On this week’s episode of Double Tap Canada the team of Steven Scott, Tim Schwartz and Shaun Preece discuss a wide range of topics as usual in their own inimitable style.
Oculus Quest is the world’s first all-in-one gaming system built for virtual reality. According to the Facebook-owned company, you can now play almost anywhere with just a VR headset and controllers. This is new to the world of virtual reality as up until now you had to connect the headset to a PC or console, or slip your smartphone into a headset.
While this might not seem like the type of tech that blind or partially sighted people could enjoy, there is some benefit to those who have certain eye conditions, in particular those who still have some central vision. It’s fairly obvious that someone with no vision wouldn’t benefit in any way visually, however VR may still have its uses as it offers 3D stereo and positional audio. Perhaps audio games could be played using this system as well – who knows?
Bugs in Apple are Software?
The new operating systems for Apple’s iPhone, Watch and Mac were launched this week. One major bug was spotted in the WatchOS software by Tim and Steven, however since our recording the issue has been resolved. The guys spotted a flaw where you couldn’t activate any of the options in the Watch control centre despite all of the buttons being accessible. This has now been fixed in the latest update of the Watch software.
Steven’s New Gadgets
As unusual as it may seem, Steven Scott has been buying again! This time around he’s bought a new iPhone XS and an Apple Watch Series 4.
But why make those choices? Steven says the iPhone XS is the perfect size for him as he doesn’t want the larger screen size but he did want to experience the new OLED screen as apparently it is better for some eye conditions as the light emitted from the screen is less sharp, the light is cooler and the colours are more vibrant. He will report back soon.
As for the Watch, Steven admits he didn’t really need a new watch as he had the Series 3, but he wanted the larger 44mm screen. He doesn’t want to look at the screen but he wants a larger screen for his ‘larger fingers’! He will again report back soon.
I am an absolute geek who loves technology. I also happen to be severely sight impaired and that has meant my journey with new technology has been challenging. What I've learnt is what I want to share with others and I do that on air in the UK on RNIB Connect Radio's weekly Tech Talk radio show and podcast, and on AMI-Audio's Double Tap Canada radio show and podcast. I'm also a very lucky husband and the owner of the world's coolest dog!