February 2018 Issue  Volume 19  Number 2

In This Issue

Editor's Page

AccessWorld Recognizes February as Low Vision Awareness Month and Encourages Seniors to Adopt Technology

Spotlight on Accessible Apps

Smartphone Apps for People New to Vision Loss

by Bill Holton

This article will take you on an app tour that highlights what we consider the most essential apps for visually impaired smartphone users, including seniors. Unless noted otherwise the apps included here are available for iOS and Android, and many have been reviewed in previous AccessWorld issues.

Conference Coverage

ATIA at a Glance: What We Saw at the 2018 Assistive Technology Industry Association Conference

by J.J. Meddaugh

At the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) annual conference, I took some time to walk the floor of the exhibit hall, which included several interesting new finds and updates to existing technologies. From smart glasses to smartphones, perhaps there's a product here for you.

Product Reviews and Guides

Amazon Echo: Toy or Tool?

by Jamie Pauls

In this article, I will be exploring Amazon's Echo which has no screen and is operated almost entirely by voice. The Echo connects via the Internet to Alexa, Amazon's voice-activated digital assistant and can perform a wide array of actions.

Project Ray: It's a Feature Phone--No, It's a Smartphone!

by Bill Holton

In this article, I will explore a software solution called RAY Vision combined with optional hardware. Together these form a device that is a feature phone and a smartphone you can switch between as your needs and ability change.

The iPhone X for People with Visual Impairments: Face ID, New Gestures, and Useful Commands

by Janet Ingber

I am very happy with the iPhone X. The initial period of frustration went away quickly and I find Face ID more reliable than Touch ID. I upgraded from an iPhone 6 to the X and am very pleased with the new and improved features and ease of use.

Keeping It Portable: Comparing Braille Displays on iOS Devices, Part IV

by Scott Davert

In the previous installments of this series, I reviewed six different braille displays for their usability on iOS. This article will wrap up the series and provide direct comparisons of each display covered.

An Exploration and Review of the Blaze ET Multi-Player from HIMS

by Aaron Preece

In this article, I will be exploring the various features of the Blaze ET book and media player from HIMS. I'll evaluate its capability regarding online content, ease of use, and OCR capabilities.

Raise Your Pulse While Waking Up in The Morning With The TCL Pulse

by Scott Davert

After having the TCL Pulse for two years, I've found it to be the most reliable and cost-effective solution for waking up as a person who is deaf-blind. Since I've been using the TCL Pulse, it has failed to wake me twice while serving its purpose very successfully over 200 times.

AccessWorld News

AccessWorld News

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

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