GTT Edmonton Meeting June 13, 2016
The most recent meeting of the Get Together With Technology (GTT) Edmonton Chapter was held June 13at 7pm at Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 83 Street in Edmonton.
25 people attended.
June Feature Topic – Aroga and Android Tablets
We were joined by Steve Barclay, co-owner of Aroga, Canada’s premiere assistive technology retailer. Steve demonstrated two new products the NuEyes electronic eyeglasses and HumanWare’s new BrailleNote Touch.
What are NuEyes Electronic Eyeglasses?
• The system consists of lightweight wearable electronic eyeglasses that let people with vision loss see better. There is a camera in the centre of the unit that streams a live image of what you are looking at to two colored screens embedded within the eyeglasses.
• NuEyes is an offshoot of virtual reality technology developed for the U.S. military.
• The user can look at both near objects such as desktop material and immediately look up to see distant objects such as someone entering the room or a white board at the front of the room or activity outside the window etc.
• Watch TV and Movies.
• See the faces of loved ones.
• Continue hobbies such as reading music and playing cards.
• Variable Magnification from 1x-12x.
• Various contrast and color changes.
• Wireless control unit or Voice Activated. For example, you may voice commands like “make bigger”, “make smaller”.
• Removable ear horns and nose bridge.
• Coming soon – OCR.
• Coming soon – stream TV or movies directly to the eyeglasses.
• NuEyes is a fully functional Android based computer.
• 3GB RAM, 64GB storage, wifi, Bluetooth, GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, user and external microphone, dual haptic feedback in temples, USB.
• The system is not meant to be used as a mobility device.
• Cost: $7995 Cdn
• For more Information:
You may email Steve Barclay at:
• You may telephone Aroga at:
New BrailleNote Touch from HumanWare
• First Google certified Android tablet providing braille input/output and access to the Google Play Store.
• Input in braille by typing directly on the touch sensitive screen of the tablet.
• Alternatively, use the physical braille keypad built into the carrying case.
• 32 cell braille display.
• Supports perfect braille translation in contracted or uncontracted braille, including UEB and multiple languages.
• Frequent automatic updates.
• Combines the benefits of the familiar BrailleNote KeySoft interface with the power of a modern Android tablet.
• Simple menu-driven interface.
• First letter navigation.
• Familiar BrailleNote keyboard shortcuts to efficiently accomplish tasks.
• Provides general navigation help, speech and braille in all-accessible third party apps.
• Offers the efficiency of a note taker to third party apps.
• Contextual help to provide assistance anytime.
• Can be connected as a braille display to computers.
• Includes GPS, SD, USB, wifi, Bluetooth.
• Cost: $6895 Cdn
• For more information:
• For BrailleNote Touch audio tutorials, user guide, or suggested apps visit:
Russell and Lorne discussed Android tablets with those interested.
• Android tablets use a screen reader called TalkBack similar to VoiceOver on iOS tablets.
• 3rd party apps from Google Store may or may not be accessible via TalkBack. Depends on the app developer.
• Braille input/output not integrated like on iOS but development to improve braille is underway through a project called BrailleBack.
• Unlike iOS which is a closed operating system from Apple for only apple iDevices, Android is an open source operating system from Google available to modify by developers and available for many different devices.
Next Meeting (Monday September 12 at 7pm)
• No topic defined yet. Have a good summer. See you in September.
• As always, for help with other technology bring your devices and/or questions to the meeting.
• Send your meeting topic ideas to GTT.Edmonton@gmail.com.
Meeting Location and Logistics
• Ascension Lutheran Church 8405 – 83 Street NW, Edmonton.
• We meet in the basement hall. There is elevator access.
• Enter the church from the back door. There is parking at the back and drop off space for taxis, DATS.
• Meetings are every second Monday of the month at 7pm.
• If you have someone helping you your assistant is welcome to remain for the meeting.
GTT Edmonton Team
• Carrie Anton is visually impaired and is the accessibility specialist for Athabasca University.
• Gerry Chevalier is blind. He is retired from HumanWare where he worked as the Product Manager for the Victor Reader line of talking book players.
• Heather MacDonald is a career and employment specialist with extensive experience helping blind and visually impaired people find employment.
• Russell Solowoniuk is blind and works with alternative formats and assistive technology at Grant MacEwan University.
• Lorne Webber is blind and is the accessibility specialist for Norquest College.
GTT Edmonton Overview
• GTT Edmonton is a chapter of the Canadian Council of the Blind (CCB).
• GTT Edmonton promotes a self-help learning experience by holding monthly meetings to assist participants with assistive technology.
• Each meeting will present a feature technology topic and general question and answer about any other technology.
• Small groups or one on one assistance is possible at the meetings.
• Participants are encouraged to come to each meeting even if they are not interested in the feature topic because questions on any technology are welcome. The more participants the better able we will be equipped with the talent and experience to help each other.
• There are GTT groups in Ottawa, Toronto, Kingston, Northern Ontario, Pembroke, Halifax, Sydney, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Victoria, Nanaimo, Vancouver, and more to come.
• There is also a national GTT monthly toll free teleconference. You may subscribe to the National GTT blog to get email notices of teleconferences and notes from other GTT chapters. Visit:
There is a form at the bottom of that web page to enter your email.
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