first iphone x voiceover user review

The link below will take you to the AppleVis website to an interesting review of the iphone x from the viewpoint of a voiceover user.

VoiceOver is an assistive feature found on iPhones. It voices what is displayed on the phones screen, allowing access for people who are blind or have low vision.

iPhone X Review from a VoiceOver User

AAP distributes media release for “Outrunning the Night”

Australian Associated Press (AAP) distributed a media release for Scott Hollier’s book Outrunning the Night: A life journey of disability determination and joy’ on 20 September.

Digital accessibility specialist Scott Hollier is well educated, loves computers and gadgets, is a husband and father, goes to church regularly and has set foot on all seven continents. He is also legally blind.

It is an Inspiring memoir of struggle and triumph.

Find the release on Scott’s book here

If you’ve aren’t familiar with Scott’s book, all the details including a sample chapter can be found at

The Eclipse Soundscapes Project app

Below is a link to an interactive app made for VoiceOver users and others with vision loss.
It uses a combination of sound, vibrations and audio description.

The Eclipse Soundscapes Project app is specially designed so that people who are blind and visually impaired can share in the awe and wonder of astronomical events in real time with their sighted peers.

The app is a joint effort between The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO), NASA’s Heliophysics Education Consortium (HEC), the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), and the National Park Service (NPS). Features include an interactive “Rumble map”; audio descriptions of key features of the eclipse; a play-by-play description of the total solar eclipse as it is happening in the user’s area; and a countdown clock to the next upcoming eclipse.

The “Rumble Map” gives the user the sensation of “feeling” the Sun during an eclipse. the technology translates images of key eclipse features into a series of unique frequency modulated tones that map out variations in light and dark as the user explores the image with their fingertips. These tones are specially designed to make the user’s mobile device shake, or rumble, in response to the changes.

After the eclipse, the Eclipse Soundscapes app will provide access to a database of soundscape recordings from U.S. National Parks and other urban and rural locations so that users can experience how eclipses change the behavior of different species, including humans. During the next five years, the app will expand to include other eclipses and astronomical objects of interest giving people who are blind and visually impaired – and everyone else – a new way to engage with the universe around them.

Eclipse Soundscapes by Henry Winter

Seeing AI app from Microsoft

The Seeing AI app uses artificial intelligence and the camera on an iPhone, optimized for use with VoiceOver, to perform a number of useful functions:

  • Short Text – Speaks text as soon as it appears in front of the camera.
  • Documents – Provides audio guidance to capture a printed page, and recognizes the text, along with its original formatting.
  • Products – Scans barcodes, using audio beeps to guide you; hear the name, and package information when available.
  • People – Saves people’s faces so you can recognize them, and get an estimate of their age, gender, and emotions.
  • Scenes (early preview) – Hear an overall description of the scene captured.
  • Images in other apps – Just tap “Share” and “Recognize with Seeing AI” to describe images from Mail, Photos, Twitter, and more.

Seeing IA YouTube clip

Victor Reader Stream Tutorials – The Basics

Below you will find a link to some e-learning material developed for the Statewide Vision Resource Centre

Garry Stinchcombe presents a series of videos on the basics of the Victor Reader Stream.

The Victor Reader Stream is a handheld media player for the blind and low vision. It Plays DAISY books, MP3, MP4, EPUB, and many other media formats. It has easy access to over 36,000 web radio stations, and wireless access to rich media content. It can record voice and media with built-in microphone or line-in. Speach output is delivered by a choice of two built-in, human-sounding voices for a pleasant text-to-speech experience. Built-in wireless networking capability keeps you connected. It Weighs les than 110 grams.

The first 3 Tutorials are now up on YouTube.

If you’d like to check them out, here’s the link: Victor Reader Stream Tutorials