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iSee - Using various technologies from a blind persons perspective.
Apple Accessibility for the Blind or low vision
Aug 22, 2021
Demo of the Versa Slate - paperless slate (hand frame) with stylus
This is an amazing upgrade to the traditional slate or as we say in Australia hand frame. So rather than sticking in a bit of paper, writing in Braille, and then having to take the paper out, read what you have Brailled, and then stick it back in again to continue Brailling, you just Braille or write on once side and the pins pop out on the other reading side, for you to just read what you have Brailled. You can push any pin in with your finger tip to clear pins within a cell or use the buttons at the top and bottom to clear every 5 cells going across: eg first left top and bottom do lines 1 to 4 up to firth cell etc or top left button by itself does lines 1 to 2, and bottom right hand side button does lines3 to 4 etc, then going across to buttons 2, 3, and 4 for top and bottom. Do not use the stylus to push in the pins on the reading side as you'll damage the pins. It'll make more sense when you listen to the demo. Enjoy.
Aug 1, 2021
Demo of the AfterShokz OpenComm Bone Conduction head phones (with Boom Mic).
Jul 21, 2021
Run through of the Apple MagSafe Battery Pack for all iPhone 12's.
Give you a physical description of the battery pack, how to check battery status, charging tips, using the pack as a wireless charger, and some general tips for usage.
Jul 14, 2021
Demo of the ReadEasy Evolve portable reading machine
In this demo, I give you a physical description of the ReadEasy Evolve, setup, and use. Vision Australia Store web link to purchase is: https://shop.visionaustralia.org/shop/product/esocr057-so
Jul 10, 2021
Another excuse to play with the Subaru Forester finally again, demoing the Amazon Echo Auto
Jul 7, 2021
Demo of the Micro Speak Plus Digital Voice Recorder
Quick run through of the Micro Speak Plus Digital Voice Recorder. Extremely easy to use, and copy files recorded over to Mac or PC. Product ID for Vision Australia Vision Store is ES7427. Enjoy.
Jun 14, 2021
A walk through and demo of the Dyson Air Purifier, Heater, and Fan combo
This Dyson 3 in one tower unit, purify’s the air, heats, and emits cool air. Comes in white or silver. Prices seem to vary quite a lot, when I purchased mine they were about $750 Australian for the second two. When setting the unit up, take it out of the box, install the Hepa filters in both sides of the base, [plug in to wall outlet, stick remote on top face down to attach. Note - don't lift or move the Dyson via the top part of the fan unit, even though it looks tempging. The unit is about 1 metre high, about 400MM in diameter at the base, and weighs about 5KG. The base contains the Hepa filters, one on each side, and are easy to remove and replace by releasing the latch’s on either side of the base. On one side of the base at the top, is a round largish on/off button (also used to Bluetooth pair the unit) as well as a small LCD screen showing air quality for example. On the opposite side to the on/off button, but at the bottom of the base is where the 1.5 meter power chord connects. The main fan part of the unit which sits on top of the base, is a tall oval shape, with the air coming in the back and out through the front edge of the oval sides. This air direction can be reversed. There are no blades at all. The oval shape fan unit can rotate 350 degrees. The base can be tilted forward/back to adjust air flow direction down, forward or up. The remote control has physical buttons, and magnetically connects to the top of the oval shaped fan unit. Note - whilst the oval shaped part of the unit is open, the manual advises strongly when moving the unit, do not treat the oval area has a handle, but pick up the whole unit from the base to move it, otherwise the movement mechanism to the base may be damaged. The unit can be controlled from the Dyson Link app on iOS or Android, and via the Amazon Echo or via Siri shortcuts. Connecting the fan to the Dyson link app was very straight forward, and pairing when instructed was to simply hold the iPhone near the on/off button and press to initiate pairing. Overall the Dyson Link app is accessible. When using the Dyson from Alexa, you need to enable the skill and login with your Dyson account via the skill to link it up. The Dyson link app works well with Voiceover on the iPhone, allowing all functions to be accessed including temperature control, fan speed, cool or heat, rotation, air purification stats etc. The Dyson skill works well, and allows control over temperature, fan speed, hot hot or cool, and how much rotating you want the fan to do. With the app, you can set up your current location to get current weather info, and you can also name the unit, which comes in handy if you have more than one. Both the app and skill allow the use of multiple fans to be switched between. In the app, you select the fan via the App Menu and on the skill, each fan is numbered, and you use that number to select the fan you wish to use. When the Hepa filter needs replacing, there is a notification. You can also check the status of the filters at any time as this info is displayed within the Dyson Link app. Having fans in different rooms, means I can custom set fan functions for those rooms. Most of the time, I use the “Ask Dyson” function with Alexa to change settings on all of the fans. Well worth the price for the functionality I receive..
Jun 12, 2021
Review and demo of the Audio Technica ATH-M30X Studio monitoring head phones
These head phones offer great comfort, good sound quality with minimal design and rugged construction. For use as a monitoring head set to a mixer, they perform very well indeed. The head set comes in Quite a large box. Inside you will find - leather carry pouch, neatly stored head phones (they do fold up), long attached to left ear cup head phone audio cable (2.74M, with step up adapter already screwed on to the end of the 3.5MM audio jack), and warranty card. The headphones are entirely black with silver (tactile) Audio Technica logo on the faces of both ear cups. Audio Technica” is printed in white on the top side of the headband The soft material on the headband and the ear cushions are made of leather. Even though made of plastic, the body construction is well finished. The headband has a metallic support on the inside which becomes visible where it connects to the ear cups. The headband adjustment is very smooth, with no click in to position. However, they do stay put when adjusted. The rotating mechanism for the ear cups is supported by a plastic hinge allowing the ear cups to fold inwards for storage or in to the provided leather carry pouch. The head phones have large ear cups that cover the entire ear and cut out an amazing amount of external noise. The head phones are very comfortable for all day use, no pressure on the top or side of the head. As pointed out already, the long 2.74m cable is attached to the left ear cup of the head phones. The 3.5MM female to 6.3MM male step up adapter is already screwed on to the end of the 3.5mm jack. In the case of the Zoom Podtrack P4, you will need to unscrew this adapter to plug the head phones in to the P4 3.5mm head phones jack.. With the excellent sound noise reduction of the ear cups (no they do not have active noise cancellation), you can concentrate on editing audio such as a podcast. I find these head phones excellent for listening to VoiceOver out of the Mac, editing podcasts, listening to music, and because they fold up, great for use when out and about if I am podcasting with the Zoom Podtrak P4, and my Samson Q2u mics. Note - these are straight head phones, they do not have their own microphone as found with the Audio Technica BPHS Head phones.
Jun 8, 2021
Demo of usingwww.cleanfeed.net on the Mac with Voiceover where scott and I just chat about tech for the demo
As you will b able to tell, Cleanfeed works fine on the Mac using Voiceover in Google Chrome. Rather than just a boring demo, scott and i thought, why not chat about our old and new tech stuff. i've combined what the Zoom Podtrak P4 was recording as far as logging in to www.cleanfeed.net was concerned, and of course, the issue with using Safari with Voiceover on the iphone for Scott aas everything including Voiceover was coming through. So besides demoing that Cleanfeed works, i hope you enjoy my and Scott's chat.
Jun 6, 2021
Direct demo (no speaking from me)of all the English voices on the Apple TV organised by chapter navigation
Hi all, This time around, no speaking from me at all. What you will hear is me using the Siri remote to go through all the English voices for VoiceOver on the Apple TV. I've placed chapter marks for each of the English voice categories: Australia India Ireland South Africa UK US This will hopefully give you a good idea of the different voices in case you want to ever change.
Jun 4, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 compilation of all initial 12 P4 demos organised by Chapters.
This podcast contains all of my 12 podcast demos on the Zoom Podtrak P4. You can navigate by chapter on the Mac via Downcast or on iOS via Overcast. I don’t know why you want to, but you can also just listen to start to end if you really really want to smile. Demos include my first impressions of the P4, full description of the P4, using channel 3 (TRRS) and channel 4 (UsB) on the P4, recording VoiceOver from the Mac, tips on recording and playing back recent file, using the Sound Pad to control play back of files, using the Sound Pad menu, using the Files Menu, using the Files Transfer main menu option, demo of the BTA-2 Bluetooth transceiver, demo of the Audio Technica headset with dynamic XLR boom microphone, and demo of the Samson Q2u and Backpack Studio. Think it was funny about mid range through in the demos, where I said it was going to be my last. Enjoy.
3 hr 6 min
Jun 4, 2021
Samson Q2u Dynamic Microphone demo offering XLR and Mini UsB Connectivity for PC, Mixer, & iPhone
Samson 29 Q2u Podcasting PackParticularly handy for podcasting. Plus Backpack Studio Set up for todays demo iPhone 12 Pro on a wireless charging stand Magic Keyboard 2 connected to iPhone Samsung Q2u microphone/stand. Ear phones plugged in to mic for monitoring. And yes, this demo was all recorded on my iPhone and Backpack Studio using the Samsung Q2u mic. First Backpack Studio Description from the iOS App Store Create professional sounding podcasts and radio from anywhere using only an iPhone or iPad. Eg both works as a podcaster and radio streamer. With backpack studio, Your show is automatically mixed and mastered while it’s being recorded. Features: - Record your voice while triggering sounds live - intros, background music, and sound effects. Sounds automatically adjust volume in real time. - A powerful soundboard with unlimited pages of soundpads. - Import sounds into the soundboard from anywhere - iCloud, dropbox, g…
Jun 3, 2021
A Dynamic, Internal, and a Bluetooth Mic walk in to a bar....
Jun 2, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 - demo of the BTA-2 Bluetooth transceiver
In this demo, I discuss and demo the BTA-2 Bluetooth transmitter and Receiver to allow you to wirelessly connect to the P4. Note - as with connecting a TRRS cable, mic 3 (channel 3) needs to be in the most right position for the switch, and the BTA-2 plugs in to both the 2.5mm and 3.mm jacks on the side of the P$.
May 31, 2021
Demoing the use of the Audio Technica BPHS1 broadcasting headset incorporating an XLR boom microphone
In this demo, I use my Zoom Podtrak P4 with the Audio Technica BPHS1 broadcasting head set which combines both a head set with an XLR boom microphone. I compare it to my current desktop mic/stand, the Samson 29 Q2U podcasting kit. Note - to use with the P4, I used a 6.3mm to 3.5mm female to male adapter to plug it in in to the head phone jack on the P4. The cable coming off the head set splits in to an XLR mic jack and the 6.3mm head phone jack. Certainly does the job, and great for portability, no need to carry around a XLR mic, stand, and head phones: just the head set plus the P4.
May 30, 2021
To celebrate a million downloads, reposting a demo I did back in April 2011, Add to iTunes as a Spoken Track
Amazingly or not, this function is still around on the Mac, although now days its called Add to Music as a Spoken Track: a great way of producing audio files from text. Interesting what 10 years can do in how ones voice sounds more confident and relaxed smile. David 2021
May 29, 2021
Demo of 3 LIDAR apps using iPhone 12 Pro - Seeing AI, Super LIDAR, and inbuilt Magnifier with VoiceOver (Seeing AI/Person not LiDAR)
On a previous podcast, here is my catch up demo using 3 LIDAR apps on my iPhone 12 Pro. As I mainly use People Detection, I focus in this demo mainly on Super LIDAR and the Magnifier apps.
May 27, 2021
First of 2 catch up quick demos - Apple Watch ECG function as its been available for a few months in Australia.
As I say in the podcast, this demo is demoing the ECG function of the Apple Watch for folks here in Australia. The next demo will be using LIDAR on the iPhone 12 Pro using the Magnification, Super LiDAR, and Seeing AI apps.
May 26, 2021
Siri Touch remote version 2 for the Apple TV demo using VoiceOver
Quite like the way this remote feels, works, but still some things to work out, namely scrolling through a movie with vO on, and moving apps around on the Home screen. Great remote, much prefer itr over the Siri Touch V1 remote.
May 26, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 - test drive recording my latest Exploring Tech Webinar - Reading Options BLV
My first go at actually recording a webinar using the Zoom Podtrak P4. Still somethings to iron out like which mic to mute (Zoom or P4 grin), and doing a bit better myself changing in and out cables. However, the recording you are hearing hasn't been touched, just conversion to MP3 for the podcast post. I think it went well.
1 hr 2 min
May 25, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 - all about the files menu.
In this demo, I take you through how easy it is to use the Files menu from the main menu to playback and delete files you don't want from the P4 itself. Enjoy, and the last one in this series for the moment as I've covered all the thrings I need to do up to this point, but there will be more smile.
May 24, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 demo - transfering files directly between the P4 and the Mac
In this demo, I show you how to directly transfer files between the P4 and in my case the Mac, via the P4 menu option File Transfer (press menu and press right 3 times, and select file transfer). Simply puts the P4 in to a mass storage mode (turning off knobs and mics), and comes up as a P4 drive when connected via a USBC cable connected to the power/data port on the P4 (front left hand side port). To exit file transfer, just press menu twice, and knobs and mics will return to normal operation. Much better and safer than dragging out the SD card all the time which is exactly what I've been doing sigh smile.
May 24, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 - using the menu, Sound Pad sub-menu to change Sound Type, repeat value or volume of sounds
In this demo I take you through using the Sound Pad sub-menu from the main menu for selecting different sounds, the way they repeat, and the volume of a sound. The first time you go in to the menu via the Menu button, press right arrow (Stop button), then Enter/Select (Record button) to bring up the Sound Pad custom sub-menu. If you don't restart the Podtrak P4, next time you go out and in to the menu, Sound Pad will already be selected, so just press Enter. As nothing talks as such in these menus, just practise ggoing in and out and it will become easier.
May 23, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 - using the Sound Pad to control playback of recent file
In this demo, I show you how you can use the Sound Pad to: Top Left button rewind, time jump or beginning of file, Top right button fast forward, time jump or end of file, and Bottom left button beginning of file. When using the Sound Pad buttons, use the Play/Pause button. Pressing Stop will revert the Sound Pad files back to their usual function.: i.e. playing sounds.
May 22, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 demo - recording from the Mac - intro and out by L Woodbridge
Enjoy. Due to the Podtrak P4 and getting excited about podcasting again, I've added my intro/out sound file that L Woodbridge did for me to the Podtrak for future use. And yes, I'll be doing a demo later on accessing the Sound Pad, which is not strictly accessible, but works as you can tell with this intro I added to my Sound Pad. Am I having fun, absolutely.
May 21, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 - more about Channel 3 and 4 re recording other devices
In this demo, I show you how you can use the TRRS cable to record from another device such as an Amazon Echo Dot, and also use a lightning to UsB Camera adapter on channel 4 to also connect to your iPhone. Remember, for both channel 3 and channel 4, the switch needs to be in the most right (3rd) position.
May 21, 2021
Zoom Podtrak P4 description, demo, and tips
May 18, 2021
A quick demo of my new Zoom Podtrak P4 setup - 2 head phones/mics, iPhone, Mac, and VoiceOver off to one side as it were - enjoy
Zoom Podtrak P4 Review This is an amazing device. A multi track recorder designed for podcasting, even for beginners, just connect mics and head phones. It is a multi-track recorder, mixer, and a 2 channel audio interface to a PC (Mac or Windows). Main features of the P4: Use your favorite mics. Multi track recording supports for channels recorded at the same time, producing a combined file, and individual channel files. Levels of all 4 mics can be individually altered. 4 Head phone outputs allows everyone to monitor voice levels. Power can be via UsBC computer, USBC power or two AA battery’s (UsBC power could also be a power brick). Remote recording of participants: channel 3 for smart phone, and channel for for PC: a Mix Minus function stops remote participants from hearing back an echo. Instant playback of jingles via the 4 button sound pad. The UsBC PC port can be used to use the P4 as an audio device to a PC: Mac or Windows. P4 records at 44.1 kilohertz , 16 bit in…
May 17, 2021
Demo of the Dot Watch, Smart Braille Watch
Manufacturer website: https://www.dotincorp.com App: Dot Watch 2 (Android and iOS). iOS https://apps.apple.com/us/app/dot-watch-2/id1362946706 Android https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dotincorp.dotApp&hl=en&gl=US Documentation: Tutorial and user guide within the Dot Watch 2 app or the following online link. https://doc.dotincorp.com/manual/dot-watch-1-a/ The product box also contains a quick start guide in Braille for using the Dot Watch (no print version). Video and promotional material produced by Dot Incorporated: https://watch.dotincorp.com Brief product description: 4 cell refreshable Braille smart watch with magnetic loop band for small and large wrist sizes. Can be used in stand alone or connected to iOS or Android. Note - via the Dot watch 2 smart phone app, the Dot Watch can either be set to be used as a traditional Braille watch or tactile watch with cell and dot positions being used to display main functions such as battery status, time etc.…
May 9, 2021
Physical description of the Amazon Echo 4 gen and Amazon Echo Dot 4 gen smart speakers.
Apr 29, 2021
AirTag Setup demo -to get you up and running
Like the title says, quick start setup to get you using your new cool AirTag. Enjoy.
Mar 22, 2021
Demo of using the Nimbus Steel Series Game Controller with BlindDrive on my iPhone12 Pro via VoiceOver
In this demo, I show you how you can use the Nimbus Game Controller with BlindDrive, this really really brings the game to life. Remember, 12 years and above, but I chose a non swearing chapter in the game (Getting Through) to demonstrate the use of the NimbusSteel Series Game Controller. Enjoy.
Mar 15, 2021
Demo of usingVoice Control with VoiceOver on the iPhone
Voice Control on iOS Using VoiceOver Voice Control is very handy on the iPhone with VoiceOver. You do get better results if you use head phones. Turn on Voice Control in Settings, Accessibility, voice Control. You may need to set Voice Control Language to United States rather than Uk in Voice Control Settings. Handy commands: What can I Say? (Need to use VoiceOver to read screen Go To Sleep Wake up Go Home Go Back Scroll Left, Right, Up or Down Open App Switcher Open Notifications Centre Open Control Centre Open AppName Open Siri Open Spotlight Tap or Press NameOfControl Turn Up Volume Turn Down Volume Repeat X Times Search for ItemName Command Mode Dictation Mode VoiceOver Select Next Item VoiceOver Select Previous Item VoiceOver Activate VoiceOver Read All VoiceOver Stop Speaking VoiceOver Select First Item VoiceOver Select Last Item VoiceOver Select Status Bar VoiceOver Magic Tap VoiceOver Select Next Rotor Voiceover Select Previous Rotor VoiceOve…
Mar 14, 2021
Blind Drive demo - a brilliant snarky dark humour drivin game
Mar 3, 2021
Demo of using Airdrop from iPhone to Mac, and Mac to iPhone
This is what I use all the time to get video files from the Camera/Photo apps on to my Mac, and articles from my Mac on to my iPhone.
Feb 25, 2021
Vision Australia Talking Microwave
Feb 21, 2021
Demo and chat about using a MagSafe Case and Wallet on my iPhone 12 Pro with the Belkin Boost Charge Pro 3 in 1 MagSafe Charger.
As I have now scratched the stainless steel on meh iPhone 12 Pro only after less than 2 weeks after dropping it once, I've now gone for a MagSafe case and whilst I was at it a wallet. Note - when the Wallet is on the back of the iPhone or on the back of the case with the iPhone in it, you can't charge via the MagSafe wireless charger, of course, you can still plug in a lightning cable.
Feb 18, 2021
Hardware review demo - MagSafe Apple Duo Charger and Belkin Boost Charger Pro 3 in 1
Feb 7, 2021
Demo of the Mantis Q40 (overview).
In this demo, I take you through a physical description of the Mantis Q40, how to navigate the system, and connect via Bluetooth or USB.
Jan 30, 2021
Demo of setting up an M1 Macbook Pro using VoiceOver
In this demo, I take you through setting up my M1 Macbook Pro using VoiceOver. In this demo, I show you the other onboarding accessibility options, but do not go through customising the Mac as I did in the M1 Macbook Air demo.
Jan 6, 2021
Mac Big Sur VoiceOver punctuation pronunciation bug when Mac OS Language set to Australia
The bug is that left and right bracket are announced by VoiceOver as left and right parenthesis, so I show you a work around to make these two symbols announce correctly.
Dec 30, 2020
Unplugged demo of the connectivity mess when using the AirPods Max with iPhone, Apple Watch, Mac, and Apple TV.
Dec 29, 2020
Demo of the excellent and very enjoyable BeatStar game for the Mac (Windows Version available)
Excellent free fun game with hundreds of sound packs to choose from too test out your Beat Rhythm skills. Download from https://oriolgomez.com.
Dec 27, 2020
Work around for VoiceOver Context menu (VO+Shift+M) not working on the Dock in Mac OS Big Sur 11.1 (20C69)
Simply 3 steps: In VoiceOver Utility/Navigation, choose Mouse to follow VoiceOver cursor, Make sure VoiceOver Trackpad Commander is turned off by VO+2 finger rotate counter clockwise, and Control+Click when in the Dock via VO+D to bring up the Context Menu.
Dec 24, 2020
Demo of using the Apple Watch S6 with the Orbit Reader Braille display and the Orbit Writer Braillekeyboard
Nice to see the functionality of Braille support back in Watch OS 7.
Dec 22, 2020
Demo of Setting up a M1 MacBookAir - Setup, AccessibilityOnboarding (Vision), and some system and VoiceOver configuration changes.
This is the demo I intended to do when I setup the my M1 Mac mini, but I got so bothered by having to work about having a monitor plugged in, I skipped it. So in this M1 MacBook Air setup, you get the setup, Onboarding for Accessibility (just vision in this demo), and the changes I make to VoiceOver, Finder, Safari, and a few other things.
Dec 20, 2020
On The Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast, I chatted with Robert and Allison about our thoughts and experiences with the AirPods Max.
These are my review notes of the AirPod Max (funny in the podcast I may have slipped up a time or two or three and called the AirPods Max the AirPods Pro Max smile). Apple - AirPods Max Https://www.apple.com/airpodsmax Cost: $895.00 Australian. Brief Product Description: Apple’s over the ear version of the AirPods Pro with a lot of great features and sound. Stainless steel head band with mesh canopy, aluminium ear cups, and magnetically removable/replaceable ear cup fabric cushions. What you Get in the Box: AirPods Max. Smart case (AirPods Max already inserted in to the case). Lightning to USBC cable. Getting started guide. Purchased Separately: USB charger. Lightning to 3.5mm TRS audio cable. Note - plug AirPods Max in to chargers that you would usually plug your iPhone in to. Audio cable is to allow AirPods Max to be plugged in to older devices purely for getting audio out of them, can’t use Siri etc with this cable plugged in. Physical description and Details of…
1 hr 7 min
Dec 14, 2020
Fitness Plus demo using the Apple TV,Apple Watch, and VoiceOver using the TreadMill Workout
Nov 29, 2020
Demo of the HomePod Mini using VoiceOver
In this demo, I give a physical description of the HomePod Mini, and take you through a number of Hey Siri functions including playing music/podcasts, radio stations, intercom, and transferring audio/phone call between my iPhone and the HomePod Mini band back again. Great small speaker.
Nov 28, 2020
M1 Mac miniDemo using VoiceOver