In this demo, I show you how I use Google Play Music to play to Google Homes or Chromecast Audio devices around my house whilst I enjoy listening to an Audible book on my iPhone.
In this demo, I show you the new updated gestures which became available for the Google Home Mini towards the end of 2017: Pause/Play music, and stop an alarm or timer.
In this demo, I show you how to change the bass or treble settings on the Google home.
I tend to change these settings depending on whether I am listening to music or spoken word.
The Remember This skill for the Amazon Echo is an excellent list generator for doing up my weekly shopping list.
I use it as a throw away weekly list - adding items through out the week and then using this list to check my final shopping list that I use when I go shopping.
Disabling and re-enabling the skill after the weekly shopping, gives me a fresh new list to start the next week.
Deleting items by number in the list (if not required) I find is a lot more effective rather than trying to get the voice recognition to recognise the item I wish to delete.
Very easy skill to use: aDD item, Delete item, List, Help, and stop or Goodbye.
In this demo, I take you through the installation and setup of the Sensibo device with its companion app (Sensibo).
I take you through using the Sensibo app to control my home air conditioner, and control the AC from my Google Home and the Google Assistant app running on my iPhone 8 plus.
Just a note - the Sensibo Sky will only work with AC systems that are controlled via a physical remote.
In this demo, I take you through the following:
adding and checking items on the Shopping List using Google Home,
Adding items from the Google Assistant app running on my iPhone, and
deleting, editing and adding items to the Shopping list using http://shoppinglist.google.com
In all cases for Google Home, Google Assistant, and the Shopping List website, I had previously logged in to my Google Account.
Just a final note, you'll need to download the Google Assistant app from the iOS App Store to use it on the iPhone:
In this demo, I take you through the Seeing AI app interface with its channels (options) of Short Text (fast auto OCR), Document (OCR), Product (bar code), Person (person ID), Currency (identification), Scene Recognition, Colour (identification), Hand Writing (recognition), and Light (detection).
Explore the Quick (context sensitive) Help for each channel, and play a sample of the Video Help (again context specific).
Whilst exploring the Main Menu of the app, I give a brief demo of how the Face recognition works.
I then demo two of my most used channels within the Seeing AI app: Product (bar code scanning) and Short Text) which assists me everyday in preparing and cooking meals for my family.
Finally complete the demo with a demo of 3D touch and launching user 4 preset functions: eg I demo launching directly in to the app and use Light detection.
An absolutely outstanding app
***The latest update of this app as of the 22nd of Dec 2017 has broken accessibility for VoiceOver users.***
In this demo, I demonstrated the Little Ben app for vibrating or playing a sound (if Mute is off within Control Centre) for giving you the minutes elapsed, hours elapsed or on the hour chime.
I find using the app with mute off is great for minute timing when cooking or when using the hourly chime just to keep track of the time.
When I am recording my Talking Tech radio program for Vision Australia, I turn mute on and use the minute vibration mode to keep where we are up to in the show for each topic we discuss.
An excellent app and its free smile.
In this demo I take you through a physical description of the iPhone X, using the new gestures for Home, App Switcher, Control Centre, and Notifications Centre, checking out the new status line layout, a go through of reachability, discuss the new use of the Side Button for Triple Click Accessibility Short-Cut/Siri etc, setting up and using Face ID, using Braille Screen Input, using the Belkin Wireless Charger, using the 29W USBC fast charger to get 50% charge within 30 minutes, what is in the box, and a bit of a sound demo of playing music between the iPhone 8 plus and the iPhone X.
As the Amazon Echo is not officially supported in Australia either via the Android or iOs stores, I decided to do this demo on setting up an Amazon Echo via the alexa.amazon.com website.
For thos of us in not yet supported country's, this will at least get you up and running with an Amazon Echo, and of course, if you want to buy an echo, they are certainly available on eBay.
In this demo, I give you a physical description of the Google Home Mini, take you through setting it up, setting the accessibility option on, and go through a number of things you can ask the Google Assistant.
In some ways I prefer the Google Home mini as it uses a micro USB port for power, side switch for mic mute, and not deep base which is nicer for listening to spoken word audio such as radio, podcasts etc.
Price is great, in Australia Mini is $79 and the Home is $199.
In this demo, I take you through deleting and moving or dragging apps around on the Home screen.
Note - besides 1 finger double tap and hold to go in to Edit Mode, you can now select Edit Mode from the rotor besides 1 finger double tap to activate.
In this demo I take you through enabling Auto Answering for immediate and timed auto answering of incoming phone calls.
In this demo I take you through setting up and using a Braille display via VoiceOver on the Apple TV.
Along the way, I make a number of suggestions on how some things could be improved.
In this demo I take you through enabling type to 'Siri on Mac os High Sierra and iOS 11.
As well as this, I demo that if you use head phones like the AirPods that can invoke Siri, you can still talk to Siri even though you are using type to Siri with the keyboard: a handy feature.
In this demo, I take you through the update process of going from Sierra Mac os 10.12 to High Sierra Mac os 10.13 using VoiceOver.
After the update, I also point out the major keyboard change to VoiceOver in this update: i.e. VO+Command+Arrow keys is now for the rotor, whilst Shift+VO+Command+Arrow keys is speech settings (as it was in previous versions of Mac os).
High Sierra seems to be running quite well on my Mac mini entry level machine: 1.4ghz and 4gb RAM.
In this demo, I take you through setting up the series 3 cellular/GPS Apple watch, connecting it to the Telstra One plan mobile service in Australia, making/receiving a call, and a demo of self voicing Siri.
I also demo the heart rate complication which gives you your current heart beat and if you use it with VO Enable AutoSpeak and Speak on wrist Raise with VoiceOver, you can get your heart rate spoken automatically (great when you are on the treadmill.
In this demo, I give you a physical description of the wireless charging pad and demo how it is used.
In this demo I take you through setting up the iPhone 8 plus using the automatic settings update option from my iPhone 6s.
For those of us who use an iPad, you'll find that the Control Centre includes the app switcher, Control centre icons, Dock, and Suggestions.
In this demo I show you how to navigate the Control Centre on the iPad, and how to customise it.
note - the control centre icons are what an iPhone or iPod touch user would experience without the App Switcher orDock (including the Dock suggestions).
In this demo, I show you how you can set the left or right AirPod to perform a different action including Siri, Play/Pause, Next Track, Previous Track, and off.
As I mention in the demo, I'm not sure when this update became available, but the software version that this demo is based on is 3.7.2 which you can check when the AirPods are connected in Settings, General, About, AirPods.
Just showing off an iOS 11 feature with being able to access the dock from within an app, a note on suggestions on the Dock, and a bit of a play around with the side app switcher (the name of which I've probably got incorrect smile).
In this demo, I alert fellow Australians to the arrival of the TV app on the Apple TV which integrates the various TV apps (and your movies) in to one app (Movies and TV shows are still on the Home screen).
With this update, the default function of the Home button has changed to taking you to the TV app, then if you press Home button again you'll go back to the Home screen. As I like all of my Home buttons to work the same, I show you how to change it back to its previous default setting of taking you back to the Home screen.
I thought in this demo I'd take you through updating from iOS 10 to iOS 11 using VoiceOver.
I always find its handy to know how long that silent bit last when you loose speech when iOS is updating.
In this demo I take you through a physical description of the O6 which is essentially a round device with a Centre button and a dial surrounding this button. Either the Centre button and Ring dial can be press or held in for extended functionality and the ring dial itself can be turned clockwise or counter clockwise for more functionality.
Two modes Basic hold ring dial in until single long pulse or Advanced hold ring dial in until short two double pulses (vibrates.
In this demo, I take you through the functions that I use most of the time in either Basic or Advanced modes.
For more information on the O6 or to grab the manual, go to:
In this demo, I show you how easy it is to get the next bus or traing times from Google Home simply by asking.
To have this function work from your Home address or Work, you'll have to set these within the Google Home app.
After the recording I also asked for the next ferry here on the Central Coast New South Wales from Ettalong Beach to Palm Beach and Google Told me the next ferry time as well.
I also did several different locations for bus and train and got the same result: i.e. next time of a bus or train.
Here is hoping that Home Pod will do a similar thing.
In this demo I give you a brief demo of Chromecasting from Google Play Music on my iPhone to individual speakers in my house and speaker groups.
Like Airplay, VoiceOver speech stays local on your device whilst the music goes out to individual or group speakers.
In this demo I show you how I have organised my Google Home Speakers and Chromecast Audio devices (attached to various speakers throughout my house), and then take you through setting up and using groups to pla audio.
I also demo my favorite couple of features that of being able to tell what is playing on a speaker, adjusting volume, and then being able to adjust individual speaker volumes within a speaker group.
For me, this is just a cost effective way of setting up speakers through out my house without having to spend to much money by using the existing speakers.
In late August 2017 I discovered within the Google Home App on my iPhone (Device, DeviceName, Settings, Bluetooth) that I could now use my Google Home Smart Speaker as a Bluetooth speaker.
In this demo I take you through the steps of setting up the Google Home smart Speaker as a BT speaker using my iPhone and of course the Google Home app.
I just wish when these firmware updates became active that the user got notified such as "Hey, did you know your Google Home Speaker can now do Bluetooth".
The great thing is that when your using the sGH as a BT speaker, the Google Assistant is stil active as well as the physical gestures for the GH speaker itself.
A bit sluggish with VoiceOver gestures, but not to bad for short navigation sessions.
In this demo, I give you a physical description of the Chromecast Audio device, go through the setup via the Google Home app, and show you how to use it via the Google Home speaker.
Note - Chromecast Audio is purely to play music etc to speakers that can take a 3.5mm audio jack. For watching Youtube, Netflix etc You will need a Chromecast device.
Since I purchased my AQ Smart Speakers several years ago which not only support Airplay but take a 3.5mm audio jack, I've been able to turn all of my Airplay speakers in to Chromecast Audio speakers. This means that I can setup speakers in a group and control their volume etc independently of each other.
Looking forward to purchasing more Chromecast Audio devices.
In this demo I show you how to go about changing the Assistant speech language (I did from US back to Australia) as there appears to be more functionality with various languages: i.e. with the US voice there seems to be more games than currently with the Australian voice.
In this demo I show you how to enable the Start and End sounds for Google Home so that you know it has reacted. I also describe the ChromeCast device and show you how easy it is to stream a movie from Netflix.
In this demo, I take you through a number of common tasks between Google Home which is officially supported in Australia and the Amazon Echo which is not.
Physical description of the Fitbit Charge 2, tips on installation, and a brief run through of using the Fitbit app on the iPhone using VoiceOver.
Apology for recording quality in this demo.
What is in the box, physical description, and an overviw of the phones functions.
Demo of connecting and pairing the keyboard and the trackpad to the Mac, and using the keyboard on the iPhone with VoiceOver.
A quick comparison demo between the new Beats Pill+ and the older Beats Pill using VoiceOver, playing music, and lisening to an audio book.
Mosen Consulting is giving away the first part of Meet Me In The Cloud, which talks you through how to attend your first Zoom meeting on both Windows and iOS.
If you’d like to know much more about being a power participant or host on Zoom, then the complete audiobook is for you access from:
In this demo I take you through seting up a Macbook Pro with Touch Bar out of the box, and then several settings that I enable with a new Mac.
In this demo I take you through a physical description of the ElBraille, turning on, navigating, switching the Focus 14 to another BT device (in my case iPhone using VoiceOver) and back, and closing the unit down.
For further info and support of ElBraille in Australia contact Quantum RLV on 1300 791 777.
I've always wanted to be able to use my AirPods with two devices: left say for my iPhone, and the right for my Mac. Since at the moment this is not able to be done, I got a 2nd set of AirPods to achieve my original idea.
So in this demo, I show you how to use the left AirPod from set 1 with my iPhone, and the right AirPod from the second set with my Mac.
Sort of overkill, but it works smile.
This is a great app for teaching sighted or people who are blind UEB using an iPad.
For VoiceOver users, a Bluetooth keyboard is required.
In this demo, I take you through the VO Lab training tutorial for VoiceOver on my iPad.
This is a fun way of learning VoiceOver.
The app is self voicing, extremely easy to navigate, and as I said a great way for young people or the young at heart to learn how to use the basic gestures in VoiceOver.
This is the link to the BallyLand Magic app for young children that I did last year in 2016:
In this second Ring Video Doorbell demo, I show you how to find/use the Live View Feature which allows you to listen, see or speak with the Ring Doorbell anytime you like, rather than just responding to a Ring or Motion event.
The Live view feature has been in the Ring app for a while now, but I’ve not until now got around to showing the feature off in a demo.
If you are not familiar with the Ring Video Doorbell, the following link will play my first Ring Video Doorbell demo where I went through a description, installation, and use:
***warning*** NumPad does not support VoiceOver NumPad Commander when used with the Shift, Control, Option or Command keys: only the NumPad keys itself and the 0 key combinations.
In this demo, I take you through using a Bluetooth numeric keypad for use with VoiceOver using VoiceOver NumPad Commander.
In this Home Kit enabled devices demo using Siri and VoiceOver, I take you through my house describing the various Ellgato Eve devices (Eve Room, Eve Weather, Eve Window/Door sensors, and the Eve Energy switch power point plug.
A demo of using Siri with these various devices follows.
I then take you through setting-up a second Eve Energy power point plug using the Eve app, and completing a scene to turn on a lamp and radio on when I am away from the house.
We then move over to the Apple TV to show how it can access your Home Kit Enabled devices.
Finally I demo how you can use Control Centre, the Eve or Home App to use the devices manually and to check their status or to turn them on or off in case of the switch’s.
Talking Typer for iOS
Talking Typer finally makes its way to iOS. Help students make typing progress with this fun-to-use self-voicing app!
Talking Typer, an accessible typing and computer keyboard tutorial app with a keyboard game to help increase speed and accuracy in a fun environment!
Learn to type or improve your skills with drills, practice lessons, keyboard explorer, and an entertaining game. It is designed for blind and visually impaired students, but can be used by sighted students too. This makes it a great tool for the whole class. Works with iOS® devices running iOS 8 or later.
35 Built-in Lessons, Talking TyperTM for iOS devices comes with 35 built-in lessons at levels 1-10. Teachers and parents can create new lessons, edit lessons, and assign lessons to individual students or groups. Speed, accuracy, and typing level can also be set for individual students or groups. The app saves the results of each drill allowing students, teachers, and parents to monitor improvement.
Hurry Scurry Game, the app also includes the exciting game Hurry Scurry, where students earn points by typing letters before the ball drops. It’s fun for all ages and skill levels!
Self-Voicing and Apple® VoiceOver Accessible, the app is both self-voicing and accessible with Apple’s VoiceOver. The onboard keyboard of your device can be used with Talking Typer, but an external keyboard is recommended.
The app can also be used with a refreshable braille display, like APH’s Refreshabraille 18TM Bluetooth®-enabled device, making it accessible for students who are deafblind as well.
Installed as: Talking Typer.
Really is designed to be used by a Bluetooth keyboard.
Talking Typer main screen:
Top left: Login button, top middle, title “Talking typer: top right Log out button.
Next line: Current User: doesn’t show user name.
Rest of screen main menu of app including:
Lessons and drills button
keyboard explorer button
App can be navigated by selecting the items going down further in to each selection. Back button top left of sub-screens to go back or use the VoiceOver 2 finger scrub.
In the Hurry Scurry game: use the Quit button to come back out of this screen: no back button.
35 lessons: 14 beginner, and 21 advanced.
When interacting with the I (Info) buttons with a Braille display, adjusting the msg time out in VoiceOver Braille settings may help for reading these dialogs.
Space+T (Tab) on a Braille display handy for repeating in Braille characters/words to be typed.
Lessons and drills (contains the following options):
Heading: learning modes
Name of current user: David Woodbridge
Practise drills button (divided up in to Beginner and Advanced heading levels) - practise drills do not count against lessons.
Lessons button (divided in to Beginner and Advanced heading levels)
Custom lessons (edit, copy for crate custom lessons)
When entering the app, spoken info “Keyboard exploration Just start typing. Press escape key to exit”.
On-screen keyboard does appear at bottom of screen.
Character being typed appears at top of screen.
Back button at top left of screen.
Using the I button (Info) button description of game is:
Type all the letters or word before the ball hits the floor.
Tap the start button to begin play.
Whilst playing, press the Tab key to repeat the next character.
To stop the game, press the Escape key twice or double tap the stop button.
Game screen contains:
I button (Info)
speed button (28% default adjustable)
No back button.
App preferences button Containing):
—teacher name and password button
—Echo correct keys toggle
—speech button (rate, pitch, voice, test, reset)
—lesson text size button (22% default adjustable)
Quick start button
Email support button
Two Quick start buttons, do not used first one: 2nd one brings up html navigational page.
This is the 2nd part of my using Swift Playgrounds with VoiceOver.
In this demo, I show you how I use Lego to construct the World Grid, character, gem, and switch to help conceptualise in a tactile form how to use the grid when coding.
Thanks to my son Owen for loaning his Lego, he can now have his Lego back.
In this demo, I show you how to use Find My iPhone to locte your AirPods by sound which comes in very handy if you have put them down somewhere in the house.
Update to the Tile app as of March 2017, fully accessible with VoiceOver to track your Tile Tagged items.