Tech Capabilities: Using the Flashlight on your iPhone and Apple Watch to attract attention

Have you ever wondered how to increase independence through the various apps and devices available for the blind? Blind Vet Tech’s Tech Capabilities offers suggestions to achieve these goals.

The flashlight or torch, for my UK followers, is more than a quick method to drain your device’s battery. Rather the flashlight on your iPhone and Apple Watch may provide life saving assistance to notify or alert another to your presence. If this is the first you have heard about the flashlight feature for your iPhone and Apple Watch, these features utilizes the LED light next to the back facing camera on your iPhone and the Apple Watch’s face. Follow the steps below to activate and change the settings for the flashlight options.

The iPHone’s flashlight option as of iOS 10.11 offers individuals the chance to activate it or choose from one of five brightness levels. Voice Over users will need to do the following:

  • Place Voice Over’s focus in the status bar at the top of the screen
  • Bring up Control Center with a three finger swipe upwards
  • Swipe to the right until you find Flashlight
  • Double tap on flashlight to simply turn it on and off
  • Double tap and hold or perform a 3D Touch on the flashlight toggle to switch between the following flashlight brightness levels
    • Off
    • Medium
    • Bright
    • Brightest
  • Please note that you may need to rotate Voice Over’s rotor to the left to bring up the adjustment option to adjust the brightness levels

Apple Watch OS 4.0 and newer brought forth three flashlight modes to the Apple Watch. Technically there is not integrated LED flashlight on the Apple Watch, rather the flashlight mode turns the face of the watch into a flashlight. Voice Over users may take advantage of the Apple Watch’s flashlight tool by doing the following:

  • Bring up Control Center by preforming a two finger swipe upwards on the watch face screen
  • Swipe to the right until you find the flashlight
  • Double tap on flashlight
  • Your Apple Watch’s screen will now turn into a flashlight
  • Preform a two finger swipe to the left or right to switch between the following modes
    • Flashlight
    • Strobing Flashlight
    • Red Flashlight
  • Press the digital crown to deactivate the flashlight and return to the watch face

Hope you enjoyed learning about how to turn on your iPhone’s and Apple Watch’s flashlight through Blind Vet Tech’s Tech Capabilities.

Assistive Tech Resource List

The Hines Alumni and Blind Not Alone maintain this list of resources for visually impaired Veterans. Please send any corrections or additions to presidentofThehinesalumni@gmail.com or info@blindnotalone.

Conference Calls

Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk meets the third Thursday of every month at 7PM Central time. To Participate:

Blind Vet Tech Monthly MacOS Talk for all your Apple Mac needs meets the second Thursday of every month at 7PM Central time. To

Hines iOS, GPS conference call meets the first Tuesday of every month, 10 AM Central time, 800-767-1750,44125#. Contact Rick Olson for more info, rwoverna2@gmail.com

Hines computer conference call, meets the first Thursday each month, 10AM Central time, 800-767-1750,44125#. Contact Kevin Jackson for more info, kmjacksonsr@att.net

Blinded Vets & Friends – Homepage http://www.blindedvetsandfriends.org/ Meets every Tuesday at 7PM Central time using TC Conferencing. Contact Jerry Hogan, jerryhogan5@earthlink.net

Coaching Sessions on demand:

Hines Alumni and Blind Vet Tech are proud to offer on-demand coaching sessions. If interested, send an email indicating what you wish to receive coaching on. For Windows, contact presidentofThehinesalumni@gmail.com. For Mac users, contact info@blindnotalone.com.

Teleconferences Being Planned

Blind Vet Tech Monthly Narrator Talk is coming in January. Subscribe to the Blind Vet Tech blog to find out more.

Hines Alumni virtual book discussion group (Under Consideration: This group will meet every other month or as needed) This group will use Zoom service and will begin at 7:00 p.m., Central Standard Time Zone. If you or someone you know would like to get involved as a facilitator or be a group member contact Terry Kebbel by email at terrykebbel@gmail.com .

Hines Alumni Virtual peer support group (Under Consideration: This group will meet every other month or as needed) This group will use a Zoom service and will begin at 7:00 p.m., Central Standard Time Zone. There are many Benefits of Participating in this Support Group: Feeling less lonely and isolated, Gaining a sense of empowerment, self-confidence and control, Talking openly and honestly about your feelings, Developing an understanding of what to expect with your situation, Getting practical advice and useful information, Having the chance to help and support others, Receiving inspiration and motivation from others’ stories.
If you or someone you know would like to get involved as a facilitator or be a group member contact terry kebbel by email at terrykebbel@gmail.com .

For an informal group discussion, we have a ‘virtual bar’ that meets on SKYPE. The group meets whenever the need arises. Any drinks from coffee to tequila are permitted.

If you are a VA Blind Rehab Services VIST or BROS interested in securing assessment or AT training for a Veteran, contact info@blindnotalone.com, for details about our VA contracting services or additional resources.

Websites to visit

Accessibility Help Desks

Podcasts

  • Blind Vet Tech
  • Freedom Scientific (FS Cast)
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  • Seminars at Hadley li><
  • Eyes on success

    < If you are using a Victor Reader, Hims Blaze, or any podcasting app, just search the name and add to your play list. Document Conversion Tool
    If you have a PDF that is an image or if you want to create a DAISY book, we have a conversion tool on our website to do this. Simply visit our website: www.hinesalumni.org and go to the E-Footlocker. There you will find the conversion tool. Launch the conversion tool and follow the four easy steps to create your accessible document.

Tech Capabilities: Recognize digital images through Apple’s Voice Over, Microsoft Narrator, and JAWS 2018

Have you ever wondered how to increase independence through the various apps and devices available for the blind? Blind Vet Tech’s Tech Capabilities offers suggestions to achieve these goals.

Did you know that Apple’sVoice Over, Microsoft’sNarrator, and JAWS each possess the ability to recognize images? No longer must we hope a website or an image title in an email contain a alt tag or name that describes what the picture portrays or PDF image states. There is a couple of caveats here. First, the image recognition falls short of Seeing AI’sor Tap Tap See’s service. If there is some text, each will attempt to OCR it, or just call it a sign, poster, or newspaper. JAWS’ image recognition is limited to OCR’ing images and PDF’s. Voice Over will OCR only a portion of a PDF image, based on what is displayed. Here is how to use the image recognition features for each screen reader:

  • Voice Over in iOS
    • Place Voice Over’s focus on an image
    • Preform a three finger single tap
  • Voice Over in MacOS
    • Place Voice Over’s focus on an image
    • Press VO plus Shift plus L
  • Microsoft Narrator
    • Place Narrator’s focus on an image
    • Press Caps Lock plus Shift plus D
  • JAWS 2018
    • Place the JAWS cursor on an image or PDF file in File Explorer
    • Press Insert plus Spacebar, then O, then F
    • Within a document, press Insert plus Spacebar, then O,and then D
    • For a full list of options, press Insert plus Spacebar, then Question Mark

Below you will find some alternative solutions to identify digital images and PDF’s.

  • Use an AIRA agent to describe or read the image
  • Scan an image with your smart phone via Seeing AI or Tap Tap See
  • Facebook recognizes images posted to your feed or page

Hope you enjoyed learning about the different solutions available to describe images through Blind Vet Tech’s Tech Capabilities.