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This is a podcast focused on technology that supports people with sight loss. NCBI Labs is the technology function within NCBI (National Council for the Blind Ireland)NCBI is the national sight loss agency in Ireland. We are a not for profit charity, which offers support and services to people of all ages who are experiencing difficulties with their eyesight.www.ncbi.ie
 
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Our Live Event Podcasts return this year with a brand new name – Talking Technology with NCBI Labs. On the show this week we first explore the rapidly evolving area of 3D Printing. We find out how 3D printing works and what tools and materials are used to create 3D models. From applications in healthcare, transport, construction, music, and more, t…
 
Wishing all our listeners a very Happy New Year. For almost 200 years, Braille has transformed the lives of many people with sight loss. It has promoted equal opportunities and opened doors to literacy, education, and employment. In recognition of World Braille Day taking place today 4th January, our first Live Event of 2022 is dedicated entirely t…
 
We have lots coming up in what will be our final Live Event of 2021. To start off, it’s competition time as we give away an Amazon Echo smart speaker to one lucky listener. Next, we’re very exciting to tell you about the brand-new BlindShell Classic 2. An updated version of the internationally popular BlindShell Classic, this is a fully accessible …
 
On this weeks live event, we talk about the Black Friday deals available this year, both online and in-store. We feature deals on smart speakers, wifi extenders, apple devices, and Orcam products, and even show how you can use your Amazon Echo to search for deals. Also on the show, we talk to Leonie Watson, director of Tetralogical, about W3C and W…
 
On the show this week we find out about a new daily weather forecast podcast that has been launched by Met Éireann. The podcast offers a convenient and accessible way to find out the weather forecast if you are on the move and is also available through your smart speaker. To find out more we are joined by Evelyn Cusack, head of forecasting with Met…
 
On today’s show, we talk about the rise of subscription based services in recent years. We discuss the various businesses that offer subscription options currently, and discuss the pros and cons for the end user. Additionally, in our series of end-user reviews, Brian Manning tells us how he uses his Dot Watch, and give us his opinion on it. Support…
 
On the show this week we're delighted to have back with us Stephen Howell, Senior Program Manager with Microsoft Ireland. Stephen tells us about the latest accessibility features and enhancements to look forward to in Windows 11. We also find out from Stephen all there is to know about the much-anticipated Surface Adaptive Kit being brought out by …
 
On the show this week we are joined by David Nason from Apple Vis to find out about the latest features and functions in iOS 15. Highlights include being able to perform more tasks with Siri off-line, a new VoiceOver Quick Settings menu, and a new feature called Live Text that allows you to read text from photos and with the Camera app. We look bac…
 
On the show this week we discuss the role technology can play in making the workplace a more inclusive environment for people with sight loss. What are some of the challenges faced when seeking or in employment, and what grants are available to fund the equipment needed? Joining us on Meet the Team to help answer these questions and more is Maura B…
 
On the show this week we are delighted to be joined by special guest Steven Scott from the RNIB Tech Talk Team. With almost 400 episodes, Tech Talk is a podcast and radio show for blind and partially sighted people who are interested in accessible technology. Steven tells us all there is to know about the RNIB Tech Talk podcast show, favourite inte…
 
On the show this week we find out about Sight Tech Global 2021, an event focusing on AI and the future of accessibility for people who are blind or visually impaired. The virtual event takes place this year from December 1-2 and is free to the public. To find out more about what’s in store we are joined by Ned Desmond, the founder and executive pro…
 
On this Live Event Special we find out about Microsoft Soundscape, an app that assists those who are blind or vision impaired to explore the world around them through a 3D audio experience. As the next step on the journey to enabling a more accessible Ireland for all, Microsoft Ireland announced the availability of Soundscape on iOS on Tuesday 3rd …
 
On the show this week we are joined by Joe McPhillips from Wexford to hear about his experience using the Apple Watch. Since the debut of the first Apple Watch in 2015, this smartwatch has evolved from a wrist-worn extension of the iPhone to a device that can tell you a whole lot about your health and more. Joe tells us how to set up the Apple Watc…
 
In this Live Event we are joined by NCBI’s Chief Technology Officer Kyran O’Mahoney to find out about the latest developments of the NCBI SmartHub. When available, the Smart Hub will provide a means of receiving information about NCBI and availing of essential services through your smart speaker. We will also be Joined by David Nason who will tell …
 
On this Live Event we are joined by Glen Gordan, who for the last 25 years has been the architect behind the popular JAWS Screen Reader. In the mid-1990s, the flourishing popularity of Microsoft Windows and its graphical user interface brought with it much concern for many computer users who were blind or had low vision. On the show this week Glen …
 
On this Live Event we find out about online banking and managing your finances with the popular Revolut app. How do you set up a Revolut account, what services are available, and how accessible is the app itself? To help answer these questions and more we are joined by Sebastian Hamilton, Head of Public Affairs at Revolut Ireland. Also, to provide …
 
This week we check out the accessibility and accuracy of a range of weather apps. Irish people are known to be fixated by the weather with almost every conversation starting with this topic. Will I need to bring an umbrella today? Is the weather going to be good for the weekend? The topic of the weather is never far from our minds or our conversati…
 
This week we check out accessibility offerings on the Chromecast with Google TV, a device that can turn any TV into a smart TV with all your favourite streaming apps. We go through how to use the Chromecast’s TalkBack screen reader and its Voice Remote to access video and audio content. Also this week, NCBI Labs IT Trainer Miriam Kelly provides us …
 
This week, with the news of the latest Ransomware attack on the HSE, we will be taking time to find out about this type of malware and also what we can do to help protect ourselves against such cyberattacks. On Seeing it Your Way, we catch up with Dominique Farrell from Dublin to find out about the technology she uses in her day to day life. We hav…
 
Coming up on this Live Event we have an interview with Sky to find out about a new Voice Guidance feature recently introduced to the Sky Q box. Joining a suite of other accessibility features available on the Sky Q box, Voice Guidance turns all items on the screen into spoken output to make navigating the platform’s TV guide, menus, Show Centres, c…
 
This week we take a look back at some of the highlights from Apple’s recent Spring Loaded event that included the launch of an all-new iMac, two new iPad Pros, an updated Apple TV, and the much anticipated AirTags. We'll also be discussing what to expect with the release of iOS 14.5 this week that includes the option to unlock the iPhone with Apple…
 
This week our conversation turns to accessible app development and the research that is involved in coming up with new concepts for inclusive technology. To find out more we will be joined by Susan McKeever, Senior Lecturer from Technological University Dublin. Susan will be telling us about a new navigational app for people with sight loss that is…
 
This week our conversation turns to mobile phones and what are the key things to consider when purchasing a new one. We’ll be discussing the different types of mobile phones out there and what they offer in terms of accessibility features, design, memory, battery life, price, and more. On Meet the Team we speak with Karen O’Connell from the Childre…
 
In this Live Event we explore the area of accessibility with Microsoft. What are some of latest accessibility features in Windows 10 and Microsoft Office for someone who is blind or has low vision? How exactly does Artificial Intelligence work and how is it being used to make products more accessible for people with sight loss? Joining us this week…
 
On this Live Event we explore the Google Lookout App on Android that is designed for people who are blind or have low-vision. This free app has similar features to the popular Seeing AI app on iOS such as the ability to read text, explore surroundings, and identify products and currency. We find out about new features introduced in the latest versi…
 
On this Live Event we take time to explore the area of accessible gaming. What are some of the best games out there for someone who is blind or partially sighted, and how can we stay up to date with the latest news and developments in this area? To find out more we will be joined by Darwin Gaffney and Iain Strachan who recently founded the RNIB Vis…
 
On this Live Event we will be checking out the new NCBI website. Designed to be fully accessible to all users, the new site provides information on all NCBI services across the country as well as latest news and podcast releases. It contains several new and exciting features that we are really looking forward to telling you about. We will be talkin…
 
On this Live Event we will be joined by Dr. Craig Moore who is a engineer with a vision impairment working at NASA in Washington D.C. Working at NASA for over 30 years, Dr. Moore is involved in the development of software to monitor the safety of rockets and life support systems for long duration missions. He is currently part of a team working on …
 
On this Live Event we will be joined by Saqib Shaikh, founder of the hugely popular Seeing AI app from Microsoft. Available in over 70 countries, Seeing AI is a free app created by Microsoft specifically for Apple iOS devices. Using the camera on an iPhone or iPad, the app harnesses the power of AI (Artificial Intelligence) to describe nearby surro…
 
his week we will be joined by Breda Dowling from the NCBI shop to find out about a range of products for sale for people with sight loss. These products include everything from liquid level indicators to talking watches to accessible mobile phones. We will also be joined by Ah-Choi, Director of Social Impact at Dot Incorporation, to find out about …
 
From its beginnings in 2006, NVDA is now used in over 120 countries and has been translated into more than 50 languages. Using the power of NVDA means that people with sight loss can continue to be active members of the digital society, enjoying access to a range of online services, as well as education and employment opportunities. To find out mor…
 
This week we will be finding out about an exciting new handheld tablet being developed by a tech startup called Field of Vision that will enable blind and vision impaired users to track and visualise sports matches through haptic feedback and touch. To learn more, we will be joined by the Omar Salem, Co-founder and Head of Engineering at Field of V…
 
With many of our daily routines restricted due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this week we check out some of the different types of accessible fitness devices we can use, from smart wearable to smart speakers, to help us stay active and look after ourselves during these difficult times. We’ll be talking with Kristina Millar from Vision Sports Ireland to…
 
This week we delve into the areas of online shopping and cyber security. Our guest speaker is Martin O’Sullivan, a cyber security expert, who will be talking us through some common security threats and sharing tips on how to stay safe online and protect your digital footprint. Dereck Carolan from the Labs team also shares with us some tips to remem…
 
In what will be our first live event of 2021, we will be discussing the different types of broadband offerings out there, how to get the best out of each one and how to overcome some of the more common issues that can arise. On Meet the Team we speak with Collyn Kenny from the Labs Team to hear all about his role with NCBI. Finally, on Seeing It Yo…
 
Over the last few years and particularly throughout these Covid restrictions, streaming devices have become an increasingly common option for watching TV. This week our conversation turns to accessibility features on streaming devices such as the Amazon Firestick, Apple TV, and the new Chromecast with Google TV. On Meet the Team we speak with Áine …
 
This week our conversation turns to learning how to touch type and what you need to know about the upcoming Black Friday sales. Touch typing can be one of the most important and useful computer skills to learn as it eliminates the need to look at the keyboard. This is especially true for anyone using a screen reader. To find out more, IT Trainer Mi…
 
This week we are delighted to welcome to the Live Event Javier Pita, CEO of Spanish-based tech company NaviLens. We’ll be finding out from Javier all about this company’s innovate new variation of QR codes and its many applications, including as a navigation system for people with sight loss. On Meet the Team we speak with IT Trainer Mary Byrne who…
 
This week we explore the many features of The Connect 12 from Humanware – a lightweight portable CCTV that combines a high-performance digital magnifier with the versatility of a tablet. We speak with Hilary Devlin to hear all about how she uses this popular device in her role as Eye Clinic Liaison Officer with NCBI. On Meet the Team we speak with …
 
This week our conversation turns to the latest mobile operation system releases from Apple and Google. We’ll be taking time to discuss accessibility highlights in iOS 14 following its public release in September, as well as other welcome additions including Home screen widgets and the new App Library. We’ll also be discussing what to expect with Go…
 
This week on Meet the Team we will be welcoming Denis Nolan, NCBI's Technology Training Manager. From time to time we all come across a PDF document that isn’t as accessible as it should be. This week we will be discussing how this can happen and what can be done to make these PDF files accessible to all users. We speak about the latest Tech News a…
 
This week we are joined by NCBI Chief Technology Officer Kyran O’Mahoney to find out about the development of the NCBI SmartHub, which will enable people with sight loss to access essential NCBI services and information through affordable smart devices such as the Amazon Echo and Google Home. We will also be joined by IT Trainer Brian Manning to he…
 
In this month’s Live Event we will be discussing Bone Conductive Headphones and the benefits of this technology for people with Visual Impairments in everyone from home use, work environments, schools and out and about with Mobility Applications such as Lazarillo. We will be joined in this Event by some representatives from Lazarillo to discuss the…
 
We’ll be taking time to explore a range of Digital Handheld Magnifiers available for people with low vision. We will also explore magnification devices that can fit in your pocket to Stand Alone CCTVs and Smart Devices that can be used in study and employment. We will also be discussing how iOS and Android devices have some of these features availa…
 
This week we talk smart home technology. We will have demonstrations of the accessibility features built into a Samsung Smart TV and how to operate a Samsung Smart Washing Machine using the SmartThings app on a smartphone. We are also delighted to be playing a demonstration of the Amazon Smart Oven by Sam Seavey from the very popular YouTube channe…
 
This week we focus on Braille technology with a demonstration of the Focus 40, the BrailleNote Touch and the Orbit Reader 20. We are delighted to welcome to the live event Carol Byrne from the NCBI Library and Media Centre to tell us about the work the library is doing in relation to the production of Unified English Braille (UEB). Please follow th…
 
This week we will be discussing the Covid-19 Tracker app and have a member of the app’s Product Manager on the event to discuss the app and answer your questions. We would encourage you to download the app and we would like your feedback on how the app is working for you. If you have questions you would like to field to us for our Live Event, or ha…
 
This week we explore screen magnification software focusing primarily on Dolphin SuperNova Magnifier & Speech, a product that enables people with visual impairment to independently access their computer for work, in education or in the home. We are delighted to welcome to the live event NCBI staff member Hilary Devlin who will give us an insight in…
 
This week we focus on the important role Technology can play in the workplace for people with a vision impairment. We discuss the wide range of assistive products available and, in our Seeing It Your Way piece, chat with Jennifer Healion about how screen magnification software helps her in her own job role. Tech is back in this episode and we discu…
 
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