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​​Technology User Group: 2020



The Technology User Group is a gathering of like-minded individuals with varying degrees of technological skill meeting together to explore and discuss new technologies and services. Such technologies may include emerging advancements in blindness-related apps, but they also include older applications whose functions have been altered so that they now have properties to assist in the nonvisual arena. We are especially interested in technologies that aid in education, employment, and continued access to information. Meetings are held monthly, typically on the second Saturday of the month, and are held both at LBPH and third-party locations and via teleconference. Past recordings are available in the audio archive below. 


​For more information about the Technology User Group or to recommend a topic/technology for discussion, please contact:

Jerry Price, (410) 230-2446 or via email jerry.price1@maryland.gov.​​


Upcoming Events:


All events are currently being held via teleconference until further notice. No programs will be held in person. 
please dial ​ 319-527-4994​ at 10 AM on the dates listed below.

Saturday, April 4​

A look at text scanning apps like Seeing AI, Voice Dream Scanner, and KNFB Reader. Learn about how you can use them in your daily life. 
        • ​​​​Seeing AI​:  Seeing AI is an artificial intelligence application developed by Microsoft for iOS. Seeing AI uses the device camera to identify people and objects, and then the app audibly describes those objects for people with visual impairment.
        • Voice Dream​:  After the initial release in February 2012, customer emails started coming in. They said that Voice Dream Reader made a difference in their lives, requested new features that would make it even better. What started as a hobby turned into a full-blown obsession. Spring and summer came, days got longer, and he continued working on it. By the fall of 2012, Voice Dream Reader became widely regarded as the best product in its category.
        • KNFB Reader:  The K-NFB Reader is a handheld electronic reading device for the blind. It was developed in a partnership between Ray Kurzweil and National Federation of the Blind. 

Saturday, May 9

Food Delivery Apps.  Take a look at having food delivered to
your door with apps such as GrubHub, Uber Eats, Doordash, and
Postmates.  Are they easy to use? Which one provides the best customer
service when things go wrong? Which works best in the area where I
live?

Saturday, June 13

BlindShell Phone. BlindShell Classic is packed with features! But you do not need to be afraid, that you will be overwhelmed. It is only up to you which applications will you use. You can just make calls and send messages, and nothing else. But, if you want to use the full potential of the phone, there is nothing in your way to make to most out of it.​

Saturday, July 11

Google Docs.  Many employers require that you be familiar
with this robust document software.  How well does it work with a
screen reader?  What are the pros and cons of using this type of
application?​

​Saturday, August 8

A presentation by OrCam. OrCam’s mission is to harness the power of artificial vision by incorporating pioneering technology into a wearable platform that improves the lives of individuals who are blind, visually impaired, and have reading difficulties. 


Saturday, September 12

IOS 14:  The next software upgrade for IPhone promises to provides
many exciting accessibility features.  Discover all the details for
the next generation of Apple smart phone users.

Saturday, October 10

TBA​​

Saturday, November 14

TBA​​​

Saturday, December 12

TBA​​​​