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Talking Technology with V I 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. V I Labs is the technology function within Vision Ireland. Vision Ireland is the national sight loss agency in Ireland. V I 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.vi.ie to discover more about our technology services and other range of services Vision Ireland 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. V I Labs is the technology function within Vision Ireland. Vision Ireland is the national sight loss agency in Ireland. V I 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.vi.ie to discover more about our technology services and other range of services Vision Ireland provide

Language:

English


Episodes

Talking Technology With V I Labs Episode 51 – glasses, voice notes, and audio described rugby

2/20/2024
Lightweight and designed to be worn all day, Envision AI Smart Glasses provide access to all kinds of information to the vision-impaired user. Joining us on the show to tell us more is Envision's co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Karthik Kannan. We explore the latest member of Amazon’s Echo family, the Echo Pop, featuring Alexa voice control, smart home integration and a more budget-friendly price tag. We play more of your voice notes and discuss proposed iOS sideloading in iOS 17.4 and audio description for The Six Nations Rugby on ITV. This show even has a surprise after the credits, so do stick around. Support the show

Duration:01:14:13

Talking Technology with V I Labs, episode 50 - unboxing the accessible talking Air Fryer, with a few WhatsApp Voice Notes

2/6/2024
This week we tell you about a brand-new way that you can interact with Talking Technology. You can now send us a voice note on WhatsApp by using the number 086 199 0011. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts. We also unbox the new Talking air fryer from Cobolt. Could this be the most accessible air fryer yet? It’s audio description from Google and Safer Internet Day in tech news. And we chat more about accessible cooking in quick pics. Support the show

Duration:01:03:20

Talking technology with V I Labs Episode 49 - CES, Young Scientists, and David’s new rabbit

1/23/2024
This week on Talking Technology David and Joe discuss all the big news from CES 2024 which took place in recent weeks. JP attended the BT Young Scientist exhibition and we hear from one of its visually impaired contributors. It’s accessible gaming and noodles in tech news this week, and David becomes the Voice of a Talking Calculator in Quick Picks. We also have an appearance from a random Rabbit. Support the show

Duration:01:05:44

Talking Technology Episode 48 – Braille in Everyday Life

1/10/2024
Join us as we celebrate Braille Literacy Month and dive into the world of Braille in our daily lives! Mairead starts the conversation by exploring the presence of Braille in everyday places and the benefits of using Braille labelling. Next, Brian shares his personal Braille experience when ordering from a menu and reading Braille subtitles on his favourite Netflix shows. Wrapping up the episode, Mairead reviews the Perkins Smart Brailler. Support the show

Duration:01:10:02

Talking Technology with V I Labs episode 47 - what a year

12/26/2023
In this episode of Talking Technology, we take a trip down memory lane to look back at the biggest stories of 2023. We also look ahead to see what 2024 might have in store. We hope you all had a great Christmas. Enjoy the new year's festivities and we’ll be back on January 9th. Support the show

Duration:01:42:39

Talking Technology Episode 46 Christmas Special – Accessibility on Sky Glass, Seeing AI and Be My AI come to Android, and a message from Santa

12/12/2023
In this festive episode of Talking Technology, we first chat with Dave Nason, CX Accessibility Manager at Sky Ireland, about the latest in Sky product accessibility, including voice guidance on Sky Glass TV and Sky Stream. Exciting news for Android users as Seeing AI and Be My AI hit the Play Store, closing the accessibility gap with iOS. Join us as we discuss what this means for vision-impaired Android users, and catch a special visit from old Saint Nick. Tune in for a tech-filled Christmas celebration! Support the show

Duration:00:53:58

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 45 – Envision AI Smart Glasses and the launch of Vision Academy

11/28/2023
In this episode of Talking Technology, we dive into the Envision AI Smart Glasses—an innovative wearable device designed to assist blind and visually impaired people with performing a huge variety of tasks independently. Priyanka Srivastava from Envision AI joins us to explore its capabilities, from recognising text to describeing objects, people, colours, and more. Also this week, Vision Ireland launches its new online learning platform, Vision Academy. Available 24/7, Vision Academy offers a diverse range of courses covering technology, advocacy, orientation and mobility, employment skills, accessible sports, Braille, and more. JP tells us about the courses available and how to get started on your learning journey with Vision Academy. Support the show

Duration:00:54:17

Talking Technology with V I Labs Episode 44 – 15 marathons in five days using Apple Watch Ultra + The CEO talks Vision Ireland

11/14/2023
We’re delighted to welcome two special guests on the latest episode of Talking Technology. First up discover the inspiring marathon feat of Peter Ryan, a vision-impaired athlete who recently returned from his epic marathon challenge where he ran the full length of Ireland., we’re also joined by Chris White, CEO of Vision Ireland, he’ll be discussing the recent rebranding from NCBI. We’ll discuss the tech involved, and learn what tech the boss uses in his day to day life. Support the show

Duration:01:15:41

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 43 – tricks, treats, Apple Events and Braille

10/31/2023
In this episode of Talking Technology things are a little bit more spooky. We talk about all the latest new Mac computers from Apple’s scary fast event. Will Joe be getting himself an IMac? Brian and Peter tell us how braille is helping those who are deaf blind, and we hear from a deaf blind service user who’s finding her independence using modern Braille technology. We also talk about the changes coming to Xbox and YouTube, and learn how to download Bookshare Books on the Braille Sense 6. Support the show

Duration:01:15:56

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 42 – new features for Seeing AI, new Team members for NCBI Labs, and new courses for you

10/17/2023
Seeing AI 5.2 has been released providing competition for Be My AI. We try out the new features to see how it all works. We meet Giorgia Paccagnin, the latest addition to the NCBI Labs training team in Dublin. She tells us about how she’s found her first week exploring the world of assistive technology. Denis and Dereck tell us about the latest courses from NCBI Labs, and Dereck also makes his debut as our Talking Technology Newsreader. Support the show

Duration:01:00:42

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 41 – Be My AI is out, & first impressions of the iPhone 15 Pro

10/3/2023
Be My Eyes meets GPT-4: is AI the next frontier in accessibility? This week we find out about the recent release of Be My AI, the new AI assistant from the popular Be My Eyes app. Founder Hans Jørgen Wiberg joins us on the show to discuss how this AI-powered addition can provide invaluable assistance for blind and low-vision users. Next, we shift our attention to the much-anticipated iPhone 15 Pro as we explore the phone’s impressive features, including the all-new customisable "action button." Support the show

Duration:01:01:42

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 40 – The Be My Eyes faces controversy, & iOS 17 accessibility updates

9/19/2023
Many of our listeners will be familiar with Be My AI, the new Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool integrated into the popular Be My Eyes app. We discuss the news this week that the beta version of their AI tool has started blocking images with faces due to privacy concerns. What does this mean for users of this feature? We explore the latest accessibility updates rolled out with iOS 17. First on the list is the brand-new Assistive Access feature, designed to streamline your iPhone or iPad's user interface by displaying only your essential apps. We find out about a new feature called Screen Distance crafted to safeguard your eyes during extended screen use, along with a slew of notable Siri enhancements. Support the show

Duration:00:59:42

Talking Technology Extra - Apple's Wanderlust Event, with Apple Watch Series 9, Ultra 2, iPhone 15 and 15 Pro

9/13/2023
David, Joe, and Mairead discuss all the new announcements from Apple’s September 2023 Wanderlust Event. Support the show

Duration:00:36:18

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 39 – The World of Accessible Health Tech

9/5/2023
Join us on the show this week as we discuss some of the latest accessible health tech innovations for people with sight loss. Discover talking bathroom scales, smart scales from Withings, diabetes-friendly glucose monitoring systems like freestyle Libre and Dexcom, and smartwatch picks that prioritise accessibility. As part of our Tech News, we share details about the recent release of the Soundscape Community app and the latest updates to the NVDA screen reader including the introduction of the Add-on Store that allows users to browse, search, install and update community add-ons. Support the show

Duration:01:05:32

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 38 – What does the future hold for Be My Eyes? Be My AI and Be My Eyes Groups

8/22/2023
Be My Eyes, a revolutionary app for the blind and low-vision community, has been connecting users with volunteers for assistance with everyday tasks since 2012. The service currently has over 6 million active volunteers in over 150 countries and is available in over 180 languages. On the show this week we’re joined by the founder of the Be My Eyes app Hans Jørgen Wiberg. Hans gives us an overview of the app and talks about the best way to use it for sighted assistance. We hear about their recent partnership with Sky and a new feature called Virtual Volunteer, powered by OpenAI’s recently announced GPT-4 model, which is set to take its power and value to new heights. Support the show

Duration:01:05:19

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 37 – Exploring Soundscape Community

8/8/2023
On the show this week we are delighted to share with you exciting news of the upcoming release of the Soundscape Community app. Soundscape Community uses 3D spatial audio technology to share information about what's around you, building a richer awareness of your surroundings. It has been developed by a consortium following the news that Microsoft Soundscape was coming to a close. It encourages the exploration of both new and familiar areas by empowering people with knowledge. Support the show

Duration:00:49:28

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 36 – Exploring the range of BlindShell mobile phones, and Dorian joins the Labs Team

7/25/2023
On the show this week we take a dive into the features of the BlindShell talking mobile phones. With 3 BlindShell models to choose from, these phones feature a fully functional screen reader, a physical keypad, and a large-print, high-contrast screen that is fully customisable. To find out all we need to know about these accessible phones we’re joined by Filip Hrdlička from BlindShell. On Meet the Team we speak with Dorian Salzmann who recently joined the Labs team as a Technology Trainer. Support the show

Duration:00:59:07

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 35 – home entertainment with the Apple TV, and Chris joins NCBI Labs

7/11/2023
In this podcast episode, we dive into the accessibility features and functionalities of Apple TV 4K. From voice control options to closed captions and audio descriptions, discover how Apple TV 4K ensures an inclusive and enjoyable entertainment experience for everyone. On Meet the Team we catch up with Chris Steward who recently joined the Labs Team as a Technology Trainer. He tells us about his first experience learning about assistive technology, and even answers that controversial question, iOS or Android. Support the show

Duration:00:47:50

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 34 – Smart Home Essentials: Roborock Robot Vacuum, Amazon Echo Show 15 vs Google Nest Hub Max

6/27/2023
On the show this week we discover the power of three smart home powerhouses: the Roborock S6 Max V Smart Vacuum, the Amazon Echo Show 15, and the Google Nest Hub Max. We first discuss the convenience of automated cleaning with Roborock, before comparing the two biggest smart displays on the market: the Amazon Echo Show 15 and the Google Nest Hub Max. Which is the best smart display for you? Join us as we explore these cutting-edge devices and learn how they can smarten up your home! Support the show

Duration:01:37:11

Talking Technology Podcast Episode 33 – Apple WWDC23, IA Labs, Android to iOS Switch Part III

6/13/2023
This week we reflect on highlights from Apple’s WWDC 2023 keynote that saw the announcement of the Apple Vision Pro headset, the 15-inch MacBook Air, new versions of the Mac Pro and Mac Studio, iOS 17, macOS Sonoma, watchOS 10, and more. In the final part of our iOS to Android series, Kyran O’Mahoney and Mairead O’Mahony tell us about the switch from their beloved iPhones to a Google Pixel Pro and Samsung Z Flip 4. Are they missing their iPhones or have they officially converted to Android? Last month marked the one-year anniversary of the official launch of Inclusion and Accessibility Labs. We find out about the significant strides the IA Labs team has made in improving digital accessibility for all over the last 12 months. Support the show

Duration:01:55:52