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


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:

In this demo, Amanda from the Vision Australia Vision Store gives a quick run through of the Colbolt Systems Talking single Induction Hob.

Some customers popped in to the Vision Australia Vision Store at Parramatta and wanted a demo of the Sunu Band plus a recording that they could take away with them, hence this demo of the Sunu Band and app as a bit of an overview.

Demo of switching between VoiceOver on iPhone and VoiceOver on the Mac.

Tip, don't touch the iPHone whilst the Obit is connected via Bluetooth as focus will return to the iPhone whether you are in standalone mode or on the Mac.


In this demo, I take you through using the Repeat Timer app which is excellent for timing interval based tasks such as radio programs, podcasts, exercise etc.

You can both set the length of the interval and how many repeats that interval is for.

The free version is limited on interval time and repeats, but will give you a good idea of the app, price is about $2 or so Australian in the App Store.

Both the iPhone and Apple Watch versions work well with VoiceOver.

In this demo, I take you through a bit of a demo playing family trivia and Musical Chairs which according to Google can have up to 100 players: let the fun begin.

In this demo, I take you through using the Aira service - from turning on the MiFi/smart glasses to connecting with an agent to carry out a bit of home organising.

To sign up as an Explorer or to find out more about Aira:


Agent hours 24hrs, Customer Care (1800 765096) 11PM to 11AM sydney time for folks in Australia.

In this demo I take you through a description  of the Tap whearable keyboard (5 rings that you whear on your fingers and use finger taps for keyboard/navigate), the Tap Manager app to set it up, the Tap Aloud app to teach yourself how to use the Tap keyboard, and show you how to navigate VoiceOver with the tap.

For more info or to purchase the tap goto:


In this demo, I take you through downloading FlickType to the iPhone, go through the FlickType screens/Tabs, use the demo mode within the FlickType app for pattern typing and sharing out via the Share Button, upgrade the app to use FlickType as a System Wide Keyboard, and do some more tap typing in Notes and twitter.

An Excellent app, and worth the small monthly subscription fee. 

July 17, 2018

Demo of the Orcam II

In this demo, I give you a brief description of the Orcam II itself, turning on, adjusting the volume, checking the time/date, reading text manually or via a gesture, and checking the denomination of some paper money.

Go through navigating the settings menu within the Orcam, and then briefly discuss suspend mode and turning the unit off.


In this demo, I take you through the excellent Narrator Quick Start guide that Microsoft has developed for Narrator users in Windows 10 insiders build which should be part of the full release when the public release of Windows 10 happens laer this year.

Microsoft is to be commended not only on this excellent improvement to Narrator, but to Narrator's functionality overall.


Here in Australia, the games that I can access with my region set to Australia are a bit different to other regions.

Consequently, every now and again I ask Google Home (or mini) what games can I play? as the number is always expanding.

To give you a snapshot of waht currently is on offer, here is the answer to What games can I play? for July 15 2018 in Australia.

In this demo, I give you a physical description of the Orbit Reader 20, a go through of its functions, take you through the systems  main menu, switch between Stand-Alone and Remote modes, transfer a Braille file from my Surface Pro using Narrator on to the Orbit Reader 20, and then demo linking it up to VoiceOver on my iPhone.

In this demo, I show you how you can ask Siri to move music to particular speakers or move EVERYWhere to play music on all speakers.

In this demo, I show you how to change between multi room and stereo pair using the Home app of course using two HomePods (smile).

In this demo, I take you through accessing the Samsung Series 5 32 inch Smart TV with Voice Guide.

Model Series 5 32 inch UA32M5500AWXXY.

In this demo, I show you how to pair the Google Home to a bluetooth speaker so if you choose you can use this BT speaker as a default play source for music.

I also show you how to unpair the speaker if you don't want it associated with the Google Home.

Note - this is different to Enabling Bluetooth on Google Home to use it as a Bluetooth speaker from another device such as your iPhone or Android phone etc.

In this demo I show you where to go to toggle automatic software update on or off within the Home app and also where you can check for the current firmware software version of HomePod .

In this demo I show you how to send, receive and read Messages on HomePod.

In this demo, I show you how to create and add to notes, and how I use reminders in a number of ways on the HomePod.

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