On Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd of July, the annual Sight Village event took place, with a major difference this year. Instead of travelling to Birmingham and attending in person, Steven Scott and listeners around the world joined together to listen and watch the event being streamed on YouTube, Facebook and our own Double Tap Now radio station.
The event, run by Queen Alexandra College, was turned into a virtual exhibition as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, which has forced major events and conferences to re-think how they can take place in 2020 and beyond.
The two days were presented by Karen Easthope and Lottie Reid from QAC, and as always showcased a number of services and technology offerings for the blind and partially sighted community. Steven Scott caught up with Karen and Lottie after the event to discuss how it all went, and Steven shared some of his favourite highlights from this year’s virtual spectacle!
Listen to the Sight Village: All Wrapped Up here:
Highlights from Sight Village Virtual
Here is more information about the products discussed in Sight Village: All Wrapped Up, and important contact information should you wish to purchase or enquire further.
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Ruby XL HD Handheld Magnifier
If you are struggling with small print and need a clear, vivid and smart magnifier, you should check out the Ruby XL HD handheld magnifier from Sight and Sound Technology, official sponsors of Sight Village Virtual. You can contact them on 01604 798070 or visit their website here.
HumanWare’s Mantis Q40
Sight Village is known for seeing new products launched during the event and this year was no different. HumanWare announced the new Mantis Q40 which was developed with the American Printing House for the Blind and is aimed at those blind braille readers who are also proficient in touch typing using a standard QWERTY keyboard.
For more information call the UK office on 01933 415800 or email: email@example.com
eSight allows visually impaired people with certain eye conditions to benefit from their remaining vision, using a special headset that makes images more clear aimed at the part of your eye that receives the best image. eSight is available from VisionAid Technologies in the UK. they can be contacted by phone on 01775 711 977 or visit their website. Jason from VisionAid talks us through some of the features of eSight and also some of the equivalent products on the market to help improve and use your remaining vision to the fullest.
WeWalk Smart Cane
Have you ever wished that your humble white cane did more than just alert you to obstacles on the ground? The WeWalk smart cane hopes to achieve this using the latest haptic and sensor technology. You can find out more about WeWalk and purchase it through their website.
Dolphin EasyReader App
If you want an easy way of downloading audio books from RNIB’s talking books library on your smartphone there really is only one app you want. It’s called EasyReader, and is available for iOS and Android phones. You can find out more about the app on Dolphin’s website.
In Your Pocket from RealSam
If you want to consume newspapers, talking books, podcasts and more without buying a costly smartphone you should check out In Your Pocket. It’s a phone, messenger and more for people living with sight loss. Find out more about the product here.
There were lots of products and services on show at Sight Village Virtual, and as everything was streamed online on Double Tap Now, Facebook and YouTube, there is no reason for you to miss out this year. Check out the links below to enjoy all of Sight Village Virtual. Note: links will take you to YouTube and the full playlist for each day of the event.
Let us know what you think of Steven’s highlights from Sight Village Virtual, and tell us your thoughts on the first virtual event from Queen Alexandra College. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your views.
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!