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Learn how to quickly connect to VA Video Connect through iOS

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate how to connect to the VA Video Connect through iOS. Be sure to check out how to connect to VA Video Connect via your computer by clicking this link. VA Video Connect provides VA providers and Veterans a great way to connect utilizing personal computers and smart phones. This promotes Veteran’s abilities to engage with their healthcare teams in a safe and accessible manner. Overall the VA Video Connect iOS app is the quickest and best way to use this service. The seamless transition from the appointment email into the iOS app eliminates some of the confusion one might feel when connecting via the web browser methods. All of the screens and form elements work very well with Voice Over and you will not find any mislabeled buttons and the like. Using VA Video Connect requires one to follow these steps: * Contact your provider and ask about VA Video Connect * Open the VA Video Connect email prior to the appointment * Download the iOS VA Video Connect app * Select either the link for connecting to your provider or the test link Stay Informed Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following: * Subscribe to the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements podcast on iTunes. * Never miss an article or podcast episode through Apple News. * Listen to the Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast on any Alexa enabled device, Victor Reader Stream, Hims, TuneIn Radio, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts by searching for Blind Vet Tech. Send us an email if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

11 MIN2019 MAY 17
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Learn how to quickly connect to VA Video Connect through iOS

Learn how VA Video Connect offers Veterans an accessible method to connect with VA providers

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate how to connect to the VA Video Connect through a web browser. If you use iOS devices, learn how to connect to VA Video Connect through the iOS app. VA Video Connect provides VA providers and Veterans a great way to connect utilizing personal computers and smart phones. This promotes Veteran’s abilities to engage with their healthcare teams in a safe and accessible manner. Overall the VA Video Connect platform is a very accessible and easy method for blinded Veterans to engage with anyone from VIST coordinator to primary care providers. The service is largely accessible, with several miss labeled form elements and buttons being the only major issues. Even with these issues, individuals with the most rudimentary screen reader and magnifier skills should have no problem tabbing and arrowing their way through the screens. Using VA Video Connect requires one to follow these steps: * Contact your provider and ask about VA Video Connect * Open the VA Video Connect email prior to the appointment * Select either the link for connecting to your provider or the test link * Tab through the VA Video Connect screen and insert your name * Select Settings to ensure you are using the correct video camera and microphone * Connect to the session Stay Informed Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following: * Subscribe to the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements podcast on iTunes. * Never miss an article or podcast episode through Apple News. * Listen to the Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast on any Alexa enabled device, Victor Reader Stream, Hims, TuneIn Radio, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts by searching for Blind Vet Tech. Send us an email if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

13 MIN2019 MAY 17
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Learn how VA Video Connect offers Veterans an accessible method to connect with VA providers

AfterShokz Trekz Air’s modest features may entice you to take the open ear plunge, and do not miss Aira’s Access April Lotto

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate and review the AfterShokz Trekz Air. The Trekz Air builds upon the evolution of the open ear revolution with their first bone conduction headsets. Since then, AfterShokz establish several bluetooth models that wavered in comfort and style. The Air attempts to resolve many of the problems from the past, like comfort, poor microphone quality, and construction. Listen to the episode to see if they succeeded. The Trekz Air is a great addition to the AfterShokz line. Individuals looking for an open ear designed headset for outdoor activities will definitely be swayed by their construction and and fit. The audio quality is average for headsets but improved over previous iterations of bone conduction headsets. The reliance on Bluetooth 4.2 and Micro USB cables proves the Air received only modest improvements over the Titaniums. Overall, it is a hard call if upgrading from the Trekz Titanium is worth it, while new...

13 MIN2019 APR 21
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AfterShokz Trekz Air’s modest features may entice you to take the open ear plunge, and do not miss Aira’s Access April Lotto

Super Awesome Sneak Peak into Circus Masters Revenge Audio Game by Mental Vision

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, Joe Quirk of Mental Vision provides a behind the scenes look at developing the audio game , Circus Masters Revenge and his other projects. Circus Masters Revenge is an immersive audio game in line with Audio Defense that fully captures your imagination through extremely challenging levels. This discussion with Joe enables one to understand the amount of effort required to produce a captivating iOS audio game. We also have a fun discussion about the Hooke Verse and Joe’s new Youtube channel. Learn more about Joe and his projects by visiting: * Mental Vision’s Inclusive Action Video Games Blog * Circus Masters Revenge’s AppleVis Discussion * Mental Vision on Youtube Stay Informed Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following: * Subscribe to the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements podcast on iTunes. * Never miss an article or podcast episode through A...

24 MIN2019 APR 3
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Super Awesome Sneak Peak into Circus Masters Revenge Audio Game by Mental Vision

Going Behind the Scenes with Steve Baskis of Baskis 360

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, Steve Baskis from Baskis 360 joins us for a behind the scenes look at his studio. Baskis 360 is the latest endeavor from the founder of Blind Endeavors where he engages with hist guests on a variety of topics like research, politics, disability issues, to so much more. Baskis 360 combines live interviews with a variety of media and overlays reflective of programs from major news networks. This discussion with Steve lays the foundation for understanding what it takes to enter the podcasting to live streaming arena as a visually impaired producer. Learn more about Baskis 360 by visiting: * Baskis 360 on Youtube * Baskis 360 Studio setup Stay Informed Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following: * Subscribe to the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements podcast on iTunes. * Never miss an article or podcast episode through Apple News. * Listen to the Blind ...

42 MIN2019 MAR 9
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Going Behind the Scenes with Steve Baskis of Baskis 360

Cash Reader is the only currency recognition app you will ever need

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate and review Cash Reader. Cash Reader is a basic yet powerful app to recognize currencies from around the world. The app provides a 14 day free trial upon first opening the app. After the trial ends, you will either be limited to only recognizing the lowest 2 bills for the set currency or purchase the full version for $13.99. Cash Reader contains the standard features other money recognition apps provides, It utilizes your TTS settings and continuously announces the bill being scanned until it is removed or replaced. When no bill is detected, an option in settings will enable or disable a continuous beeping sound. Unique to Cash Reader is a vibration pattern. This unique feature enables one to determine the currency being identified by just feeling the iPhone. Overall Cash Reader is a great addition to the category of recognition apps for the blind. Cash Reader balances nicely between a no frills interface w...

10 MIN2019 FEB 22
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Cash Reader is the only currency recognition app you will ever need

Let Trainer Road empower your smart trainingf for fitness goals through this Voice Over walkthrough

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we embark upon the new topic of health and fitness by discussing and demonstrating how to use Trainer Road. Indoor cycling is a fantastic method for all individuals to achieve their fitness goals. At the most basic level, an indoor bike, trainer with a bike connected, or the bikes at your local gym may be sufficient to obtain a great level of fitness. For individuals requiring a more structured approach, Trainer Road offers a variety of training sessions and plans to quickly increase your cycling power. While Trainer Road is not entirely accessible for Voice Over users on iOS, the following workarounds makes Trainer Road a powerful tool for visually Impaired Cyclists. * Calendar Screen * Voice Over tends to land on the workout for the current day, if not simply close and relaunch the app * Load Workout is not label as a button, but this is the button one needs to advance to the workout’s screen * Another Load Workout bu...

46 MIN2019 FEB 21
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Let Trainer Road empower your smart trainingf for fitness goals through this Voice Over walkthrough

3 Amazing iOS Tricks to Show Off Blind Tech Skills to the Sighted

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate 3 amazing tricks to show off blind tech skills. A recent Twitter post brought the sighted community down on a visually impaired individual for using their iPhone. The reaction stems from ignorance related to the skills we possess as blind tech users. These three tricks will provide you with a chance to show off your skills while presenting an opportunity to explain Voice Over and other assistive tech. The three tricks includes: * Sharing a contact card via AirDrop * Open Contacts and navigate to a contact card * Elect Share * Select the device to Airdrop the card onto * Enable AirDrop by navigating to Settings, General, Airdrop * Select off, Contacts, or Everyone * Using Speak Display to read an article through TTS * Navigate to Settings, General, Accessibility, and Speech * Turn on Speak Display * Change the voice through the Voice menu or Rate of Speech through the slider * Use a 2 finger swipe down from...

13 MIN2019 FEB 9
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3 Amazing iOS Tricks to Show Off Blind Tech Skills to the Sighted

Alexa’s 3 commands to control Audible’s audiobook playback speed

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate Alexa’3 simple commands to change playback speed of Audible audiobooks. Audible’s recent announcement on how to alter playback speeds of audiobooks is a feature users clamored for years. After all Audible’s apps offered this option for a long time, and we welcome this ability to all Amazon Echos and Alexa-enabled devices. The only catch is Alexa’s playback speeds only include 75%, 100%, 125%, and 150%. Regardless, it feels fantastic to possess the freedom to switch between these speeds. Here are the commands you will need to know to decrease or increase Audible’s playback rate with Alexa: * Alexa, read slower * Alexa, read faster * * Alexa, read at normal speed Please note that Audible is rather strict with these commands. For example, “increase playback speed” or “read at normal rate” will prompt Alexa to respond with instructions on controlling playback speed with the previously mentioned comman...

3 MIN2019 JAN 17
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Alexa’s 3 commands to control Audible’s audiobook playback speed

Reviewing OCR Capabilities of Microsoft Seeing AI Versus Aira’s Chloe

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate and review the OCR capabilities of Microsoft Seeing AI and Aira’s Chloe. Seeing AI’s OCR ease of use and OCR efficiency makes it the gold standard which to compare other OCR solutions. I would even say that Seeing AI is more advance than similar OCR solutions, like KNFB Reader to Orcam. This makes Seeing AI a great method to evaluate the progress Aira made with Chloe’s OCR capabilities. This review placed Seeing AI and Chloe head to head in the following tasks: li>OCR 2 business cards * Microsoft Seeing AI Short Text Channel * Aira’s Chloe “Read This” command * Recognized a page from a credit card application * Microsoft Seeing AI Short Text and Document Channels * Aira’s Chloe “Read This” and “Read This Document commands * Recognize a page from a book * Microsoft Seeing AI Short Text and Document Channels * Aira’s Chloe “Read This” and “Read This Document commandsOverall, Microsoft Seeing AI...

18 MIN2019 JAN 16
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Reviewing OCR Capabilities of Microsoft Seeing AI Versus Aira’s Chloe

Latest Episodes

Learn how to quickly connect to VA Video Connect through iOS

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate how to connect to the VA Video Connect through iOS. Be sure to check out how to connect to VA Video Connect via your computer by clicking this link. VA Video Connect provides VA providers and Veterans a great way to connect utilizing personal computers and smart phones. This promotes Veteran’s abilities to engage with their healthcare teams in a safe and accessible manner. Overall the VA Video Connect iOS app is the quickest and best way to use this service. The seamless transition from the appointment email into the iOS app eliminates some of the confusion one might feel when connecting via the web browser methods. All of the screens and form elements work very well with Voice Over and you will not find any mislabeled buttons and the like. Using VA Video Connect requires one to follow these steps: * Contact your provider and ask about VA Video Connect * Open the VA Video Connect email prior to the appointment * Download the iOS VA Video Connect app * Select either the link for connecting to your provider or the test link Stay Informed Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following: * Subscribe to the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements podcast on iTunes. * Never miss an article or podcast episode through Apple News. * Listen to the Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast on any Alexa enabled device, Victor Reader Stream, Hims, TuneIn Radio, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts by searching for Blind Vet Tech. Send us an email if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

11 MIN2019 MAY 17
Comments
Learn how to quickly connect to VA Video Connect through iOS

Learn how VA Video Connect offers Veterans an accessible method to connect with VA providers

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate how to connect to the VA Video Connect through a web browser. If you use iOS devices, learn how to connect to VA Video Connect through the iOS app. VA Video Connect provides VA providers and Veterans a great way to connect utilizing personal computers and smart phones. This promotes Veteran’s abilities to engage with their healthcare teams in a safe and accessible manner. Overall the VA Video Connect platform is a very accessible and easy method for blinded Veterans to engage with anyone from VIST coordinator to primary care providers. The service is largely accessible, with several miss labeled form elements and buttons being the only major issues. Even with these issues, individuals with the most rudimentary screen reader and magnifier skills should have no problem tabbing and arrowing their way through the screens. Using VA Video Connect requires one to follow these steps: * Contact your provider and ask about VA Video Connect * Open the VA Video Connect email prior to the appointment * Select either the link for connecting to your provider or the test link * Tab through the VA Video Connect screen and insert your name * Select Settings to ensure you are using the correct video camera and microphone * Connect to the session Stay Informed Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following: * Subscribe to the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements podcast on iTunes. * Never miss an article or podcast episode through Apple News. * Listen to the Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast on any Alexa enabled device, Victor Reader Stream, Hims, TuneIn Radio, and anywhere else you listen to podcasts by searching for Blind Vet Tech. Send us an email if you have any questions, comments, or suggestions.

13 MIN2019 MAY 17
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Learn how VA Video Connect offers Veterans an accessible method to connect with VA providers

AfterShokz Trekz Air’s modest features may entice you to take the open ear plunge, and do not miss Aira’s Access April Lotto

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate and review the AfterShokz Trekz Air. The Trekz Air builds upon the evolution of the open ear revolution with their first bone conduction headsets. Since then, AfterShokz establish several bluetooth models that wavered in comfort and style. The Air attempts to resolve many of the problems from the past, like comfort, poor microphone quality, and construction. Listen to the episode to see if they succeeded. The Trekz Air is a great addition to the AfterShokz line. Individuals looking for an open ear designed headset for outdoor activities will definitely be swayed by their construction and and fit. The audio quality is average for headsets but improved over previous iterations of bone conduction headsets. The reliance on Bluetooth 4.2 and Micro USB cables proves the Air received only modest improvements over the Titaniums. Overall, it is a hard call if upgrading from the Trekz Titanium is worth it, while new...

13 MIN2019 APR 21
Comments
AfterShokz Trekz Air’s modest features may entice you to take the open ear plunge, and do not miss Aira’s Access April Lotto

Super Awesome Sneak Peak into Circus Masters Revenge Audio Game by Mental Vision

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, Joe Quirk of Mental Vision provides a behind the scenes look at developing the audio game , Circus Masters Revenge and his other projects. Circus Masters Revenge is an immersive audio game in line with Audio Defense that fully captures your imagination through extremely challenging levels. This discussion with Joe enables one to understand the amount of effort required to produce a captivating iOS audio game. We also have a fun discussion about the Hooke Verse and Joe’s new Youtube channel. Learn more about Joe and his projects by visiting: * Mental Vision’s Inclusive Action Video Games Blog * Circus Masters Revenge’s AppleVis Discussion * Mental Vision on Youtube Stay Informed Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following: * Subscribe to the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements podcast on iTunes. * Never miss an article or podcast episode through A...

24 MIN2019 APR 3
Comments
Super Awesome Sneak Peak into Circus Masters Revenge Audio Game by Mental Vision

Going Behind the Scenes with Steve Baskis of Baskis 360

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, Steve Baskis from Baskis 360 joins us for a behind the scenes look at his studio. Baskis 360 is the latest endeavor from the founder of Blind Endeavors where he engages with hist guests on a variety of topics like research, politics, disability issues, to so much more. Baskis 360 combines live interviews with a variety of media and overlays reflective of programs from major news networks. This discussion with Steve lays the foundation for understanding what it takes to enter the podcasting to live streaming arena as a visually impaired producer. Learn more about Baskis 360 by visiting: * Baskis 360 on Youtube * Baskis 360 Studio setup Stay Informed Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following: * Subscribe to the Blind Vet Tech News and Announcements podcast on iTunes. * Never miss an article or podcast episode through Apple News. * Listen to the Blind ...

42 MIN2019 MAR 9
Comments
Going Behind the Scenes with Steve Baskis of Baskis 360

Cash Reader is the only currency recognition app you will ever need

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate and review Cash Reader. Cash Reader is a basic yet powerful app to recognize currencies from around the world. The app provides a 14 day free trial upon first opening the app. After the trial ends, you will either be limited to only recognizing the lowest 2 bills for the set currency or purchase the full version for $13.99. Cash Reader contains the standard features other money recognition apps provides, It utilizes your TTS settings and continuously announces the bill being scanned until it is removed or replaced. When no bill is detected, an option in settings will enable or disable a continuous beeping sound. Unique to Cash Reader is a vibration pattern. This unique feature enables one to determine the currency being identified by just feeling the iPhone. Overall Cash Reader is a great addition to the category of recognition apps for the blind. Cash Reader balances nicely between a no frills interface w...

10 MIN2019 FEB 22
Comments
Cash Reader is the only currency recognition app you will ever need

Let Trainer Road empower your smart trainingf for fitness goals through this Voice Over walkthrough

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we embark upon the new topic of health and fitness by discussing and demonstrating how to use Trainer Road. Indoor cycling is a fantastic method for all individuals to achieve their fitness goals. At the most basic level, an indoor bike, trainer with a bike connected, or the bikes at your local gym may be sufficient to obtain a great level of fitness. For individuals requiring a more structured approach, Trainer Road offers a variety of training sessions and plans to quickly increase your cycling power. While Trainer Road is not entirely accessible for Voice Over users on iOS, the following workarounds makes Trainer Road a powerful tool for visually Impaired Cyclists. * Calendar Screen * Voice Over tends to land on the workout for the current day, if not simply close and relaunch the app * Load Workout is not label as a button, but this is the button one needs to advance to the workout’s screen * Another Load Workout bu...

46 MIN2019 FEB 21
Comments
Let Trainer Road empower your smart trainingf for fitness goals through this Voice Over walkthrough

3 Amazing iOS Tricks to Show Off Blind Tech Skills to the Sighted

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate 3 amazing tricks to show off blind tech skills. A recent Twitter post brought the sighted community down on a visually impaired individual for using their iPhone. The reaction stems from ignorance related to the skills we possess as blind tech users. These three tricks will provide you with a chance to show off your skills while presenting an opportunity to explain Voice Over and other assistive tech. The three tricks includes: * Sharing a contact card via AirDrop * Open Contacts and navigate to a contact card * Elect Share * Select the device to Airdrop the card onto * Enable AirDrop by navigating to Settings, General, Airdrop * Select off, Contacts, or Everyone * Using Speak Display to read an article through TTS * Navigate to Settings, General, Accessibility, and Speech * Turn on Speak Display * Change the voice through the Voice menu or Rate of Speech through the slider * Use a 2 finger swipe down from...

13 MIN2019 FEB 9
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3 Amazing iOS Tricks to Show Off Blind Tech Skills to the Sighted

Alexa’s 3 commands to control Audible’s audiobook playback speed

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate Alexa’3 simple commands to change playback speed of Audible audiobooks. Audible’s recent announcement on how to alter playback speeds of audiobooks is a feature users clamored for years. After all Audible’s apps offered this option for a long time, and we welcome this ability to all Amazon Echos and Alexa-enabled devices. The only catch is Alexa’s playback speeds only include 75%, 100%, 125%, and 150%. Regardless, it feels fantastic to possess the freedom to switch between these speeds. Here are the commands you will need to know to decrease or increase Audible’s playback rate with Alexa: * Alexa, read slower * Alexa, read faster * * Alexa, read at normal speed Please note that Audible is rather strict with these commands. For example, “increase playback speed” or “read at normal rate” will prompt Alexa to respond with instructions on controlling playback speed with the previously mentioned comman...

3 MIN2019 JAN 17
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Alexa’s 3 commands to control Audible’s audiobook playback speed

Reviewing OCR Capabilities of Microsoft Seeing AI Versus Aira’s Chloe

In this Blind Vet Tech Quick Guides, News and Reviews podcast, we demonstrate and review the OCR capabilities of Microsoft Seeing AI and Aira’s Chloe. Seeing AI’s OCR ease of use and OCR efficiency makes it the gold standard which to compare other OCR solutions. I would even say that Seeing AI is more advance than similar OCR solutions, like KNFB Reader to Orcam. This makes Seeing AI a great method to evaluate the progress Aira made with Chloe’s OCR capabilities. This review placed Seeing AI and Chloe head to head in the following tasks: li>OCR 2 business cards * Microsoft Seeing AI Short Text Channel * Aira’s Chloe “Read This” command * Recognized a page from a credit card application * Microsoft Seeing AI Short Text and Document Channels * Aira’s Chloe “Read This” and “Read This Document commands * Recognize a page from a book * Microsoft Seeing AI Short Text and Document Channels * Aira’s Chloe “Read This” and “Read This Document commandsOverall, Microsoft Seeing AI...

18 MIN2019 JAN 16
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Reviewing OCR Capabilities of Microsoft Seeing AI Versus Aira’s Chloe
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