Celebrating 10 years of VoiceOver on the iPhone since the iPhone 3GS.
Enjoy this demo produced for Vision Australia customers on the then AT Tech Page for people to download and learn how to use tech.
This demo was the first in a 26 or so demo series on learning how to use the iPhone 3GS with VoiceOver in September 2009 after VoiceOver was announced on the iPhone at the WWDC 2009 June 19 conference.
In this demo I show you how to use the Dash Template that you can get from within the Swift Playgrounds app for searching for Wonder Workshop.
In this demo, I take you through the move forward, move left, move right, and move backward commands.
physical description and demo of the Bose Frames Alto Sunglasses.
By the way, the iPhone I was using to record using the Bose Frames on my other iPhone was about 30cm or 12 inch's away from where I was sitting, so as you can tell, you can hear sound bleed from the glasses.
In this demo, I discuss how you can use Dash to learn coding via Swift Playgrounds using the developer Playgrounds (Wonder Workshop), in particular Dash Template and Dash Book.
I then give you a run through of how Dash is put together, and how you turn him on.
Note - none of the Wonder Workshop apps are accessible so if you are a VoiceOver user and you want to learn how to code or teach your children how to code with VoiceOver support, then it will be the iPad, Swift Playgrounds, and the free Playgrounds mentioned above.
Both the Dash Template, and Dash Book can be located within Swift Playgrounds, just look for Wonder Workshop and you'll find it.
In the next podcast, I'll show you how you can program Dash using VoiceOver.
These are my notes on using both watch's with their respective screen readers.
These notes have come out of the recent podcasts on the Galaxy Watch, and me actually using both watch's over the last 4 weeks or so at the same time smile.
As it says in the title, these notes were produced using Add to iTunes as spoken Text using the Alex speech.
Hope you find it useful.
In this demo, I take you through a walk through of accessing notifications, widgets, and apps that I use on a daily basis on my Galaxy Watch using Voice Assistant.
In this demo, I take you through adjusting the Ring, Accessibility (Voice Assistant), Media, Notification, and System volumes for the Galaxy Watch via the Galaxy wearable app running on my Samsung Galaxy S10.
Note - the Sound setting on the Galaxy Watch itself is only for the Ringer volume (or at least as far as I could find out).
In this demo, I take you through the very straight forward process of pairing a Bluetooth device to the Galaxy Watch.
In the demo, I use my TP Link Music device which allows me to plug a speaker in to the Bluetooth receiver.
In this demo, I show you how to adjust Recent App time out display from 20 seconds, 2 minutes or 1 hour which is what I have it on.
One of the main reasons why I use this function is to get around the "can't use this app whilst using Voice Assistant" as whilst one of these apps is running (which I can launch via Bixby avoiding the crappy accessibility watch dog msg), the app is there when I want to use it and don't have to use Bixby.
As in the demo, I use the Timer app this way all the time, which again, Samsung deems as inaccessible when it's not.
As with the iPhone and the Apple watch, this is a useful function to track down where you have put your phone or watch by playing a sound to locate it.
I did not demo either the Location or Security features in this demo.
In this demo I show you an interesting way of entering in your pin number via the bezel using Voice Assistant.
To activate the pin number security, simply go in to Settings, Security, Lock Type, and choose Pin and set your pin number.
Besides the fun bezel way of entering in your pin number which reminds me of using a combination lock, you can still flick left or right through the numbers and double tap on the number to enter.
In this demo, I show you how to enable Direct Access to allow Voice Assistant to be toggled on or off.
Just a tip, when you have enabled Direct Access/Voice Assistant, the 2 finger triple tap to toggle Voice Assistant on or off will over ride the 2 finger triple tap for Time, battery, and service status.
In this demo, I take you through a demo of the Analog Utility Watch face that has the sound of a ticking watch, haptic time via Voice Assistant (2 finger tap hour and 2 finger double tap minutes on the watch face using Voice Assistant), and setting hourly chime.
Also, if you just touch the Watch Face after waking the watch up, it'll also give you the time.
This is one thing that I can’t understand on the Galaxy Watch with Samsung deciding which apps will work and which apps will not work with Voice Assistant.
As you’ll see, two examples where Samsung actually gets it wrong (their own Timer app which actually is accessible), and the Spotify app, whilst some of the buttons are not accessible, the app itself is still usable.
The trick to get around the blocking msg that stops you from using an app is to use Bixby which I do in the demo.
Yes, there are completely inaccessible apps, but let’s let the user decide smile.
However, one good thing about this demo, yes you can play music out of the Galaxy Watch’s internal speaker!!!
This is just a cool feature if you are using Voice Assistant in particular, have a listen.
In this demo, I give you a physical description of the Samsung Galaxy S10 and navigating with Voice Assistant on the Home screen, Soft button toolbar (back, Home and Recents button), notifications, app screens, Recents, and whilst navigating some useful Voice Assistant commands.
As the title says, just an overview demo of a physical description of the Galaxy Watch 46MM and navigating its interface with Voice Assistant Screen Reader.
Note - after completing the demo I was notified that triple tapping the screen with 2 fingers during setup will turn on Voice Assistant - haven’t verified..
In this demo, I show you how to turn on Wireless Power Share on the Samsung Galaxy S10 and charge such Qi devices such as the new AirPods 2nd generation, iPhone X, and my Galaxy Watch.
In this demo of the new AirPods as of March 2019, I take you through using wireless charging, Hey Siri (plus proximity usage to the iPhone or homePod), and discuss the significant reduced latency when using the AirPods with VoiceOver gestures: much more responsive.
In this demo, just thought I would share a setup that I use when demoing these smart speakers at workshops etc without having to hunt for power points or connect to WiFi networks.
Hope you find it useful.
In this demo, I take you through the use of my very manual and physical button based key lock safe that I use to secure my keys for cleaners and others coming to my house.
I thought it was a nice manual practical solution on giving people access to keys, access cards etc and didn't involve Bluetooth, HomeKit or any other smart type environment: it just works.
As I explain in the demo, its like an over sized padlock with a physical keypad with a storage compartment inside, and a hasp that you use to attach it to something like a gate, fence, tap, door etc.
Cost was about $66 Australian and I purchased it at Bunnings Warehouse.
Yes, Wind Chimes skill for your Amazon Echo when you don't have an actual one available smile.
A go through of the very fun to play Ear Hockey game for Windows 10, self voicing, and free from the Microsoft online Store.
In this demo using the Narrator Online User guide, I demo navigating by list of links, headings or Land Marks. Demo the Table reading mode and the Narrator Find command. Run through how to change and navigate the Narrator reading view, and summary comment on bringing web links etc, scan mode, Narrator Find, Table reading, and reading views all together.
When you are listening to Audible audio books on your Amazon Echo, Alexa now lets you adjust the REading Speed by saying Alexa:
Read Faster (up to max 150 percent),
Read Slower (down to 75 percent) or
Read at Normal Speed (back to 100 percent).
Finally we have at least some control of Auidble audio books speed as we do on the Iphone, not as fast, but certainlyh better than nothing.
Now I can really enjoy my Amazon Echo with my Audible books the way I like to listen to them.
In this demo, I run through Scan Mode toggled via Narrator+Space, Narrator Views (changed with Narrator+Up/Down Arrows and navigate via Left/Right Arrows), and using Narrator gestures with the touch screen.
In this demo, I use Notepad to demo the various Narrator navigating commands for previous, current and Next Character, Word, Line, Sentence, Paragraph, and Page.
I also demo continuous reading and show with the FN key it allows the cursor keys to be Home, End, Page UP, and Page Down.
In this demo, I take you through the Typing Echo and Keyboard settings in Narrator settings access via Control+Windows+N.
Also do a bit of a demo showing how my typing settings sound by launching and typing in to Notepad.
In this demo, I look at the startup options for Narrator within Narrator Settings accessed by Control+Windows+N, and go through the Narrator Home screen which is ahndy for beginer Narrator users.
Note - keep in mind that this and other demos is based upon the Windows Insider build of Windows 10 and is mostly what you can expect when the next version of Windows 10 is officially released.
In this demo I take you in to Narrator Settings with Control+Windows+N and introduce you to Scan Mode with Caps Lock+Space Bar as an initial intro to this function.
In this demo I take you through adjusting Narrators Speech rate, Volume, Punctuation, and a tip on Verbosity.
For the first 3 items, the minus (hyphen) and equals keys are used to to adjust. The Equals key is the key that also has the Plus on it if you hold down the Shift key. so a better way of thinking about this seuqnce is to think of mius and plus as least of way of remembering the commands which are:
Narrator+Minus decrease or Narrator Plus increase Speech rate,
Narrator+Control+Minus decrease or Narrator+Control+Plus increase Volume, and
Narrator+Alt+Minus counter clockwise or Narrator+Alt+Pus clockwise cycle through Punctuation.
Note - your Narrator key can either be Caps Lock or Insert.
Finally I have atip on Narrator+V for Verbosity where if you have it on Verbosity level 3, it will read list numbering such as on the desktop. If you add a Shift to this command, you can cycle backwards through the verbosity setings.
In this demo, I give you a quick look at how I use the Home app to access devices at home, the News app to keep up with news, and Voice Memos to quickly do and playback recordings from my Mac.
Of course, these were the apps that Apple ported from iOS on to the Mac OS to give the best of worlds for either accessing these apps from iOS devices or the Mac OS desktop.
In this demo, I demo the Mac app Tooth Fairy to show how easy it is to add a Bluetooth icon to the menu bar (in VoiceOver terms the Extra Menu) to allow faster access to AirPods: eg switching them from the iPhone to the Mac.
Link to the Mac App Store for Tooth Fairy
In Episode 2 of the Windows 10 Narrator Series, I identify the two Narrator keys (Caps Lock or Insert) that are used to start a Narrator command.
I then move on to demonstrate the Input Learning mode accessed via Caps Locs plus 1 that allows the user to explore the keyboard, Narrator commands, and the touch screen (such as on a Surface pro) without the keys, Narrator commands or touch's on the screen being acted upon.
To exit Input Learning mode, Caps Lock+1 twice.
As I point out in the demo, if you want to use the Caps Lock function, press it twice to turn it on and again twice to turn it off.
In this first episode, I show you how to turn Narrator on and off with my Surface Pro using the keyboard shortcut Control+Windows+Enter - this will turn Narrator on or off.
For keys orientation, on the Surface pro keyboard, the keys to the left of the Space Bar going from left to right are Control, Function, Windows, and Alt.
The second method I demo is to use the Windows Run command like this - Windows+R, type in the word "Narrator" without the quotes, and press the Enter key.
When the Narrator interface comes up, you can TAb to Exit Narrator and press the Space Bar or ssimply press Control+Windows+Enter.
The final option I talk about is to use Cortana to turn on or off Narrator. Run Cortana with Windows+C, say "turn on Narrator" without the quotes smile, and Narrator should turn on (of course say off instead of on to exit Narrator).
For some odd reason, on my Surface Pro this Cortana command(s) doesn't work.
Some folks have asked for a while now what actual tech I carry around with me as I seem to have a lot of stuff.
So here is the tech stuff organised in to what I carry in my over the shoulder tech bag, and what is in my carry/wheel tech bag.
In this demo, I give you a full run down of the Rivo 2 keyboard.
Since my first demo of the Rivo 1 back in 2014, extremely pleased to have been able to give the Rivo 2 a good go through.
The Mic and speaker really make this a great solution for using your iPhone (in my case) truly hands free as it were.
In this demo, I give you a physical description of the Envoy Connect, turning the unit on, navigation, and turning the unit off.
I also mention what you get in the box, and the option you have to plug the unit via a micro UsB cable in to a UsB charger or power the unit via the USB cable from a PC which allows you to also transfer daisy audio books on to the player.
For more information about the Envoy Connect, you can contact the Vision Australia library on 1300 654 656.
In the new year 2019, the Envoy Connect will be available for sale via the Vision Store from Vision Australia.
In This demo, I show you that as a VoiceOver user, you can still enjoy all the benefits of Apple's Car Play using a combination of siri from the Cars Talk button, and accessing audio/apps on iPhone with VoiceOver.
Really hope you enjoy this demo as much as I had producing it.
Really pleased with car Play and of course the Subaru Forester smile.
In this demo, I show you how to use the Assistive Touch menu to replicate the Home, App Switcher, and Reachability VoiceOver gestures on the iPhone X and iPad.
Note - you can still access Notifications and Control Centre via the 3 finger flick up or down from the status line using VoiceOver.
I have had several customers at Vision Australia who have been to an Apple Store and have had this work around suggested to them, so thought I'd share this on a podcast.
In this demo, I show you how to setup Live Listen for use with your AirPods to allow you to use the iPHone as a remote listen device such as when your wanting to hear a person in a noisy restaurant for example.
In this demo, I show you how to toggle via a 1 finger double tap on the touch surface of the Sunu Band, spoken distance obstacle detection for indoor and outdoor sonar modes.
note - the voice which is peaking the various modes etc is coming via the Sunu App in this case running on my iPhone when I am using the buttons, and touch surface on the Sunu Band.
There is also an Android version of the Sunu app as well.
If you are in Australia and you would like to order a Sunu Band, go to the Vision Australia shop:
In this demo, I take you through the main screens of the game including Help, Tutorial (on how to play the game), sounds, profile, upgrade, and play a game or two to give you an idea of how much fun this game is to play.
Link to the iOS App Store:
In this demo, I give you a physical description of the Amazon Echo Show with its 7 inch touch screen, how to turn on Voice view (screen reader), Voice view Tutorial, some basic and handy gestures, navigating around the Amazon Echo Show with the touch screen, turning on the Start and End action sounds, and playing music/movies.
Oh and of course, using Alexa smile...
In this demo, I go through the main feature differences between the new and previous version of the Amazon Echo Dot plus play a bit of music and a audio book for you to hear the difference.
In this demo I take you through the new iPhone X style gestures for VoiceOver for the Home button, App Switcher, Control Centre, and Notifications.
Short drag from botom of screen: Home button.
Long drag from bottom of screen: App Switcher.
Short drag from top of screen: Control Centre.
Long drag from top of screen: Notifications.
Short drag then down from bottom of screen - Show/Hide the Dock from within an App.
In this chat/demo, Steve and I discuss SuperNova, Guide, and Easy Reader. We also chat about the stand alone Guide Reader for accessing the Vision Australia library by simply plugging a box in to your TV/Wi-Fi network.
Dolphin's wweb address is:
For folks in Australia, contact the Vision Australia Vision Store on 1300 847 466 or firstname.lastname@example.org
With the release of iOS 12, Find My iPhone, answering/making calls, and multiple timers became available for the HomePod which I demonstrate.
Whilst Dr. Fernando Albertio was in Australia presenting workshops on the Sunu Band at the Vision Australia offices in Victoria, New South Wales, and Queensland, I caught with him at the Vision Australia Parramatta office to have a chat about the Sunu Band.
In this demo, I take you through installing, setting up, and exploring the Microsoft Sound Scape app.
The Link to the iOS App Store is: