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This podcast is focused on technology that supports people who are blind and visually impaired. Our panel of IT Trainers & guest panelists discuss all the latest in mainstream and inclusive technology innovations in a fun and informative manner. V I Labs is the technology function within Vision Ireland. Vision Ireland is the national sight loss agency in Ireland. V I Labs provide technology assessments and training for all our service users. We are a not for profit charity, which offers supp ...
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Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference took place last night so David Nason joins us to talk about all that’s new with Apple's platforms. In Talking Technology news we discuss Vision Ireland‘s response to the issues visually impaired students had with digital exam papers, as well as chatting about a government dating app in Japan making citizens s…
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Ahead of the upcoming local and European Elections this Friday, June 7th, we explore accessible voting options and the potentials of technology for people with sight loss. Brian Dawson, Communications and Public Engagement Manager at The Electoral Commission, joins us to tell us more. We learn about an interesting use case of Aira shared by one of …
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On the show today we speak with Brian about a Braille morning that was held in UCC and discuss how digital Braille can be used in education. We play more of your voice notes and hear from Deirdre Maddin who is the outreach worker for the Disability Support Service in UCC about the services they offer students. Interested in learning Braille through…
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The power and potential of AI have featured more and more in the news as of late. From text and document analysis to image creation, the possibilities of AI for people with sight loss are endless. And now, AI is starting to enter the music space. On today's show, we share an album created entirely using AI and ask the question: "Would you give AI-g…
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On the show this week we catch up with Everette Bacon, Vice President of Blindness Initiatives at Aira Technologies to find out about the inspiration behind this popular app, how it works, and future developments including the new Access AI Feature. Voice Dream Reader, the highly regarded text-to-speech reading app, was set to be the latest beloved…
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On the show this week, David and Joe have a listen to all of your voice notes, and Joe gives us a tour of the accessibility features on the Samsung S90C Smart TV. We share all the latest tech news including a groundbreaking audio description research study, and explore the world of Siri Shortcuts in Quick Picks. Join the conversation by sending an …
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On the show this week we check out the Vision Buddy, an innovative TV-watching system for the visually impaired, featuring HD streaming and magnification. CEO Zack Afridi joins us to unveil the latest updates to the 4th Generation of this product. We reveal the standout results of the 10th WebAIM Screen Reader User Survey and discuss the versatilit…
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Lightweight and designed to be worn all day, Envision AI Smart Glasses provide access to all kinds of information to the vision-impaired user. Joining us on the show to tell us more is Envision's co-founder and Chief Technical Officer, Karthik Kannan. We explore the latest member of Amazon’s Echo family, the Echo Pop, featuring Alexa voice control,…
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This week we tell you about a brand-new way that you can interact with Talking Technology. You can now send us a voice note on WhatsApp by using the number 086 199 0011. We can’t wait to hear your thoughts. We also unbox the new Talking air fryer from Cobolt. Could this be the most accessible air fryer yet? It’s audio description from Google and Sa…
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This week on Talking Technology David and Joe discuss all the big news from CES 2024 which took place in recent weeks. JP attended the BT Young Scientist exhibition and we hear from one of its visually impaired contributors. It’s accessible gaming and noodles in tech news this week, and David becomes the Voice of a Talking Calculator in Quick Picks…
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Join us as we celebrate Braille Literacy Month and dive into the world of Braille in our daily lives! Mairead starts the conversation by exploring the presence of Braille in everyday places and the benefits of using Braille labelling. Next, Brian shares his personal Braille experience when ordering from a menu and reading Braille subtitles on his f…
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In this episode of Talking Technology, we take a trip down memory lane to look back at the biggest stories of 2023. We also look ahead to see what 2024 might have in store. We hope you all had a great Christmas. Enjoy the new year's festivities and we’ll be back on January 9th. Support the Show.By NCBI
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In this festive episode of Talking Technology, we first chat with Dave Nason, CX Accessibility Manager at Sky Ireland, about the latest in Sky product accessibility, including voice guidance on Sky Glass TV and Sky Stream. Exciting news for Android users as Seeing AI and Be My AI hit the Play Store, closing the accessibility gap with iOS. Join us a…
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In this episode of Talking Technology, we dive into the Envision AI Smart Glasses—an innovative wearable device designed to assist blind and visually impaired people with performing a huge variety of tasks independently. Priyanka Srivastava from Envision AI joins us to explore its capabilities, from recognising text to describeing objects, people, …
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We’re delighted to welcome two special guests on the latest episode of Talking Technology. First up discover the inspiring marathon feat of Peter Ryan, a vision-impaired athlete who recently returned from his epic marathon challenge where he ran the full length of Ireland., we’re also joined by Chris White, CEO of Vision Ireland, he’ll be discussin…
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In this episode of Talking Technology things are a little bit more spooky. We talk about all the latest new Mac computers from Apple’s scary fast event. Will Joe be getting himself an IMac? Brian and Peter tell us how braille is helping those who are deaf blind, and we hear from a deaf blind service user who’s finding her independence using modern …
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Seeing AI 5.2 has been released providing competition for Be My AI. We try out the new features to see how it all works. We meet Giorgia Paccagnin, the latest addition to the NCBI Labs training team in Dublin. She tells us about how she’s found her first week exploring the world of assistive technology. Denis and Dereck tell us about the latest cou…
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Be My Eyes meets GPT-4: is AI the next frontier in accessibility? This week we find out about the recent release of Be My AI, the new AI assistant from the popular Be My Eyes app. Founder Hans Jørgen Wiberg joins us on the show to discuss how this AI-powered addition can provide invaluable assistance for blind and low-vision users. Next, we shift o…
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Many of our listeners will be familiar with Be My AI, the new Artificial Intelligence (AI) tool integrated into the popular Be My Eyes app. We discuss the news this week that the beta version of their AI tool has started blocking images with faces due to privacy concerns. What does this mean for users of this feature? We explore the latest accessib…
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Join us on the show this week as we discuss some of the latest accessible health tech innovations for people with sight loss. Discover talking bathroom scales, smart scales from Withings, diabetes-friendly glucose monitoring systems like freestyle Libre and Dexcom, and smartwatch picks that prioritise accessibility. As part of our Tech News, we sha…
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Be My Eyes, a revolutionary app for the blind and low-vision community, has been connecting users with volunteers for assistance with everyday tasks since 2012. The service currently has over 6 million active volunteers in over 150 countries and is available in over 180 languages. On the show this week we’re joined by the founder of the Be My Eyes …
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On the show this week we are delighted to share with you exciting news of the upcoming release of the Soundscape Community app. Soundscape Community uses 3D spatial audio technology to share information about what's around you, building a richer awareness of your surroundings. It has been developed by a consortium following the news that Microsoft …
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On the show this week we take a dive into the features of the BlindShell talking mobile phones. With 3 BlindShell models to choose from, these phones feature a fully functional screen reader, a physical keypad, and a large-print, high-contrast screen that is fully customisable. To find out all we need to know about these accessible phones we’re joi…
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In this podcast episode, we dive into the accessibility features and functionalities of Apple TV 4K. From voice control options to closed captions and audio descriptions, discover how Apple TV 4K ensures an inclusive and enjoyable entertainment experience for everyone. On Meet the Team we catch up with Chris Steward who recently joined the Labs Tea…
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On the show this week we discover the power of three smart home powerhouses: the Roborock S6 Max V Smart Vacuum, the Amazon Echo Show 15, and the Google Nest Hub Max. We first discuss the convenience of automated cleaning with Roborock, before comparing the two biggest smart displays on the market: the Amazon Echo Show 15 and the Google Nest Hub Ma…
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This week we reflect on highlights from Apple’s WWDC 2023 keynote that saw the announcement of the Apple Vision Pro headset, the 15-inch MacBook Air, new versions of the Mac Pro and Mac Studio, iOS 17, macOS Sonoma, watchOS 10, and more. In the final part of our iOS to Android series, Kyran O’Mahoney and Mairead O’Mahony tell us about the switch fr…
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In our Braille special podcast this week we are joined by the following guests: Jackie McBrearty speaks about her experience of learning and using Braille and what Braille means to her. Lina Kouzi, Head of Library Access Services at NCBI, discusses the importance of Braille on medicine packaging as the NCBI Library was instrumental in working with …
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Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. It has become a tradition for tech companies to announce accessibility improvements on this important day, and we’ve already seen exciting announcements from Apple to kick off proceedings. We wanted to celebrate this great access news by making a few announcements of our own. In this podcast, we tell you…
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In many ways, video games allow consumers to escape their world and experience things that would otherwise be impossible. On this show this week we take time to explore the area of accessible gaming. From Windows PC to PlayStation, Xbox to Smart Speakers, what are some of the best games available on these devices for someone who is blind or partial…
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In the latest episode of Talking Technology we return with more product reviews. Michael Griffith from Dublin gives us an insight into his experience with the Apple AirTag that can help locate misplaced items such as keys, wallets, luggage, backpacks, and in his case even the TV remote! There are lots of different power banks on the market, however…
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Android or iOS – we all have our platform of choice when it comes to choosing the right smartphone. On the show this week we’re re-joined by NCBI Labs Chief Technology Officer Kyran O’Mahoney who shares with us the next part of his journey from switching from his iPhone to a Google Pixel Pro. Likewise, Mairead O’Mahony in the Labs teams has been ta…
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Android or iOS. Everyone has their platform of choice when it comes to choosing a smartphone. On the show this week we’re joined by NCBI Labs Chief Technology Officer Kyran O’Mahoney who shares with us the first part of his journey from switching from his beloved iPhone to a Google Pixel Pro. We’re also joined by Mairead O’Mahony who has made the s…
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The ARX Vision headset is a wearable device aimed at helping blind and visually impaired people to interact with the visual world around them using a camera and AI. On the show this week we’re joined by David Nason who has been trying out this headset and shares his thoughts. Next our conversation turns to smartphones, more specifically Samsung sma…
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On the show this week we take time to acknowledge and celebrate some of the women in technology who have been making strides in the field of digital accessibility and inclusion. We’re first joined by Rebecca Rosenberg, developer of the ReBokeh app that works much like an augmented reality filter for real life, allowing users to customise how they s…
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The evolving concept of smart homes is becoming a game changer for many people with sight loss as more and more smart home appliances enter the market. On the show this week we speak with Deirdre Feehilly who with her son Oisín has been trying out the Roborock S6 MaxV intelligent robot vacuum cleaner. Joe has been checking the accessibility of the …
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The power and potential of a new technology called ChatGPT, the artificial intelligence chatbot from OpenAI, have led some to claim it heralds a new era in computing. On the show this week David has an exclusive interview with ChatGPT (that’s right a chatbot) you’ll definitely not want to miss. From smart wearables to smart TVs, we review the lates…
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On the show this week, and in celebration of World Braille Day on 4th January, we host a panel discussion with several experienced braille users who speak about their lives with braille and share with us their top braille device recommendations. We’re also joined by Lina Kouzi and Rebecca Curtis from the Library & Media Centre at NCBI to find out a…
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and what better way to help get in the festive spirit than listen to our Christmas episode of Talking Technology!! We have lots of Christmas topics in store for you on the show. To start we share our top things to try on your Alexa smart speaker for Christmas before checking out some Christmas-themed apps f…
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On the show this week we find out about Sight Tech Global 2022, a virtual, free, and highly accessible event on December 7 and 8 that convenes some of the world’s top experts working on inclusive tech, especially AI, for people who are blind or visually impaired. To find out more about what’s in store we are joined by Brian Fischler, comedian, podc…
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From video doorbells to smart lighting, this week on Talking Technology we share our top tips for keeping your home safe through the benefits of smart home technology. Next up it’s product reviews as we put the latest iPhone SE mobile phone and Apple AirPods Pro 2 under the microscope and tell you our thoughts on both products. Finally, with Black …
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Since its initial release in 1995, JAWS has evolved to become the screen reader of choice for millions of visually impaired computer users around the world. On Talking Technology this week we are delighted to welcome Matt Ater, Vice President of Enterprise Sales from Vispero who produce the JAWS screen reader, ZoomText magnifier and Fusion, which c…
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For nearly 200 years, the tactile reading system of Braille has enabled people of all ages that are blind or vision impaired to read and write. Yet in an age where synthetic speech and audiobooks are widely available, just how relevant is Braille in the modern world? Where can someone learn Braille and what sort of Braille products are available to…
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This week we explore the rise in popularity of the free, open source, screen reader NVDA from NV Access. From its beginnings in 2006, NVDA is now used in over 120 countries and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Telling us all about the original inspiration behind NVDA and latest updates we are delighted to welcome back to the show Qu…
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On the show this week our attention first turns to Identity Providers (IDPs), which are used to store and verify user identity. Vittorio Bertocci is a Principal Architect for the Identity Provider Auth0 and joins us on the show to tell how this technology works and how Auth0 came to provide accessible logins for a number of NCBI’s platforms includi…
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On the show this week we’re delighted to welcome Óran O’Neill, Audio Description Producer within Access Services at RTÉ, Ireland’s public Broadcaster. Óran tells us about his role as a sound engineer, the availability of Audio Description in RTÉ television, and informs us of several important accessibility improvements recently introduced to the RT…
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In this week’s episode of Talking Technology we speak to Alan Kiernan, the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Cation Consulting. Based in Dublin, Cation develops software that runs on Amazon Web Services (AWS). Alan tells us about the work Cation did to develop the myNCBI SmartHub, their work with other organisations, and how voice-activatio…
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In the latest episode of Talking Technology with NCBI Labs we explore the Envision AI Smart Glasses, a smart wearable device designed to assist blind and visually impaired people with performing a huge variety of tasks independently. Lightweight and designed to be worn all day, Envision Glasses provide access all kinds of visual information around …
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Apple recently revealed exciting news at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference, WWDC 2022, giving us a glimpse at the highly-anticipated iOS 16, the M2 chip, a new MacBook Air, and much more. There was even talk of the popular Eloquence voice in JAWS coming to Apple devices. On Talking Technology this week we are joined by Dave Nason from the …
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