We’ve covered various forms of GPS and wifi tracking devices that can be used for elderly family members before, but they’ve all had very tight ranges and are mostly for use inside the home. But what about a system that can work outside the home, leveraging cellular and GPS connectivity to provide tracking and emergency services to anyone who mayRead more
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Famously, the Kindle 2 debuted with Text to Speech enabled, only to see it yanked for many books after the publishing companies complained it violated audiobook copyrights. This debate is becoming an issue all over again because of devices like Intel’s Reader for the blind, which uses a scanner and text to speech to
I have made no secret of my excitement that Dragon Dictation is now out and available for US iPhone users. The app has transformed my iPhone usage and continues to be one of my most-used apps. The transcription process is fast, accurate and, currently, free.
When the app was first released last week however some folks expressed concern that the
I bought a Prius over the summer. Halfway through the test drive my fiancee asked the salesman if he was aware that electric cars have caused issues for blind pedestrians, since they don’t hear the cars coming. His response (after an awkward silence where he no doubt considered whether his answer would lose him the sale) was “Well, itRead more
There is an application that I have been using on my iPhone for the past five or six weeks that has transformed the way I use the device. It has already become one of my “must have, can’t live without” applications. The thing is, it was a “must-have, can’t live without” application within about a day of my starting toRead more
Last week, the big news was that several universities decided not to support the Kindle (or similar e-readers, presumably) because they are not accessible or friendly to blind and visually impaired students. Intel has stepped up this week though with an innovative device to help those with visual impairments read and hear the written word easier!Read more
We reviewed the Moshi Voice Response Alarm Clock. We liked it a lot.
Then we had one to give away. Nice!
To enter it was quite simple… you just had to ask Moshi a question. We got some good ones. Questions like “Is it really Monday again?” and “Should I even get out of bed today?”
Questions like the
(This is the third installment of “Look Ma No Hands- Voice Recognition Technology Today”. Once again there is a video at the end of the post showing the process of writing it prior to the physical clean-up that took place after. The video is truly boring but it does give a good sense of the speed, or lack there-of onRead more
In this, the second edition of “Look Ma No Hands, Voice Recognition Technology Today” we’ll take a look at getting started with Dragon NaturallySpeaking Version 10 Professional.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Standard has an MSRP of $99.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking 10 Preferred has an MSRP of $199.
Time to welcome another previously offline company to the wonderful world of the web! It’s hard to believe, but not everyone has always been on the web. Why is the launch of this particular website newsworthy on Gear Diary? Read on…Read more
I’ve been using various voice to text solutions for a number of years. I began using Nuance’s Dragon NaturallySpeaking when it was back in version 7 or 8. Unfortunately, back then it was often more proof of concept than useful tool. The process of transcribing text was slow and the accuracy was not all that good. Over the years two
Google has written frequently about accessibility in the past in a variety of locations. Yesterday, they announced a new website that brings all of their accessibility information into a single location.
Google has always considered access to information part of their core mission. This includes being able to get your data into and out of Google products via the Data
photo credit: Ozyman
Technology can be a lot of fun. It can keep us connected with one another, it can transform our work habits, and it can help us become more organized and efficient.
It can do all these things, but of all the great uses of technology the one that stands as most important is this: that it can
In 1999, I had Lasik surgery to correct my severe nearsightedness and astigmatism. At that time I was 32 years old, and I had been wearing prescription eyeglasses or contacts since I was 12. I have the ugly yearbook photos to prove it — just ask anyone who went to school with me in Eldorado.
Because of my vision problems,
I taught my grandmother how to use a computer when she was well into her 80′s. She saw that my parents and brother had computers at home, and I had one at college…so she wanted to get in on all the fun. I taught her to use AOL, how to play various games (Spider Solitaire was her favorite), and generallyRead more
I have never before been as thankful as I currently am to have technology that has advanced as it has, here in 2009. A little background to explain why this is the case and how our technology is coming in as “handy” (a pun — as will become clear in the moment), as it is.
A bit of background without
First, before we get into today’s review, I want to talk a little about Sleep Apnea. Sleep Apnea is when you stop breathing while you sleep. The worst part of Sleep Apnea is a lot of people who have it don’t even know it. Symptoms of sleep apnea can include:
Waking up gasping for air.
Waking upRead more
This review has been a struggle to write. Not because of a problem with the product so much, but because of my irregular sleep patterns and my less than regular schedule. Let me start by giving you an overview of how my typical day goes…never mind, I have no typical days.
Instead of a routine of “up at 7 and