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Talking Technology with NCBI Labs

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This podcast is focused on technology that supports people who are blind and visually impaired. Our panel of IT Trainers & guest panelists discuss all the latest in mainstream and inclusive technology innovations in a fun and informative manner. NCBI Labs is the technology function within NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland)NCBI is the national sight loss agency in Ireland. NCBI Labs provide technology assessments and training for all our service users. We are a not for profit charity, which offers support and services to people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties with their eyesight. Visit www.ncbi.ie to discover more about our technology services and other range of services NCBI provide

This podcast is focused on technology that supports people who are blind and visually impaired. Our panel of IT Trainers & guest panelists discuss all the latest in mainstream and inclusive technology innovations in a fun and informative manner. NCBI Labs is the technology function within NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland)NCBI is the national sight loss agency in Ireland. NCBI Labs provide technology assessments and training for all our service users. We are a not for profit charity, which offers support and services to people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties with their eyesight. Visit www.ncbi.ie to discover more about our technology services and other range of services NCBI provide

Location:

Ireland

Description:

This podcast is focused on technology that supports people who are blind and visually impaired. Our panel of IT Trainers & guest panelists discuss all the latest in mainstream and inclusive technology innovations in a fun and informative manner. NCBI Labs is the technology function within NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland)NCBI is the national sight loss agency in Ireland. NCBI Labs provide technology assessments and training for all our service users. We are a not for profit charity, which offers support and services to people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties with their eyesight. Visit www.ncbi.ie to discover more about our technology services and other range of services NCBI provide

Language:

English


Episodes

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 9 – Introducing the myNCBI SmartHub

5/19/2022
On the show today we are delighted to introduce listeners to the myNCBI SmartHub. Launching today on Global Accessibility Awareness Day, the myNCBI SmartHub is an Alexa Skill and Google Action that facilitates direct communications with NCBI, bringing NCBI services and content into the homes of people with sight loss through an affordable smart speaker. From finding out about the range of services offered by NCBI, to booking appointments or listening to your favourite audiobooks or...

Duration:00:47:41

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 8 - IA Labs, Digital Inclusion, The Digital Accessibility Index

5/3/2022
We have entered an age of a professionalised internet with high expectations for accessible websites and mobile applications. On the show this week we are delighted to introduce listeners to Inclusion and Accessibility Labs, a spin-out company from the NCBI. IA Labs Co-Founder Kyran O’Mahoney, and Adele Buliman, QA and Customer Success Lead, tell us about the work the team is doing to drive forward the issue of equal inclusion and access to the digital world for everyone. What exactly is...

Duration:00:43:18

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 7 – Learning Braille and Braille Music

4/12/2022
In the modern inclusive teaching space, Braille is key to a vision impaired student’s reading and writing skills, enabling them to master the rules of spelling, punctuation, grammar in a script created for them to access text, mathematics, music, and other information. On the show this week we speak with several guests about their experience learning Braille and the empowering role it has played in their lives. Did you know that Braille music was invented along with the literary braille...

Duration:00:59:03

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 6 – Silentium Active Noise Cancellation Technology, Commentary Screen Reader, iPhone Subscription Service

3/29/2022
On the show this week we are joined by Amir Slapak, Senior Business Development Manager with Israeli-based company Silentium, to find out about pioneering Active Noise Cancellation technology being developed to enhance sound quality and cut out distraction in all sorts of environments. We are joined by Samsung Galaxy user Kerie Doyle who shares with us her experience using the Commentary Screen Reader for the Android operating system. With custom gestures, a built-in voice assistant, and...

Duration:01:12:49

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 5 - Apple March Event Recap, Cheap vs Steep Bluetooth Speakers, iOS vs Android

3/15/2022
This week on the show we check out key highlights from Apple's recent Peek Performance Event that introduced us to several new products including a new iPhone SE with A15 Bionic Chip, a new iPad Air with M1 Chip, a powerful new Mac desktop called Mac Studio, and a new professional monitor called the Mac Studio Display. Clearly Apple’s first major media event of the year was very much characterized by the company's growing processor technology. In our first Cheap vs Steep discussion we chat...

Duration:01:21:49

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 4 – JAWS vs NVDA, making Wordle accessible

3/1/2022
The screen reader has for many years been an essential piece of software for people with sight loss who wish to read text that is displayed on a computer or mobile phone screen through speech output. On the show this week we compare and contrast two popular screen readers for Microsoft Windows, NVDA from NV Access and JAWS from Freedom Scientific. We explain the difference between both, and what benefits there from using one over the other. Our panel and special guests go in depth on all the...

Duration:01:15:13

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 3 – Emerging orientation and mobility technology: the Jedi Glove and the HapNav Watch

2/15/2022
In our technology podcasts we always strive to keep our finger on the pulse when it comes to finding out about the latest trends and developments in emerging technology for people with sight loss. In 2020 the so-called ‘Jedi Glove’ was developed by medics and engineers at the Clinical Science Institute in NUI, Galway. This ultrasonic glove was designed to help wearers navigate their environment through touch and essentially build up a 3D picture of what’s around them. The technology...

Duration:00:58:31

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 2 – Safer Internet Day, Amazon Echo Show 15, and Ad Blockers

2/1/2022
First up this week, with Safer Internet Day taking place this year on Tuesday 8th February we take time to highlight some of the ways we can stay safe online. Next we check out the recently released Amazon Echo Show 15. Described as a big Alexa display for your wall, this is the largest smart display yet from Amazon and offers a range of built-in accessibility features for people who are blind or vision impaired including the VoiceView screen reader and Screen Magnifier. We also find out...

Duration:01:17:09

Talking Technology with NCBI Labs Episode 1 – 3D Printing, Computers vs Smartphones

1/18/2022
Our Live Event Podcasts return this year with a brand new name – Talking Technology with NCBI Labs. On the show this week we first explore the rapidly evolving area of 3D Printing. We find out how 3D printing works and what tools and materials are used to create 3D models. From applications in healthcare, transport, construction, music, and more, this technology is extremely versatile and, when it comes to what it can produce, the sky is the limit, We even hear some 3D printed '3Dvarius'...

Duration:01:13:54

NCBI Labs Live Event 61 – Celebrating World Braille Day

1/4/2022
Wishing all our listeners a very Happy New Year. For almost 200 years, Braille has transformed the lives of many people with sight loss. It has promoted equal opportunities and opened doors to literacy, education, and employment. In recognition of World Braille Day taking place today 4th January, our first Live Event of 2022 is dedicated entirely to the tactile writing system of Braille. What is exactly is Braille? How is used, why is it so important, and where can it be learned? To help...

Duration:01:11:36

Live Event 60 – Introducing the BlindShell Classic 2 Mobile Phone, Exploring the Supersense AI app for iOS and Android, and Competition to win an Amazon Echo

12/7/2021
We have lots coming up in what will be our final Live Event of 2021. To start off, it’s competition time as we give away an Amazon Echo smart speaker to one lucky listener. Next, we’re very exciting to tell you about the brand-new BlindShell Classic 2. An updated version of the internationally popular BlindShell Classic, this is a fully accessible phone for the blind and visually impaired community. The phone has a fully functional screen reader, a physical keypad, and a large print, high...

Duration:01:04:50

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 59 – Black Friday Deals, Leonie Watson, WCAG 2.1

11/22/2021
On this weeks live event, we talk about the Black Friday deals available this year, both online and in-store. We feature deals on smart speakers, wifi extenders, apple devices, and Orcam products, and even show how you can use your Amazon Echo to search for deals. Also on the show, we talk to Leonie Watson, director of Tetralogical, about W3C and WCAG 2.1 guidelines, as well as the notable developments of recent years that have contributed to advancements made in the world of accessibility...

Duration:01:22:32

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 58 – New Daily Weather Podcast from Met Éireann and Smart Glasses

11/9/2021
On the show this week we find out about a new daily weather forecast podcast that has been launched by Met Éireann. The podcast offers a convenient and accessible way to find out the weather forecast if you are on the move and is also available through your smart speaker. To find out more we are joined by Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting with Met Éireann, and Joanne Walker, Senior meteorological officer with Met Éireann. The new daily weather forecast podcast can be accessed at...

Duration:01:04:59

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 57 - Subscription-based services, Dot Watch, and YouTube accessibility enhancements

10/26/2021
On today’s show, we talk about the rise of subscription based services in recent years. We discuss the various businesses that offer subscription options currently, and discuss the pros and cons for the end user. Additionally, in our series of end-user reviews, Brian Manning tells us how he uses his Dot Watch, and give us his opinion on it. Support the show (https://www.ncbi.ie/supporting-us/donate-now/) Support the show (https://www.ncbi.ie/supporting-us/donate-now/)

Duration:01:07:19

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 56

10/12/2021
On the show this week we're delighted to have back with us Stephen Howell, Senior Program Manager with Microsoft Ireland. Stephen tells us about the latest accessibility features and enhancements to look forward to in Windows 11. We also find out from Stephen all there is to know about the much-anticipated Surface Adaptive Kit being brought out by Microsoft to make its hardware more accessible. Showcased at the recent Microsoft Surface Event, the Adaptive Kit features a variety of tactile...

Duration:01:02:03

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 55

9/28/2021
On the show this week we are joined by David Nason from Apple Vis to find out about the latest features and functions in iOS 15. Highlights include being able to perform more tasks with Siri off-line, a new VoiceOver Quick Settings menu, and a new feature called Live Text that allows you to read text from photos and with the Camera app. We look back at some of the highlights from Apple’s recent ‘California Streaming’ event that introduced us to the iPhone 13 Series, the Apple Watch Series...

Duration:01:08:25

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 54

9/14/2021
On the show this week we discuss the role technology can play in making the workplace a more inclusive environment for people with sight loss. What are some of the challenges faced when seeking or in employment, and what grants are available to fund the equipment needed? Joining us on Meet the Team to help answer these questions and more is Maura Barry who works with the Employment and Vocation Service in NCBI. We explore a range of CCTVs (closed circuit televisions) that enable many people...

Duration:01:06:24

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 53

8/31/2021
On the show this week we are delighted to be joined by special guest Steven Scott from the RNIB Tech Talk Team. With almost 400 episodes, Tech Talk is a podcast and radio show for blind and partially sighted people who are interested in accessible technology. Steven tells us all there is to know about the RNIB Tech Talk podcast show, favourite interviews, funniest moments, and more. We also find out what has happened to the popular FlickType keyboard app for the iPhone, which was...

Duration:01:04:06

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 52

8/17/2021
On the show this week we find out about Sight Tech Global 2021, an event focusing on AI and the future of accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. The virtual event takes place this year from December 1-2 and is free to the public. To find out more about what’s in store we are joined by Ned Desmond, the founder and executive producer of Sight Tech Global. We catch up with Dominique Farrell who shares with us her experience to date with using the recently released...

Duration:00:31:13

NCBI Labs Technology Live Event 52

8/16/2021
On the show this week we find out about Sight Tech Global 2021, an event focusing on AI and the future of accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. The virtual event takes place this year from December 1-2 and is free to the public. To find out more about what’s in store we are joined by Ned Desmond, the founder and executive producer of Sight Tech Global. We catch up with Dominique Farrell who shares with us her experience to date with using the recently released...

Duration:00:56:39