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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

Location:

Canada

Description:

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

Twitter:

@amiaudio

Language:

English

Contact:

1-866-509-4545


Episodes

Zero Project, Day Two: Blindness In Estonia & Hable Updates

2/22/2024
In this episode of Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece are live from Vienna at the Zero Project Conference. Today there’s more discussion about the worldwide event and we hear more feedback from you, including questions from Gavin about the Meta Ray-Ban smart glasses, thoughts on using Google’s Gemini AI from Anexis, and discussion about aggression from Camille. We also meet Ayushman Talwar, one of the founders of Hable. The company is well known in the blind world for its Hable One Braille input keyboard. Ayushman shares insights into the latest developments at Hable and shares some secrets with us about an upcoming new version of the device soon. Also, we meet a fan! Jacob Sparrow is from Estonia and works hard to advocate for members of the disability community in his country. He shares the work he is doing and talks about the role of community in working to change society. Keep in touch by emailing us at feedback@doubletaponair.com or calling 1-877-03-4567 and leaving us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.

Duration:00:58:11

Zero Project, Day One: Travel Tales & Lumen

2/21/2024
In this episode of Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece are live from Vienna at the Zero Project Conference. They kick things off with a casual chat about their travel experiences and the ease of using assistance services at airports, making their journey surprisingly smooth. They joke about their hopes for finding chocolate in Austria and share their excitement about being at the conference, which brings together people from all over the world to discuss innovations for people with disabilities. The main topic of discussion is an interview with Cornel Amariei, the CEO of Dot Lumen, who has developed glasses that aim to empower individuals who are blind by providing a technological alternative to guide dogs. The glasses use self-driving technology to guide users around obstacles, providing haptic feedback on the forehead to indicate the direction to move. Cornel explains that while the glasses can technically replace a guide dog or white cane, they are not intended to compete with them but rather to offer an additional option for those who may not have access to or want a guide dog. Shaun gets the opportunity to test the Lumen glasses and shares his initial impressions, expressing surprise at how intuitive and responsive the device is. He likens the experience to using 3D audio navigation but with haptic feedback. The conversation turns to the challenges of gaining users' trust with new technology, especially when it comes to replacing tried-and-true mobility aids like the white cane. Keep in touch by emailing us at feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-03-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.

Duration:00:54:25

Zero Project 2024 & Axe-Con Get Underway

2/20/2024
In this episode of Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Sean Preece gear up for their trip to Vienna for the Zero Project Conference, an annual event that brings together innovators and advocates from around the world to discuss and share ideas that improve the lives of people with disabilities. In addition to their travel talk, they discuss the upcoming Axe-Con, a conference focused on web accessibility, and share insights from an interview with Ryan Bateman from Deque Systems. Ryan discusses the importance of digital accessibility and the need to balance automation and AI with manual testing to ensure inclusive digital experiences. The episode features an interview with Michael Fembek, the director of the Zero Project Conference, who shares details about the event's focus on technology as a game-changer for disability inclusion. Michael emphasizes the importance of involving people with disabilities in the development of new technologies and invites listeners with innovative solutions to participate in the nomination process for the next Zero Project Awards. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or calling 1-877-03-4567 and leaving us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.

Duration:00:56:39

Best of YouTube: Online Dating, Technology Fatigue & What's The Point Of Apple Vision Pro?

2/18/2024
It's another chance to catch up with Steven and Shaun's ramblings over on YouTube in this special weekly podcast. First up they dive into the world of online dating. They're joined by Fern Lulham, who shares her experiences with online dating platforms like Plenty of Fish, eHarmony, and Bumble, where the ladies start the conversation. Fern discusses the practicality of online dating for those with visual impairments, the safety concerns, and the decision-making process around disclosing her disability. (Available from 12 seconds) Next up, the conversation shifts to whether technology, specifically AI, is living up to the hype. Steven and Shaun discuss the potential of AI and how it sometimes falls short in practical applications, like ChatGPT's limitations. They ponder whether the tech community is experiencing "technology fatigue" due to high expectations and the constant search for the next big thing. (Available from 25 minutes 19 seconds) And there's a discussion on Apple's Vision Pro and whether it's a practical investment for blind users. They debate if the blind community should allow Apple to allocate resources to making Vision Pro accessible, or if those resources would be better spent on improving voiceover capabilities on existing devices. They conclude that while not every product may be designed with blind users in mind, it's important to ensure accessibility is still considered. (Available from 38 minutes 47 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]It's another chance to catch up with Steven and Shaun's ramblings over on YouTube in this special weekly podcast.

Duration:00:55:54

Revisiting Zero Project Conference 2023

2/16/2024
In this episode of Double Tap, host Steven Scott takes us back to the Zero Project Conference 2023 in Vienna, where he explores the intersection of disability and technology. The show kicks off with a deep dive into echolocation, a technique often associated with bats and dolphins, but also used by some blind individuals to navigate their environments. Steven chats with Juan Caprice, a blind mobility instructor from Europe, who shares insights on how echolocation can be a powerful tool when combined with other aids like guide dogs and canes. Steven also takes listeners on a tour of the exhibits hall at the conference, highlighting innovative products designed for people with disabilities. He meets with José Robinje, co-founder of Key to Enable, who has developed an accessible keyboard that transforms the way individuals with severe disabilities interact with computers and smartphones. Another notable interview features Marielle Ellington, founder and CEO of Void, who talks about creating an app that turns smartphones into external microphones for hearing aid users. Steven also chats with Ivar Sagona, CTO of Deafinitely, about an app that translates spoken language into sign language animations, making communication more accessible for the deaf community. The episode wraps up with a conversation with Shani Dhanda, recently voted the UK's most influential disabled person. Shani discusses the challenges and progress within the disability community, the impact of the pandemic on inclusion, and her experiences facing both disability and ethnicity biases. She also touches on how technology has transformed her life, providing autonomy and convenience in ways that were previously unimaginable. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-03-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us across social media.

Duration:00:56:18

Envision Glasses Get Smarter In 2024

2/15/2024
Today on the show, Steven and Shaun are diving into the world of Envision Glasses and exploring the latest updates that are set to revolutionize the way we interact with technology. Steven and Shaun kick off the conversation by reflecting on their Valentine's Day experiences and the inevitable cheesy moments. But don't worry, they quickly pivot to the tech talk that we all love. They're joined by Karthik Karnan from Envision, who's ready to spill all the details on what's new and exciting with the Envision Glasses. Steven and Shaun wrap up with a reminder to check out the new content on their YouTube channel, where they'll continue to explore the latest in accessible tech. So, whether you're a tech enthusiast or just curious about the advancements in AI for accessibility, this episode of Double Tap has got you covered. Don't miss out on the insightful discussions and exciting updates from the world of Envision Glasses. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or calling 1-877-03-4567 and leaving us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.

Duration:00:56:11

Valentine's Day, Waymo Driverless Cars and Accessible TVs

2/14/2024
Join Steven Scott and Shaun Preece on this Valentine's Day episode of Double Tap as they dive into a variety of topics, including listener feedback, the latest news on Waymo's self-driving cars, and the ongoing evolution of AI assistants. Plus, they touch on the Meta Ray-Bans, Google's Gemini, and accessible televisions. Keep the feedback coming - email us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us across social media and on YouTube.

Duration:00:56:35

Updates on Seleste Glasses & Victor Reader Stream 3rd Gen Feedback

2/13/2024
Today on the show, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece discuss the advancements in accessible technology, focusing on Seleste glasses. They engage in a lively conversation with Shubh Mittal from Seleste, discussing the AI integration in the glasses that enhances user experience through features like object and text recognition. There's also more feedback on the new Victor Reader Stream 3rd Gen with mixed reviews following user experiences. Keep the feedback coming - email us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media and on YouTube.

Duration:00:55:41

New Gadgets & Is Windows The Answer To Mac Accessibility?

2/12/2024
Today on the show, Steven and Shaun discuss a range of topics, including the purchase of new gadgets and the upcoming Zero Project conference in Vienna. Steven begins by celebrating Taylor Swift as the ultimate winner of the Super Bowl, although it is quite clear they have no idea what the event is all about! They move on to discuss a major new find Steven has discovered within Apple VoiceOver accessibility called Window Spots. While it is not new, Steven thinks it has had a very quiet makeover meaning apps are more accessible on the Mac now than ever. Also, the guys discuss a duo of new gadgets Steven has been buying, including the new Meta Ray Ban Stories and the Mantis Q40 Braille display from HumanWare. Keep in touch with the Double Tappers by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media and now on YouTube.

Duration:00:56:17

The Week In Tech News & Better Help App Demo

2/9/2024
Today on the show, Steven and Shaun are back to their usual selves chatting through the week's news from Grace Scoffield, reading through your emails, and getting an excellent app description from listener Lena. Grace Scoffield delivers a roundup of the week's most pressing news, touching on delays in the launch of the Optima Braille laptop due to unforeseen circumstances and the forthcoming iOS 17.4 update from Apple, which promises enhanced privacy settings and more choices for EU members. Additionally, the introduction of TypeAhead, a novel approach to navigating with voiceover using artificial intelligence, is discussed, offering a glimpse into the future of accessibility technology. There are also lots of listener emails on a wide range of subjects but you can be guaranteed that a healthy dose of discussion will be around tea. Plus, listener Lena tells us about how to get help at home with therapy and counseling through the Better Help app. Keep in touch with the Double Tappers by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us across social media and on YouTube.

Duration:00:55:58

Changes to iOS 17.4 in the EU & Android Launchers

2/8/2024
Today on the show, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece focus on changes to iOS 17.4 affecting the European Union and a listener chimes in on the subject of Android launchers, and why they are so important. The guys also hear more emails and voicemails from the Inbox, with topics ranging from the pros and cons of music CD digitization methods to accessible gaming mods, specifically for Minecraft, enhancing the gaming experience for visually impaired players. The guys also address a query regarding keyboard and mouse recommendations. Also, guest Pratik Patel talks to Steven about the upcoming iOS 17.4 update. Pratik aims to demystify the changes and their impact on users within the EU. And there’s a comment from Negative Julian about the use of Android launchers that make it easier for people who are partially sighted to use their smartphones. He believes more should be discussed on this topic. Keep in touch with your feedback by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us across social media and now on YouTube.

Duration:00:56:26

Lenovo Accessibility Updates & BITS from ACB

2/7/2024
Today on the show, Steven and Shaun find out about some big news from Lenovo as they make strides in the world of accessible technology. Jeff Bishop is here to share his insights and expertise, and he's brought his BITS along. Expect to hear about the latest developments and how they're making tech more accessible for everyone at ACB through their BITS program. Michael Babcock drops by to share some exciting accessibility improvements coming to Lenovo computers. He explains how Lenovo has been working with the Governor Morehead School to understand how individuals who are partially sighted use PCs and how they're adding tactile representation to key buttons on new laptops. The conversation with Jeff is particularly intriguing, as he delves into the world of ACB's BITS program, which focuses on empowering blind individuals to take their technology skills to the next level. Keep in touch with the Double Tappers by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or calling 1-877-803-4567 and leaving us a voicemail. You can also find us across social media and on YouTube.

Duration:00:56:10

Apple Vision Pro Accessibility Updates & More Feedback

2/6/2024
In today’s episode, Steven and Shaun dive into the world of Apple's accessibility features with a focus on the new Apple Vision Pro. They also share some of the feedback they've received from listeners. Steven and Shaun start with the news of the many accessibility features of the Apple Vision Pro, including the ways VoiceOver has been integrated and how features like Zoom have been created to accommodate those who are partially sighted. There’s also an answer to Steven’s long-running question about whether or not the device would support someone with monoscopic vision, which it does. The guys also respond to listener emails, with questions about the benefits of Braille displays and comments about the potential of AI in Siri. Keep in touch with the Double Tap team by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or calling 1-877-803-4567 and leaving us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media and YouTube.

Duration:00:56:19

Monday Blues, Audible on the Victor Reader & Optima Delays

2/5/2024
Today's show is jam-packed with tech talk and a special focus on the Optima Braille laptop's delay. Steven discusses his experience with Groups.io, a platform where he found a community discussing the Victor Reader Stream. He shares the challenges of trying to get Audible support on the new Victor Reader Stream 3 and reminisces about the ease of transferring books on the older model. As always, the show features listener feedback, starting with Alan's curiosity about the Ray-Ban Meta glasses and the AI transcription feature. Frank shares his frustrations with Lady A's playback issues and the difficulty of setting email sounds on the iPhone 14. But the highlight of today's episode is a candid interview with Adi Kushner from Access Mind. Adi opens up about the real-world conflict in Israel that has caused delays in the Optima Braille laptop's production. Despite the challenges, Adi remains committed to the project and shares exciting news about upcoming software beta testing and collaborations with screen reader developers. Keep your feedback coming and share your thoughts with the guys by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or calling 1-877-803-4567 and leaving us a voicemail.

Duration:00:56:15

Best of YouTube: Simulating Sight, Apple Vision Pro Accessibility & The Las Vegas Sphere Experience

2/4/2024
Starting this week Steven and Shaun can be found on YouTube talking tech from their own unique perspectives and here on the podcast you can enjoy that experience too with our new weekly Best of YouTube wrap-up episode. Here's what we talked about this week. Episode 1: Introduction (13 seconds) The guys introduce themselves and discuss the reason behind starting the Double Tap YouTube channel. They mention that Mr. F was the main reason behind the decision to expand their audience through YouTube. They explain that Double Tap is a daily show on AMI Audio in Canada, focusing on technology from a blind perspective, and the YouTube channel will allow them to delve deeper into topics they might not have time to cover on the radio show. Episode 2: Can You Really Understand Blindness by Pretending? (7 minutes 52 seconds) The hosts discuss whether it's appropriate for sighted people to use simulation glasses to experience what it's like to be blind. They share their opinions on visual impairment awareness courses and the potential negative impact of leaving participants with a sense of fear or pity. They reference a video by James Rath, a legally blind filmmaker, who collaborated with YouTuber Justine to show her what it's like to use an iPhone with visual impairment. Steven finds this approach more positive, as it demonstrates how blind people can successfully use technology. Episode 3: Apple Vision Pro Accessibility (21 minutes 54 seconds) Steven and Shaun discuss the accessibility features of the upcoming Apple Vision Pro, including VoiceOver, magnification, pointer control, eye track pointer, hand gestures, and more. They explain the importance of these features for people with various disabilities and how they can work together to provide a better user experience. They question the device's usability for blind individuals and whether there will be enough compelling content to justify purchasing it. Episode 4: The Sphere Experience (35 minutes 9 seconds) Matt Ater from Vispero joins Steven to talk about his experience visiting the Sphere in Las Vegas. Matt, who has low vision, describes how he used the Be My Eyes app to get descriptions of the scenes during a movie at the Sphere. He explains that the venue's immersive sound and vibrations made the experience enjoyable, despite the lack of audio description. They discuss the accessibility of the venue and the potential for blind and low vision individuals to enjoy events there. Check out new episodes of Double Tap on YouTube every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the channel by visiting this link: [https://www.youtube.com/@DoubleTapVideo] And keep in touch! Email feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. Also you find us across social media too.

Duration:00:44:01

Wrapping Up CES With Vispero's Matt Ater

2/2/2024
Today on the show, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece dive into the exciting world of CES, the Consumer Electronics Show, where all the latest and greatest tech gadgets make their debut. Steven and Shaun are bringing you the inside scoop with special guest Matt Ater, the Vice President of Vispero. But that's not all. Steven and Shaun also chat about some of the challenges of using voice commands in public, following an email by listener Gordon. Will new AI devices that require us to yell into our devices make society even more isolated and impact our privacy? Keep in touch by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on YouTube and across social media.

Duration:00:56:17

Steven's Purchases & Twitterific App Developer Returns With New App Tapestry

2/1/2024
In this episode of Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece are back with their usual chat and banter. The show kicks off with Steven reminding listeners about their YouTube channel, where they upload video versions of their episodes. He then teases an upcoming YouTube video focusing on the accessibility features of the Apple Vision Pro, a device that has been met with mixed reviews and confusion about its purpose. Shaun shares his excitement about his new Focusrite Vocaster Two, which has significantly improved his audio quality, much to Steven's approval. Steven talks about moving away from a traditional mixer to the Vocaster Two and praises its accessible software. Steven also talks about his recent purchases. He shares his experience with the Orbit Reader, which he bought from eBay. Despite initially receiving the device set to French, Steven manages to switch it to English and performs a firmware upgrade. He discusses the importance of reading manuals and how it helped him navigate the new device. He also talks about his new Victor Reader Stream Three and highlights its compact size, tactile buttons, Bluetooth capabilities, and support for SD cards up to one terabyte. He notes the device's potential as a content consumption tool and expresses his eagerness to use it for reading newspapers and other media. In the second half of the show, there's an interview with Gedeon Mayhew from IconFactory, who introduces Project Tapestry, an upcoming app that aims to unify social media and news feeds into one accessible platform. Gedeon discusses the challenges of developing apps without venture capital and how his Kickstarter helps mitigate financial risks. Keep your feedback coming too by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-804-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media and now on YouTube.

Duration:00:56:06

Elon’s Promise To Disabled People, UK Government Overreach & Accessible YouTube Pro Updates

1/31/2024
Today on the show, Steven and Shaun begin by talking about Elon Musk's Neuralink, which reportedly implanted the first brain chip in a human. They debate the implications, expressing skepticism due to past overhyped promises of technological cures for disabilities. Next, they discuss a UK government proposal that would allow the Home Office to pre-approve tech companies' security features, potentially affecting global releases and public knowledge. Apple criticized the proposal as an overreach that could compromise user privacy and security. The show features listener Robin Christopherson who shares his method for accessing YouTube without ads using the Accessible YouTube Downloader Pro for Windows. He also clarifies the British vs. global terminology for black tea. Your emails today include one criticizing Shaun for using sound effects in his demonstrations, while another provides information on the RIVO keyboard and recording phone calls. Another listener shares her experience with the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk and her talking watch. Keep your feedback coming by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or by calling 1-877-803-4567 and leaving us a voicemail. And don’t forget to check us out on YouTube. Episodes are published regularly so make sure and subscribe. Search for ‘Double Tap Video’ on YouTube.

Duration:00:55:48

The World of WiFi & Double Tap Goes Technicolor

1/30/2024
Today on Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece are diving into the world of wi-fi, specifically talking about Shaun's new Google Nest Mesh system. He shares his hands-on experience with the setup process, which he found incredibly easy, but he's a bit concerned about the speeds he's getting compared to his previous Netgear Orbi system. Despite the slower speeds, Shaun notes the stability and responsiveness of his smart home devices seem to be better with Google Nest. Steven and Shaun also announced the launch of Double Tap on YouTube, where they will be bringing their unique take on technology to a video format. They discuss the importance of adapting content for YouTube, considering the platform's audience and their viewing habits. You can find the YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/@doubletapvideo Later in the episode, Carrie Morales, known as Carrie on Accessibility, joins the guys to share her top tips on starting with a YouTube channel. She offers valuable advice on being prepared, the differences between podcasting and YouTube content creation, and the importance of enjoying the process. Carrie also talks about dealing with audience feedback, the need for a clear purpose, and the long-term commitment required to succeed on YouTube. Keep in touch with Double Tap by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. Plus we're on social media too - search for Double Tap.

Duration:00:56:31

A Weekend Away and Steven Gets A New Hat

1/29/2024
On today's episode of Double Tap, Steven Scott and Shaun Preece discuss a range of topics, including the announcement of a new AI-powered version of Siri by Apple, the potential discontinuation of Fossil smartwatches, and Microsoft's new voice clarity feature for Windows. There's also much discussion about the pair's trip to see a gig at the weekend, with Steven returning home with a new hat he wasn't expecting. However, he is expecting another parcel in the post as he's just ordered a new Victor Reader Stream 3 ... but why? Get in touch with the Double Tappers and join the conversation: Email: feedback@doubletaponair.com Call: 1-877-803-4567 (Canada and USA) / 0204 571 3354 (UK) X (formerly Twitter): @BlindGuyTech / @ShaunShed Mastodon: @DoubleTap

Duration:00:55:53