Aira Everywhere, Stellar Trekking and a Dumb Smart Toaster

First, Steven wants to tell us all about a new tech gadget he’s got his sights on. It’s not at all accessible, it’s expensive and it’s complete tech overkill. We’re talking about the Revolution Cooking R180 High-Speed Two-Slice Stainless Steel Smart Toaster. Has Steven finally lost his mind?

Next up, Shaun has some explaining to do after listeners noticed a problem with last week’s podcast. But were the audio gremlins due to incompetence or was it sabotage? Then it’s on to some exciting news from Orbit Research. They have announced a new product called the Orbit Slate. This is a Braille display with a difference, as it features not just one line of Braille cells but multiple lines. Although there is not a lot of information regarding availability and pricing, there’s no denying that Orbit are really shaking up the world of Braille. HumanWare have also announced a new product this week called the Stellar Trek. This GPS device features two cameras that are capable of detecting and directing users to doors and building entrances. Could this be a must-have device for mobility or are apps such as Google Maps or Apple Maps all we need?

And finally, there is some amazing news from Aira. In their ongoing mission to get the Aira service available to everyone, they have announced a new desktop app for Windows and Mac. But that’s not all. They have also announced that Aira will be available on the BlindShell Classic 2 phone shortly. But wait, that’s still not all. They also unveiled that Aira will be available on the ARX Wearable hardware. This means that, for the first time, we will be able to use Aira without having to take out our smartphones and hold them out in front of us. The ARX Wearable features a bone conduction headset with a built-in camera which Aira agents can use to assist customers. Exciting stuff, and there was also a mention that a further announcement will be made in August regarding the Envision Glasses! We can’t wait to get our hands and faces on these wearables to test them out.”