How to add, and quickly switch between what language VoiceOver is currently speaking on your iOS device

I remember hearing Deane Blazie once demo a Braille 'n Speak in Spanish, and thinking that was really cool. Later I bought a $100 add on, so my Braille Lite would speak Portuguese, but things then were way different than now. You had to completely reflash the firmware, there was no way to switch languages … Continue reading How to add, and quickly switch between what language VoiceOver is currently speaking on your iOS device

How transparency mode in headphones is important, and should not be discarded as a silly or useless feature.

Posted on July 14, 2021 I've heard people walking, running, or even on bikes blasting their music and in many cases totally unable or willing to hear anything around them. As a blind person, I would be putting my life in danger doing that. When headphones began to come out with transparency mode, or sound … Continue reading How transparency mode in headphones is important, and should not be discarded as a silly or useless feature.

How along with quality sound, Apple’s AirPods Max are the most efficient BlueTooth headset for VoiceOver users

June 15 2021 When Apple released their AirPods Max headset last December, many complained they were way over priced. I can't disagree, even though I did buy a pair with the help of some birthday and Christmas money. Now after 6 months, I have to say I have never regretted buying them. No, they aren't … Continue reading How along with quality sound, Apple’s AirPods Max are the most efficient BlueTooth headset for VoiceOver users

Thoughts about Groundhog Day, and my realization of how being afraid of one’s shadow is very possible when combining poor vision with a primitive brain

After decades of research, Dr. Paul Bach-y-rita saw them come to fruition with the BrainPort artificial vision device. The BrainPort made by Wicab takes images from a camera worn on the forehead and converts them to shapes felt on the tongue through an array of 20 by 20 electrodes. Very cool, but also in some … Continue reading Thoughts about Groundhog Day, and my realization of how being afraid of one’s shadow is very possible when combining poor vision with a primitive brain

How headphones have been very useful to me for many years, and what I’m hoping for from headphones in the future

For Christmas just after my fifth birthday, I got a radio. This radio was a bit unique, in that it was round and had a telephone rotary dial on the front, though it didn't move. Shortly after that my youngest sister Andrea gave me an earplug and showed me how to plug it into the … Continue reading How headphones have been very useful to me for many years, and what I’m hoping for from headphones in the future

How the Mac app Type2Phone can make any keyboard attached to your Mac a Bluetooth keyboard

Posted on May 20, 2020 I'm typing this post on an old Logitech Ergonomic keyboard from 2003, and occasionally think about replacing it. I hope the keyboard isn't paying attention..... ok, it's still working. I've read about the Ergo Pro keyboard from Matias, which will probably be its replacement, though it's a bit expensive; the … Continue reading How the Mac app Type2Phone can make any keyboard attached to your Mac a Bluetooth keyboard

My thoughts on how with some software, cameras could be much more useful for blind people

There are articles all over the Internet about how you can use security cameras, and which are the best ones to buy. I have also heard how people use cameras to keep track of their pets while away from home. I even have a friend who uses a web cam to make sure his 3d … Continue reading My thoughts on how with some software, cameras could be much more useful for blind people

My thoughts on why we should be physical distancing, instead of social distancing

Posted on Tuesday April 14, 2020During the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been asked to stay 6 feet or 2 meters apart misnamed as social distancing. I have wish from the beginning that we called it physical distancing; we are not told to stop communicating, nor should we. Staying farther apart to reduced the spread of … Continue reading My thoughts on why we should be physical distancing, instead of social distancing

With April fool’s jokes canceled this year because of Covid-19, I wrote about how Haydn’s “Surprise” symphony would still be a tasteful laugh

Last Wednesday was April 1, aka, April fools day, and because of the Covid-19 pandemic, most people canceled the chaos and mayhem that usually happened on that day in other years, but I thought I'd remind some of us who already knew, and introduced others who didn't yet, to one of the best practical jokes … Continue reading With April fool’s jokes canceled this year because of Covid-19, I wrote about how Haydn’s “Surprise” symphony would still be a tasteful laugh

My thoughts on how productivity is way more portable than in the past, but how annoyingly some non-visual features only appear on products with larger screens

Posted on December 13, 2019 Johan Sebastian Bach probably wished he'd had a better way to work on his "Musikalisches Opfer", "A Musical Offering" when he traveled back home to Leipzig from visiting King Frederick the great of Prussia  near Berlin in 1747. Ok, he probably instead really wished for something faster and more comfortable than a … Continue reading My thoughts on how productivity is way more portable than in the past, but how annoyingly some non-visual features only appear on products with larger screens