The End For Menus4All & Your Feedback

In this episode of Double Tap, hosted by Steven Scott and Shaun Preece, the duo discusses the unfortunate news that the Menus4All app, which provided accessible restaurant menus to blind and low vision users, will be shutting down at the end of February 2024. They share a statement from the company explaining the reasons behind the decision, including low sales and the challenges of maintaining and developing assistive technology products without sufficient investment returns. The hosts reflect on the impact of AI and other services like Aira and Be My Eyes on the viability of such specialized apps.
Steven and Shaun also delve into a discussion about the evolution of assistive technology and the natural progression from specialized devices to more integrated solutions like smartphones. Steven shares his experience with the MX Keys keyboard and how it’s more suitable for him due to his essential tremor, compared to the flatter Apple Magic Keyboard.
The conversation shifts to the topic of driving blind, where they respond to an email from a listener who shared a humorous anecdote about accidentally hitting virtual animals in a driving game at an arcade. There’s also an emotional email from a listener named Scott, who talks about the recent loss of his wife and mother-in-law. Scott discusses the word “inspiration” and how, when used genuinely, it can motivate and encourage others facing similar challenges. The hosts appreciate Scott’s perspective and discuss the importance of acknowledging and using personal struggles as fuel for growth and resilience.
Darren from Bexley & Kent updates the hosts about the Zeitgeist II pocket watch and expresses his curiosity about the upcoming BT speak from Blazie. He’s eager to learn more about its features, distribution in the UK, and the possibility of future software upgrades.
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