A year or so ago I did a podcast on my Connected Home which I will most likely update this year.  However, to cover the other side of my life (work), this is the magic list.

 

---

 

I often get asked what type of general and assistive tech stuff I use for work. So here is most of the stuff I use to allow me to test, evaluate, demo, podcast, and use.

 

Certainly makes accessing the technology that much easier, as I have it at my finger tips, just grab what I need and go.

 

The tech listed is separate to what my family and I use at home.  I.e. I don’t have to strip anything out of home in order to use when I go out and about for work.

 This was my aim as it got to annoying for my family with me constantly nicking stuff for work, so my tech lab was born.

 

David Woodbridge January 2020.

 

The list is roughly sorted in to Apple, Amazon, Google, Microsoft, Samsung, miscellaneous, and assistive technology.

 

Start Of List

 

Apple

 

AirPods Pro.

Apple TV.

Apple watch Series 3 Cellular with several bands.

Beats Pill Bluetooth speaker..

Beats Power Pro ear phones.

Beats Studio Over Ear head phones.

HomePod.

iPad 9.7 with keyboard, and iPad Pro 12.9 with Smart Keyboard.

iPhone X (original).

iPod Touch 7th generation.

Macbook air.

MacBook Pro with Touch bar.

Magic Keyboard 2nd generation..

Magic keyboard with Number pad.

Magic trackpad.

 

Amazon

 

Amazon Echo Dot 2nd generation.

Amazon Echo Input.

Amazon Kindle Ebook Reader.

 

Google

 

Google Mini.

Chromecast audio.

Chromecast video.

 

Microsoft

 

Surface Pro with Smart keyboard.

 

Samsung

 

Samsung Galaxy S10.

Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Samsung Galaxy Buds.

 

Miscellaneous Technology

 

Aftershokz bone Conduction head phones.

Audio mixer (mainly for podcasting (my iSee podcast), and Vision Australia Radio (Talking Tech show).

2 microphone wireless kit for recording interviews (Aldi special).

Blue Yeti USB Microphone.

Belkin Boost Up Wireless charger.

Bluetooth transmitter (connects to Bluetooth device and then plugs in to a 3.5mm speaker, head phone etc - comes in handy for recording output from Apple Watch))

Bose Frames audio  sunglasses.

Eve Energy switch.

Eve Weather module.

LIFX Smart Globe.

Dash Educational Robot - accessible programming for blind/low vision via Swift Playgrounds on iPad..

Tello Edu Drone for use with swift Playgrounds on iPad.

Sets of 3D figures for coding with the Ballyland Coding 1, 2, and 3 iOS apps.

Fitbit Charge 2.

Head Phones Wired/Bluetooth (Aldi Special).

Head phones 3.5MM (quite a few of these).

Logitech UsB head phone and stereo speakers.

ScanJig Pro + - document scanning/OCR, and Video conferencing.

Skoog Tactile music instrument

Power Bank portable charger for running the Amazon Echo Dot and Telstra Hotspot if power not available.

Several power boards and extension cables.

Several 3.5MM audio and Lightning to 3.5MM adapters.

USB Lightning, Micro, Macro, USBC, keyboard extension   cables etc, and chargers.  Plus universal power point adapters for international travel.

UsB port replicator for multiple USB and other ports.

4 UsB adapter to plug in to power point to support direct plugging in of cables to charge devices.

UsB External Hard drive.

Various adapters for iPhone/iPad (VGA, HDMI etc).

Various UsB and memory card types.

Tile Tag Tracking device.

Telstra Hot spot.

 

Assistive Technology

 

BrailleSense U2 Braille note taker.

Dolphin Gide Connect and Guide Reader with physical remote.

Dolphin Guide Pod.

Envoy Connect Daisy player.

Large print USB black/white, white/black, and yellow/black keyboards.

Mini Guide sonar device.

Pac Mate USB Braille Display from 2004 still working.

Perkins Brailler.

RIVO Custom keyboard for using Voiceover on iOS and Talkback/Voice Assistant on Android/Samsung.

Tap With Us wearable keyboard.

Orbit Reader 20 Braille display.

Pearl Camera with OpenBook.

Victor Reader Stream 2nd generation.

Switch control devices for iOS.

 

End Of List

Some food for thought.

 

The past decade has seen a lot of assistive and main stream tech come on to the market.

 

Below is my list of products and services that I have come across over the last 10 years in Australia.

 

I may have put in some products that were already around in 2010, but their still around smile.

 

After this list, is a current/Future list perhaps on things to look out for and deal with for the next decade, some of which we still haven’t resolved for accessibility at least in Australia.

 

The decade was quite busy, and I haven’t put in everything, just the stuff that we dealt with at Vision Australia or in the community in general.

 

And Yes I put Apple First smile.

 

David Woodbridge December 2019

 

The Decade - 2010 to 2020

 

iPad - I did an unofficial launch of the iPad in Australia in Brisbane in 2010.

Siri.

Apple TV.

Apple Watch.

HomePod.

AirPods.

Apple Pay - I did a channel 7 TV interview at the Broadway Apple Store when Apple Pay first became available in Australia).

 

Amazon Echo (plus Echo Show with screen).

Cortana.

Google Home (plus Google Home Nest Hub with screen).

 

Sneaking this in, in 2009 Voiceover was released for iOS and Talkback for Android became available with OS 1.5 Cupcake.

 

4G available in Australia in 2011, with movement at the end of this decade to 5G.

Accessibility dedicated support Helpdesk from Apple, Amazon, Google, and Microsoft.

Accessible radios such as the Sangean PR-D17 Accessible AM/FM radio.

Aira and Be My Eyes video assistance services.

Amazon Officially comes to Australia.

Audio Description becoming more available not just on DVD, but streaming services (TV not yet supported in Australia yet)) - ABC iView was trialed with 14 hours of content (mid decade) per week and then stopped after 18 months or so, funding for 2020 now for more content on TV.

Audio streaming - AirPlay, Sonos, Chromecast etc.

Apple offers ESIMM support plus physical SiMM from iPhone X S and above plus carriers in Australia supporting Apple Watch ESIMMS.

Apps and more apps - replacing many dedicated blind or low vision devices such as OCR systems, video magnifiers, light detecters etc.

App controlled devices allowing accessibility via smart phones - alarm systems,  air Conditioner, coffee machines, robot vacuum, video doorbell, washing machine/dryer etc.  Other apps to control such devices as the Fitbit exercise tracker etc.

Bindi Maps arrives on the scene with indoor beacons at some Vision Australia and Guide Dog offices plus other places such as a shopping centre in Sydney (had the pleasure of working with the Bindi Maps folks in testing out the app and beacons).

Braille display support for both iOS and Android (Brailleback not Talkback for Android).

Brailling on a flat touch screen (VoiceOver BSI).

Bluetooth keyboard full support for VoiceOver on iOS, OS support on Android using Talkback.

Bluetooth keyboards supporting multiple devices.

Bluetooth Braille displays to support multiple devices.

Bush or the Hills Set Top talking digital set top box became available in Australia (didn’t really last that long).

Bone conduction ear phones and other audio devices like the Aftershokz, Bose Frames etc.

Coding accessibility - Swift Playgrounds from Apple,  and Code Jumper from Microsoft.

Custom devices such as the Victor Reader Stream  for reading daisy books, online streaming of radio etc.

Dolphin Pod and Dolphin Guide Pod making reading books easier by plugging in to a tV.

Dot Watch smart Braille watch.

Envoy Connect - cheap daisy player.

Expansion of accessibility solutions on desktop/mobile platforms.

Gaming consoles such as the Xbox, and the Apple TV with accessibility and improvements to actual game play accessibility.

Improvements to Apple and Microsoft screen readers, especially Narrator in Windows 10 plus touch screen support for Narrator.

Changes to Braille displays and notetakers (Android stuff) and Windows - BrailleNote Touch, Polaris, ElBraille, InsideOne.

Commute first 9 line Braille display book reader.

JAWS and Zoomtext continue to grow plus combining to form Fusion. Window-Eyes discontinued.  MAGic mainly used for legacy institutions, Supernova coming back a bit.  Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) still going strong as well.  Guide Connect comes back on the scene in the later part of the decade, at least in Australia.

iBooks first becomes available on the iPad, then followed by iOS - plus now Google books, Kindle books etc on mobile.

Kindle physical eBook readers.

Microsoft opens up a store in Sydney, very similar to the Apple Store and great service.

Microsoft Accessible Xbox Console controller.

Microsoft fully supporting Microsoft Office not only on Windows, but on Mac with full accessibility with Voiceover.

Microsoft amazing two apps - Seeing AI, and Sound Scape.

Mesh networking for home to increase WiFi coverage across living spaces.

Mobility aids such as the Buzz Clip or Sunu Band become available.

OCR becomes a bit more portable with the Pearl Camera and OpenBook

Smart Vision 2 (Android smart phone) to still offer touch screen and physical keys for screen reader users.

Samsung Smart phone/tablet with Voice Assistant.

Samsung Galaxy Watch with Voice Assistant.

Smart Home switch’s, smart Globes ,  etc.

Smart TVS with accessibility - Samsung with Voice Assistant, Android TV etc.

Streaming music and video services - Amazon Music/Prime, Apple Music/Apple TV Plus, Disney Plus, Netflix, Spotify etc.

Switch control for desktop/mobile platforms.

RIVO keyboard (custom keyboard for VoiceOver, Talkback and Voice Assistant on mobile).

Tactile bank notes in Australia.

Talking devices on a bit of a come back - talking microwave, talking induction hob, talking blood pressure monitor, talking pedometer,  etc.

Trackpad external supported with VoiceOver on Mac Snow Leopard and then later on MacBooks.

Touch Bar supported on MacBook Pros with VoiceOver.

Tile tags or other tracking devices.

Touch ID and Face ID.

Trekker Breeze - stand alone GPS device.

Wearables - Echo Loop, Tap with Us, Orcam, Iris Vision, Aira smart glasses etc.

Wireless charging.

Vision Australia produces iOs and Android apps to access online library.

Vision Australia Radio accessible via the Internet as well as podcasts.

Video conferencing Facetime, Skype, Zoom

Voice dictation and voice control becoming settled in main stream for desktop/mobile.

 

Now/Current and Next Decade

 

3rd party screen readers or screen magnifiers no longer required.

3D printing becomes more accessible and doable at home.

5G implications.

Accessible digital radios.

Accessible fitness equipment in their own right.

Accessible cable set top box’s, especially Foxtel in Australia.

Accessible EFTPOS terminals.

Accessible or better access solutions to ATMS.

Accessibility push for apps for desktop/mobile, and the web 

continues.

Accessible office equipment.

Accessible public places/institutions - library, museum etc.

Automated train systems (driverless trains such as Sydney metro light rail).

Automated elevators where car is selected by a touch screen and need to find the actual car to go in 

to.

Automated lawn mowing machines.

Bus - identify bus number, route, and bus stop.

Better and wider coverage for  mobile and home WiFI.

Biometrics for security.

Delivery drones.

Electric cars (audible sounds).

Finding and identifying products when physically shopping.

Independent train/train station, and Aircraft/airport travel (plus accessible entertainment inflight).

Indoor beacons and indoor maps.

GPS improvements - better accuracy, work better in bus/trains, and work better in built up areas such as tall building city scapes.

Object recognition for physical environment and implications for O&M.

OCR will do hand writing recognition.

PDF file access is finally conquered.

Phones with no physical buttons or controls.

Robot Guide Dog.

Smart speakers and personal assistants will cope with variations in a persons speech pattern.

Smart Speakers and personal assistants improve with better AI.

Smart TVS get better accessibility, especially with apps/browsing the web.

Smart device replaces mobile/desktop , becomes one device.

Smaller and discrete wearable devices.

Self service check outs in shops.

Self service kiosks.

Self driving vehicles used for dedicated routes.

Speech input/output in devices.

Solar and.or public charging stations for smart phones etc on trains, public spaces etc.

Touch screens in cars.

Touch screen home appliances.

 

End of Document.

 

 

Fully accessible radio with high contrast, voice output, and tactile buttons/controls.

Vision Australia Vision Store

https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/accessible-amfm-radio

 

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.

 

Load more