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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 August 2016 Issue  Volume 17  Number 8
BrailleNote Touch in carrying case The HumanWare BrailleNote Touch: A Braille Tablet for the 21st Century
Many who have enjoyed using Humanware's BrailleNote line of products over the years, and those who wish to harness the power of assistive technology with mainstream products should be quite pleased with the company's latest offering.
Jamie Pauls

In This Issue

Editor's Page

AccessWorld Welcomes New Staff

Product Evaluations and Guides

The HumanWare BrailleNote Touch: A Braille Tablet for the 21st Century
by Jamie Pauls The HumanWare BrailleNote Touch is a 21st-century braille tablet that is currently in its infancy, and has plenty of room to spread its wings and fly. Unfortunately, the $5,495 price tag may keep many from being able to take advantage of the 32-cell version of this impressive product.

The I.D. Mate Galaxy from En-Vision America Takes the Hassle Out of Scanning Bar Codes
by Jamie Pauls For anyone who is interested in the speed and ease of use associated with a standalone product such as this, I highly recommend the I.D. Mate Galaxy. En-Vision America has been in business for a long time, and it continues to produce great products for blind people everywhere.

A Review of Sonar Glasses from G-Technology Group
by Janet Ingber Sonar Glasses can be a useful mobility tool for some people who are blind or visually impaired, though they are not meant as a replacement for a white cane or a guide dog. Although the Sonar Glasses can provide useful information, I would like to see improved accuracy.

Home Appliance Access

The Accessible Kitchen: Using the Instant Pot Smart Bluetooth-Enabled Multifunctional Pressure Cooker
by Bill Holton This is a combination pressure cooker, slow cooker, rice cooker, porridge maker, sauté/browning pan, steamer, yogurt maker, and stockpot warmer. This high-tech countertop appliance offers a complete set of touch panel controls…but it also includes Bluetooth connectivity, and your choice of either the iOS or Android Smart Cooker app. I have been using the Smart Pot for several months now with delicious success.

Low Vision Access Technology

Choosing the Right Electronic Magnifier, Part 2: Larger Magnifier Systems, Specs, and Features
by Shelly Brisbin and Lee Huffman This is the second in a three-part AccessWorld series covering the state of electronic magnification options, and offering advice to readers who want to acquire one. In this second installment, we'll take a deeper dive into the world of desktop and transportable magnifiers, explaining how their components work together, and guiding you through the most important specs and features.

Access to Entertainment

Described Video via Blindy TV: “Taking the Vision out of Television”
by Bill Holton Imagine a television network where you could tune in any time, 24/7, and every show on every channel automatically included audio description. Sounds farfetched, you say? Well, believe it or not, it's available right now.

Technology Conference Coverage

The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference 2016: What's Coming This Fall
by Janet Ingber At Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference held this summer, some proceeding rumors were found to be true while others were not. In the conference keynote address, Apple announced upgrades to all of its operating systems, but no new products were unveiled.

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