides demoing that Cleanfeed works, i hope you enjoy my and Scott's chat. 

Hi all,

This time around, no speaking from me at all.

What you will hear is me using the Siri remote to go through all the English voices for VoiceOver on the Apple TV.

I've placed chapter marks for each of the English voice categories:

Australia

India

Ireland

South Africa

UK

US

This will hopefully give you a good idea of the different voices in case you want to ever change.

This podcast contains all of my 12 podcast demos on the Zoom Podtrak P4.

You can navigate by chapter on the Mac via Downcast or on iOS via Overcast.

I don’t know why you want to, but you can also just listen to start to end if you really really want to smile.

Demos include my first impressions of the P4, full description of the P4, using channel 3 (TRRS) and channel 4 (UsB) on the P4, recording VoiceOver from the Mac, tips on recording and playing back recent file, using the Sound Pad to control play back of files, using the Sound Pad menu, using the Files Menu, using the Files Transfer main menu option, demo of the BTA-2 Bluetooth transceiver, demo of the Audio Technica headset with dynamic XLR boom microphone, and demo of the Samson Q2u and Backpack Studio.

Think it was funny about mid range through in the demos, where I said it was going to be my last.

Enjoy.

Samson 29 Q2u Podcasting PackParticularly handy for podcasting.

Plus Backpack Studio

 

Set up for todays demo

 

iPhone 12 Pro on a wireless charging stand

Magic Keyboard 2 connected to iPhone

Samsung Q2u microphone/stand.

Ear phones plugged in to mic for monitoring.

 

And yes, this demo was all recorded on my iPhone and Backpack Studio using the Samsung Q2u mic.

 

First Backpack Studio

 

Description from the iOS App Store

 

Create professional sounding podcasts and radio from anywhere using only an iPhone or iPad.

Eg both works as a podcaster and radio streamer.

 

With backpack studio, Your show is automatically mixed and mastered while it’s being recorded. 

 

Features:

 

- Record your voice while triggering sounds live - intros, background music, and sound effects. Sounds automatically adjust volume in real time.

 

- A powerful soundboard with unlimited pages of soundpads.

 

- Import sounds into the soundboard from anywhere - iCloud, dropbox, google drive, your music library, email, even import directly from other apps.

 

- Find the perfect eq filter for your voice. Noise gate to lower background noise. Studio quality compression, limiting, and eq algorithms are automatically applied to your mix live for a loud, studio quality mastered sound.

 

- Create custom Siri Voice, external keyboard, and midi shortcuts to record and trigger soundpads.

 

- Encodes to all popular formats, mp3, wav, m4a,

aiff, and video.

 

- Publish recordings directly to iCloud, dropbox, Facebook, youtube, an FTP, Libsyn, or open in any app on your phone that accepts audio or video.

 

- Full VoiceOver compatibility for visually impaired producers .

 

Simply downloaded and installed the app.

Kept all default settings.

Added a few Pad sounds.

When using with the Samsung Q2u, Backpack found mic if already active: i.e. already plugged in to the iPhone.

Nice thing about using the app with VoiceOver, recording doesn’t include Voiceover.

 

Record, Pads, mic mute etc all accessible with gestures or keyboard, when I’m recording with Backpack I like to use an external keyboard, just faster control.

 

Using the app with a BT keyboard .

 

General keyboard commands

 

Record Command+R .

Pause P

Finish F

Delete recording D

Toggle mic on Space

Toggle mic off Space

Stop all pads X

Begin stream B

End Stream E

Show last recording L

Play last recording O

Show Recordings Z

 

Sound Pad keyboard commands

 

Play air horns 1

Play applause 2

Play laughter 3

Play Segway in 4

Play Segway out 5

Play sound 3 6

 

 

 

Features the Samson Q2u dynamic cardioid polar pattern mic, USB output for connecting to any Mac or Windows PC or smart phone via an adapter, XLR output for connecting to any mixer/PA system and a 1/8" (3.5MM)stereo headphone output with level control for zero-latency monitoring.

 

In the Samson Q2u Podcasting Pack Box

 

Samson Q2u dynamic mic,

puff or wind filter sock for mic head,

foldable compact desktop tripod stand with screw in mic holder,

XLR cable, and

USB mini cable.

 

Samson Q2u Microphone Dimensions

 

190MM by 55MM. 453.3G.

 

 

Cost

 

$150.00Au.

 

Description of the Samson Q2u microphone

 

Standard cylindrical mic and head,

Back of mic XLR, Mini USB and 3.5MM head phone ports, and

Middle of mic barrel, slide mic on/off switch.

 

Using the Samson Q2u Micrphone for the first time

 

Screw the mic holder in to the desktop stand, make sure the puff or wind filter is over the head of the mic, insert the mic in to the mic holder, extend the stand legs to sit on the table, plug in monitoring ear phones or a head set, and connect the mic to another device either via the XLR or Mini USB supplied cables.

Note - make sure the mic on/off switch on the barrel of the mic is slid forward to the on position closest to the head of the mic.

For future use, the mic usually stays connected to the stand which legs fold together, and the puff or wind filter stays on the mic.

When the mic has the XLR cable plugged in, as this is such a rugged connector, I usually leave this cable plugged in to the Samson Q2u.

For both the Mini USB and ear phones, I prefer to have these disconnected if I’m traveling with the mic in a bag.

 

Besides XLR cable for Mixer and Mini UsB for Mac/PC/Smart phone - adapter

 

To use the Samson Q2u on my iPhone, I use the Lightning camera adapter. Mini USB cable comes from the back of the Samson Q2u, plugs in to the USB port on the camera adapter cable, and the other lightning end plugging in to the iPhone.

 

Plugging the Samson Q2u in to my Zoom Podtrak P4

 

XLR cable comes from plugging in to the back of the Samson Q2u, and other end plugs directly in to one of the 4 female XLR connector ports on the Zoom Podtrak P4.

 

Using the Samson Q2u on the Zoom Podtrak P4

 

Everything is done from the Zoom Podtrak P4. No need for me to touch the mic. Mic gain, head phone monitoring, and mute is all done from the P4.

Note - all of my podcasts since getting the Zoom Podtrak P4 have been done on the Samsung Q2u microphone.

I can record directly to the Zoom Podtrak P4 on to the SD card or use the P4 as a mixer to Amadeus Pro running on the Mac.

 

Using the Samson Q2u on the Mac

 

Plug in the Mini UsB cable from the back of the Samson Q2u, other end of Mini uSB gets plugged in to a UsB to UsBC adapter, which then gets plugged in to the Mac.

Note On the Mac, using Amadeus Pro to control the Samson Q2U, again, no need to touch the mic for gain, monitoring or muting.

 

Using the Samson Q2u with My Smart Phone (iPhone 12 Pro)

 

Plugging in the Mini USB cable from back of Samson Q2u, other end of the Mini USB cable gets plugged in to the USB port on the Lightning camera adapter, with the other end of the adapter (lightning) getting plugged in to the iPhone.

Note - on the iPhone with the Lightning Camera Adapter, you will need to plug in ear phones or a head set in to the 3.5MM monitoring port on the Samson Q2u to both monitor how you are sounding, and more importantly, to be able to hear VoiceOver if you are using it.

On the iPhone, using Backpack Studio to control the Samson Q2u gain, monitoring (through the plug in ear phones on the mic itself), and mute.

 

Ear Phones or Head SeT

 

I only use ear phones or a head set directly when using the Q2u with the iPhone as its the only way I can hear VoiceOver. Just get what you prefer.

When I’m using the Samson Q2u with the Zoom Podtrak P4 or the Mac, I’m using my “what ever brand name” head set plugged in to the Mac or the P4.

 

Links to the Samson Q2u podcasting Pack, Lightning Camera Adapter, USBC to UsB adapter, and Backpack Studio.

 

Samson Q2u Podcasting Pack

 

https://www.amazon.com.au/Samson-Microphone-Recording-Podcasting-Windscreen/dp/B086R6BW49/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=Samson+Q2u+Microphone&qid=1622741687&sr=8-2

 

Lightning to Camera Adapter

 

https://www.apple.com/au/shop/product/MD821AM/A/lightning-to-usb-camera-adapter

 

USBC to USB Adapter

 

https://www.apple.com/au/shop/product/MJ1M2AM/A/usb-c-to-usb-adapter

 

Backpack Studio

 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/backpack-studio/id1438882186

 

Also sneaking in a link to the Mac App Store for Amadeus Pro

 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/amadeus-pro/id438292371?mt=12

In this demo, I discuss and demo the BTA-2 Bluetooth transmitter and Receiver to allow you to wirelessly connect to the P4.

Note - as with connecting a TRRS cable, mic 3 (channel 3) needs to be in the most right position for the switch, and the BTA-2 plugs in to both the 2.5mm and 3.mm jacks on the side of the P$.

In this demo, I use my Zoom Podtrak P4 with the Audio Technica BPHS1 broadcasting head set which combines both a head set with an XLR boom microphone.

I compare it to my current desktop mic/stand, the Samson 29 Q2U podcasting kit.

Note - to use with the P4, I used a 6.3mm to 3.5mm female to male adapter to plug it in in to the head phone jack on the P4.

The cable coming off the head set splits in to an XLR mic jack and the 6.3mm head phone jack.

Certainly does the job, and great for portability, no need to carry around a XLR mic, stand, and head phones: just the head set plus the P4.

 

Amazingly or not, this function is still around on the Mac, although now days its called Add to Music as a Spoken Track: a great way of producing audio files from text.

Interesting what 10 years can do in how ones voice sounds more confident and relaxed smile.

David 2021

 

On a previous podcast, here is my catch up demo using 3 LIDAR apps on my iPhone 12 Pro.

As I mainly use People Detection, I focus in this demo mainly on Super LIDAR and the Magnifier apps.

 

As I say in the podcast, this demo is demoing the ECG function of the Apple Watch for folks here in Australia.

The next demo will be using LIDAR on the iPhone 12 Pro using the Magnification, Super LiDAR, and Seeing AI apps.

Quite like the way this remote feels, works, but still some things to work out, namely scrolling through a movie with vO on, and moving apps around on the Home screen.

Great remote, much prefer itr over the Siri Touch V1 remote.

My first go at actually recording a webinar using the Zoom Podtrak P4.

Still somethings to iron out like which mic to mute (Zoom or P4 grin), and doing a bit better myself changing in and out cables.

However, the recording you are hearing hasn't been touched, just conversion to MP3 for the podcast post.

I think it went well.

In this demo, I take you through how easy it is to use the Files menu from the main menu to playback and delete files you don't want from the P4 itself.

Enjoy, and the last one in this series for the moment as I've covered all the thrings I need to do up to this point, but there will be more smile.

In this demo, I show you how to directly transfer files between the P4 and in my case the Mac, via the P4 menu option File Transfer (press menu and press right 3 times, and select file transfer).

Simply puts the P4 in to a mass storage mode (turning off knobs and mics), and comes up as a P4 drive when connected via a USBC cable connected to the power/data port on the P4 (front left hand side port).

To exit file transfer, just press menu twice, and knobs and mics will return to normal operation.

Much better and safer than dragging out the SD card all the time which is exactly what I've been doing sigh smile.

 

In this demo I take you through using the Sound Pad sub-menu from the main menu for selecting different sounds, the way they repeat, and the volume of a sound.

The first time you go in to the menu via the Menu button, press right arrow (Stop button), then Enter/Select (Record button) to bring up the Sound Pad custom sub-menu.

If you don't restart the Podtrak P4, next time you go out and in to the menu, Sound Pad will already be selected, so just press Enter.

As nothing talks as such in these menus, just practise ggoing in and out and it will become easier.

In this demo, I show you how you can use the Sound Pad to:

 

Top Left button rewind, time jump or beginning of file,

 

Top right button fast forward, time jump or end of file, and

 

Bottom left button beginning of file.

 

When using the Sound Pad buttons, use the Play/Pause button. Pressing Stop will revert the Sound Pad files back to their usual function.: i.e. playing sounds.

 

 

Enjoy. Due to the Podtrak P4 and getting excited about podcasting again, I've added my intro/out sound file that L Woodbridge did for me to the Podtrak for future use.

And yes, I'll be doing a demo later on accessing the Sound Pad, which is not strictly accessible, but works as you can tell with this intro I added to my Sound Pad.

Am I having fun, absolutely.

In this demo, I show you how you can use the TRRS cable to record from another device such as an Amazon Echo Dot, and also use a lightning to UsB Camera adapter on channel 4 to also connect to your iPhone.

Remember, for both channel 3 and channel 4, the switch needs to be in the most right (3rd) position.

 

 

Zoom Podtrak P4 Review

 

This is an amazing device.

A multi track recorder designed for podcasting, even for beginners, just connect mics and head phones.

It is a multi-track recorder, mixer, and a 2 channel audio interface to a PC (Mac or Windows).

 

Main features of the P4:

 

Use your favorite mics.

Multi track recording supports for channels recorded at the same time, producing a combined file, and individual channel files.

Levels of all 4 mics can be individually altered.

4 Head phone outputs allows everyone to monitor voice levels.

Power can be via UsBC computer, USBC power or two AA battery’s (UsBC power could also be a power brick).

Remote recording of participants: channel 3 for smart phone, and channel for for PC: a Mix Minus function stops remote participants from hearing back an echo.

Instant playback of jingles via the 4 button sound pad.

The UsBC PC port can be used to use the P4 as an audio device to a PC: Mac or Windows.

P4 records at 44.1 kilohertz , 16 bit in Wav format.

Best of all, all main functions are controlled by knobs, buttons, and slide switch’s.

Use the Play, Stop and Record buttons to start/pause recordings. Menu via the Menu button is not accessible, but once options set, no need to access.

 

NB - when you first get the P4, install the AA battery’s, and get sighted assistance to set time/date via the menu, as well as turning on Mix Minus.

Zoom recommends that you format the SD card within the device itself (SD card not included).

What is cool from my point of view as well, is that whilst I am using the P4 as an audio device to my Mac, I can still use the record function on the P4 to also make a recording: i.e. Amadeus Pro on my Mac recording the podcast, and the P4 also making an audio recording.

Finally, some folks still like people to make local recordings which has the best quality sound, and then give those files to the podcast host who then brings them all together as a multi-track recording: which is why it is so neat that the P4 does a master file recording of all channels, but then individual file channels of each mic input/person speaking locally or remotely.

 

Further down the page I have listed what is now in my portable podcasting kit. At the very least you will need:

The P4 itself,

Sd card,

2 XLR mics if you are going to record yourself and another  person,

2 mic stands for the mics,

2 3.5mm head phones to monitor sound (including from the sound pad) for yourself and the other person,

Power bank to supply power or just use the AA battery’s,, UsBC charger, or UsBC to UsB A cable to power P4 from a PC (Mac or Windows),,

TRRS cable to plug in an iPhone for remote recording of Facetime or other calls,

Lightning to 3.5mm audio adapter for iPhone to support the TRRS cable,

And if you are not going to leave it on a desk, some type of carrying case for the P4.

 

Physical layout:

 

Back panel - 4 female XLR mic input ports.

 

Front panel - 4 output 3.5mm head phone ports.

 

Left panel front to back - UsBC PC/power, UsBC power, Sd card slot.

 

Right panel front to back - , TRRS 3.5mm audio iPhone port, Bluetooth Zoom adapter port to connect via BT to smart phones, and recessed power on/off.

 

Bottom of unit - back edge 2 rubber feet on either side, and front edge long rubber strip (stops P4 from moving on desk). Above rubber strip, is the battery door for the AA battery’s).

 

Top face of unit where all the cool knobs, button’s,slide switch’s, and the screen is located (screen takes up part of the right hand face of the P4).

 

Going from the back top edge towards the front:

 

4 gain knobs for each of the XLR mic ports from left to right, channel 1, channel 2, channel 3 and channel 4.

 

Next row, 4 slider switch’s  for each of the mic input ports, again left to right, channel 1, channel 2, channel 3, and channel 4.

Channel 1, and channel 2 slide switch’s have two settings, left Dynamic mic, and right Condenser )phantum power) mic.

Switch channel 3, and switch channel 4 have a 3rd setting on the right: switch channel 3 is to engage iPhone via the TRRS 3.5mm port on the right side, and switch channel 4 is to engage the UsBC PC/power on the left side from a PC (Mac/Windows). 

 

Next row - 4 mute toggle buttons for each of the mic inputs, again left to right, mute channel 1, mute channel 2, mute channel 3, and mute channel 4.

 

It is always suggested that when a channel is not being used, mute and turn the gain down for that channel.

 

Then a group of 4 buttons in a 2 by 2 grid for the Sound Pads (P4 comes with preset sounds if you want to use them or create your own).

 

Under the Sound Pad buttons, a round knob to adjust volume for all Sound Pads.

 

To the right of the Sound Pad volume knob, 4 buttons: Menu, Play, Stop, and Record button.

 

NB - just as an FYI, when in the Menu, Play and Stop buttons move through the menu, and the Record button acts as a select or enter button.

 

Underneath the volume Knob, are the 4 volume knobs for each of the head sets, for monitoring mic input, corresponding to each of the mic inputs: head phone 1, head phone 2, head phone 3, and head phone 4.

 

NB, the gain knobs for the mic inputs have no tactile pointer, although they do stop at the top and end range (as do the knobs for head phones, and the sound pad). You can mark them with something like Loc Dots so you can tell what level you have each of the mic gains set at

 

Just to be clear about the size of this amazing device and the controls, as it sits facing you, its about 6 inch’s in depth with the head phone ports at the front and mic XLR ports at the back, and about 3 inches wide. The knobs are quite a discrete size, and the actual buttons for mute, sound pads, menu etc, are square buttons that are only raised a little bit above the face of the P4.

 

Learn about this very much accessible recorder for podcasters in episode 116 on the Mosen podcast recorded by Tim Cumings.

The following link is from a different website to Mosen Explosion which will allow you to download the actual MP3 file as well as listening to it online so you can use it as a resource whilst you are getting used to using the P4.

 

https://the-blind-podmaker.pinecast.co/episode/6f5ca0c9/tim-cumings-demonstrates-the-zoom-podtrak-p4

 

General review of the Zoom Podtrack P4 from the general tech industry

 

https://www.thepodcasthost.com/equipment/zoom-podtrak-p4-review/

 

This was an interesting article explainingg the difference between dynamic and condenser microphones, mainly aimed at producing music and vocals.

 

https://musicianshq.com/whats-the-difference-between-dynamic-and-condenser-microphones/

 

This article, this time aimed at using dynamic or condenser microphones for recording podcasts.

 

https://www.theseasonedpodcaster.com/gear/condenser-vs-dynamic-mic-for-podcasting/

 

I found reading both articles started to give me a good basic understanding of the different types of microphones and the language associated with them.

 

Quick tip, use a dynamic mic for podcasting, and yes, you absolutely need the TRRS cable and the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter if you want to record from your iPhone for calls etc.

Alternatively, you can purchase the Camera adapter for the iPhone which will allow you to plug in to the front USBC port and directly in to the iPhone via the adapter (in this case of course, you would then use channel 4 not 3).

 

Also, when you use either channel 3 mic input via the 3.5mm port to record iPhone or channel 4 mic input to record via UsBC port to PC, you can not use the channel 3 or 4 mic ports as XLR mic inputs: they are not available.

 

Zoom Podtrak P4 User manuaL:

 

https://zoomcorp.com/media/documents/E_P4.pdf

 

Zoom Home Page for the Podtrak P4

 

https://zoomcorp.com/en/jp/podcast-recorders/podcast-recorders/podtrak-p4/

 

This is what my podcasting kit now consists of:

 

Zoom Podtrak P4, 

 

4 dynamic mics with stand/puff filters,

 

4 noise cancelling head sets,

 

accessible power bank (originally from AT Guys),

 

several SD cards,

 

hard shell carrying case for P4,

 

all necessary cables (TRRS, 3.5MM Lightning adapter, 2 UsBC to UsBA cables, camera adapter, and UsB wall charger), and

 

SD card reader for M1 MacBook Pro.

 

10 pack of AA battery’s,

 

computer bag for carrying.

 

Of course, M1 MacBook Pro for editing recording from SD card

 from Zoom Podtrak P4.

 

Manufacturer   website: 

 

https://www.dotincorp.com

 

App: Dot Watch 2 (Android and iOS).

 

iOS

 

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dot-watch-2/id1362946706 

 

Android

 

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotincorp.dotApp&hl=en&gl=US

 

Documentation:

 

Tutorial and user guide within the Dot Watch 2 app or the following online link.

 

https://doc.dotincorp.com/manual/dot-watch-1-a/

 

The product box also contains a quick start guide in Braille for using the Dot Watch (no print version).

 

Video and promotional material produced by Dot Incorporated:

 

https://watch.dotincorp.com

 

Brief product description:

 

4 cell refreshable Braille smart watch with magnetic loop band for small and large wrist sizes. Can be used in stand alone or connected to iOS or Android.

Note - via the Dot watch 2 smart phone app, the Dot Watch can either be set to be used as a traditional Braille watch or tactile watch with cell and dot positions being used to display main functions such as battery status, time etc.

When purchasing, Dot Watch with small band or Dot Watch with large band are sold as an entire unit: i.e. can not swap out bands.

 

Physical description:

 

Round large wrist watch.

 

White top with silver surround.

 

4 horizontal refreshable Braille cells in middle of watch face.

 

2 touch scroll points below cells 2 and 3 for scrolling left/right.

 

Right side of watch if warn on left wrist - dot crown in middle, Home and Select buttons on either side of Dot crown.

 

Magnetic  metal loop band (silver).

 

Charging port for magnetic charger bottom opposite side to Home, Crown, and buttons.

 

What is in the box:

Well constructed product box with Braille identifying the Dot Watch.

 

Dot watch with metal band attached.

 

Braille booklet.

 

Magnetic charger with attached USB cable.

 

Three moisture and dust protective skins (fourth protective skin already installed on watch as shipped).

 

Main features:

 

1. Compatible devices:

 

The dot watch is compatible with the following versions of iOS and Android.

 

iOS V9 and above.

 

Android V4.4.4 and above.

 

2. Pairing the Dot Watch.

 

Easy to pair using the Dot Watch 2 smart app, select Pair from the main app screen.

 

Setup process will take user through a tutorial on how to use the Dot watch.

 

3. Dot Watch 2 Smart app.

 

Easy to navigate and use.

 

Works with VoiceOver or iOS or Talkback on Android/Samsung.

 

4. From the Dot Watch itself (Main Menu)

 

Connection status to smart phone.

 

Battery status.

 

Time (shown by default, can also show seconds and date).

 

Notifications (if turned on from Smart Phone app)..

 

Stop watch.

 

Timer (set minutes and seconds)..

 

Memo (if written from smart phone)..

 

5. From the Dot Watch 2 app.

 

Alarm (set up to 10 alarms).

 

Hourly time toggle.

 

Find Dot Watch (makes Dot Watch vibrate, press Select button on watch to stop).

 

NB - from the Dot Watch itself, press Select and Home buttons twice to activate Find My Phone, will make phone play a loud sound each time this command is used.

 

Add, edit, and delete memos.

 

Access and delete saved notifications.

 

Study Braille.

 

6. Dot Watch 2 Dot Watch Settings.

 

Output settings.

 

Display settings.

 

Notification settings.

 

Language settings.

 

Firmware update.

 

Watch information.

 

Unpair.

 

Benefits:

 

Can be either used as a traditional Braille watch or for non Braille users tactile watch with cell and pin positions representing main functions such as battery level, time etc (Braille or tactile mode set via the Dot Watch 2 app).

 

As a stand alone refreshable  Braille Display watch. Time on watch can be set manually without the use of a smart phone.

 

Works with both Android and iOS.

 

4 cell refreshable Braille Display which can be scrolled to read further text in notifications or memos.

Clear and easy to read Braille or tactile dots.

 

When pressing the Select button, time is display. Other menu options can then be easily accessed.

 

Hourly time can be toggled which will display time and cause the Dot Watch to also vibrate on the 

hour.

 

10 alarms can be set via the Dot Watch 2 app. When alarm goes off, alarm 1, alarm 2 etc will be displayed on the Dot Watch: eg a l NumberSign 1, a l NumberSign 2 etc.

 

10 memos can be added, edited or deleted from the Dot Watch 2 smart phone app (240 characters max per memo).

 

The Dot Watch can display 12 or 24 hour time via the Dot Watch smart phone app.

 

The Dot Watch can display date in Month Day or Day Month via the Dot Watch 2 smart phone app.

 

Via the Dot Watch 2 app, vibration intensity, auto scrolling speed, display timeout duration, reverse buttons to where on right hand, Braille or tactile modes  can be all adjusted.

 

Protective skins are there to protect the Braille cells from dust etc (note protective skin already installed on watch, not using the protective skin may void warranty). More skins can be obtained.

 

As magnetic loop strap is used, band can be adjusted for comfort.

 

Good mechanical feedback when pressing either Home or Select buttons, and when turning the Dot Crown.

 

Solid connection via Bluetooth to smart phone.

 

When Dot Watch moves out of Bluetooth range of smart phone, msg displayed on watch or can be checked by connection status. Similarly, msg displayed when reconnected or can again be checked in status connection.

 

Dot Watch is easily firmware updated via the Dot Watch 2 Smart phone app (can check within app if there is new firmware available).

 

The Dot Watch can be fully turned on and off, besides being in standby mode which is the usual state of operation.

 

The Dot Watch itself can be hardware reset (please consult user manual).

 

Points to consider:

 

As pointed out in the manual, when the display updates, do not hold your finger down on the display as this will prevent the dots from updating correctly. Most of the time you can hear the Braille dots settle after less than a second.

 

If the stop watch or timer functions are being used, you can hear the Braille display update, but this is quite a soft sound.

 

Be a little bit careful when taking off the band as the end of the band can slide through the connecting slot on the side of the Dot Watch.

 

As the band is magnetic, it may stick to the magnetic charger base when placing the Dot Watch on charge, just something to simply be aware of which is also pointed out helpfully in the manual.

 

To make it easier for users, the receiving slot on the side of the Dot Watch which takes the band does protrude from the side of the Dot Watch.

 

Due to the need for battery and the Braille Display, the Dot Watch does sit out a bit from the wrist.

 

Do not remove the protective skin from the dot Watch.

 

Hints and Tips:

 

Holding in Home button for 3 seconds will turn Dot Watch fully off, holding the Home button in again for another 3 seconds will turn the unit back on.

 

When Dot Watch in sleep (standby) press Select button to activate menu, time will be displayed.

 

Use Dot Crown to scroll up and down menu, scroll away for battery status and connectivity status, scroll towards you for rest of menu items. Each time the menu option changes, a vibration will be felt.

 

Use Select button to activate an item from the main menu once moved to it via the Dot Crown.

 

When in one of the menu options, you can press Home button to exit.

 

When displaying items on the main menu, some menu options are abbreviated to fit in to the 4 cells: noti for notifications, stop for stop watch, and timr for timer, 

 

When time displayed, pressing Select button will show seconds, pressing Select button again will display date, and pressing Select button will show the time again.

 

When selecting stop watch, press Select button to start/pause stop watch, hold in Select button to reset stop watch.

 

When selecting timer, adjust minutes with Dot Crown, press Select button, adjust seconds with Dot Crown, press Select button to start timer. When complete Dot Watch will pulse vibrate with the word tout for time out. To reset timer back to starting value, hold in Select button for a few seconds.

 

When notifications selected, use Dot Crown to scroll through numbered list of notifications from smart phone, press Select button to select a notification start reading with touch pad buttons or auto scroll via holding in Select button.

 

Use Home button to put display to sleep or wait for display timeout.

Use the touch sensor area below cell 2 and 3 to scroll left or right within a memo or notification.

 

Dot Watch will vibrate when receiving a notification from the smart phone.

 

When receiving incoming call to smart phone, press Home to reject or Select to answer: on iPhone, first press of Select button will display caller ID, and 2nd press of the Select button will answer call.

 

Besides Find Dot Watch from the smart phone app to find the Dot Watch, press Select and Home buttons twice to make smart phone play a sound so the phone itself can be located (of course within Bluetooth range). 

 

Charging and Battery life:

 

3 hours charging time.

 

No issues placing Dot Watch on charger and charging unit.

 

3 days battery life depending on use.

 

Support:

 

Within Dot Watch 2 app for contact/support details.

 

Email - support@dotincorp.com.

 

Online manual - https://doc.dotincorp.com/manual/dot-watch-1-a/

 

Cost:

 

USD $299.00.

 

Similar products:

 

No similar refreshable Braille smart watch’s on the market.

 

Warranty:

 

1 year manufacturer warranty.

Like the title says, quick start setup to get you using your new cool AirTag.

Enjoy.

In this demo, I show you how you can use the Nimbus Game Controller with BlindDrive, this really really brings the game to life. Remember, 12 years and above, but I chose a non swearing chapter in the game (Getting Through) to demonstrate the use of the NimbusSteel Series Game Controller. Enjoy.

 

Voice Control on iOS Using VoiceOver

 

Voice Control is very handy on the iPhone with VoiceOver.

You do get better results if you use head phones.

Turn on Voice Control in Settings, Accessibility, voice Control.

You may need to set Voice Control Language to United States rather than Uk in Voice Control Settings.

Handy commands:

What can I Say? (Need to use VoiceOver to read screen

 

Go To Sleep

Wake up

Go Home

Go Back

Scroll Left, Right, Up or Down

Open App Switcher

Open Notifications Centre

Open Control Centre

Open AppName

Open Siri

Open Spotlight

Tap or Press NameOfControl

Turn Up Volume

Turn Down Volume

Repeat X Times

Search for ItemName

Command Mode

Dictation Mode

VoiceOver Select Next Item

VoiceOver Select Previous Item

VoiceOver Activate

VoiceOver Read All

VoiceOver Stop Speaking

VoiceOver Select First Item

VoiceOver Select Last Item

VoiceOver Select Status Bar

VoiceOver Magic Tap

VoiceOver Select Next Rotor

Voiceover Select Previous Rotor

VoiceOver Select Next Rotor Option

VoiceOver Select Previous Rotor Option

VoiceOver Item Chooser

 

This is what I use all the time to get video files from the Camera/Photo apps on to my Mac, and articles from my Mac on to my iPhone.

As I have now scratched the stainless steel on meh iPhone 12 Pro only after less than 2 weeks after dropping it once, I've now gone for a MagSafe case and whilst I was at it a wallet.

Note - when the Wallet is on the back of the iPhone or on the back of the case with the iPhone in it, you can't charge via the MagSafe wireless charger, of course, you can still plug in a lightning cable.

 

In this demo, I take you through a physical description of the Mantis Q40, how to navigate the system, and connect via Bluetooth or USB.

In this demo, I take you through setting up my M1 Macbook Pro using VoiceOver.

In this demo, I show you the other onboarding accessibility options, but do not go through customising the Mac as I did in the M1 Macbook Air demo.

 

The bug is that left and right bracket are announced by VoiceOver as left and right parenthesis, so I show you a work around to make these two symbols announce correctly.

Excellent free fun game with hundreds of sound packs to choose from too test out your Beat Rhythm skills.

Download from https://oriolgomez.com.

Simply 3 steps:

In VoiceOver Utility/Navigation, choose Mouse to follow VoiceOver cursor,

Make sure VoiceOver Trackpad Commander is turned off by VO+2 finger rotate counter clockwise, and

Control+Click when in the Dock via VO+D to bring up the Context Menu.

Nice to see the functionality of Braille support back in Watch OS 7.

This is the demo I intended to do when I setup the my M1 Mac mini, but I got so bothered by having to work about having a monitor plugged in, I skipped it.

So in this M1 MacBook Air setup, you get the setup, Onboarding for Accessibility (just vision in this demo), and the changes I make to VoiceOver, Finder, Safari, and a few other things.

These are my review notes of the AirPod Max (funny in the podcast I may have slipped up a time or two or three and called the AirPods Max the AirPods Pro Max smile).

Apple - AirPods Max

 

Https://www.apple.com/airpodsmax

 

Cost: $895.00 Australian.

 

Brief Product Description:

 

Apple’s over the ear version of the AirPods Pro with a lot of great features and sound. Stainless steel head band with mesh canopy, aluminium ear cups, and magnetically removable/replaceable ear cup fabric cushions.

 

What you Get in the Box:

 

AirPods Max.

Smart case (AirPods Max already inserted in to the case).

Lightning to USBC cable.

Getting started guide.

 

Purchased  Separately:

 

USB charger.

Lightning to 3.5mm TRS audio cable.

Note - plug AirPods Max in to chargers that you would usually plug your iPhone in to.

Audio cable is to allow AirPods Max to be plugged in to older devices purely for getting audio out of them, can’t use Siri etc with this cable plugged in.

 

Physical description and Details of the Head Phones:

 

Stainless steel frame head  band with a soft to touch and stretchy canopy

 to take weight off top of head.

Telescoping stainless steel ear cup arms to adjust ear cups to fit over ears.

Brushed aluminium rectangular ear cups with rounded corners.

Stainless steel had band colour to match iPhone 12 colour, and ear cups colour to match iPad Air or MacBook colour.

Ear cup cushions magnetically attached to ear cups, and can be replaced.

Sensors to detect if AirPods max removed from head and will stop media, continuing once head set back on.

Noise Control (Noise/transparency or Off) rectangular button Botton top front of right ear cup with round Digital Crown knob at  back (either side of where the telescoping arm fits in to the ear cup).

Both Digital Crown Knob and Noise Control buttons are quite prominent and easy to locate by touch.

Nice touch with a bevelled edge on the Digital Crown to assist when physically  rotating with fingers. 

When taken off, both ear cups can be rotated 90 degrees to lay flat or to be inserted in to the smart case.

When wearing the head set, ear cups rotate slightly for a better and more comfortable fit.

Lightning connecter bottom middle of right ear cup.

9 microphones spread   over both ear cups  to deal with calls, noise/transparency modes, and wind noise reduction.

Microphone vents can be felt at  both top from and back corners of each ear cup,  back bottom corner, and the bottom middle.

In the middle of the left ear cup bottom, there is a small window to allow the radios within the ear cup to operate. 

 

Each ear cup also contains the H1 chip and 10 core audio computational processor.

 

On the right ear cup, there is a light indicator to show different battery states or whether the head set is charging. However, when using the head set, hey Siri “what is the battery level?” Will also give battery status.

When the head set is at 10%, and about to turn off, an audio tone will be heard (also sent to the iOS device).

 

Colours:

Space grey.

Sky blue.

Pink.

Green.

Silver.

Note - Smart Case colour equals the head band colour.

 

Press Noise Control button to toggle between modes. Hold down this button for at least 10 seconds to force AirPods Max in to pairing mode.

Hold down Noise and Digital Crown buttons to reset.

When first taking head set out of the box, when positioned next to an iPhone or iPad, connection box pops up on screen to connect.

Like the AirPods Pro and Beats Flex, AirPods Max will be available on all Apple devices via iCloud (making accessing the head set extremely convenient).

When using noise cancellation, user can still hear own voice which prevents shouting at others around you.

 

Digital Crown works in similar manner to the original clicker on the wired Apple Ear Pods or the Beats Flex:

Press once - start/top media or answer/hang up call.

Press twice, next track.

Pressed three times - previous track.

Hold in the Digital Crown - evoke Siri. Hey Siri can be also used.

 

When adjusting volume, an audio click can be heard (like turning an old fashion dial with clicks). At the top and bottom of the volume range, a confirmation tone can be also heard.:

 

Settings for the AirPods Max:

 

In Settings, Bluetooth, AirPods Max info screen, the following can be changed:

Name (change name of the AirPods Max).

Noise Control - Noise Cancellation, off (no noise control at all) or Transparency.

Noise Control button cycles between (each can be selected) - Noise Cancellation, Transparency, and Off.

Digital Crown - can set front to back or back to front (for which way you turn the Digital Crown to adjust volume).

Automatic Head Detection toggle - transfers audio to head set when placed on head.

Connect to this iPhone - automatically  or when last connected to this iPhone.

Spacial Audio toggle - immersive audio which follows the position of the iPhone.

About - Model Name, Model Number, Serial Number, and Version..

Disconnect.

Forget Device.

 

In Settings, Accessibility, Audio/Visual, Head Phone Accommodations - make adjustments to make AirPods Max even sound better - for Balance Tone, Vocal Range, and Brightness. Users can slo custom tune the audio by going through some voice and sample test.

 

In Settings, Accessibility, AirPods - adjust the:

press Speed -  default, Slower or Slowest.

Press and Hold Duration - Default, Shorter or Shortest.

 

In Control Centre, you can also use the AirPods Max with Live Listen.

 

Battery Usage and Status:

 

AirPods Max are rated for 20 hours of use with Noise Cancellation and Transparency mode turned on.

After plugging in AirPods Max for only 5 minutes, an extra 1.5 hours of battery level will be available.

If charging AirPods in the smart case, both ear cups have to be facing forward in the case to allow the lightning port in the right ear cup to line up with the notch in the case to allow the user to easily plug in a lightning cable.

Battery status or charging status can be checked via Siri or from the Battery Widget on iOS.or when connecting from Mac, the battery level of the AirPods Max is shown after the device name when choosing to connect.

You can also check the battery status of the AirPods Max whilst not wearing them by bringing them close to the iOS device and pressing the Noice Cancellation button, AirPods battery level and charge case is shown.

User will receive a notification on their iPhone or iPad when the head set reach’s 20%, 10, 5%, and when they are about to turn off.  In addition, an audible tone will be heard at 10% and when about to turn off.

Putting down the head set out of the case for more than 5 minutes, AirPods Max will go in to the low power mode to save battery.

From 0 to 95 percent charge takes about 2hrs when head set plugged in to a standard USB iPhone charger (not a fast charger).

 

Smart Case:

 

The Smart Case only covers the actual ear cups of the AirPods Max according to some reviewers like a bra, leaving a portion of the top of each ear cup and all of the head band exposed.

Under each of the ear cup holders, the case is open with a single strap in the middle to support each ear cup in the case.

A user slides the ear cups of the AirPods Max in to the smart case with a divider in the middle separating each ear cup.

This middle divider contains magnets to determine when the AirPods Max are in or out of the case.

A flap comes from over the back to cover the middle of the Smart Case and is secured in front by a magnet.

If facing the front of the smart case where the flap comes over and magnetically attach’s, the bottom left edge of the right ear cup cover contains a notch where the user can locate the lightning port on the ear cup to plug in a lightning cable for charging.

Seems to be much easier to carry the smart case with the AirPods in them by holding the case with the hand under the case where the rest of the head set is underneath.

Note - when AirPods are in the smart case and not moved for 18hrs or not in the smart case and not moved for 72hrs, AirPods Max enter a lower battery saving mode where BT is turned off to further save battery(which will then prevent Find My from locating the headset. If AirPods are placed in to the smart case or taken off (and after 5 minutes), AirPods go in to a low power state to save battery as well.

This reviewer beliefs if the Smart Case was called a Smart Pouch, which suggests a small case just for conveniently accessing the head set, that expectations would have been better managed.

 

Find My:

 

The AirPods Max can be located by Find My if not in the completely powered down state (in the Smart Case  after 72 hours or 18 hours as stated above).

More of a jingle sound is played when using Play Sound to locate the head set than is traditionally used with Find My with other devices.

 

What they Sound Like:

 

Music is absolutely brilliant with individual instruments almost having their own space.

Rich sound.

Spacial audio sound is amazing with the music surrounding the listener.

Not basie  at all, only when music calls for it.

Excellent with Head Phone Accommodations that you can truly customise the sound.

Lovely to listen to audio books or podcasts.

Phone calls are clear, and callers report ease of listening. Video conferencing services such as Zoom worked just as well with audio quality.

Noise reduction even better than that of the AirPods Pro, this goes the same for the transparency mode.

VoiceOver is just as responsive with the AirPods Max as it is with the AirPods Pro.

Hey Siri is very responsive.

 

Benefits:

They just feel like very amazing head phones every time you touch them.

Extremely responsive with VoiceOver on iOS or Mac.

Very comfortable to wear, even though weight is 380 grams. As reviewer is a voiceOver user, wearing the head set all day is not an issue at all.

Telescoping arms allow the perfect position to be set, and take a little effort to adjust when is great as they then do not shorten or lengthen.

Ear cups feel very comfortable over ears, and do not seem to cause sweating etc.

When the AirPods Max are placed in to the Smart Case, magnets in the case put the head set in to a low power mode.

Instant reconnection to an Apple device when placed back on the head. Just simply convenient to turn a dial or press a button.

Easy to locate and use the Digital Crown (volume etc), and Noise Control buttons.

Easy to locate lightning port for charging or plugging in the not supplied audio cable. There is a notch in the smart case to allow a lightning cable to be plugged in to the head set as well.

The aluminium ear cups feel smooth and cool to the touch.

Unlike some head phone cushions, these cushions have a whole magnetic housing which magnetically clips in to the ear cups.

Works with Find My.

Like with AirPods Pro, when playing media or dictating, AirPods Max does not turn this off when using Siri, which it does on Mac OS.

When plugging head set in to a 20W UsBC fast charger, 1.5hours of battery is gained within 5 minutes.

When plugged in to a standard iPhone charger (not a fast charger), from 0 to 95% is achieved in 2hrs.

The aluminium used in the ear cups is the same in the iPod air or MacBook Pros, and is quite durable.

The not supplied Lightning to 3.5MM audio jack cable is purely to connect the head set to older 3.5MM audio devices and offers no benefit besides the physical connection.

Hey Siri and Announce Messages by Siri is also available.

 

Points to consider:

 

Note - a few software issues, but the hardware is excellent, software can be improved upon.

Supply own charger.

Supply own audio cable.

The 3.5MM audio cable takes its volume from the device, not the head set, maximum volume therefore on such devices such as the Victor Reader Stream, Victor Trek or the Envoy Connect are about half the volume that the AirPods can put out at maximum volume.

Head set is not water proof.

Smart case doesn’t offer that much protection especially if they are placed in a bag etc.

How durable the mesh is at the top of the head set remains to be seen.

Whilst head set automatically pops up for iPhone/iPad, this is not the case on the Mac if using VoiceOver, this has only happened once with the reviewer.

Same issue still happens on the Apple Watch with the AirPods Pro, when using AirPods Max on iPhone, when chime goes off on Apple Watch, audio is switched back to the Apple Watch, and may or may not come back to the iPhone.

Current issue for VoiceOver users, when sound is being played on the AirPods Max, VoiceOver is also sent to the head set making the iPhone currently being used with Find My unusable.

The battery status of the AirPods is not correctly reported by VoiceOver when the head set is brought near to an iOS device when not wearing them and the Noise Control button is pressed.

No notifications on iOS when AirPods Max reach 20%, 10% or are about to power down due to battery level. Also only an audio alert at 10%.

Given the cost, strongly suggest Apple Care.

Reviewer would suggest these are more for office/home use, rather than being out in the community.

 

Tech Specs:

 

Audio

Apple designed dynamic driver.

Active Noise Cancellation.

Transparency Mode.

Adaptive EQ.

Spacial Audio with dynamic head tracking.

 

Sensors

Optical Sensor each ear cup.

Position sensor each ear cup.

Case Detect sensor each ear cup.

Accelerometer each ear cup.

Gyroscope each ear cup.

 

Microphones

9 total.

8 mics for Noise Cancellation.

3 mics for voice pickup: 2 shared with Noise Cancellation and 1 additional mic).

 

Chip:

H1 chip each ear cup.

 

Size and Weight

 

Width - 168.6MM, depth 83.4mm, and hight 187.3mm.

Weight - 384.6 grams.

 

David Woodbridge December 20 2020

In this demo, I give a physical description of the HomePod Mini, and take you through a number of Hey Siri functions including playing music/podcasts, radio stations, intercom, and transferring audio/phone call between my iPhone and the HomePod Mini band back again.

Great small speaker. 

In this demo, I show you how to go about setting up an Apple Watch Face with multiple Time Zones.

I find this type of Watch Face handy when I have to contact folks in different Time Zones.

Features and Benefits  of the Apple Watch

 

This document is all about the Apple Watch, what things you or I may use it for, and some tips along the way.

As I am a VoiceOver user, you can pretty much assume I’m going to be referencing and or using VoiceOver all the time smile.

 

Enjoy.

 

David Woodbridge

 

Choose from the Apple Watch S3 (WiFi  only), SE or S6 cellular or WiFi (SE no blood oxygen sensor).

 

Overall the main physical difference between the Apple Watch S3 and the newer models besides the screen size etc, is the rectangular Side button, which is located next to the round Digital Crown (in old terms the winder) on the right side of the watch. On the S3 it feels like a normal button, whilst the newer models have the Side button flush to the case.

 

On the opposite side to the Side button and Digital Crown, you have the speaker and microphone.

 

If you are on an S3 and thinking about updating, the performance difference is remarkable with Siri, Voiceover, apps loading etc.

 

Change your own Watch bands to feel stylish, and more importantly, it is very easy to slip off and on watch bands when ever you feel like it.

 

If you turn the Apple Watch over, on the back, just in front of where the left and right sides of the band connect, there is an indented rectangular button, press this in and then slide the band to either side of the watch to remove either side.

To put a watch band on, the connectors that slide in to the watch have a pop-up button in the middle, have this facing up as you slide the connecter in to the slot on the side of the watch, when the connecter is all the way in to the slot, the pop-up button will engage and lock the band in place.

 

Check out what Watch bands are available in the Apple Store app on the iPhone.

My favourite bands are the Link Bracelet,Leather loop, and the nylon hook and loop band.  

 

If you have watch bands from the S1, 2 or S3, these bands will still fit the S4, 5, S6 or Se: i.e. 38mm-42mm or 40mm-44mm.

 

Apple Watch SE and S6 give you all day coverage, and you can fast charge for an hour to get a bit more juice when you need it.

 

If the Apple Watch is off, hold in the Side button for 2 seconds then release.

If the Apple Watch is on, turn it off by holding in the Side button, Power Off screen will appear, and choose Turn Off.

In this Power Off screen, there is also Medical ID, and Emergency SOS.

Note - when the battery of the Apple Watch gets low, in the Power Off screen you can also choose Power Saving mode, this does not work with voiceOver as everything is turned off besides just the time.

If you accidntally turn on Power Saving mode, press and hold the Side button to exit.

Note - if you can’t see and you are wondering whether the Apple Watch is turning on, use the Seeing AI app from Microsoft on your iPhone, choose the Light channel, rest the camera on top of the Apple Watch screen, and then as it starts up it will recognise light coming from the screen.

Usually the Apple Watch has a good amount of charge when you first get it.

 

Setup of the Apple Watch is done within the Watch app of the iPhone and all functions within the app are fully accessible.

With an initial setup of an Apple Watch, you have to aline the stars on the Apple Watch face with a coloured square on the iPhone screen within the Watch app, if you can’t do this, you can also do this part manually where you type in a Apple Watch ID pairing number.

 

Remember that whilst a number of options within the Watch app are mirrored on the Apple Watch where you can also make changes, you have much more finite control in the Watch app.  For example, choosing different watch faces within the Watch app along with a description of the actual watch face.

 

If you have more than one Apple Watch, you can setup auto switching within the Watch app so that when you put another Apple Watch on, it will automatically activate.

 

When you place the Apple Watch on the charger, you will hear a tone, and VoiceOver announce charging, and perhaps bedside mode.

 

When you are charging the Apple watch, ,it will pop up a notification on your iPhone once the Apple Watch is fully charged.

 

When you are on your iPhone, and no where near the Apple Watch charger, just say Hey Siri check battery, and all your devices including the Apple Watch will have their battery level spoken.

When you are waring the Apple Watch, checkout the Battery complication or just ask Hey Siri what is my Apple Watch battery status.

 

The user experience of the Apple Watch starts from the Watch Face, App Screen, and Dock.

 

From the Watch face, if you press the Digital Crown, it will move to the App Screen, if pressed again, will return to the watch face screen.

 

App View can be changed between grid or list view within Settings, App View on the watch.  Folks using VoiceOver may find the List View easier.

 

Quickly switch between the watch face and the most recently used app by simply pressing on the Digital Crown twice.

 

Access the most recently used apps via the Side button pressed once.

 

On the Watch Face of the Apple watch are icons called Complications which allow the user to quickly get access to information from associated apps without having to actually go into an app, makes getting info at a glance very fast. For example, the Info Graph screen has 8 complications so you could have Calendar, , Workout, Weather, Blood oxygen, Heart rate, Messages notifications, Move, exercise and stand rings, and Battery all with current data just sitting there on the screen waiting to be discovered.

 

You can also access the Control Centre, and Notifications Centre from the watch face.

Control Centre contains - Connected iPhone status, Location status, Mobile data toggle, WiFi toggle, Battery level status, Aeroplane Mode toggle, Ping iPhone, Silent Mode Toggle, Walkie Talkie Toggle, DND toggle, Sleep Mode toggle, Torch, Water Lock toggle, AirPlay toggle, and Edit.

Notifications Centre - contains all of your notifications, and a Clear button to clear them.

 

The Apple Watch can be secured with a Pass Code or unlocked via the iPhone if the Apple Watch is being warn.

 

Wearing the Apple Watch, when you raise your wrist, the screen comes alive, and you can use Hey Siri at this point (of course if it is set to respond to Hey Siri in Settings).  Touch the screen if you are using Voiceover to find out the time.:

 

When the screen is locked, you can also do the following:

1 finger double tap - vibrated Hours and minutes (long for lots of 10 and short for lots of 1 minute).

1 finger triple tap - vibrated minutes only.

So 10:32 would be 1 long vibration, pause, 3 long vibrations, pause, and 2 short vibrations.

 

For folks that are not using Voiceover, within the Clock option within the Watch app, you can have the time spoken and/or vibrated.

 

Busy busy and don’t have time to check how the hour is going, set Chimes on your watch to chime on the hour, quarter, half or 3 quarter hour.  You can choose from Chime or Bird within Accessibility.

 

Customise your Watch Face to give you the info you need at any time of the day or night, use the GMT watch face to setup different time zones in Australia.

Note - the trick here is to have World Times for cities already in your World Time app, in this way, you just add each World Time CityName to each of the complications on the GMT Watch Face.

 

Watch Faces can be easily customised from the Watch app or from the Watch Face main screen, 1 finger double tap and hold for VoiceOver users.

 

Want to have a cute Apple Watch face, select from a huge variety from the iPhone Watch app.  Fun ones are Mickey Mouse, Mini Mouse which both talk, and Toy Story.

 

Want to see the time better, use the X-large watch face with easy to see time.

 

Depending on what you are doing, easily switch between Apple Watch faces by scrolling left or right on the main Watch Face screen.  For example, Activity (workout) watch face or Mickey Mouse. For VoiceOver users, the name of the Watch Face is spoken when you scroll to it.

 

Can’t find your Apple Watch in the house, use Find My on your iPhone to locate your Apple Watch and play a sound.

 

Can’t find your iPhone either but you have your Apple Watch on, just Ping your phone from the watch.

 

Has your friend arrived at the railway station yet, just use Find People on the Apple Watch to check your friends current location.

Note - must be sharing location.

 

Have a smart home, just use your Apple Watch via the Home app or Siri to control all of your smart things like lights, switch’s etc.

 

Want to keep healthy and monitor your wellbeing, engage with the move, exercise, and stand reminder rings on your Apple Watch: red for move, green for exercise, and pink for stand. Note - exercise is mainly to do with your heart beat, so going on a long casual walk, may not start to fill in your exercise ring.

You can adjust the goals for all 3 rings: KJS for Move, minutes for Exercise, and number of hours you stand in a day for the Stand ring.

 

If you use the Fitness Widget in iOS 14 on your iPhone, you can check how your rings are going as well.

 

Use the various Workout routines on the Apple Watch to get the most out of your exercise, and have most of the things you do to help you fill in those rings.

Note if you don’t use one of the Workout routines, the Apple Watch at best will just assume you are going for a brisk walk, and not turn on many sensors.

 

There  are lots and lots of Workouts on the Apple Watch which should pretty cover most users needs.  What is very cool about the Workout app is that when you are doing a Workout routine which includes a number os sub-routines, you can keep just adding them to the main overall Workout and then when you are finished, just press End and all the sub-workouts will be saved.

 

The indoor Workout works well for the treadmill.

The Functional Strength training is great for Sit to Stands, and where you are just stepping up and down on a step.

 

With all these Workouts, you can set an Open Goal and just keep going or set certain parameters to complete to finish the work out such as time, distance, energy burned etc.

 

Any time you are exercising or not, you can check out how your heart beat is going on the Apple Watch either via the Heart Beat app or via a complication on the watch face.

 

Within a workout, just raise your wrist and get your current heart beat spoken to you by VoiceOver.

 

If your training and running laps around the park where you have to complete each lap within a certain time, use the Stop Watch app and keep track of each lap.

 

Sitting down to long, the Apple Watch will remind you to stand if you have been sitting for more than 50 minutes, and yes, you can turn it off all together or just mute for the day.

 

Use the Breathing app to meditate or just take some time out to relax and concentrate on your breathing with the help of the haptics on the watch.  There is also a Breathing complication for the watch face. Minutes and number of breaths per minute can be adjusted.

 

Monitor your sleep with the Sleep app when you go to bed with your Apple Watch on.  You will also be able to setup a reminder for wined down time before going to bed.

In the morning, you can check how well you slept.

 

The Blood Oxygen sensor in the S6 is a great tool to monitor your wellness.  Use the Blood Oxygen app or use the complication on the watch face (S6 only).

 

Note the ECG function by placing your finger on the Digital Crown to get a pulse reading is not switched on in certain regions including Australia as of October 2020.

 

The Apple Watch health and well-being side of things is not just based upon the use of one feture, but all features when brought together to allow you to examine trends and your overall general health and wellness.

Go in to the Health app on the iPhone to examine all of the data that the Apple Watch has securely and privately put together for you for day, week, month or year views.

 

Another function that is not yet turned on in Australia is Family Sharing.  This is where you can have one iPhone controlling a number of Apple Watch’s. Hopefully this will come at the end of 2020.

Note - this function is not available on the S3 as it is now WiFi only and for Family Sharing to work, a cellular Apple Watch is required.

 

With iOS 14.2 coming out in November 2020, the Intercom feature currently supported in iOS 14.1, for HomePod to HomePod will be available on the Apple Watch so you will be able to send intercom messages when you are out and about or at home via your HomePods.

 

Gone for a swim and the sound coming out of the watch sounds a bit tinny, just use the Water Lock function to make the speaker membrane vibrate and clear the moisture off the speaker membrane.

 

Cooking and need to time the Pasta, just use the Timer app on the watch if you don’t want to use Siri.

At this point, Siri doesn’t read the remaining time on the Timer for VoiceOver users, but you can still read the value.

 

Tired of dragging your iPhone out of your bag or pocket to answer a phone call, check a notification or reply to an email or message, just do it all on the watch.

 

Running late for an appointment, just call from your Apple Watch using the Phone app, Siri or from a complication You can also check your favourites, Recent, Contacts, Keypad or Voice Mail within the Phone app.

Note - since you can access the Keypad, yes, you can use auto phone systems where you have to press 1 for this or 2 for that.

You can also transfer the call from the Apple Watch back to the iPhone if you need to.

 

Need to dash off a quick message, just do it on your Apple Watch via the Messages app and choose from dictation, emojis or scribble.

 

Reply and send emails from your Apple Watch using the Mail app, and choose from dictation, emojis or scribble.

 

Some one rings you with a quote number, phone number or something else you need to take information down about, just use the VoiceMemos app on the Appel Watch to make an audio note to yourself. These Voice Memos are available through iCloud so you can pick them up on your iPhone as well.

 

If you need to find out quickly where you are, just ask Siri: Hey Siri Where am i? you can also find this information within the Maps app and favourite    locations. 

 

Of course, you can do lots of other things with Siri, the same you can do on the iPhone including searching for closest restaurant, petrol station etc.

Don’t know how to spell a word, just ask Siri.

Get a definition of a word.

Start music, radio or podcast playing.

And so on.

 

Note - you can search for a website using Siri, use VoiceOver to Open the website by choosing the Open button after the link, and then read the website using Voiceover.

 

Siri can be invoked in a number of ways by raising your wrist, holding in the Digital Crown or just saying Hey Siri (each one of these options can be toggled).

 

Enjoy listening to music, radio, audio books or podcasts, do it all on your Apple Watch with connected ear phones or depending on what you are doing, the HomePod.

Note - most of the time the Apple Watch is going to want to play through connected ear phones.

A bit of an annoying function, if you are using VoiceOver with the airPods or Beats Flex and you have chimes turned on in the Apple Watch, every time the watch chimes, and you happen to be using your AirPods/Beats Flex on your iPhone, they will switch to the watch, play the chime, and then switch back to the iPhone.

 

Use the Now Playing App on the Apple Watch to start or stop media playing on the iPhone. For example, listening to a book within the Audible app, Now Playing gives you current Chapter title, Volume, Skip backwards 30 seconds, Play, Skip forward 30 seconds, Airplay, Track list, and More.  

 

Get up in the middle of the night and you need a bit of light to get around the house, just turn on the Torch function on the watch to light your way.

 

Set a wake up alarm on your Apple Watch to wake you up in the morning whether the watch is on your wrist or on your bed side table charging.

There are many chargers now which combine the Apple Watch, iPhone, and AirPods Pro all together on one charger.

 

Check the weather with the Weather app,  complication on the watch face or via Siri.

 

Want tactile feedback when walking or driving to a destination, the watch gives you tactile feed back for left, right turns etc through the Maps app.

 

There are many other places where haptic feed back is used. Within the Sounds and Haptics screen within Settings, you can play around with the strength of the Haptic feedback including prominent haptic feedback.

 

Remember those people in the movies or concert halls who don’t turn of their iPhone etc, you can put 

your Apple Watch in to silent mode so that you don’t annoy other people.

 

Speaking of silent mode, if you get a call on your Apple Watch and if Mute is turned on when you put your hand over the Apple Watch, you can stop the ring sound straight away.  This is done in Sounds and Haptics Settings screen, Cover to Mute Toggle.

 

use the Reminder app to remind you about the important or not so important things on the Apple Watch.

 

Shopping and forgot your key card, just use Apple Pay on the watch securely and privately by 

pressing twice on the Side button.

 

Lost the physical Siri Touch remote somewhere in the house, just use the Remote app on the Apple Watch to keep using and navigating the Apple TV.

 

What time is it in London, use the World Time app to check and if not there, just Add a New City or again, just ask Siri.

 

Prone to falling, enable in Settings, SOS, Fall detection to call Triple Zero, and your own contacts with your location when the Apple Watch detects that you have had a fall, you can cancel this automatic response and not call.

If you are over 65 years of age, this will be enable automatically.

 

Also within Settings, SOS, this is where you enable Hold Side button to call Emergency Services.

After about 5 seconds, a personal  alarm will sound, and the watch will count down to call triple zero in Australia. 

When I tested this, I couldn’t stop the call to triple zero in Australia using VoiceOver so had to explain to the operator that it was a test call.

 

You can also setup Medical ID within the SOS screen to be shown at the Apple Watch lock screen via holding in the Side button to bring up the Power Off screen which contains the Medical ID info.

this info is also sent to emergency services and your Emergency Contacts.

 

Install or delete apps on the Apple Watch from the Watch app on the iPhone or delete apps you don’t want by using the VoiceOver actions rotor on the watch itself.

You can also use the App Store app on the Apple Watch to install apps as well.

 

Default apps on the Apple Watch include:

Activity (Move, Exercise, and Stand 

App Store,

Audio Books (from the iTunes library),

Blood Oxygen (S6 only),

Breath (meditation),

Calendar,

Contacts,

Hand Washing (Hand Washing reminder when you come back home and/or to keep washing your hands for 20 seconds),

Heart Rate,

Mail,

Maps,

Messages,

Music,

News,

Now Playing (media),

Nike+ Run Club,

Noise (check environmental noise levels),

Phone (the Phone app for Recent calls etc),

Photos,

Podcasts,

Settings,

Sleep (monitor your sleep),

Shortcuts (as in Siri Shortcuts),

Stocks,

Voice Memos (can use internal watch speaker),

Walkie Talkie (talk directly to another Apple Watch user),

Wallet (Apple Pay),

Weather, and

Workout.

 

Besides the default apps on the Apple Watch, there are many apps that are fully accessible on the Apple Watch. For example:

the Apple Store app itself for checking your orders etc,

Audible audio books,

Chirp (Twitter app),

Cricket Australia Live,

Ember (for use with the Ember Temperature controlled mug),

Just Press Record (another excellent recording app),

Outlook for Microsoft Outlook,

Pedometer++ (step counter), 

Pocket Braille (learn Braille),

Spotify,

Tile for use with the Tile Tags,

Trash Day (reminder when to take out the garbage bins),

TripView  Sydney for timetable information for public transport within Sydney,

Water Reminder (drink more water).

 

Sometimes when using 3rd party apps on your Apple Watch, they may sometimes lock up, easally force quit them when you are in the App when holding down the Side button to bring up the power off screen, and then hold in the Digital Crown to complete Force Quit.

 

Accessibility options in the Apple Watch (which closely mirrors in general what is available on the iPhone) include:

Vision - VoiceOver, Zoom, Bold Text, On/Off Labels, Gray Scale, Reduce Transparency, Reduce Motion, and Chimes.

Motor - Side Button Click Speed,

and Touch Accommodations,

Wheel Chair Activity,

Walkie Talkie accessibility.

AirPods - adjust the speed to press on the AirPods.

Hearing - Mono Audio, and Adjust the Audio Balance between Left and Right channels.

Taptic time Speed: adjust how fast the time is felt with Taptic time (long vibration for 10 minutes, and short vibration for 1 minutes).

 

As with the iPhone, you can set the Accessibility Short cut (pressing the Digital Crown 3 times) to toggle on or off VoiceOver, Zoom  or Touch Accommodations.  You can also turn VoiceOver on or off via Siri.

 

With VoiceOver you can:

1 finger flick left or right for previous or next item,

2 finger clockwise or counter clockwise rotate use VoiceOver rotor (now includes Actions, Character, Word, Speaking Rate, Volume, Language, and Headings),

1 finger flick up or down to move or access VoiceOver rotor,

1 finger double tap activate current item,

1 finger double tap and hold (wait for vibrate) bring up context more menu screen for example bring up Watch Faces screen when done from the watch face screen.

1 finger double tap when watch locked gives haptic time for hours and minutes with VoiceOver.

1 finger triple tap when watch locked gives haptic minutes for VoiceOver.

Note - now with Watch os 7, haptic time can be used whether VoiceOver is on or off.

2 finger touch silences VoiceOver speech,

2 finger flick left or right scroll between watch faces,

2 finger flick Up or Down scroll screen up or down.

2 finger triple tap turn on Digital Crown Navigation togle - allows you to move the VoiceOver cursor left or right by using the Digital Crown.

3 finger tap name of watch face or page scrolled,

3 finger double tap toggle VoiceOver speech,

3 finger triple tap toggle VoiceOver screen curtain,

 

Modified version of VoiceOver iPhone X style gestures:

1 finger drag from top of screen with initial vibration confirming gesture activated, keep moving finger for the 2nd vibration to access Control Centre.  Same from bottom of Watch Face screen for Notifications Centre.

If gestures prove difficult, again at the Apple Watch watch face screen, use the VoiceOver Rotor Actions option (default) to flick up or down with one finger between customise watch face, Notifications Centre, control centre, and Activate.

When VoiceOver focus is on a complication like the Rings, an extra item is added to the VoiceOver Actions rotor option, Enable Auto speak, this allows VoiceOver to automatically speak the complication when you raise your wrist. This is a toggle, so to turn it off, choose Disable Auto Speak from the VoiceOver  Actions rotor.

 

VoiceOver settings on the Apple Watch (Settings, Accessibility, VoiceOver) include:

VoiceOver toggle,

Speaking Rate,

VoiceOver Volume,

Haptics Toggle,

Siri Voice toggle to allow VoiceOver on the watch to use the Siri voice from the iPhone (currently does not work as of October 29 2020),

Speak Hints toggle,

Digital Crown Navigation toggle,

Speak on Wrist Raise toggle,

Screen curtain toggle,

Speak Settings options,

Rotor Languages options.

 

In specific reference to VoiceOver, when using gestures, the Apple Watch SE or S6 is so responsive, it feels like you are using the iPhone with VoiceOver.

 

For more information on the Apple Watch in general, go to:

http://www.apple.com/watch

or on specific accessibility features, visit the Apple Accessibility page:

http://www.apple.com/accessibility

 

David Woodbridge October 2020

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