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Monday Blues, Audible on the Victor Reader & Optima Delays

Authored on February 5, 2024

Today's show is jam-packed with tech talk and a special focus on the Optima Braille laptop's delay.

Steven discusses his experience with, a platform where he found a community discussing the Victor Reader Stream. He shares the challenges of trying to get Audible support on the new Victor Reader Stream 3 and reminisces about the ease of transferring books on the older model.

As always, the show features listener feedback, starting with Alan's curiosity about the Ray-Ban Meta glasses and the AI transcription feature. Frank shares his frustrations with Lady A's playback issues and the difficulty of setting email sounds on the iPhone 14.

But the highlight of today's episode is a candid interview with Adi Kushner from Access Mind. Adi opens up about the real-world conflict in Israel that has caused delays in the Optima Braille laptop's production. Despite the challenges, Adi remains committed to the project and shares exciting news about upcoming software beta testing and collaborations with screen reader developers.

Keep your feedback coming and share your thoughts with the guys by emailing or calling 1-877-803-4567 and leaving us a voicemail.

Best of YouTube: Simulating Sight, Apple Vision Pro Accessibility & The Las Vegas Sphere Experience

Authored on February 4, 2024

Starting this week Steven and Shaun can be found on YouTube talking tech from their own unique perspectives and here on the podcast you can enjoy that experience too with our new weekly Best of YouTube wrap-up episode. Here's what we talked about this week.

Episode 1: Introduction (13 seconds)

The guys introduce themselves and discuss the reason behind starting the Double Tap YouTube channel. They mention that Mr. F was the main reason behind the decision to expand their audience through YouTube. They explain that Double Tap is a daily show on AMI Audio in Canada, focusing on technology from a blind perspective, and the YouTube channel will allow them to delve deeper into topics they might not have time to cover on the radio show.

Episode 2: Can You Really Understand Blindness by Pretending? (7 minutes 52 seconds)

The hosts discuss whether it's appropriate for sighted people to use simulation glasses to experience what it's like to be blind. They share their opinions on visual impairment awareness courses and the potential negative impact of leaving participants with a sense of fear or pity. They reference a video by James Rath, a legally blind filmmaker, who collaborated with YouTuber Justine to show her what it's like to use an iPhone with visual impairment. Steven finds this approach more positive, as it demonstrates how blind people can successfully use technology.

Episode 3: Apple Vision Pro Accessibility (21 minutes 54 seconds)

Steven and Shaun discuss the accessibility features of the upcoming Apple Vision Pro, including VoiceOver, magnification, pointer control, eye track pointer, hand gestures, and more. They explain the importance of these features for people with various disabilities and how they can work together to provide a better user experience. They question the device's usability for blind individuals and whether there will be enough compelling content to justify purchasing it.

Episode 4: The Sphere Experience (35 minutes 9 seconds)

Matt Ater from Vispero joins Steven to talk about his experience visiting the Sphere in Las Vegas. Matt, who has low vision, describes how he used the Be My Eyes app to get descriptions of the scenes during a movie at the Sphere. He explains that the venue's immersive sound and vibrations made the experience enjoyable, despite the lack of audio description. They discuss the accessibility of the venue and the potential for blind and low vision individuals to enjoy events there.

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Steven's Purchases & Twitterific App Developer Returns With New App Tapestry

Authored on February 1, 2024

In this episode of Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece are back with their usual chat and banter.

The show kicks off with Steven reminding listeners about their YouTube channel, where they upload video versions of their episodes. He then teases an upcoming YouTube video focusing on the accessibility features of the Apple Vision Pro, a device that has been met with mixed reviews and confusion about its purpose.

Shaun shares his excitement about his new Focusrite Vocaster Two, which has significantly improved his audio quality, much to Steven's approval. Steven talks about moving away from a traditional mixer to the Vocaster Two and praises its accessible software.

Steven also talks about his recent purchases. He shares his experience with the Orbit Reader, which he bought from eBay. Despite initially receiving the device set to French, Steven manages to switch it to English and performs a firmware upgrade. He discusses the importance of reading manuals and how it helped him navigate the new device. He also talks about his new Victor Reader Stream Three and highlights its compact size, tactile buttons, Bluetooth capabilities, and support for SD cards up to one terabyte. He notes the device's potential as a content consumption tool and expresses his eagerness to use it for reading newspapers and other media.

In the second half of the show, there's an interview with Gedeon Mayhew from IconFactory, who introduces Project Tapestry, an upcoming app that aims to unify social media and news feeds into one accessible platform. Gedeon discusses the challenges of developing apps without venture capital and how his Kickstarter helps mitigate financial risks.

Keep your feedback coming too by emailing or call 1-877-804-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media and now on YouTube.