Double Tap

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Double Tap is the show where blind people talk tech! If you’re blind or partially sighted and have an interest in technology, this is the show for you. Everyone is welcome no matter how old you are or how much or how little experience you have with technology. Each week the team will help you better understand how technology can help your everyday life, even if you have little or no sight. Join the conversation and add your voice to the show either by calling in, sending an email or leaving us a voicemail! Email: feedback@doubletaponair.com Phone: 1-877-803-4567 read less
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Android 15 Brings Better Braille Support, Microsoft and Apple Battle For Best Performance & More Voice Dream Reader Comments
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Android 15 Brings Better Braille Support, Microsoft and Apple Battle For Best Performance & More Voice Dream Reader Comments
In this episode of Double Tap, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece dive into a significant update for Android users, specifically around Braille display compatibility. Matthew Horspool from the Braillists Foundation joins the conversation to break down the technicalities and implications of Android 15's beta release, which promises HID support for Braille displays. This development is poised to make a wide range of Braille devices more accessible to Android users, addressing long-standing compatibility issues and potentially transforming the experience for visually impaired Android enthusiasts. The episode also features a roundup of other tech news, presented by Grace Scoffield. Highlights include Waymap's impressive funding round to expand its navigation solutions, Roku's new certification requirements to boost accessibility, and speculation around Microsoft's ARM laptops potentially outperforming Apple's M3 MacBook Air. The segment wraps up with a nostalgic look back at the release of Windows 3.1, marking a significant milestone in computing history. Listeners contribute to the episode with thoughtful feedback on various topics, including the recent controversy surrounding Voice Dream Reader's subscription model changes and suggestions for micro Bluetooth devices to enhance the usability of devices like the Victor Reader Stream 2. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.
The Great Cane Debate, Cooking With Be My AI & The End Of Alexa As We Know It?
2d ago
The Great Cane Debate, Cooking With Be My AI & The End Of Alexa As We Know It?
In this episode of Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece dive into a mix of tech news, listener feedback and some intriguing discussions about smart technology, particularly focusing on Amazon's Lady A (Alexa) and the evolving landscape of smart speakers and AI. Steven and Shaun predict the future will bring a new wave of smart speakers powered by AI, which will likely require new hardware to support more sophisticated on-device processing. This conversation leads to a broader discussion on the potential impact of AI on accessibility, with both hosts recognizing the promise AI holds for making technology more usable for people with disabilities. However, they also acknowledge current limitations, such as accessibility issues on websites like chat.openai.com. Listener feedback plays a significant role in this episode, with emails touching on topics like using AI for cooking assistance and the importance of tactile feedback in mobility aids like white canes. The hosts also respond to a listener's critique about their skepticism towards smart canes replacing traditional mobility aids, clarifying that their concern lies more with the lack of community involvement in the development of such technologies rather than opposition to innovation itself. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.
Microsoft Orders A Slice Of Pi, Blind Schooling & What About Chromebooks
4d ago
Microsoft Orders A Slice Of Pi, Blind Schooling & What About Chromebooks
In this episode of Double Tap, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece kick things off with a chat about Pi AI, a personal AI assistant that's been generating buzz for its impressive performance and utility. However, one listener's experience with Pi AI, as shared through an email, highlights some accessibility hurdles, particularly with its user interface and voice interaction features, which sparked a broader discussion on the importance of accessibility in tech apps. The conversation then shifts to the Mac versus Windows debate, sparked by a listener's observation that despite the low percentage of Mac users who are blind, Mac often gets more airtime on tech podcasts. Steven defends his preference for Mac, attributing it to personal familiarity and the show's focus on his own tech experiences. This segues into a discussion about Chromebooks and their place in the tech ecosystem, especially in education, and how Google's Chromebook+ standard aims to ensure a quality experience for users, including those relying on accessibility features. Listeners also contribute to the episode with their tech queries and observations. Topics range from VoiceOver issues on iPhones, and preferences between Mac and Windows based on personal use cases, to leveraging tech for learning Braille and experiencing astronomical events like eclipses through accessible broadcasts. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.
Voice Dream Reader Changes Direction & Making Websites Accessible
5d ago
Voice Dream Reader Changes Direction & Making Websites Accessible
In this episode of Double Tap, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece dive into the latest updates from Voice Dream Reader and explore a new tool to enhance web accessibility. First up, they discuss the recent changes announced by Voice Dream Reader. A listener, Graham, shares his discovery that the app's update notes suggest a shift away from a mandatory subscription model for legacy customers. This news sparks a detailed analysis by Steven and Shaun, who weigh in on the implications of this decision for both the company and its user base. They delve into the community's reaction, including the overwhelming feedback Voice Dream received, which ultimately led them to retract their subscription requirement for adding new documents. However, Steven and Shaun express concern about the sustainability of this decision, pondering how it might affect the app's future development and the broader context of app monetization strategies. The second part of the episode introduces a conversation with Oliver Emberton from Silktide, recorded by Allison Sheridan at the CSUN conference. Oliver presents a new Chrome extension designed to aid web developers in making their sites more accessible. This tool offers features like a screen reader simulator, a focus order visualizer, and a colour contrast checker, all aimed at simplifying the process of ensuring web accessibility. Allison's enthusiasm and insightful questions highlight the potential impact of such tools in promoting inclusivity online. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.
Best of YouTube: Looking Back At CSUN 2024 & Aira Audio Describes The Solar Eclipse
6d ago
Best of YouTube: Looking Back At CSUN 2024 & Aira Audio Describes The Solar Eclipse
In this episode focusing on the best of YouTube from this week, the hosts, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece, discuss a range of topics related to technology and accessibility. First up, Michael Babcock joins the guys to chat about his recent trip to CSUN, particularly focusing on Sony's efforts in making cameras more accessible for the blind and partially sighted community. Michael details the evolution of Sony's accessible camera features, from basic accessibility announcements to the inclusion of TalkBack for navigation and future plans for facial recognition in photo previews. The conversation shifts to the intriguing AIBO, Sony's robotic dog, which Babcock had the chance to interact with at CSUN. Despite its lack of fur, Aibo exhibits behaviours that mimic a real dog, including responding to touch and learning from interactions. The hosts debate the potential benefits and drawbacks of such AI companions, pondering whether they could serve as suitable substitutes for real pets for certain individuals. (Starts at 13 seconds) The next featured YouTube video also touches on other notable products and technologies featured at CSUN, like the all-terrain cane by Awarewolf, designed to support hikers who are partially sighted, and Case for Vision, a smartphone case that facilitates reading for users. The hosts reflect on the practicality of these innovations and the importance of focusing on simple, effective solutions alongside more high-tech offerings. (Starts at 19 minutes 12 seconds) In the third video, Michael returns to talk about the experience of visiting CSUN, how he travelled there and what navigating around with 3,500 other people in the same space was like. (Starts at 32 minutes 35 seconds) Jenine Stanley from Aira joins the conversation to discuss how Aira is making the upcoming solar eclipse accessible for visually impaired individuals through detailed audio descriptions. This initiative highlights the broader potential of technology to make various aspects of life more inclusive. (Starts at 42 minutes 50 seconds) Get ahead of the conversation and check out the Double Tap YouTube channel every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the platform which you can find using this link: https://www.youtube.com/@DoubleTapVideo
Voice Dream Reader Changes, Mobility Aids & Blind Blunders
01-04-2024
Voice Dream Reader Changes, Mobility Aids & Blind Blunders
In this episode of Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece dive into a range of topics with their characteristic blend of humour and insight. The show kicks off with a light-hearted discussion about the challenges of studio technology and the quirks of recording a daily show. The hosts share a laugh over an unexpected voicemail from a company offering to dispose of electronic waste, sparking a conversation about the rare occurrence of spam calls to their line and the high quality of listener interactions. The episode takes a more serious turn as they address listener concerns over the Voice Dream Reader app's transition to a subscription model. This change has sparked controversy within the community, particularly among those who previously purchased the app with the understanding of a one-time fee for lifetime access. The hosts debate the implications of this shift, balancing the need for ongoing app development and support against the expectations set by previous purchase agreements. Throughout the episode, listener emails play a significant role, offering valuable insights and personal experiences. From comparing Braille displays to discussing the importance of accessible technology in education, the audience contributions add depth to the conversation. One listener shares a humorous and relatable story about accidentally entering the wrong apartment, highlighting the everyday adventures of navigating the world as someone who is blind or partially sighted. The hosts also touch on the potential of new mobility technology to enhance independence. While Steven expresses skepticism about replacing traditional aids like canes and guide dogs, they both acknowledge the importance of innovation in addressing challenges like obstacle detection at head height. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.
Diving Back Into The Inbox
28-03-2024
Diving Back Into The Inbox
In this episode of Double Tap, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece dive back into their overflowing inbox to tackle a variety of listener emails, exploring topics from accessible technology to personal anecdotes and beyond.One listener, Sharon from Michigan, updates the hosts on the Blindshell mobile program, highlighting the ongoing efforts to secure continued funding for this valuable service.Another email from Dave touches on key safes and sunglasses, introducing practical solutions for everyday challenges faced by visually impaired people. Dave shares his personal experience with macular degeneration and the difficulties of wearing sunglasses with hearing aids, sparking a conversation on the importance of accessible options for everyone.Eleanor brings up the topic of Braille education, advocating for its inclusion in the curriculum for visually impaired children. This leads to a broader discussion on the benefits of specialist schooling versus mainstream integration, with the hosts sharing their perspectives on the matter.Dennis from Nairobi seeks advice on accessing sensitive content on Twitter, reading e-papers, and a peculiar issue with VoiceOver not reading the word "are." The hosts provide their insights and encourage Dennis to provide more details for further assistance.The episode also features discussions on the Ambutech No-Jab cane, recommended by several listeners for its innovative design that prevents jabs during use. This sparks a conversation about the preferences and experiences of cane users.Lastly, Mark from Miami Beach addresses the upcoming changes to Gmail, advocating for the standard view over the basic HTML version. He emphasizes the accessibility of the standard view with screen readers and encourages listeners to adapt to the new format.The show wraps up with a reminder that there will be no new episodes now until Easter Monday when the boys return. Happy Easter everyone!Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us across social media.
Aira AI, New QWERTY Braille Displays From Orbit & Host Of NosillaCast Podcast Talks Accessibility
20-03-2024
Aira AI, New QWERTY Braille Displays From Orbit & Host Of NosillaCast Podcast Talks Accessibility
In this episode of Double Tap, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece kick off with excitement about CSUN 2024 and the latest developments in accessible technology. Allison Sheridan, the host of the NosillaCast podcast, also joins them to share her insights from the event. The episode starts with a significant announcement from Aira, introducing new AI features aimed at enhancing accessibility for the visually impaired. The discussion highlights the Access AI feature from Aira, which combines AI with human verification to provide detailed descriptions of images for users. Also, the guys discuss the announcement of new devices by Orbit Research, specifically the Orbit Reader Q40 and Q20, which feature QWERTY keyboards and are designed to make Braille more accessible and affordable. Despite the excitement, there's skepticism regarding the actual availability of these products, given Orbit's history with delays. Allison Sheridan then shares her passion for incorporating accessibility into mainstream tech discussions. She recounts her learning about accessibility, including teaching herself voiceover and advocating for accessible app design. Allison's anticipation for CSUN centres on exploring innovative solutions across various aspects of accessibility, not just for those who are blind or partially sighted but for all disabilities. Her story of attempting a tech talk blindfolded and her efforts to promote image descriptions in social media highlight her commitment to making technology inclusive. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us across social media.