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EBU Access Cast

Nov 20, 2019

The European Blind Union held its 11th general assembly in Rome on October 27-30. Bart was invited to record a special edition of the podcast. He spoke with the outgoing and incoming president of EBU, Wolfgang Angermann, and Rodolfo Cattani, as well as  with its executive director Mokrane Boussaïd who is about to retire. He also interviewed the exhibitors in the tech fair. Companies that we interviewed at Sightcity were not revisited.


It Cares developed an app for the purpose of this event. They used their platform Pharoart that allows clients to quickly build an accessible native Android and iPhone application.


JKJ sells tactile pavings with integrated RFID tags. An electronic stick communicates the information in the tag to the LVE System app on your smart phone.


Letismart is another way to make the white cane smart. A smart city with beacons can help you navigate and interact with smart devices around you.


In Bologna, Ancona and Catania you can visit a tactile museum: Museo Anteros and Museo Tolomeo, and Museo Omero

and Polo tattile Multimediale

The latter also houses a braille transcription center.


Tactile books can also be bought from La Federazione Nazionale delle Istituzioni pro Ciechi


Discover astronomy and learn everything about the earth, moon, sun and other planets with the hand made educational tools of the Associazione Pontina di Astronomia


Dolphin Computer Access produces Supernova (screenreader and magnification software for Windows), Guide Connect (providing access to Windows application through a standardised interface) and Easyreader (a free smartphone app to read Daisy online content from libraries all over the world).


En-Vision America demonstrates the ScripTalk station and ScripTalk app to listen to medical prescriptions, given that your pharmacist encoded the information in a label, glued on the medicine package.


Nattiq Technologies from Dubai builds customised braille products. A braille display and a Windows computer in one box. You provide the specifications and they build it for you.


Harpo demonstrates the new Mountbatten Brailler named Tutor and PIAF for tactile images.


Humanware produces portable magnifiers, Daisy players (with GPS) and braille displays that also can function as a note taker running on Android.


Index Braille sells four types of braille embossers. Their CEO explaines the differences and what software you can use to prepare the files before embossing.


EasyTv is a project that will increase the availability of audio description and captioning by trying to automate the production:


The assembly was held with the generous support of Google.


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a tweet on our Twitter account. The next Standard Episode of the EBU Access Cast will be back with you in December.