The Amazon Echo is a new kind of smart computer, that is controlled by your voice. It was launched in 2014 but has now really caught on. It is housed in a black tube. You use it by talking to it, like Siri on an iPhone. The word to wake the Echo, it’s called the […]Read more "The Amazon Echo"
by Brian J. Coppola On November 24, 2014, I picked up my medication at my local Walmart pharmacy. For the first time I swiped the special label on the package using the ScripTalk Patient station. This type of label is called a Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) label and has a tiny chip in it. […]Read more "Getting Your ScripTalk Prescription from a Brick and Mortar Pharmacy"
Here is the latest information listing all the health insurance companies that now offer the ScripTalk labels from their mail order pharmacies. Some pharmacies also provide ScripTalk at local pharmacies. (Check out the information below the list.) Unfortunately Walgreen’s developed their own talking prescription device. It is much less efficient in all ways. The […]Read more "Does Your Pill Bottle Talk? Latest Update from ScripTalk"
Re-post from The Moth Radio Hour: Ryan Knighton, a blind Dad, did 2 presentations as part of the moth radio hour on National Public Radio. They are pretty funny and true. Here is the link to them. He has also written a memoir called CockeyedRead more "Post from The Moth Radio Hour: 2 Presentations by a Blind Dad"
When you first lose vision you may not want to go near the TV set or the movies for a long time. You miss the faces, the expressions and the action too much. And it is horrible having to keep asking what is happening or where the ball is. After some years this may change […]Read more "Do You Know when Your TV Shows Are on? Do They Have Audio Description? Or Are You Still in the Dark?"
Two of the big interviews; Bob McGillivray on video magnifiers (March 24 ) and Vicki Vogt on accessible TV and movies, were delayed first by the outrageous amounts of snow we had in Massachusetts, and now by the looming tax deadline. Vicki and a ton of good information will be posted next Tuesday, […]Read more "Help With Your Tax Return : April 15 is 2 weeks away!"
What does each kind of video magnifier do? Who can get good use from them? Where can you get one? How much will you pay? I interviewed Bob McGillivray, Director of Low Vision Services at the Carroll Center and Low vision Engineering Consultant to the Mass. Commission for the Blind. First what is […]Read more "Video Magnifiers: An Expert Leads You Through The Maze"
Do you have any of these in your home? ~ Steps and stairs without railings ~ Clutter and unorganized spaces ~ Tripping hazards such as cords running across the travel paths ~ Corner of a bedspread drooping onto the floor ~ Furniture in the travel path so you have to turn sideways to get through […]Read more "A Hazard-Free Home for Seniors with Vision Problems: the Safe Home Project"
The Good Old Money folding system This works best if you have a long slot or pocket in your wallet that will hold the 6-inch bills unfolded. There are alternative folding systems but here is a good one: The $1 is left open and unfolded either in a front pocket for easy access for […]Read more "Organizing Your Cash By Touch: Part 2 of Identifying Your Money, The Good Old Money folding system"
How to use Be My Eyes After a short and simple registration, you tap the screen to connect to a helper, and then point the camera at whatever you need read or explained. What is different about this crowd sourcing app from previous ones like VizWiz is the voice connection with your helper. Your […]Read more "Be My Eyes: A New App For a New Kind of Public Assistance!"