Louie Voice Control
(25 February 2021 12:00 am)
This is an Android app that is still in development but can already do many things. It is voice control for popular apps and phone functionality. It is designed and written by Pramit who is visually impaired.
Currently Louie can fully control and interact with Uber, YouTube and WhatsApp so you can just talk and listen and do the following:
Book a Taxi
Enjoy your favourite videos
Send Text or Audio Messages, Share Audio & Video, Make Audio & Video Calls
Fully Manage your Contacts & Make Phone Calls
To find out more about Louie Voice.....
Show and Tell available on Echo Show
(28 January 2021 12:00 am)
The Alexa Show and Tell Feature was released on Echo Show Devices in the UK in December.
It identifies common grocery items and other products by using the Echo Show’s camera.
Hold up the item, eg a tin of food, about a foot away from the camera and say “Alexa, what am I holding”. When prompted turn the item around to show all sides. Alexa will help position the item with tips and sounds.
To find out more about show and tell and hear a tutorial say “Alexa, help with show and tell”
For a YouTube video on this feature please select.....
iPhone Back Tap
(14 January 2021 12:00 am)
With IOS 14 and an iPhone 8 or above there is a new feature called Back Tap that can be used to perform a selected action either by double or triple tapping anywhere on the back of the phone. This can be used to turn on an accessibility feature eg Voice Over or open an application eg camera or perform a custom shortcut.
Settings - Accessibility - Touch - Back Tap
There are two options a double tap or a triple tap, select the action you wish to configure for each from the list.
Note : Some phone cases may inhibit this feature
LiDAR and People Detection
(13 January 2021 12:00 am)
LiDAR stands for light detection and ranging and it is a 3 dimensional mapping technology similar to radar and sonar. It is used in self driving cars, factory floor robots and robot vacuum cleaner to navigate the world around them by sending out laser beams and analysing the return time of the beam to generate the map.
The technology is now becoming more accurate, cheaper and smaller and has started to be installed in mobile devices.
A LiDAR scanner has been added to the iPhone 12 Pro by the camera lenses on the back of the phone. It uses bouncing.....
BBO Visual Assist
(26 November 2020 12:00 am)
A Google Chrome plugin that assists users to play Bridge on-line.
BBO Visual Assist Plugin Details:
Assists visually impaired users to play Bridge on the BBO (Bridge Base Online) website by:
Reading text, cards, bids, score etc. under the mouse cursor.
Describing actions such as clicking on a bid or a card to play.
Describing actions by other players such as bids, played cards, alerts and claims.
The extension can be tailored to the required level of assistance by enabling or disabling the appropriate functions using the extension’s pop-up.....
(20 August 2020 12:00 am)
Smart speakers give you access to the internet by having a conversation with your new best friend. No need for screens, keyboards, mice, screen readers or magnifiers.Smart speakers connect to the internet via a Wi-Fi connection, they use voice recognition to respond to your request. When you want to make a request you say the ‘wake up’ word for your device: ‘Alexa’ for Amazon, ‘Hey Siri’ for Apple and ‘OK Google’ for Google devices.
Smart speakers can be used to access all sorts of information:
.... set a timer for 20 minutes