CSUN 2013 in Review

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There are now hours and hours of reading, podcasts and videos online about CSUN 2013. And a few of those who were on the floor of the Exhibit Hall gathered to reflect on some inside baseball discussions on what were the big stories and who you should watch in the realm of Assistive Technology.

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Jason Meddaugh is a cofounder of BlindBargains.com,

one of the most popular deals and news websites for the blind and visually impaired. He also manages A T Guys,

                        a website featuring low-cost tech gadgets and accessories. He is also a cohost on That Android Show.

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Pratik Patel

is the President and CEO of EZFire, a firm dedicated to promoting usability and accessibility to devices, web sites, software, and other electronic material. He is the current chair of the Information Access committee for the American Council of the Blind

and serves as the President of ACB’s New York affiliate. His background includes legislation, access to assistive technologies, accessible books and other instructional material as well as many different forms of new devices. His Recent efforts include the implementation of the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act, which includes accessibility to videos, interfaces to televisions, DVR’s, and other mobile software and devices.

Darrell Shandrow is a blind accessibility evangelist, Internet radio

broadcaster, assistive technology instructor, and technical writer living

in Tempe, Arizona. As the publisher of the Blind Access Journal blog and

podcast, he is part of a team of advocates, assistive technology

instructors, and reporters including Karen Shandrow, Allison Hilliker,

Jeff Bishop, and special guest contributors exploring accessibility and demonstrating revolutionary new technologies for the blind.

He also co-hosts the Desert Cafe radio show on ACB Radio

Interactive every Sunday at 10:00 a.m. Arizona and Pacific Time, where all

listeners may enjoy good music and great conversation with friends.

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Joe Steinkamp is cohost of the SeroTalk Podcast and End Of Line. You can also find him from time to time on SPN’s own That Android Show and High Contrast.

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The Panel’s picks for the Big Stories of CSUN 2013

JJ’s Picks

1. TI-84 Plus and others helping to further STEM accessibility Hands On with the Accessible TI-84 Plus Graphing Calculator

2. Accessible GPS Comes to Modern Cell phones Hands-On With the Nearby Explorer GPS Software from APH

Sendero Announces Features, Preview for Seeing Eye GPS for iOS (no audio)


3. The next generation of braille and notetakers and a full-page braille display B2G Android Notetaker Nearing Release, National Braille Press Offering up to$20,000 for App Developers

For more information visit this link

Pratik’s Picks

1  Microsoft’s customer support for people with disabilities  “Hearing and Seeing the Customer Experience”  Session recording:

2. Presence of consumer electronics industry at CSUN due to CVAA

3. Free Sight Compass App Helps you Navigate Hotels, Bathrooms, and More

Darrell’s Picks

1. Judy Dixon from NLS talks with Allison Hilliker and Darrell Shandrow from the Blind Access Journal all about the upcoming BARD Mobile iOS app and gives us an exclusive look at an early alpha version of the exciting new talking book reader.

2. Bookshare announces the release of new Web Reader functionality that allows members to read books in a web browser without the need for additional apps or software.

3. Soon-to-be-released BrailleSense firmware version 8.0 will add Dropbox support, giving the note taker a new, unique connection to the mainstream world of technology.

Joe’s Picks:

1 Optelec new touch screen display that can be retrofitted on to older ClearView Video Magnifiers going back to 2005

2 LVI using USB 3.0 to connect their stuff to mac/Surface and other devices

3 ABI See Eye Pal ACE and its dual camera approach

Finally, if you desire even more coverage, JJ suggests listeners visit the Curb Cut blog’s CSUN 2013 coverage page.

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