2018 is coming to a close and your Main Menu Team is ready to party! Before we do too much of that though, we're going to take a look back at the significant tech for us in 2018. We might even take a glimpse into the future, complete with flying cars! OK, so the cars won't fly but you're in for a fun-filled hour with the entire Main Menu gang and our look back at 2018!
What the heck is this dot for? How many times have you asked yourself that when looking at your microwave, dishwasher or dryer? Sure, you labeled it but now how to remember what all those buttons actually do. This week we talk with Anne DeWitt of Tangible Surface Research, http://www.tangiblesurfaceresearch.com about her line of tactile icons to represent those common functions, and some uncommon ones too. Anne is also doing some groundbreaking research into labeling exercise equipment so we...
The holiday season brings us all those sugar plums but this week we're happy to share great news for anyone dealing with Diabetes and all that festive sugar. Special thanks to Randy Rusnak and Bill Tillery of the Accessibility Moving Forward podcast and their guest Bill sparks of Legendoldies.com as they discuss the accessible features of the Freestyle Labre 14 day glucose meter and app. To say this is a game changer in diabetes management is an understatement!
This episode is all about accessible voting. The following links are resources of information you need to know before going to the poles. Democracy Live: http://democracylive.com Election Assistance Commission: http://eac.gov Phone number for Department of Justice Americans with Disabilities Act Tech Line: 1-800-514-0301 ADA National Network: 1-800-949-4232 to find your state's Protection and Advocacy agency, just do a search for Protection and Advocacy.
Where in the world is 63rd and Wallace? It's somewhere in the Amazon Echo universe and this week, we go there with Peter Zetterberg and Russ McMackin of WanderWord! From mystery to fantasy, they bring us some interactive fun with our favorite digital assistant.
WE're back! Too hot outside? Never fear! Steve Matzura brings us a review of the Tosheba Fire TV. Then Jenine talks about one of her convention buys, the Braille Me braille display. Jason also has some good info so be sure to tune in.
Keynote? We got your keynote! It's that time of year again and we are proud to bring you the most awaited keynote address in assistive technology! This week we're happy to share the NVDA-Con Keynote Address! Learn what's new with NVDA, the free screen reader that has changed the way people think about assistive tech around the world.
Heads up everyone! It's time to find a nice pair of headphones for this week's Main Menu! Jeff and Jenine talk with Amos Miller of Microsoft about Soundscape, a unique 3D audio experience to show you what's around. If you do want a nice set of headphones, one you can even sleep on, Jenine has a review of Sleep Phones.
On this Main Menu, Jason starts us off with an unboxing of a newly-purchased Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote. He takes listeners through connecting and setting up the device before turning it over to Jenine. She will get you off the couch and exploring as she demonstrates two apps that use artificial intelligence (AI) to identify what it is the mobile device's camera is seeing. Finally, Jason returns and talks with Randy about a new VoIP service he has been using with Google...
This week we take a good look at low vision devices with our special guests Joe Steinkamp and Shelly Brisbin. Whether it's on your head or in front of your face, hand held or desktop, We're talking magnification and how people use it. If you're thinking of getting a new magnifier and want to know what's out there and how to make that choice, you won't want to miss this show.
Spring is here, spring is here! That means it's Microsoft update time! Jeff Bishop and his team, Brett Humphrey, Carolina Hernandez and Mariah Moon join Jenine and Joe Steinkamp to talk Narrator. Be My Eyes has a new partnership with Microsoft and we'll show you how it works. Plus, Randy and Jason have a spring surprise for us. Maybe they even have some accessible Easter candy? You'll have to listen to find out.
It's about time we got to work around here. This week Main Menu employs some top notch talent to discuss helping you find a job! Timothy Hornik with Blind Not Alone tells us about services for veterans and people using Narrator. AIRA explores employment as well with its new program for both job seekers and employers with Amy Bernal and Marty Watts. We've also got some great training to prepare you for that workplace from iAccessibility's Michael Doise and Allison Hartley!
This week, the hand writing is on the wall! Well, it's actually on a piece of paper on Jenine's desk as she compares the new hand writing recognition feature of several AI apps. Lots of podcasts have talked about it but Garrett Smith gives us a heroic overview of the hot new game, A Hero's Call. But wait! There's more! Jason has some news and app/product reviews. Stay tuned for exactly what he'll have for us.