Tuesday, 13 February 2018

High Sierra

Last Friday I went to the Apple shop in Cardiff, Wales to purchase a new iMac computer running High Sierra!

My old iMac is about 9 years old and my wife has taken it over for herself!

We were told at the shop that all the new iMacs come with High Sierra, so we left Cardiff in high spirits looking forward to unpacking trying out my new computer ... unfortunately not long after returning home, and setting it up, we discovered it only had sierra!!!!

3 hours later ... the update finished and I could have a proper play with my new toy!

Apart for a glitch with the email, which is now sorted, I am very happy with it and have discovered that I can dictate into pages and it will type the text for me. I have to speak clearly and state and punctuation, but so far its been pretty accurate!

It also has Siri installed, so I can ask it all sorts of different questions which I am having great fun with!

The reason I updated is so that my brailliant BI32 works with High Sierra, which is great as I was having terrible problems with Sierra.

I am one happy Mac-man!!!


Blue Sound Speakers

These speakers have been recommended by Steve Nutt from Computer Room Services.

They are high end speakers and have several in the model range


You can visit their website here - http://www.bluesound.com

RING - the new door bell

I watched this video on You Tube and thought it would be very good for people who are blind or partially sighted as you can talk to the person outside with out having to open the door


This video shows more on how it works ...


They are available here - https://ring.com

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Cuckoo 8 in 1 Multi TALKING Pressure Cooker

While randomly viewing YouTube videos, I found this one about a talking pressure cooker!!

It's made in Korea, but is available in the USA with an English voice. I discovered it on the UK Amazon site, but would you believe ... only with a Korean voice ... unfortunately I don't speak Korean!!!!

However, it may be of interest to those who love cooking! ... enjoy!

BuzzClip

THE ALL NEW BUZZCLIP
A WEARABLE MOBILITY TOOL FOR THE BLIND

The BuzzClip is a small and discreet wearable for people living with blindness or partial sight. The device uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one's path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may encounter. The BuzzClip offers essential head level obstacle detection and can be easily held or attached to many forms of clothing, making it a highly versatile and useful device.

The BuzzClip is a small and discreet wearable for people living with blindness or partial sight. The device uses ultrasound to detect obstacles that may lie directly in one's path. It then notifies the user of these obstacles through intuitive vibrations, allowing the user to safely navigate around any objects that they may encounter. The BuzzClip offers essential head level obstacle detection and can be easily held or attached to many forms of clothing, making it a highly versatile and useful device.

All aspects of the BuzzClip from its design to its functionality have been created with our customers in mind. It is an extremely practical mobility tool that can reduce fears of travelling as it provides a reliable way to inform a user of their immediate surroundings and prevent collisions.

We’ve put a new spin on existing ultrasound technology and we believe that the BuzzClip can dramatically change the lives of people living with blindness or severe vision loss all across the world.


This is available from Sight and Sound - http://www.sightandsound.co.uk/buzzclip.html

Amazon Connect

I have recently viewed a video on Amazon Connect on You Tube and just wanted to share it here. It don't think it's very relevant for us in the UK but wanted to share it here ...

 

Here is a bit more about it - https://aws.amazon.com/connect/pricing/

Amazon Echo Spot

Amazon have a new member of the Echo family out!
Little spot is the size of an alarm clock but as mighty as his big brother the show!


Echo Spot is designed to fit anywhere in your home. Use 2nd generation far-field voice recognition to watch video flash briefings, see music lyrics, weather forecasts, to-do and shopping lists, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. All hands-free. Just ask.

Echo Spot connects to Alexa, a cloud-based voice service to play music, read the news, answer questions, set music alarms, control your smart home, and more.

Just ask to play a song, artist or genre, and see lyrics with Amazon Music. Also, stream music and books from Spotify, TuneIn and Audible.

Use the built-in speaker or connect to speakers through Bluetooth or a 3.5 mm stereo cable. With multi-room music, you can play music on your Echo devices in different rooms (available for Amazon Music, TuneIn and Spotify. Bluetooth not supported).

Control your compatible smart home devices. Ask Alexa to turn on your lights, show baby monitors and front door cameras, and lock your doors. Plus, control your thermostats, plugs and more.

Call or message anyone hands-free who also has an Echo device or the Alexa App, or make video calls to family and friends with an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa App. Quickly connect to other Echo devices around your home.

With thousands of skills, Alexa is always getting smarter and adding new features. Just ask Alexa to track your fitness goals, order a pizza, get train times and more.


Echo Spot brings you everything you love about Alexa, in an all-new stylish and compact design that can show you things. Just ask to see the weather, get the news with a video flash briefing, set a music alarm (Amazon Music, Spotify & TuneIn supported), see lyrics with Amazon Music, see your calendar, browse and listen to Audible audiobooks, and more. Personalise your Spot with a collection of clock faces to suit your style or set a photo background from Prime Photos. Plus, make calls to friends and family between supported Echo devices or the Alexa App, or make video calls to anyone with an Echo Spot, Echo Show or the Alexa App.

Echo Spot features second-generation far-field technology with four microphones, beam-forming technology and enhanced noise cancellation, so it can hear you from across the room—even while music is playing. If you have more than one Echo, Alexa responds intelligently from the Echo you're closest to with ESP (Echo Spatial Perception).