The Tech Abilities Studio was organized prepared and then, we went off the rails. Even the best of planning did not stop the spontaneity from over-riding the intent of an outline. Is this a bad thing? You be the judge.
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Serina, Raqi, Jesse and Jeff jump the tracks and go in depth on unintended segues that are thought provoking and yes, the spontaneous nature made it through the editing process and defied Raqi’s claim that Jeff does not like spontaneous. Hmmph. I say. We really go into some deep discussions so grab a lifeline and jump on in with us. Give us a call at 612-367-6093 and leave us some feedback, suggestions or just say, Hi! We would love to hear from you!
Here are the links, notes and timeline for the episode:
- Introduction. 00:00
- Let’s Get this Show Started! 00:41
- Tre Tre in the Blind Abilities Studio! 01:25
- Live Text and OCR straight from the iPhone Camera. 03:07
- Live Text. 04:11
- Navigating text from a photo
- Live Text/OCR Text Detection Demo. 08:14
- Amazon Event 18:23
- Astro Home Robot 19:29
- Amazon revealed a home assistant robot, called Astro, which can help with home security monitoring, act as a mobile device, and more. It has a 10-inch touchscreen that can show a “face,” and it scoots around your house on wheels. You can request an invite to buy it as part of Amazon’s Day 1 Edition program, and it costs $999.99. The robot will begin shipping to selected customers later this year.
- The Echo Show 15. 24:57
- Amazon announced its biggest smart display yet, the $249.99 Echo Show 15. It has a 15.6-inch, 1080p HD display that’s designed to be a shared hub for families, and it has a new AZ2 chip. It will be available later this year. Designed to hang on the wall.
- The Echo Glow Device for kids 31:25
- Amazon’s new Echo Glow is a videoconferencing device designed for kids. It has an eight-inch display to see friends or family members and a touch-sensitive tabletop projector gadget that can be used to play games, read books, and make art. It will have content from Disney, Nickelodeon, Mattel, and Sesame Workshop. If you want to try Glow, you can apply to the early access program, and if you’re selected, you can buy it for $249.99. When it is released to a wider audience, it will cost $299.99.
- Astro Home Robot 19:29
- Amazon Smart Thermostat
- Amazon announced a new Smart Thermostat that works with Alexa, which it made in partnership with Resideo, the makers of Honeywell Home. It will cost $59.99, and preorders open Tuesday.
- Hey Disney Virtual Assistant built on Alexa 31:54
- Amazon and Disney announced a new voice assistant called “Hey Disney,” which is built on Alexa. It offers a lot of Disney-themed Alexa experiences, and it will also be available in Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms for better hospitality. The “Hey Disney” assistant is “expected next year,” though it’s a paid skill unless you are staying at one of the resorts. There’s also a new Mickey Mouse-themed Echo Show 5 stand, which is available to preorder Tuesday for $24.99.
- Ring’s Always Home Cam Drone 32:07
- Last year, Amazon revealed the Always Home Cam, which puts a Ring camera on a drone. If you’re interested in getting one, you can apply for an invite starting Tuesday. The drone costs $249.99.
- Ring Video Doorbell package alert 32:07
- SLING TV IS COMING TO ECHO SHOW DEVICES
- AMAZON WILL LET YOU TEACH ALEXA CUSTOM SOUNDS 35:56
- Amazon’s new Custom Sound Detection will let users teach Alexa custom sounds, which could be useful to let you set smart home routines or trigger alerts.
- AMAZON IS ADDING NEW CONTENT TO ITS KIDS PLUS SERVICE
- Amazon is bringing new content to its Kids Plus subscription service, which offers kid-friendly books, movies, games, and more. The new content includes Blippi’s Treehouse
- Alexa Together 38:10
- ALEXA TOGETHER IS AMAZON’S NEW SERVICE TO CARE FOR FAMILY MEMBERS REMOTELY. Amazon’s new Alexa Together remote care subscription service will replace the free Alexa Care Hub in 2022 and adds new features like compatibility with fall detection services. Alexa Together will cost $19.99 per month, and you can try it for free for six months. And if you’re a current Care Hub subscriber, you’ll get a year of Alexa Together for free.
- New iPad Mini Raqi 43:15
- New iPhone 13 Pro Max 512 Gigabytes Jesse 49:17
- Low Vision and the New iPhone and iOS15. 53:47
- Why did Jeff return his iPhone 13 Pro Max? 61:27
- iOS 15 jitters and other issues popping up. 65:12
- Vision Loss Progression 78:24
- When Vision Loss catches up with you.
- Guide Dogs and Canes, one without the other. 82:30
- How we adjust to people judging and some teaching moments.
- Heading Out to the Bye Bye and Astro Scissor Hands. 90:25
- Outro and Contact Information. 93:06
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