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!
In this episode, we cover a number of aspects of accessible gaming, including tactile gaming, pc gaming, smart phone gaming, and console gaming. Here are the resources we discussed.
Accessible game resources
Miscellaneous game information and accessories
- Dots RPG project
- Chaosium, INC.
- Call of Cthulhu RPG
- Bundle of Holding
- Destiny Quest
- Shelby Craig on YouTube
- Super Egg Hunt and others at L-Works Games
- A Hero's Call - Out of Sight Games
- GMA Games
- Interactive Fiction
- Spoonbill Software
- VIP Mud
- Winboard Chess
- Twilight Heroes
- Wrestling Games
- Dice World
- Seven Little Words
- Blindfold Games
- Blindie Match
- Audio Game Hub, iOS and Android
- Multipath, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure
- A Blind Legend
- Crafting Kingdom, iOS and Android
- Knight Commander, iOS
- Fear, iOS
- Six Ages, iOS
- Woven Words, iOS
- Game World for iOS
- Gold Gun, iOS
- Delight Games, iOS and Android
- Choice of Games, iOS
- Hosted Games
- Earplay: iOS, Android, Alexa
- Frotz Text Adventures, iOS
- Chesswise 3 for iOS
- ChessBack for Android
- Ready To Roll RPG Dice, iOS
February 26, 2019
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
- Actiview app for in-theater or at home
- Blind Mice Mega Mall
- ACB site master list of legally available described audio content
- Interview with Roy Samuelson, audio description voiceover artist
- How to find the Voice Guide on your Samsung TV
- How to find the Voice Guidance feature on your LG TV
- How to use your LG magic remote
- Accessibility for Vizio TVs
Streaming media software and apps
January 29, 2019
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.
- Microsoft Seeing AI for iOS
- Envision AI for iOS and Android
- WayAround Programmable Object Tags
- Envision America IDMate Handheld Bar Code Scanner
- Envision America Accessible Prescription Labels, Scriptalk
- Be My Eyes, connecting sighted volunteers with blind users
- Aira Subscription Service, connecting trained sighted agents with blind users
- BeSpecular, take a photo and get a description
- Actiview Audio Description for use in theaters and at home
December 4, 2018
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.
October 30, 2018
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.
September 25, 2018
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.