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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 February 2015 Issue  Volume 16  Number 2
Be My Eyes Logo A Review of the Be My Eyes Remote Sighted Helper App for Apple iOS
As it is now, Be My Eyes is an extremely powerful platform whose time has come. I will still keep both TapTapSee and KNFB Reader on my iPhone home screen, but Be My Eyes will definitely be my fallback?and in many instances, my go-to?resource for those times when greater independence can best be achieved by knowing when and how to ask for help.
Bill Holton


In This Issue


Editor's Page

AccessWorld Recognizes February as Low Vision Awareness Month


Product Evaluations and Guides

A Review of the Be My Eyes Remote Sighted Helper App for Apple iOS
by Bill Holton Be My Eyes is an extremely powerful platform whose time has come. I will still keep both TapTapSee and KNFB Reader on my iPhone's home screen, but Be My Eyes will definitely be my fallback— and in many instances, my go-to— resource.

An Evaluation of the HIMS E-bot PRO Remote Controlled Video Magnifier with OCR, Computer and Tablet Compatibility, and Wi-Fi Capability
by John Rempel The portability of the E-bot PRO, along with its ability to provide a wireless experience and to connect with two of the most commonly used operating systems for tablets, pushes the envelope when it comes to the versatility and features of a video magnifier. The E-bot PRO represents an impressive combination of both innovation and portability.

Conference Coverage

ATIA 2015 Conference: Technology Highlights from the Exhibit Hall
by J.J. Meddaugh The Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) annual conference is referred to by many in the assistive technology field as the unofficial start to the conference season. While this year's conference wasn't brimming with new technology, there were several new products on display that are definitely worth discussing. Here's an overview of products that caught our attention.

Cell Phone Access

Mobile Phone Technical and Access Support: A Look at AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint
by Bill HoltonThe quality of available support for technical and access issues is an important element to consider when choosing a mobile carrier.

Hospitality Industry Accessibility

Focus on the Hospitality Industry, Part I: A Guide to Online Reservations for Marriott and Hyatt Hotels
by Janet Ingber This article marks the beginning of a series about the hospitality industry and people who are visually impaired. This article will focus on hotels—specifically the online reservations websites for Marriott and Hyatt Hotels.

AccessWorld News

AccessWorld News


Letters to the Editor

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