The Double Tap podcast shares tech news and reviews with the visually impaired community. Its hosts are Steven Scott and Shaun Preece. They invite everyone of all ages and levels of tech knowledge to join them. Here they all learn about accessible technology.
Steven is a radio host whose sight condition forced him to adapt to new technologies. When Steven discovers a new gadget, he's excited to share it with the broader community. Shaun is an audio producer who was born with a visual impairment. He has had to rely more on assistive technology as his vision has worsened. The podcast hosts met while on the UK show Tech Talk and bonded over their passion for technology.
Steven and Shaun share tips and reviews in each podcast episode to help improve daily life. In one, they discuss a fascinating tool, Annie, created to help with learning Braille. Annie is for blind and low-vision children to use by themselves. Product manager Andrew Flatres joins to discuss its features, design, and value. They praise its focus on self-education, although it can be shared in the classroom, too. What makes it unique is that it provides a fun, game-like format that is great for kids.
An ever-present topic within tech discussions is the future of AI. Steven and Shaun discuss how it may help the lives of the visually impaired community. There are voice features and image descriptions within ChatGPT that are already beneficial. The podcast hosts also talk about the need for regulations for this new and fast-paced technology.
The podcast discusses coping with sight loss and the language used to refer to the community. It also features questions and stories from listeners. One listener talks about disliking the term "blind." He states that it's often the only way he can explain his need for extra help. The more accurate term "partially sighted" doesn't result in the same support, he says.
The Double Tap podcast has product reviews, recommendations, and discussions in all areas. New episodes arrive Mondays through Saturdays.