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?"
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"
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!"
This is a great step forward. Finally the U.S. government has been made to acknowledge that all its citizens need to identify paper money. But is it worth having another tool in your pocket? There are other ways to identify your money. This week the electronic methods and next week the good old money […]Read more "Hey, the iBills Are Coming! But Will You Use Yours?"
Since 2001 there has been a cyber revolution in how books are read by everyone, especially people with vision problems…but the old ways are still there and still good, and most people start there. How can I read a book now? You may be able to read enlarged or highly contrasted print on a […]Read more "How to Read a Book: the Twenty-First Century has Revolutionized Reading for Everyone"
If you are registered as legally blind, you qualify for an iBill from the Federal Government so you can read money bills easily. The iBill is a neat device you can carry in your pocket or purse. It will reads the denomination of your bills. Provided you can slide the bill into the […]Read more "Important Money Reading Update: You Will Want to Know About This!"
Shubham Banerjee aged 13, from California has invented a braille printer expected to sell for around $400. And he has got venture capital funding to produce it! Here is the link to a CBS video with him and his parents. Soon you will be printing a braille message on greetings cards anytime you like. Check […]Read more "Affordable Braille Printer Invented by 8th Grader"
On September 30 2014 OptumRX, the mail order pharmacy for some large insurance companies including United Health Care, announced that it is beginning the roll out of the ScriptTalk medication label reader. (Check the photo above and the original post below.) ScripTalk is the premier talking medication label device. As well as the full […]Read more "Talking Pill Bottles, Update 3,A Breakthrough for Some Medicare Plans"
OptumRx launched the Scriptalk Talking Medication Label Reader for all its mail order pharmacy customers on Tuesday September 30. This is great news because they are the mail order pharmacy for United Health Care and other big insurance companies. Click or enter on this link for the details and please comment on my comparison of […]Read more "A breakthrough for Talking Medication Labels"