The Future of Braille Technology

Introduction

Right now at this very moment, braille technology is looking good. We have low cost sub $500 braille displays that get the job done. There are also prototypes of multiline braille displays that are being developed. These displays would be awesome for someone like me who knows braille music. This would allow for the music to be presented in an easier way for studying and teaching.

The future is slimer and thinner

I see the future of braille becoming integrated into everyday objects. Or at least as small as current tablet computers such as iPads. It would be awesome if some surfaces were dedicated braille surfaces that would pop up with a portion dedicated to reading or displaying braille. Whether this would be used for reading while watching TV or even just relaxing outside on your favorite chair. A display would spring up from any surface and allow you to read braille. This could be a book, web page, or even any items loaded from a cloud based service like iCloud Drive or even Google Drive. You could even have your phone or ven computer tied to your internet connect. Allowing you to use the device all with braille.

On the Go

When you’re ready to leave and go travel. Your braille device could be folded into a smaller display for easier portability. This would allow for TSA to see it as a normal tablet as well. Once on the plane or at your destination, the user could unfold the tablet like device and begin reading where they left off. Or even connect their mobile device and go about their business. The braille itself could also be dynamic. Dynamic braille could sense how hard or soft the user would want the display to output the braille dots. Remembering that while studying music for instance. The user wanted harder braille then when reading a book. Dynamic braille would also have a layout of every printed material such as books. The unit would automatically flip pages without the user even knowing. Sort of like how a braille book has interpoint on the next page. If the book had any diagrams or tactile graphics, the unit would also know the layout and display these graphics in a layout that the user would choose. Condensing the information for easier reading. These are just a few examples of what Dynamic braille could be used for. More applications would be up to developers and user feedback.

Conclusion

What are your thoughts? I’m excited to see where braille goes from a technology perspective. We’ve already come so far with braille, it will continue to keep growing and become more advanced with the times. As technology moves forward braille will adapt and grow with it.

Have a Sixth Sense through this device

Introduction

We’ve all wanted a sixth sense. The awareness of a bat or some other supernatural super hero sense. For the past few years many cane companies have brought out some neat ideas. There was the K-Sonar. A device that would attached to the cane. The user would wear headphones and hold on to the K-Sonar device. This little gadget would admit different sounds depending on what the sonar was picking up. There was also the Ultracane. A modified cane that used vibrating sonar pads. However, both of these devices were met with skepticism and a high price tag to go along with it.

My how fast technology moves

In this day in age where tech is moving forward very fast. Developments in sonar and how to use it move along just as well. Gone are the days using the cane to attach devices to. Now, we are able to wear sonar on the wrist. Enter in SUNU Band. This wearable sonar band will give you a sixth sinse. Allowing you to detect objects and obstacles from 1 foot to 13 feet from you. This depends on whether you are in outdoor or indoor environments.

just as an example you can know when a line moves up. If a sign has bent or tree branch is in your way. move around people with ease. Just to name a few instances where we’ve already experimented with the Sunu band.

First Impressions

Let me state now that Linson Productions LLC does insist that the Sunu band will not replace a cane or a guide dog. Heck it even won’t replace a good sighted guide from time to time. What the band will do is give you a spacial awareness of what is around you. We insist that the person wearing the band not try to go out for a walk without a cane or other preferred mobility aid.

Now that we got the legal stuff out of the way. We here at Linson Productions LLC love the band. There are a few things that we’ll go over in future blog posts about minor fixes. However, these can all be done in software. The Sunu band is like having an app controlled device. Well, because the band is actually app controlled. Unfortunately the app is only iOS specific at the moment. Further testing is required to go into a longer blog post of all the features. Nevertheless the love the Sunu band.

Conclusion

If you’re looking for a sixth sense experience get the Sunu band. Training is required but it is well worth the experience. More to come from Linson Productions LLC on the Sunu band.

Android shouldn’t just copy Apple just because

Introduction

When the iPhone X came out you could find me ranting about how the notch on the top of the phone was stupid. I didn’t really understand why it was there in in the first place. Yeah I knew that Apple had some big fancy words and tricks for Face ID but, that eyebrow on the phone man! Many people thought the notch was an including myself. Nevertheless I found myself once my contract was up with a purchasing decision. Did I go for the iPhone X or the 8 plus model? I went for the iPhone X barring any judgement I had about the notch. I wanted to see what the iPhone X was all about.

For the sake of moving along I love my iPhone X, It truly is the iPhone of the future. I will dive more into my thoughts in a later blog post on the phone. However, let’s talk android.

Putting something that doesn’t belong

As soon as the iPhone X came out, reviews started pouring in that android manufacturers were going to put in notch’s. My first thought was why? If you can’t make a notch useful then why copy Apple. Apple had a reason to do the notch. I believe that they want the notch smaller even gone. However, they had to make a decision and they did. Android manufactures are just putting a notch into their software.

Okay, So what does that mean?

Having a notch hold a bunch of camera tech is useful. Where else would you put it? Android manufacturers are just putting tweaks in their customization of android to have variety’s of notch’s. Even the new LG G7 ThinQ )horrible name and horrible design by the way LG( are allowing the user to remove the notch if they’d like. LG here’s a small piece of advice. If you don’t have a reason for a notch then why put it in your software? The phone would look much better if you’d leave it out. Also, many carriers would sell the phone if it were not for the notch.

Conclusion

Apple designs products for their customers with a lot of research and development. Even having internal arguments with design and functionality. They bring their products to waiting customers knowing that sometimes there will be push back. Ultimately Apple comes out on top. Even customers saying that Apple was wrong see the decision as a life changing event. However, android in my opinion even after 2 years of owning a device. Never really had that affect on me.

Editing with a screen reader: This to is possible

Introduction

All throughout college I had to magnify my screen to allow for the usage of audio production software. I had heard about accessible software DAW’s like Reaper but didn’t take the plunge. Man did I wish I had.

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What can the iPhone stand to lose next?

introduction

Apple is the king of removing items that consumers think they need. Taking seemingly small things away like SD Card support on laptops in favor of a USB Type C standard for data transfer and power. So, then this magical thing happened. Apple in their wisdom removed the headphone jack. A port that was used by many of their customers. I myself championed the by mouth petition that Apple needs to bring back the headphone jack. However, in my use of my device I’ve never used the adapter for headphone use.

What can Apple remove next?

The removal of our beloved headphone jack was a small loss. Many of us including myself have gotten bluetooth headphones to fill our analog needs. So, what else could be in Apple’s future plans for removal?

In my opinion I believe that the lightning port would be the next port to go. Due to the introduction of wireless charging Qui standards. Even though for me I still use a lightning cable in my bedroom. I have a Qui wireless charger on my desk. I use the wireless charger for quick top offs of the battery. Before I leave for work for instance.

The reason for me still having a lightning cable in my bedroom isĀ  for convenience. Many times at night before my wife and I go to bed. Our phones see themselves in the hand of each of their respective owners. Many times catching up on the days youtube videos that each of us have missed. Many times through testing I’ve noticed. While wireless charging is need. It doesn’t charge your phone as fast. Which isn’t a problem when I just need to make sure my battery is full before work. However, watching video really drains that precious battery. Having the phone plugged into the wall. Gives me peace of mind that my battery will charge while I am winding down for the night.

Conclusion

While wireless charging is awesome and quite readily available for cheap. It can sometimes not be the best solution for every situation. So, I am not sure what else Apple could remove from their iOS devices to make them more closed off. I’d say the side silence switch but I find myself using that all the time instead of do not disturb.

What are your thoughts? Can Apple remove the Lightning port in favor of more battery space? Would you mind if the silence switch was removed? Comment down below.