276 episodes

Sight is a highly dominant sense. If you have it, naturally you’ll use it for a lot of things. But if you don’t have it, or you don’t have as much sight as you used to, it’s still possible to live a rich, full life. This podcast is all about how it’s done.
We offer tips and tricks for living blindfully, including plenty about the latest accessible technology, but we discuss the barriers too, ranging from attitudinal barriers to accessibility barriers and more.
Hear interviews with movers and shakers in the field, plus plenty from our engaged Living Blindfully community. You're welcome to join the conversation.
And always remember, with your cane, you’re able.

Living Blindfully Jonathan Mosen

    • Technology
    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

Sight is a highly dominant sense. If you have it, naturally you’ll use it for a lot of things. But if you don’t have it, or you don’t have as much sight as you used to, it’s still possible to live a rich, full life. This podcast is all about how it’s done.
We offer tips and tricks for living blindfully, including plenty about the latest accessible technology, but we discuss the barriers too, ranging from attitudinal barriers to accessibility barriers and more.
Hear interviews with movers and shakers in the field, plus plenty from our engaged Living Blindfully community. You're welcome to join the conversation.
And always remember, with your cane, you’re able.

    Voice Dream Reader at odds with Apple's App Review Guidelines, iOS 17.4 feedback, and track your ketosis accessibly using the Keyto Breath Sensor

    Voice Dream Reader at odds with Apple's App Review Guidelines, iOS 17.4 feedback, and track your ketosis accessibly using the Keyto Breath Sensor

    Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.

    Welcome to 276 0:00
    More on Voice Dream Reader 2:07
    intersectionality, the BT Speak, customer service and swimming 30:43
    Tempo Perfect, an accessible metronome app 35:52
    contacting TSA Cares 38:33
    Transcriptions in Apple Podcasts 39:48
    Why VoiceOver switches languages in the status bar in iOS 17.4 42:14
    Comments on the Deane Blazie interview 52:21
    Dictation in iOS 17.4 59:04
    Problems with the Guardian app 1:02:12
    Windows 10 and 11 1:03:32
    I saw an Apple Vision Pro 1:06:44
    Comments on some recent topics 1:08:56
    Victor Reader Stream 2 and Audible 1:19:35
    Review of the Keyto Breath Sensor 1:21:31
    Comments on iOS 17.4 1:31:58
    Dolby Atmos 1:33:27
    Thoughts on episode 271 1:38:19
    Apple Podcast notifications 1:43:09
    New hearing aids 1:45:18
    Zoom H Essential series recorders 1:50:48
    Petition to restore the EnvisionCollege Success program 1:54:28
    If you wish to sign the petition, it is available here.

    Closing and contact info 1:57:55.019

    • 1 hr 58 min
    Voice Dream Reader moves to subscriptions for all users, blind people and Linux, old DOS apps, and Jonathan's new hearing aid journey

    Voice Dream Reader moves to subscriptions for all users, blind people and Linux, old DOS apps, and Jonathan's new hearing aid journey

    Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.

    Welcome to 275 0:00
    Voice Dream Reader to charge a subscription to people who paid for the app 2:10
    Kishin Manglani from Applause Group discusses the Voice Dream Reader subscription controversy, and the future of the app 23:42
    Living Blindfully Plus 57:29
    Joining a Zoom meeting when recording is in progress 59:15
    The Zoom HEssential handy recorders 1:02:01
    Blind people using Linux 1:21:07
    Running old DOS programmes on today's Windows 1:33:36
    Help with Oticon hearing aids 1:51:36
    It's new hearing aid time 1:53:57
    Closing and contact info 2:00:15

    • 2 hrs
    Jonathan Mosen's demonstration and review of the Zoom H1Essential Handy Recorder

    Jonathan Mosen's demonstration and review of the Zoom H1Essential Handy Recorder

    Jonathan's series on the Essential recorders from Zoom, which have accessibility features, concludes on this Living Blindfully extra with the look at the Zoom H1Essential. This is the smallest member of the family and sells for just $99 USD. It can fit in any pocket, and offers high-quality 32-bit float recording. While understandably the recorder lacks some of the features of its larger siblings, it also boasts some features unique to this member of the family.

    Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.

    Welcome to 274 0:00
    Introduction 1:18
    Orientation 3:10
    First start 9:29
    Recording, marking, and playing 11:58
    H1Essential menus 23:08
    Overdubbing with the H1Essential 33:20
    More menu options 37:54
    Installing firmware updates 42:09
    Installing or updating accessibility files 52:41
    Using the H1Essential as a USB microphone 55:56
    Conclusion 59:12
    Closing and contact info 1:01:24

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Jonathan Mosen's demonstration and review of the Zoom H4Essential Handy Recorder

    Jonathan Mosen's demonstration and review of the Zoom H4Essential Handy Recorder

    Continuing his extensive look at the accessible Zoom Essential family, Jonathan demonstrates and reviews the Zoom H4Essential in this Living Blindfully Extra. With its compact size, powerful features and priced at just $199 USD, the H4Essential may be the Goldilocks recorder for many. While this review stands alone and therefore revisits many of the features found in the H6Essential, Jonathan expands further on the powerful mixer functionality and some other features.

    Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.

    Welcome to 273 0:00
    Introduction 0:59
    Orientation 4:22
    Inaccessible arming function 17:33
    Exploring the menus 21:08
    The inaccessible File List 46:16
    The Mixer 55:56
    Setting markers in a recording 1:06:38
    The input jack 1:08:43
    Using the H4Essential as an audio interface 1:09:40
    The H4Essential Control app 1:12:16
    Conclusion 1:16:55
    Closing and contact info 1:20:13

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Jonathan Mosen's review and demonstration of the Zoom H6Essential handy recorder

    Jonathan Mosen's review and demonstration of the Zoom H6Essential handy recorder

    In this Living Blindfully extra, Jonathan Mosen begins his reviews of all three recorders in the Essential series, with the Zoom H6Essential

    Zoom has provided these units so the reviews can be produced, but have not heard these reviews before publication, nor influence what they contain.

    There is considerable interest from the blind community in the Zoom Essential series, due to the accessibility features available in this professional class of equipment.

    The h6Essential is the most capable member of the series, providing six tracks of recording, interchangeable microphone capsules, 32 bit float, a playback mixer, audio interface capability and more.

    Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.

    Welcome to 272 0:00
    Introduction 1:15
    Description and physical layout 5:35
    Setting up the Zoom H6Essential 21:35
    A look at the Settings 25:51
    The completely inaccessible File List, and working with recordings you've made 38:26
    Recording content, inserting markers 43:40
    The mixer 52:11
    Using storage mode with a PC 54:45
    Using the H6Essential as an audio interface 57:01
    Controlling the H6Essential via its iPhone app 1:07:44
    Conclusion 1:14:58
    Closing and contact info 1:17:46

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Aira joins the AI party, new devices at CSUN, and a user review of the All Terrain cane

    Aira joins the AI party, new devices at CSUN, and a user review of the All Terrain cane

    Here are the topics covered in this episode, and the time in the file for each.

    Welcome to 271 0:00
    Troy Otillio and Everette Bacon from Aira discuss Access AI and more 1:51
    A look at Aira's Access AI feature 45:49
    Other items of note at CSUN 1:06:06
    Things to know when trying to charge a Qardiobase scale 1:09:27
    Running a DOS programme on Windows 1:11:47
    Goodmaps in German 1:14:04
    Mixer to record phone conversations 1:15:26
    the All-Terrain Cane and duo Lingo on a smartphone 1:17:44
    Samsung and Microsoft integration 1:21:06
    Best notetaker for college 1:23:27
    Trouble in Zoom meetings 1:27:14
    Do we still need dedicated digital talking book players 1:31:18
    Email composition focus in iOS 17.4 1:35:17
    Linux for blind users 1:37:41
    Comments on episode 268 1:40:15
    Podcast chapters in Spotify 1:48:41
    Why do blind people so frequently get asked to sit in a wheelchair at airports 1:56:10
    Closing and contact info 2:00:05

    • 2 hrs

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