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Tech Tools to Get Around Town

April 30, 2019 at 8:00PM Central Time

It's easy to think of places we'd like to go, but it's not always easy figuring out how to get there. In this month's Tech it Out, we'll cover rideshare apps and services such as Uber, Lyft, Go Go Grandparent, and Curb for taxis. We'll explore safely requesting transportation even without a smartphone. If you're curious about these services, or have experiences you can share, tune in to ask questions and share your experiences.



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Past Discussions

Accessible Games

March 26, 2019

From puzzles to multiplayer role-playing games, the world of gaming is expansive. Let's talk about it! We'll discuss tactile games, smartphone games, and video game consoles, such as Xbox and PlayStation. Share your favorite games and learn some new ones!

We live in the age of smart TVs, streaming, and voice-guided narration. But with all the options for fun can come confusion. During this Tech it Out, we discussed where to find audio-described content, how to get the most out of a Smart TV, and what the options are for streaming content.

In this episode, we discussed a wide range of topics relating to accessible television entertainment. While the hour-long discussion covered a lot of ground, we feel we barely scratched the surface, so stay tuned for a future "part two" on this topic. In addition to resources discussed directly on the episode, listeners sent in items after the show. Below, find a number of resources for getting started with accessible entertainment.

Accessible Set Top Boxes and DVR

Accessible streaming Hardware

Audio Description

Smart TVs

Streaming media software and apps

There are several tech-enabled tools out there that you can use to act as your visual guide or assistant. Some involve artificial intelligence; others use human assistance. We walked through several options and compared our experiences.

In this discussion, we define what visual interpreter and audio identification services are, and explore how they can be used to make every-day tasks easier and more enjoyable. We covered light detection, using live video with a sighted volunteer to find expiration dates, using a handheld bar code scanner to perform product identification and find instructions, accessible prescription labels, visual feedback on makeup, photo descriptions, and using artificial intelligence to describe a scene or identify colors.

Imagination is the limit when it comes to utilizing these tools in daily life. Here are the resources discussed in this episode.

Listen in as Ricky Enger and the Hadley Tech It Out community ask questions and discuss their experiences with digital assistants, like Alexa, Siri and Google.

In this discussion, we learned about several smart assistants, including the Google Home, Amazon Alexa, and Apple's Siri. A brief demonstration of each assistant showcased functionality such as checking the weather, playing podcasts and music, thermostat control, and finding recipes. Here are useful resources for exploring further.

Home delivery of restaurant food or meal kits to cook yourself is now easier than ever. There are several options available, depending on your location. We will discuss our experiences using these services as visually impaired diners.

This discussion focused on restaurant delivery services accessed from a website or smart phone. Numerous services, along with their accessibility triumphs and pitfalls, were mentioned in this episode, including:

Technology today can really make the chore of grocery shopping much easier. Online ordering and home delivery takes much more of the hassle out of the process.

In this discussion, we examine the process of shopping for groceries online. We explore tips and tricks for finding the cheapest and most accessible shopping experience in your area. Resources mentioned in this discussion included services which have existed for quite some time, such as Peapod and Walmart Grocery, as well as relative newcomers such as Instacart and Shipt. As you explore the links below, keep in mind that many of these services also have iPhone and Android apps, so be sure to search your app store for the name of the service you want to use. Note that accessibility and pleasant user experience can differ whether using the websites for the services or using their smart phone apps, so if one experience seems lacking, feel free to try a different platform if available.

Instacart: 888-317-8968 Amazon Disability Hotline: 888-283-1678 This hotline can be used to shop for anything on Amazon, not just groceries.