So you’ve had your Ambutech Slimline cane for a while now and perhaps you’re wondering how to change its tip. While different to how you’d change a regular Ambutech cane tip, the process is very simple, once you know how it’s done. To see my video on how easy it is, click the video below.
Being a techie and geek at heart, I of course grew up playing video games. Having some functional vision, I grew up with the classics such as Atari, Nintendo and super Nintendo. However, as games gained in an increasing level of realism over the years, I found myself having more & more difficulty trying to play, as I would visually get lost, and not in a good way! Instead of immersion, I just felt confusion and frustration! For instance, I used to play a game called Tomb Raider but would get killed every time by the tiger coming out of the dark that I just never could see! Another game I played, Unreal, was great until I permanently got stuck in a lake, unable to see the details well enough to locate the underwater cave I needed to escape!
Little did I know, There is a whole other world of video games out there specifically created for the low vision community! What’s better, some of these games are playable by both low vision and sighted gamers, so everybody can join in the fun! Others are specifically for low vision and blind users and use 3D spacial audio only, thus are coined audio games. I will explore these at a future date. Additionally, some games, though not specifically intended for those with low vision, are still compatible with voiceover on iOS devices and therefore still playable by the low vision community.
The first game I took a look at back in June, 2016, is by a UK company called Audazzle. What I love about this game is how it was created. It’s creator, Selwyn Lloyd, has several children, one of whom is totally blind. In an effort to find ways to help his daughter feel more included, he came up with JumpinSauceRS, an arcade style space shooter game, playable by both blind, low vision and fully sighted a like. What’s better, the game is available for both iOS & Android & was pretty much identical when I tried it out in June. To see the game in action, click the link below for my video review. Meanwhile, what games would you like me to cover in future? Be sure to drop a comment below or over on my YouTube channel!
If you’ve been tuning into my YouTube channel for awhile, you’ve probably noticed I don’t exclusively focus on accessible tech. I do this because we are not in a bubble & not everything is custom made for the visually impaired community, and then there is the fact that a lot of what is made specifically for us is often overpriced due to us being a smaller segments of the market. Over the past few months, I have reviewed everyday tech products such as the JBL Charge 2 portable bluetooth speaker, where I talk about how tactile its buttons are, and more recently I reviewed the Audio-Technica ATR 2100 USB/XLR microphone, pointing out how its flat USB could be mistaken for USB type C.
As someone who’s often determined to figure things out for myself, admittedly I sometimes take much longer than anyone should have to to figure things out due to my low vision, but nothing beats the satisfaction of being able to do things myself that some might assume I wasn’t capable of simply because I am legally blind. Heck, sometimes I’m not even sure, myself, I can do it, but I still like to try! ? Take for example, this week I was so proud of myself because I managed to replace and install the RAM on my 6.5 year old iMac all by myself! This is something I have never attempted to do before, and it took me 12 times longer than its supposed to take a regular sighted person, but the point is I did it and I did it without any sighted assistance! My hope Is, by featuring everyday tech from time to time, as well as sharing my own trials & tribulations with said tech, I can help others use everyday tech products despite the challenge of low vision, and in the very least help you decide if a product is right for you.
The biggest challenge I had with replacing the RAM was those darn microscopic screws older iMacs come with! I had the right screwdriver, a Phillips #2, which I purchased specifically for this endeavour, but good lord, was it a challenge being able to feel if I had it in the correct place! I nearly gave up half a dozen times but persevered & eventually they came loose! The second challenge was knowing whether or not I had the RAM in far enough! In fact, initially I didn’t, and to my dismay was greeted by the dreaded “beeeeeeeep” every time I turn my computer back on! Eventually I got brave & pushed just a little bit harder – ok, a LOT harder, you really do have to push them hard, but having never done this before, I was scared I’d damage them! Fortunately, they finally clicked into place & all was well! So, now I not only have the satisfaction of having done it myself, I’ve bought myself back a ton of time, since video editing will no longer take half a day! This week’s video only took a third of the time it normally does for me to complete, thanks to the increased RAM! It was so strange not being stuck in front of the computer for hours editing! I almost didn’t know what to do with myself, LOL!
What is the first product that comes to mind that you have personally used that took you longer to get the hang of because of your visual impairment?