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 will walk through several options and compare our experiences. Tune in and share what you've learned and ask your questions.
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.
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.