I recently wanted a command line based HomeKit app, I don't think any exist. I guess I'll have to learn Swift, and write one. This will take a while, probably a very long while though, so I found a temporary fix that will be useful, even after the app is finished. , typing to … Continue reading How to type to Siri from the macOS terminal command line
Smart homes are awesome, there are even podcasts that talk about them. They do anything from automating things around the home, to keeping people safe, and almost anything one could think of in between. In late 2018, I started down the HomeKit path.I noticed very quickly though, that I couldn't reach any of my Home-kit … Continue reading How Apple’s HomePod Mini finally gives blind people an affordable HomeKit hub
Posted Tuesday, December 3, 2019One of the bigger challenges for a blind person is quickly identifying things that aren't physically unique or labeled in braille. This is one of the frustrations technology has helped in a big way. The first device that made a significant breakthrough in this area, was the I.D. Mate. A talking … Continue reading My journey to the cool Amazon “Show and Tell” feature discovering along the way that the Echos Show 5 and 8 won’t ever be able to support it.
Posted on Friday September 6, 2019 In summer 1981 between my fifth and sixth grade years, my parents and I visited my oldest sister Kathi in Colorado. She had a microwave oven, and her kids who were in grade school could use it to cook or reheat foods. Kathy thought it would be good for … Continue reading How the Amazon Basics microwave oven has replaced the much more expensive talking microwaves made specifically for the blind
Posted on December 18, 2018 All over the internet you can find people write phrases like: "first world problems". Here's one probably most people haven't heard before: "blind world problems". E.g. problems sighted people will probably never experience.Earlier this month, I setup my first iDevices switch, but until I knew what I was doing, … Continue reading How to set up an iDevices switch as a blind person.