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Tech Talk is a podcast and radio show for blind and partially sighted people who are interested in accessible technology. Find out about the latest products from specialist equipment to off the shelf solutions. Get involved or join the conversation by emailing techtalk@rnib.org.uk

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    • 4.5, 17 Ratings

Tech Talk is a podcast and radio show for blind and partially sighted people who are interested in accessible technology. Find out about the latest products from specialist equipment to off the shelf solutions. Get involved or join the conversation by emailing techtalk@rnib.org.uk

    Braille podcasts, Robotic Guide Dogs, and emails

    Braille podcasts, Robotic Guide Dogs, and emails

    Are you here for Tech Talk? Well you're in the right place!

    Steven's here, Robin's there, and Andy's everywhere - on today's TT, plenty of topics to discuss, including 'Theia', a robotic guide dog prototype designed by Anthony Camu - would you switch out having a fluffy, cuddly (and sometimes smelly) real life guide dog, in exchange for one that you need to plug in and recharge every night? And where would the USB slot be?! Crikey!

    Also, Steven chats with Dave Williams, founder of the Braillists' Foundation, which was set up to bring people together to share their experience and knowledge of braille. The pair chat about a new podcast which is coming out.

    All that, plus Fabric dots instead of loc dots, emails about Aira in the UK, rooftop garden terraces, conversation view in emails, finding lost sons, windows shortcuts, fail whales, and issues with certain screen-readers and Microsoft Excel.

    To email us and have your question or query read out on a future episode, email techtalk@RNIB.org.uk

    Lots of love! x

    • 57 min
    Trying Aira in the UK, Chats about Apps, and Accessible Fitness

    Trying Aira in the UK, Chats about Apps, and Accessible Fitness

    Hello, friends!

    On this week's Tech Talk, Steven and Robin spend a bit more time discussing Aira now being available in the UK, and how it differs from services such as Be My Eyes. We also have a demo from listener Will trying out the service - thanks Will! (Plus, if you would like 60 minutes free upon signup instead of the usual 30, Will has also shared a referral code, so click this link here: https://link.aira.io/ref-v8n65)

    Also on the show, RNIB's very own Paulina Kuchorew chats to Linzi Sansum from RNIB’s Older People and Complex Needs Team about 'Chats about Apps' - a podcast series introducing easily accessible technology. Speaking of apps, Andy tells us about a fitness app on iOS, and their focus on audio-led programmes. The developers want to hear from blind and partially sighted fitness fans to help improve their app for those who are often in a neglected group when it comes to working out.

    All that, plus: hand held magnifiers, recycled computers, not much love towards dentists, Bose Frames and Soundscape news, unintentionally offending Americans, iPhone 12 rumours (will it really be 5.4 inches and square?), TV Guides, sounding like melting chocolate, and a walk down memory lane.

    We've covered plenty of emails in the past few episodes, and the next few will cover even more - to ask us anything, or to comment or question something featured in the show, email techtalk@RNIB.org.uk (mailto:techtalk@RNIB.org.uk) and you'll certainly be included in an upcoming episode!

    Finally, here are the two links Robin mentioned in the episode for the upcoming AbilityNet Webinars! For more information, and to register, click here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/8015958662507/WN_MqX0fomVSMOZQmVKBM7ZQQ

    Until we meet again!

    • 57 min
    In Your Pocket, Back Tap on iOS14, and loads of emails

    In Your Pocket, Back Tap on iOS14, and loads of emails

    Hello, Tech Talkers! Here's a warning - this episode is very lively... we've all been fuelled by strong coffee!

    On today's show, Steven chats with Brendan Lewis from RealSam, the makers of In Your Pocket, to talk about how the product can help blind and partially sighted people, and also to showcase a new handset device just launched.

    Also on the show, we delve deep into the swimming pool of emails! Aside from all the rogue Radio 4 mentions, we also talk about: 

    the Echo Show 8, Fujitsu supercomputers, being irked, doubts over ARM-based Macs, backtap headaches on iOS14, Daniel voiced by John, monster big ones, the what3words app, Apple issues with braille displays, ripping the nob off, Bluetooth keyboards, and Spoonbill Hickok ...and Robin's PSA: dont go licking 5G masts!

    That link for In your Pocket is: inyourpocket.net

    Coffee aside, we are also fuelled by your emails! They are always fantastic, so to contribute you can email techtalk@rnib.org.uk (mailto:techtalk@rnib.org.uk) for a future episode!

    • 57 min
    Mantis Q40, Zoom for Home, and Braille on the Apple Watch

    Mantis Q40, Zoom for Home, and Braille on the Apple Watch

    Ahoy hoy Tech Talk listeners - what a show we have today! It's braille-tastic!

    Friend of the show Karina Gregory makes a return to chat to Steven about the recently released Mantis Q40, which, controversially, has a QWERTY keyboard... oooft!

    Also, sticking with regular Tech Talk contributors, iSee host David Woodbridge has a new demonstration all about using braille with the Apple Watch. Will either of these features convince Robin to get back into braille?

    All that, plus Twitter and recent hacks, Zoom for Home, font sizes, missing jingles, TW Blue and Chicken Nugget, and Microsoft Outlook update issues.

    If you want to add to the pages upon pages (or should that be books?) of emails, and we promise we will focus solely on them in the next couple of shows, you can email TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk

    TTFN! x

    • 57 min
    Buying a New Computer when Blind and Visually Impaired

    Buying a New Computer when Blind and Visually Impaired

    Hello hello hello! Welcome to another Tech Talk.

    It's a Tech Talk of two halves this week; how exciting! Firstly Steven and Robin are joined by Read On host, and general all-round good egg Red Szell, who is in the market for a new computer. Is it true to say that buying a PC or Mac when you're blind or partially sighted requires a little bit more effort? The team talk to Red about his tech history, what he uses his computer for, and what's the team think is best for him.

    Then for the last half, Andy joins us to cover some more of your lovely emails - Echos with screens, as well as more talk on the Dolphin Easy Reader to name but a few.

    TechTalk@RNIB.org.uk for all your correspondence! 

    • 57 min
    Aira in UK, WHO surveys, and hand on with the iPhone SE

    Aira in UK, WHO surveys, and hand on with the iPhone SE

    Ahoy! The good ship Tech Talk sets sail once again - join Captain Steven Scott, First Mate Robin Christopherson and Cabin Boy Andy for another week of accessible tech adventures!

    On this week's show, David Woodbridge gives us a demo of the iPhone SE, we talk about the UK arrival of Aira, the subscription service which allows blind and low-vision users to receive remote assistance through an app on a smartphone, and Robin shares the details about an upcoming Ability.Net webinar (details below!)

    Also on this week: The case of the (soon to be) missing charging bricks, books and copyright laws between the US and UK, SoundScape and the disappearing AR part of the Bose Frames, the best of Carol King, Apple stickers, how to participate in the British Assistive Technology Association/ World Health Association AT survey (again, link below!), defective detectives, password troubles, staying determined and not letting technology beat you, and even Robin choking on a peppercorn after his fancy lunch! Don't worry listeners, he's absolutely fine.

    techtalk@rnib.org.uk for all your lovely emails!

    Register for AbilityNet's free accessible design tips webinar
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7915937019647/WN_NT_jZq0cRt-ReKgQllKsTg
    Participate in the BATA/WHO AT survey
    https://abilitynet.org.uk/news-blogs/help-every-disabled-person-uk-get-key-kit-they-need

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

belyndye ,

Amazingly useful and fun show

Fun sho with something for everyone with a visual impairment

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The best tech show for the visually impaired!

Great show for the technically minded to make the most of life while confronting vision issues.

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