iPad Review

February 13, 2016
I am a low vision user of the iPad Pro. One thing that I have noticed is that people working with low vision users on the iPad always recommend the zoom feature and voice over as a solution for low vision users. Both of these features are very valuable but must be used sparingly. In my experience, you cannot keep voice over and zoom feature on all the time. It’s best to use voice over and the zoom feature only when you need to use it. It is possible to set it up so that if you tap three times on the home button, you can turn on voice feature, and if you tap three times again, you can turn it off.
    I was able to take my iPad to the airport and without changing the setting, take pictures of gate signs and direction signs in the airport. Once I took these pictures, I could pinch the screen to enlarge the text. This allowed me to read the signs. This is all fine and good if you are not in hurry but if you have a tight connection between flights this may not be the best solution. It is nice to know this is an option.”
Lauren Tappen

Humanware See things. Differently

November 8, 2015

A note from Lauren Tappan :

trekker breeze

Humanware has several new products to investigate for people with low vision. I highly recommend that you look up these new products on the web. Check out the Trekker Breeze which is Humanware’s latest GPS device. I also suggest that you investigate Smartview 360 which is Humanware’s latest CCTV. You might look at the Youtube describing the Victor Reader Stream.
For more info:

First patient in NC Sandhills region receives telescope implant for macular degeneration

October 18, 2015

Carolina Eye Associates have successfully performed a telescope implant procedure for a patient with end-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the most advanced form of the disease and a leading cause of blindness in older Americans.

The telescope implant is FDA approved for patients age 65 and older and is the only medical/surgical option available that restores a portion of vision lost to the disease.

Patients with end-stage AMD have a central blind spot or missing area in their vision that makes it difficult or impossible to see faces, read, and perform everyday activities. According to Carolina Eye retina specialist, Arghavan Almony, M.D., “the ability to be able to offer these patients the opportunity to help them resume their favorite activities and independence is truly remarkable.”

Smaller than a pea, the telescope implant uses micro-optical technology to magnify images which would normally be seen in one’s “straight ahead” or central vision. The images, magnified 2.7 times, are projected onto the healthy portion of the retina not affected by the disease, making it possible for patients to see or discern the central vision image that may have been unrecognizable prior to surgery.

– See more at: http://courier-tribune.com/living/health/first-patient-sandhills-region-receives-telescope-implant-macular-degeneration#sthash.txWP2oy3.dpuf

Lauren Tappan chooses iPad over Surface 3

August 30, 2015

I recently compared Microsoft’s new tablet, Surface Pro 3 and Apple’s I-pad. My initial experience was more positive for the I-pad. It seemed that there were more steps I had to go through to pull up an accessible feature on Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3. The accessible features on the I-pad were much more available. The I–pads camera was much easier to use. The I-pad air was less expensive than the Surface Pro 3. The local services for the blind has ongoing classes using the I-pad, and it seems harder to find AT classes on Surface Pro 3. This is my initial investigation, and more comments will be made in the future. Lauren Tappan.

DaVinci vs. Prodigy

August 14, 2015

There was a time when a digital Image magnifier was a simple device. You put a newspaper on a table and an enlarged view appeared on a video screen. Now the number of screen options and alternative features require a guide book. However this flexibility does provide a far superior experience.

Two of the best are the DaVinci by Enhanced Vision and the Prodigy by Humanware.  They both provide an enlarged vision of what you are trying to read in high definition with optional magnification, contrast and type color. They both can read the message out loud for you. They both help you see photos of you grandkids, although in different manners.

The differences between these magical devices are in the hardware construction.

Da Vinci

The DaVinci has a camera on a stand that swivels left and right, forward and back.  This allows a woman to point it at her own eyes as she applies makeup. It allows a student to point it at the blackboard and read the magnified image on the monitor.

The DaVinci lets you connect to your computer or your iPhone, allowing you to read the iPhone screen on your enlarged monitor. It can read your email aloud. You can wander thru Google or watch YouTube on an enlarged screen.


prodigi 2

The Prodigy has a removable camera similar to a smart phone. This gives you the advantage of having two devices in one: a desktop magnifier and a portable magnifier. The portable feature lets you read menus in a restaurant or info at the airport. However this is not a tablet or smartphone.

They both have easy to use controls. The DaVinci has familiar buttons and knobs. The Prodigy has a simple touch screen.

With a 24 inch screen, the DaVinci costs $2,995 and the Prodigy Costs $3,495. For $595 you can buy a Pebble portable magnifier and add it to the DaVinci.

Either one of these devices is a wonderful assistive, well made, expensive, but well worth the cost.

Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind

December 21, 2014

The following is from Lauren Tappan:

The Chicago Lighthouse has a helpful website and several videos on YouTube showing how to use assistive technology devices such as the KNFB Reader App, the Victor Reader Stream, the Eyepal ROL, etc.




Yahoo introduces new Accessability Page

October 18, 2014

Yahoo Statement:

We put our users first in all that we do, and accessibility is no exception.  Accessibility is about ensuring that every user, regardless of his or her capabilities , can fully enjoy using Yahoo’s products. That is why we are excited to introduce our newAccessibility page, hosted by the Yahoo Accessibility Team.

The Accessibility team is based in Sunnyvale, performs user studies and works side-by-side with our product teams during development to make sure that our mobile and web products can be used and enjoyed by everyone. Some of the ways our products become more accessible are through the use of high-contrast colors, resizable text, alt-text (descriptions) for images and user interface elements, and support for closed captions and subtitles on videos.

Even the design and layout have been deeply considered to provide excellent accessibility, making it easy to read, understand and navigate.

For more info:   https://accessibility.yahoo.com/