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.

Tech Capabilities: Coupling AIRA with Blind Square to Create Points of Interest for Navigation

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.

Navigating new and unfamiliar areas remains one the last barriers for visually impaired individuals. Yes, we have numerous types of navigational and way finding solutions, like the Victor Reader Trek, Google Maps, and the Seeing Eye GPS. These solutions offers a 90% solution when navigating new areas through their reliance on open sourced and well established points of interest services. However anyone who ever tried to navigate large open spaces on maps, like large parking lots, college campuses, or hiking trails, encounter situations lacking the accuracy of street side addresses offer. Well this is where AIRA coupled with Blind Square will resolve these barriers, and here is how:

  • Start a call with an AIRA agent
  • Let them know you are looking for a particular location, or if you are hiking let them know the trail system you are on and what type of trail you wish to receive directions for
  • Open up Blind Square
  • Tap on Add place, located in the upper left corner of the screen since you will be placing much detail in the location’s title
  • Name the place with detailed information about the location and area, like trail head starting on the left with a paved surface transitioning to a gravel trail
  • For a little extra, ask the AIRA agent for some visual descriptions to include in case you ever need to ask a passerby for a particular spot
  • Toggle the Alert distance to this place to on
  • Set the distance to what you feel comfortable with, just remember the smaller the area the closer you need to be
  • Check theGPS accuracy under Position Information Heading and make sure its 33 feet or less
  • If your accuracy is greater than 33 feet, you may wish to tap the Reset Location button
  • Press Save
  • Do this periodically for different points or intersections along the route
  • end the AIRA call when you finish the route

Hope you enjoyed learning how to utilize AIRA to establish a series of waypoints for a trail in Blind Square through Tech Capabilities on Blind Vet Tech.

Tech Capabilities: Shopping with SeeingAI, Uber, and AIRA Through Your iPhone

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.

From assembling a shopping list, traveling to the store, and locating each item, shopping poses several barriers for the blind. Combine Microsoft’s SeeingAI, AIRA, Uber, and your iPhone, and you can quickly get on with your day. Here is how.

  • Open Microsoft’s Seeing AI and switch to the product channel
  • Scan the various products you need to purchase, but swipe to share
  • From the share menu, select Notes and add it to your shopping list note (for extra points you can make this a checklist)
  • After compiling your shopping list, either hire an Uber to the store, or call an AIRA agent and let them handle your Uber trip
  • When you are at the store, call an AIRA agent,, and share or inform them about your shopping list to let them guide you around
  • Checkoff items on your Notes’ shopping list, checkout, and hire a Uber home

Hope you enjoyed learning how shopping becomes easier with Microsoft SeeingAI, Uber, AIRA, and an iPhone through Blind Vet Tech’s Tech Capabilities.

Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk for July 20

This is an announcement for the Blind Vet Tech Monthly Talk for July 20. We are focusing on recognition devices and apps. The call will start off with a review from Percy who uses both the Orcam and AIRA. This will be a great chance to learn what the difference truly is and which may achieve your goals. Terry will then cover other recognition apps, with a focus on Microsoft’s Seeing AI. We covered Seeing AI in our latest Blind Vet Tech podcast.

This calls participation details are:

  • Thursday, July 20
  • 1900 Central Time
  • (866) 820-9940

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Blind Vet Tech Monthly Tech Talk for June 15

This is an announcement for the Blind Vet Tech Monthly Talk for June 15. June’s call will start off with a presentation and question and answer session with Amy from AIRA. AIRA, the visual interpreter for the blind, is a novel method to do anything from reading documents to walking around your community. AIRA consists of a headword camera with a earphone that enables a professional human assistant to guide you throughout your requested task. I have heard of Veterans using this for shopping, navigating convention settings, reading documents, and computer troubleshooting whenever JAWS fails. The second part of the call will feature a discussion about social networking and and any questions participants may have about safely diving into a social networking platform.

This calls participation details are:

  • Thursday, June 15
  • 1900 Central Time
  • (866) 820-9940

Stay Informed

Stay up to date with the latest news and announcements from the Blind Vet Tech team, by doing one of the following:

If you have any questions, comments, or requests, feel free to send us an email here. All of our podcasts and other information related to Veterans, blindness, acceptance of a disability, and other resources may be found at BlindNotAlone.com

Don’t miss another Blind Vet Tech teleconference, click here to see a list of our teleconferences and others we support.