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

Two more video tutorials on the Victor Reader Stream

two more video tutorials on the Victor Reader Stream New Generation.

Tutorial 4 – on the Victor Reader Stream: Garry takes a look at power, pitch, speed and volume controls

Tutorial 5: Garry delves into the Bookshelf feature

Blind Parenting Video with Audio Description

Parents often say that raising children is one of the most rewarding and challenging stages of life. Now imagine how you’d do it if you were blind. Not sure? … Check out this video and learn how.

two parents, Rebecca and Eric, who are both blind are loving, laughing and adapting as they raise their two-year-old son, Tyler, who loves books, trucks, airplanes, playing, and exploring the world around him.

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ACB Parenting Video with Audio Description