Double Tap

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Double Tap is the show where blind people talk tech! If you’re blind or partially sighted and have an interest in technology, this is the show for you. Everyone is welcome no matter how old you are or how much or how little experience you have with technology. Each week the team will help you better understand how technology can help your everyday life, even if you have little or no sight. Join the conversation and add your voice to the show either by calling in, sending an email or leaving us a voicemail! Email: feedback@doubletaponair.com Phone: 1-877-803-4567 read less

Our Editor's Take

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.

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Episodes

Zero Project, Day One: Travel Tales & Lumen
5d ago
Zero Project, Day One: Travel Tales & Lumen
In this episode of Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece are live from Vienna at the Zero Project Conference. They kick things off with a casual chat about their travel experiences and the ease of using assistance services at airports, making their journey surprisingly smooth. They joke about their hopes for finding chocolate in Austria and share their excitement about being at the conference, which brings together people from all over the world to discuss innovations for people with disabilities. The main topic of discussion is an interview with Cornel Amariei, the CEO of Dot Lumen, who has developed glasses that aim to empower individuals who are blind by providing a technological alternative to guide dogs. The glasses use self-driving technology to guide users around obstacles, providing haptic feedback on the forehead to indicate the direction to move. Cornel explains that while the glasses can technically replace a guide dog or white cane, they are not intended to compete with them but rather to offer an additional option for those who may not have access to or want a guide dog. Shaun gets the opportunity to test the Lumen glasses and shares his initial impressions, expressing surprise at how intuitive and responsive the device is. He likens the experience to using 3D audio navigation but with haptic feedback. The conversation turns to the challenges of gaining users' trust with new technology, especially when it comes to replacing tried-and-true mobility aids like the white cane. Keep in touch by emailing us at feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-03-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media.
Best of YouTube: Online Dating, Technology Fatigue & What's The Point Of Apple Vision Pro?
18-02-2024
Best of YouTube: Online Dating, Technology Fatigue & What's The Point Of Apple Vision Pro?
It's another chance to catch up with Steven and Shaun's ramblings over on YouTube in this special weekly podcast.First up they dive into the world of online dating. They're joined by Fern Lulham, who shares her experiences with online dating platforms like Plenty of Fish, eHarmony, and Bumble, where the ladies start the conversation. Fern discusses the practicality of online dating for those with visual impairments, the safety concerns, and the decision-making process around disclosing her disability.(Available from 12 seconds)Next up, the conversation shifts to whether technology, specifically AI, is living up to the hype. Steven and Shaun discuss the potential of AI and how it sometimes falls short in practical applications, like ChatGPT's limitations. They ponder whether the tech community is experiencing "technology fatigue" due to high expectations and the constant search for the next big thing.(Available from 25 minutes 19 seconds)And there's a  discussion on Apple's Vision Pro and whether it's a practical investment for blind users. They debate if the blind community should allow Apple to allocate resources to making Vision Pro accessible, or if those resources would be better spent on improving voiceover capabilities on existing devices. They conclude that while not every product may be designed with blind users in mind, it's important to ensure accessibility is still considered.(Available from 38 minutes 47 seconds)Get ahead of the conversation and check out the Double Tap YouTube channel every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the platform which you can find using this link: [https://www.youtube.com/@DoubleTapVideo]It's another chance to catch up with Steven and Shaun's ramblings over on YouTube in this special weekly podcast.
Revisiting Zero Project Conference 2023
17-02-2024
Revisiting Zero Project Conference 2023
In this episode of Double Tap, host Steven Scott takes us back to the Zero Project Conference 2023 in Vienna, where he explores the intersection of disability and technology. The show kicks off with a deep dive into echolocation, a technique often associated with bats and dolphins, but also used by some blind individuals to navigate their environments. Steven chats with Juan Caprice, a blind mobility instructor from Europe, who shares insights on how echolocation can be a powerful tool when combined with other aids like guide dogs and canes. Steven also takes listeners on a tour of the exhibits hall at the conference, highlighting innovative products designed for people with disabilities. He meets with José Robinje, co-founder of Key to Enable, who has developed an accessible keyboard that transforms the way individuals with severe disabilities interact with computers and smartphones. Another notable interview features Marielle Ellington, founder and CEO of Void, who talks about creating an app that turns smartphones into external microphones for hearing aid users. Steven also chats with Ivar Sagona, CTO of Deafinitely, about an app that translates spoken language into sign language animations, making communication more accessible for the deaf community. The episode wraps up with a conversation with Shani Dhanda, recently voted the UK's most influential disabled person. Shani discusses the challenges and progress within the disability community, the impact of the pandemic on inclusion, and her experiences facing both disability and ethnicity biases. She also touches on how technology has transformed her life, providing autonomy and convenience in ways that were previously unimaginable. Keep in touch by emailing us feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-03-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us across social media.
Best of YouTube: Simulating Sight, Apple Vision Pro Accessibility & The Las Vegas Sphere Experience
04-02-2024
Best of YouTube: Simulating Sight, Apple Vision Pro Accessibility & The Las Vegas Sphere Experience
Starting this week Steven and Shaun can be found on YouTube talking tech from their own unique perspectives and here on the podcast you can enjoy that experience too with our new weekly Best of YouTube wrap-up episode. Here's what we talked about this week.Episode 1: Introduction (13 seconds)The guys introduce themselves and discuss the reason behind starting the Double Tap YouTube channel. They mention that Mr. F was the main reason behind the decision to expand their audience through YouTube. They explain that Double Tap is a daily show on AMI Audio in Canada, focusing on technology from a blind perspective, and the YouTube channel will allow them to delve deeper into topics they might not have time to cover on the radio show.Episode 2: Can You Really Understand Blindness by Pretending? (7 minutes 52 seconds)The hosts discuss whether it's appropriate for sighted people to use simulation glasses to experience what it's like to be blind. They share their opinions on visual impairment awareness courses and the potential negative impact of leaving participants with a sense of fear or pity. They reference a video by James Rath, a legally blind filmmaker, who collaborated with YouTuber Justine to show her what it's like to use an iPhone with visual impairment. Steven finds this approach more positive, as it demonstrates how blind people can successfully use technology.Episode 3: Apple Vision Pro Accessibility (21 minutes 54 seconds)Steven and Shaun discuss the accessibility features of the upcoming Apple Vision Pro, including VoiceOver, magnification, pointer control, eye track pointer, hand gestures, and more. They explain the importance of these features for people with various disabilities and how they can work together to provide a better user experience. They question the device's usability for blind individuals and whether there will be enough compelling content to justify purchasing it.Episode 4: The Sphere Experience (35 minutes 9 seconds)Matt Ater from Vispero joins Steven to talk about his experience visiting the Sphere in Las Vegas. Matt, who has low vision, describes how he used the Be My Eyes app to get descriptions of the scenes during a movie at the Sphere. He explains that the venue's immersive sound and vibrations made the experience enjoyable, despite the lack of audio description. They discuss the accessibility of the venue and the potential for blind and low vision individuals to enjoy events there.Check out new episodes of Double Tap on YouTube every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the channel by visiting this link: [https://www.youtube.com/@DoubleTapVideo]And keep in touch! Email feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-803-4567 and leave us a voicemail. Also you find us across social media too.
Steven's Purchases & Twitterific App Developer Returns With New App Tapestry
01-02-2024
Steven's Purchases & Twitterific App Developer Returns With New App Tapestry
In this episode of Double Tap, hosts Steven Scott and Shaun Preece are back with their usual chat and banter. The show kicks off with Steven reminding listeners about their YouTube channel, where they upload video versions of their episodes. He then teases an upcoming YouTube video focusing on the accessibility features of the Apple Vision Pro, a device that has been met with mixed reviews and confusion about its purpose. Shaun shares his excitement about his new Focusrite Vocaster Two, which has significantly improved his audio quality, much to Steven's approval. Steven talks about moving away from a traditional mixer to the Vocaster Two and praises its accessible software. Steven also talks about his recent purchases. He shares his experience with the Orbit Reader, which he bought from eBay. Despite initially receiving the device set to French, Steven manages to switch it to English and performs a firmware upgrade. He discusses the importance of reading manuals and how it helped him navigate the new device. He also talks about his new Victor Reader Stream Three and highlights its compact size, tactile buttons, Bluetooth capabilities, and support for SD cards up to one terabyte. He notes the device's potential as a content consumption tool and expresses his eagerness to use it for reading newspapers and other media. In the second half of the show, there's an interview with Gedeon Mayhew from IconFactory, who introduces Project Tapestry, an upcoming app that aims to unify social media and news feeds into one accessible platform. Gedeon discusses the challenges of developing apps without venture capital and how his Kickstarter helps mitigate financial risks. Keep your feedback coming too by emailing feedback@doubletaponair.com or call 1-877-804-4567 and leave us a voicemail. You can also find us on social media and now on YouTube.