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Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

goshawk on horseback
 

in my view, it's a question of which would you rather buy?
A, something that does a job up to a point, but has a number of limitations, so is only reasonably useful.
or B, even if it is a bit more expensive, something that is really useful in virtually all places/environments, and that can really help as well.

I know which I would choose.

Simon

----- Original Message -----
From: "Carolyn Arnold" <4carolyna@windstream.net>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2021 2:41 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !


Simon, I think you have some great ideas. These ideas could
make the guide dog on wheels be almost as good as a guide
guy like my husband.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of goshawk on
horseback
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 8:29 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !
Importance: High

sounds like a good start, but I can think of a few possible
improvements, as
follows:
1, giving it gps and maps, to A, improve accuracy further,
and B, actually work out routs, either when in a new area,
or for those who have little or no sense of direction, so
don't have any routs to teach it.
2, giving it OCR, which could be used for all sorts of
things, such as reading road or shop signs, to improve it's
accuracy still further, and making it more useful in places
like shopping centres, reading bus info, which could help
one find the right bus, and get off it at the right place,
and probably a range of other uses.
and 3, giving it proper legs and walking movements. I say
this, as only giving it wheels would make it very limited in
indoor environments, such as department stores, shopping
centres, hotels, blocks of flats, airports, train stations,
the tube, etc. where there could well be stairs or
escalators to be used, or even things like rough ground for
those in to country walks. where as with legs and the right
movements, it could very probably navigate these as well.

don't get me wrong, I really like the idea, but if it is
going to be really useful, then personally, I do think it
has a way to go yet.

Simon


----- Original Message -----
From: "Janet" <janet.harvard@outlook.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 11:04 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !


Hi Everyone,
Well, I couldn't pass up this article I copied and pasted
below.

Janet

Guide dog on wheels detects obstacles and traffic light
signals
MAY 10, 2021 6:01 AM
Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic students develop a prototype
robot dog for the
visually impaired that reads out directions and even "barks.
What is the prototype called and how does it work?
The e-Guide Dog is equipped with laser scanners that detect
when an obstacle
is in the way. It can also be programmed with preset routes
that will give
its user directions.
The e-Guide Dog can detect and will even alert users to
oncoming cyclists by
playing the sound of a dog barking.
Instead of a leash, the user holds onto a handle attached to
the wheeled
device as it is pushed by the user.
What are the main functions of the e-Guide Dog?
The e-Guide Dog has three key functions
The e-Guide Dog records and replays travelling paths up to
an accuracy of
one metre.
It is equipped with a built-in digital compass that records
paths users
take. The data is provided by encoders at the e-Guide Dog's
wheel. These
encoders
monitor the robot's wheel revolutions and steering angles to
provide a more
accurate guide for users.
Obstacle Detection:
The robot is equipped with laser scanners that detect
obstacles in the way.
It then navigates its user around them, preventing accidents
from occurring.
Traffic Light Signal Detection:
The e-Guide Dog is also equipped with artificial
intelligence that can
identify when traffic light signals turn from red to green.
The robot will then alert the user when to cross the road.
This detection is
a plus for the e-Guide Dog as regular guide dogs are colour
blind and unable
to detect colour changes.
The e-Guide Dog was developed by a team of more than six NYP
students across
several semesters who were led by Dr Kong Wai Ming, lead
specialist of the
biomedical engineering and materials group at the
polytechnic's School of
Engineering.
The project is backed by the Enabling Lives Initiative Grant
by SG Enable,
an agency that supports people with disabilities, and the
Tote Board. The
grant
funds innovations that support persons with disabilities.
On Wednesday May 5, the project earned recognition from Dr
Maliki Osman,
Second Minister for Education, during the polytechnic's
graduation ceremony.
In his speech, Dr Maliki said the project was an example of
what NYP stands
for - "innovation and enterprise, anchored in service to
those around us."
Was there any collaboration with the blindness community
during development?
During development, the team worked with Guide Dogs
Singapore - the main
charity in Singapore that pairs guide dogs with the visually
impaired - to
test
the device.
Vanessa Loh, the General Manager of Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd
said that the
e-Guide Dog would serve as a useful mobility aid for persons
with visual
impairment.
Are there any other uses for this technology?
The NYP team adapted the technology behind the e-Guide Dog
onto a cane,
which was fitted with sensors and encoders on wheels to
provide wayfinding
instructions,
which they showcased at an exhibition at the National Museum
of Singapore
last December. the team is seeking to improve its robot
guide dog by working
with industry partners and hopefully commercialize the
project.


https://coolblindtech.com/guide-dog-on-wheels-detects-obstac
les-and-traffic-light-signals/


Peace Be With You.
















Questions about entertaining media apps and services

Sharon Hooley
 

Hi,

I'm wondering, with all the movie streaming subscription services, like Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc, which do you think carries the most variety of content? Also, why are there different TV apps? I'd appreciate any input.

Thanks,


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www.CochlearAmericas.com


How do I access Picture and Picture on my iPhone?

Sharon Hooley
 

Hi,

I was trying to watch The Chosen, about the life of Christ. It's listed on the Applevis website. According to the review, it's easy to find the play button, but the only way I can seem to control it is when I get to Picture and Picture. The problem is that I don't know how to access it consistently. With the iPhone XR and latest IOS update, how do you open it?

Thanks,


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Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

Carolyn Arnold
 

Simon, I think you have some great ideas. These ideas could
make the guide dog on wheels be almost as good as a guide
guy like my husband.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io
[mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of goshawk on
horseback
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 8:29 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !
Importance: High

sounds like a good start, but I can think of a few possible
improvements, as
follows:
1, giving it gps and maps, to A, improve accuracy further,
and B, actually work out routs, either when in a new area,
or for those who have little or no sense of direction, so
don't have any routs to teach it.
2, giving it OCR, which could be used for all sorts of
things, such as reading road or shop signs, to improve it's
accuracy still further, and making it more useful in places
like shopping centres, reading bus info, which could help
one find the right bus, and get off it at the right place,
and probably a range of other uses.
and 3, giving it proper legs and walking movements. I say
this, as only giving it wheels would make it very limited in
indoor environments, such as department stores, shopping
centres, hotels, blocks of flats, airports, train stations,
the tube, etc. where there could well be stairs or
escalators to be used, or even things like rough ground for
those in to country walks. where as with legs and the right
movements, it could very probably navigate these as well.

don't get me wrong, I really like the idea, but if it is
going to be really useful, then personally, I do think it
has a way to go yet.

Simon


----- Original Message -----
From: "Janet" <janet.harvard@outlook.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 11:04 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !


Hi Everyone,
Well, I couldn't pass up this article I copied and pasted
below.

Janet

Guide dog on wheels detects obstacles and traffic light
signals
MAY 10, 2021 6:01 AM
Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic students develop a prototype
robot dog for the
visually impaired that reads out directions and even "barks.
What is the prototype called and how does it work?
The e-Guide Dog is equipped with laser scanners that detect
when an obstacle
is in the way. It can also be programmed with preset routes
that will give
its user directions.
The e-Guide Dog can detect and will even alert users to
oncoming cyclists by
playing the sound of a dog barking.
Instead of a leash, the user holds onto a handle attached to
the wheeled
device as it is pushed by the user.
What are the main functions of the e-Guide Dog?
The e-Guide Dog has three key functions
The e-Guide Dog records and replays travelling paths up to
an accuracy of
one metre.
It is equipped with a built-in digital compass that records
paths users
take. The data is provided by encoders at the e-Guide Dog's
wheel. These
encoders
monitor the robot's wheel revolutions and steering angles to
provide a more
accurate guide for users.
Obstacle Detection:
The robot is equipped with laser scanners that detect
obstacles in the way.
It then navigates its user around them, preventing accidents
from occurring.
Traffic Light Signal Detection:
The e-Guide Dog is also equipped with artificial
intelligence that can
identify when traffic light signals turn from red to green.
The robot will then alert the user when to cross the road.
This detection is
a plus for the e-Guide Dog as regular guide dogs are colour
blind and unable
to detect colour changes.
The e-Guide Dog was developed by a team of more than six NYP
students across
several semesters who were led by Dr Kong Wai Ming, lead
specialist of the
biomedical engineering and materials group at the
polytechnic's School of
Engineering.
The project is backed by the Enabling Lives Initiative Grant
by SG Enable,
an agency that supports people with disabilities, and the
Tote Board. The
grant
funds innovations that support persons with disabilities.
On Wednesday May 5, the project earned recognition from Dr
Maliki Osman,
Second Minister for Education, during the polytechnic's
graduation ceremony.
In his speech, Dr Maliki said the project was an example of
what NYP stands
for - "innovation and enterprise, anchored in service to
those around us."
Was there any collaboration with the blindness community
during development?
During development, the team worked with Guide Dogs
Singapore - the main
charity in Singapore that pairs guide dogs with the visually
impaired - to
test
the device.
Vanessa Loh, the General Manager of Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd
said that the
e-Guide Dog would serve as a useful mobility aid for persons
with visual
impairment.
Are there any other uses for this technology?
The NYP team adapted the technology behind the e-Guide Dog
onto a cane,
which was fitted with sensors and encoders on wheels to
provide wayfinding
instructions,
which they showcased at an exhibition at the National Museum
of Singapore
last December. the team is seeking to improve its robot
guide dog by working
with industry partners and hopefully commercialize the
project.


https://coolblindtech.com/guide-dog-on-wheels-detects-obstac
les-and-traffic-light-signals/


Peace Be With You.


Re: A jaws speaking issue

Mike B.
 

Hi Kay,
 
Does both control keys not work?  Does it do it with other Jaws versions, if installed?
 
 
Stay safe and take care.  Mike.

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2021 5:01 AM
Subject: [TechTalk] A jaws speaking issue

Hi all,
I have finally gotten irritated enough to want to fix this.  What this is, is that when I press control to shut Jaws up, it does not shut up.  In fact, it takes several presses of control before silence reigns.  This is a Windows 7 machine with Jaws 19.  Sorry about it not being updated but that is all I could doo.  It happens both with my DecTalk USB express and Eloquence.  Does anyone have any ideas as to what I should look in to?  Thanks much.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Light houses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - just shine.
Dwight L. Moody – 1837-1899, Evangelist and Publisher
 


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A jaws speaking issue

Kay Malmquist
 

Hi all,
I have finally gotten irritated enough to want to fix this.  What this is, is that when I press control to shut Jaws up, it does not shut up.  In fact, it takes several presses of control before silence reigns.  This is a Windows 7 machine with Jaws 19.  Sorry about it not being updated but that is all I could doo.  It happens both with my DecTalk USB express and Eloquence.  Does anyone have any ideas as to what I should look in to?  Thanks much.

Kay Malmquist
kay.malmquist@...
 
We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Light houses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - just shine.
Dwight L. Moody – 1837-1899, Evangelist and Publisher
 


Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

James Bentley
 

Where can I get one.

James B

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 10:26 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

<Smile> I choose to use my Cane most of the time, but nothing beats
having a Seeing Eye Woman.


Grumpy Dave


Re: zoom help

chris judge
 

Hi Kimson.

So you are using a USB headset normally?
When you unplug the headset, zoom should revert back to your internal mic
and speakers but you might want to make sure both options are set properly
under zoom settings. Have you gone through the zoom audio settings to make
sure the proper mic is selected? Also, make sure you aren't set to mute on
entry. When you have determined that the proper mic and speakers are
selected, use the test microphone button under audio settings to make sure
both speakers and mic are working properly.
Chris Judge

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kimsan
via groups.io
Sent: May 15, 2021 8:40 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: [TechTalk] zoom help

Hi,
Normally when I use zoom as I am using jaws 2020, I have headphones in.
Which option do I select if I take the headphones off so I can hear the
participents in zoom and they can also hear me?

I was in a meeting with the school on Friday, I was able to hear them, but
they couldn't hear me. I'm unsure if it's because my internal mic sucks or
it's just the wrong option I chose under audio.
I have an important meeting on Monday, so I don't want the same thing to
happen again.
Kimsan Song
kimsansong@icloud.com
If you are into HipHop or R&B, I invite you to subscribe to my youtube
artist channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzrNcgBfHguK-LnnJMMylA
Also, you may follow me on twitter:
https://twitter.com/kims4ns0ng


Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

Monte Single
 

Grump, grump, grump!
I have not been following this threadm so if my question is out of focus, just ignore it.
How big is the dog, how big are the wheels?
Do the dog wheels have breaks?
What about hills, stairs, curbs, puddles and snow??
These are serious questions.

Cheers,

Monte

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Dave
Sent: May 15, 2021 9:26 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

<Smile> I choose to use my Cane most of the time, but nothing beats having a Seeing Eye Woman.


Grumpy Dave


Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

Dave
 

<Smile>  I choose to use my Cane most of the time, but nothing beats
having a Seeing Eye Woman.


Grumpy Dave


Re: zoom help

Gene
 

I’m asking what microphone you use.  When you plug in the headset, that becomes the default audio device.  When it isn’t plugged in, whatever you are using otherwise becomes the default device.  We need to know what you are using for a microphone when you aren’t using headphones.
 
Gene

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 9:05 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom help
 

I’m using a USB logitec headset.

 

Kimsan Song

kimsansong@...

If you are into HipHop or R&B, I invite you to subscribe to my youtube artist channel at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzrNcgBfHguK-LnnJMMylA

Also, you may follow me on twitter:

https://twitter.com/kims4ns0ng

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:35 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom help

 

Do you have a recording program?  If you can record yourself, Zoom will receive the microphone signal.  The microphone source setting may be available in Zoom.  If not, or whether it is or not, do you know how to work with Windows sound settings?  You also don’t say if you are using a USB mike, a mike built into a computer such as a laptop, or a microphone that plugs into a jack such as an eith-inch jack.  You need to set the microphone sourse to the microphone you are using.  If you have your sound card set to use another source such as line-in, microphone will not be the source unless the source is a combination such as line-in/microphone.

 

Gene

-----Original Message-----

Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 7:17 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom help

 

Hello if you hold the space key on your computer it will temporally unmute you. If you want to unmute completely press the keystroke alt a.


Hope this helps,
Ashley

> On May 15, 2021, at 7:39 PM, Kimsan via groups.io <kimsansong@...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
> Normally when I use zoom as I am using jaws 2020, I have headphones in.
> Which option do I select if I take the headphones off so I can hear the
> participents in zoom and they can also hear me?
>
> I was in a meeting with the school on Friday, I was able to hear them, but
> they couldn't hear me. I'm unsure if it's because my internal mic sucks or
> it's just the wrong option I chose under audio.
> I have an important meeting on Monday, so I don't want the same thing to
> happen again.
> Kimsan Song
> kimsansong@...
> If you are into HipHop or R&B, I invite you to subscribe to my youtube
> artist channel at
> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzrNcgBfHguK-LnnJMMylA
> Also, you may follow me on twitter:
> https://twitter.com/kims4ns0ng
>
>
>
>
>
>
>





Re: zoom help

Kimsan
 

I’m using a USB logitec headset.

 

Kimsan Song

kimsansong@...

If you are into HipHop or R&B, I invite you to subscribe to my youtube artist channel at

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzrNcgBfHguK-LnnJMMylA

Also, you may follow me on twitter:

https://twitter.com/kims4ns0ng

 

From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Gene
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:35 PM
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom help

 

Do you have a recording program?  If you can record yourself, Zoom will receive the microphone signal.  The microphone source setting may be available in Zoom.  If not, or whether it is or not, do you know how to work with Windows sound settings?  You also don’t say if you are using a USB mike, a mike built into a computer such as a laptop, or a microphone that plugs into a jack such as an eith-inch jack.  You need to set the microphone sourse to the microphone you are using.  If you have your sound card set to use another source such as line-in, microphone will not be the source unless the source is a combination such as line-in/microphone.

 

Gene

-----Original Message-----

Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 7:17 PM

Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom help

 

Hello if you hold the space key on your computer it will temporally unmute you. If you want to unmute completely press the keystroke alt a.


Hope this helps,
Ashley

> On May 15, 2021, at 7:39 PM, Kimsan via groups.io <kimsansong@...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
> Normally when I use zoom as I am using jaws 2020, I have headphones in.
> Which option do I select if I take the headphones off so I can hear the
> participents in zoom and they can also hear me?
>
> I was in a meeting with the school on Friday, I was able to hear them, but
> they couldn't hear me. I'm unsure if it's because my internal mic sucks or
> it's just the wrong option I chose under audio.
> I have an important meeting on Monday, so I don't want the same thing to
> happen again.
> Kimsan Song
> kimsansong@...
> If you are into HipHop or R&B, I invite you to subscribe to my youtube
> artist channel at
> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzrNcgBfHguK-LnnJMMylA
> Also, you may follow me on twitter:
> https://twitter.com/kims4ns0ng
>
>
>
>
>
>
>





Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

goshawk on horseback
 

I know what you mean, I love being out on my horse for example. so that's all well and good, if like us, you don't mind putting in the work of looking after it, and in the case of the standard guide dog, having to adapt to it's needs, rather than it adapting to suit you. for the rest however, this is a very good idea, and with the robot, one wouldn't have any of the aggravation in places such as restaurants, or with taxis, that probably just about every guide dog owner/user has very probably experienced.

Simon

----- Original Message -----
From: "William Vandervest" <timelord09@comcast.net>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Sunday, May 16, 2021 1:48 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !


Sorry, I prefer O/E (Organic Intellegence) dogs, nothing beats a real Furry
companion, still, I hope this works out.



William Vandervest
timelord09@comcast.net
Win10 latest revision

There are none so blind, as those who will not see.

William Vandervest

u

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
James Bentley
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 19:36
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

I find this very interesting. Perhaps its greatest advantage will be that
it can memorize several routes that the user takes on a regular basis. I
wonder how it might deal with unexpected deviations from a regular route.
For example, a bicycle laying across a side walk.

Several companies, universities, and groups have tried to manufacture an AI
guide dog. I hope this one works in our life times.

Thanks for the article,

James B

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Janet
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:04 PM
To: 'main@TechTalk.groups.io' <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

Hi Everyone,
Well, I couldn't pass up this article I copied and pasted below.

Janet

Guide dog on wheels detects obstacles and traffic light signals
MAY 10, 2021 6:01 AM
Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic students develop a prototype robot dog for the
visually impaired that reads out directions and even "barks.
What is the prototype called and how does it work?
The e-Guide Dog is equipped with laser scanners that detect when an obstacle
is in the way. It can also be programmed with preset routes that will give
its user directions.
The e-Guide Dog can detect and will even alert users to oncoming cyclists by
playing the sound of a dog barking.
Instead of a leash, the user holds onto a handle attached to the wheeled
device as it is pushed by the user.
What are the main functions of the e-Guide Dog?
The e-Guide Dog has three key functions
The e-Guide Dog records and replays travelling paths up to an accuracy of
one metre.
It is equipped with a built-in digital compass that records paths users
take. The data is provided by encoders at the e-Guide Dog's wheel. These
encoders
monitor the robot's wheel revolutions and steering angles to provide a more
accurate guide for users.
Obstacle Detection:
The robot is equipped with laser scanners that detect obstacles in the way.
It then navigates its user around them, preventing accidents from occurring.
Traffic Light Signal Detection:
The e-Guide Dog is also equipped with artificial intelligence that can
identify when traffic light signals turn from red to green.
The robot will then alert the user when to cross the road. This detection is
a plus for the e-Guide Dog as regular guide dogs are colour blind and unable
to detect colour changes.
The e-Guide Dog was developed by a team of more than six NYP students across
several semesters who were led by Dr Kong Wai Ming, lead specialist of the
biomedical engineering and materials group at the polytechnic's School of
Engineering.
The project is backed by the Enabling Lives Initiative Grant by SG Enable,
an agency that supports people with disabilities, and the Tote Board. The
grant
funds innovations that support persons with disabilities.
On Wednesday May 5, the project earned recognition from Dr Maliki Osman,
Second Minister for Education, during the polytechnic's graduation ceremony.
In his speech, Dr Maliki said the project was an example of what NYP stands
for - "innovation and enterprise, anchored in service to those around us."
Was there any collaboration with the blindness community during development?
During development, the team worked with Guide Dogs Singapore - the main
charity in Singapore that pairs guide dogs with the visually impaired - to
test
the device.
Vanessa Loh, the General Manager of Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd said that the
e-Guide Dog would serve as a useful mobility aid for persons with visual
impairment.
Are there any other uses for this technology?
The NYP team adapted the technology behind the e-Guide Dog onto a cane,
which was fitted with sensors and encoders on wheels to provide wayfinding
instructions,
which they showcased at an exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore
last December. the team is seeking to improve its robot guide dog by working
with industry partners and hopefully commercialize the project.


https://coolblindtech.com/guide-dog-on-wheels-detects-obstacles-and-traffic-
light-signals/


Peace Be With You.
















Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

William Vandervest
 

Sorry, I prefer O/E (Organic Intellegence) dogs, nothing beats a real Furry
companion, still, I hope this works out.



William Vandervest
timelord09@comcast.net
Win10 latest revision

There are none so blind, as those who will not see.

William Vandervest

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-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io [mailto:main@TechTalk.groups.io] On Behalf Of
James Bentley
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 19:36
To: main@TechTalk.groups.io
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

I find this very interesting. Perhaps its greatest advantage will be that
it can memorize several routes that the user takes on a regular basis. I
wonder how it might deal with unexpected deviations from a regular route.
For example, a bicycle laying across a side walk.

Several companies, universities, and groups have tried to manufacture an AI
guide dog. I hope this one works in our life times.

Thanks for the article,

James B

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Janet
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:04 PM
To: 'main@TechTalk.groups.io' <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

Hi Everyone,
Well, I couldn't pass up this article I copied and pasted below.

Janet

Guide dog on wheels detects obstacles and traffic light signals
MAY 10, 2021 6:01 AM
Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic students develop a prototype robot dog for the
visually impaired that reads out directions and even "barks.
What is the prototype called and how does it work?
The e-Guide Dog is equipped with laser scanners that detect when an obstacle
is in the way. It can also be programmed with preset routes that will give
its user directions.
The e-Guide Dog can detect and will even alert users to oncoming cyclists by
playing the sound of a dog barking.
Instead of a leash, the user holds onto a handle attached to the wheeled
device as it is pushed by the user.
What are the main functions of the e-Guide Dog?
The e-Guide Dog has three key functions
The e-Guide Dog records and replays travelling paths up to an accuracy of
one metre.
It is equipped with a built-in digital compass that records paths users
take. The data is provided by encoders at the e-Guide Dog's wheel. These
encoders
monitor the robot's wheel revolutions and steering angles to provide a more
accurate guide for users.
Obstacle Detection:
The robot is equipped with laser scanners that detect obstacles in the way.
It then navigates its user around them, preventing accidents from occurring.
Traffic Light Signal Detection:
The e-Guide Dog is also equipped with artificial intelligence that can
identify when traffic light signals turn from red to green.
The robot will then alert the user when to cross the road. This detection is
a plus for the e-Guide Dog as regular guide dogs are colour blind and unable
to detect colour changes.
The e-Guide Dog was developed by a team of more than six NYP students across
several semesters who were led by Dr Kong Wai Ming, lead specialist of the
biomedical engineering and materials group at the polytechnic's School of
Engineering.
The project is backed by the Enabling Lives Initiative Grant by SG Enable,
an agency that supports people with disabilities, and the Tote Board. The
grant
funds innovations that support persons with disabilities.
On Wednesday May 5, the project earned recognition from Dr Maliki Osman,
Second Minister for Education, during the polytechnic's graduation ceremony.
In his speech, Dr Maliki said the project was an example of what NYP stands
for - "innovation and enterprise, anchored in service to those around us."
Was there any collaboration with the blindness community during development?
During development, the team worked with Guide Dogs Singapore - the main
charity in Singapore that pairs guide dogs with the visually impaired - to
test
the device.
Vanessa Loh, the General Manager of Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd said that the
e-Guide Dog would serve as a useful mobility aid for persons with visual
impairment.
Are there any other uses for this technology?
The NYP team adapted the technology behind the e-Guide Dog onto a cane,
which was fitted with sensors and encoders on wheels to provide wayfinding
instructions,
which they showcased at an exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore
last December. the team is seeking to improve its robot guide dog by working
with industry partners and hopefully commercialize the project.


https://coolblindtech.com/guide-dog-on-wheels-detects-obstacles-and-traffic-
light-signals/


Peace Be With You.


Re: zoom help

Gene
 

Do you have a recording program?  If you can record yourself, Zoom will receive the microphone signal.  The microphone source setting may be available in Zoom.  If not, or whether it is or not, do you know how to work with Windows sound settings?  You also don’t say if you are using a USB mike, a mike built into a computer such as a laptop, or a microphone that plugs into a jack such as an eith-inch jack.  You need to set the microphone sourse to the microphone you are using.  If you have your sound card set to use another source such as line-in, microphone will not be the source unless the source is a combination such as line-in/microphone.
 
Gene

-----Original Message-----
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 7:17 PM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] zoom help
 
Hello if you hold the space key on your computer it will temporally unmute you. If you want to unmute completely press the keystroke alt a.


Hope this helps,
Ashley

> On May 15, 2021, at 7:39 PM, Kimsan via groups.io <kimsansong@...> wrote:
>
> Hi,
> Normally when I use zoom as I am using jaws 2020, I have headphones in.
> Which option do I select if I take the headphones off so I can hear the
> participents in zoom and they can also hear me?
>
> I was in a meeting with the school on Friday, I was able to hear them, but
> they couldn't hear me. I'm unsure if it's because my internal mic sucks or
> it's just the wrong option I chose under audio.
> I have an important meeting on Monday, so I don't want the same thing to
> happen again.
> Kimsan Song
> kimsansong@...
> If you are into HipHop or R&B, I invite you to subscribe to my youtube
> artist channel at
> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzrNcgBfHguK-LnnJMMylA
> Also, you may follow me on twitter:
> https://twitter.com/kims4ns0ng
>
>
>
>
>
>
>






Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

goshawk on horseback
 

sounds like a good start, but I can think of a few possible improvements, as follows:
1, giving it gps and maps, to A, improve accuracy further, and B, actually work out routs, either when in a new area, or for those who have little or no sense of direction, so don't have any routs to teach it.
2, giving it OCR, which could be used for all sorts of things, such as reading road or shop signs, to improve it's accuracy still further, and making it more useful in places like shopping centres, reading bus info, which could help one find the right bus, and get off it at the right place, and probably a range of other uses.
and 3, giving it proper legs and walking movements. I say this, as only giving it wheels would make it very limited in indoor environments, such as department stores, shopping centres, hotels, blocks of flats, airports, train stations, the tube, etc. where there could well be stairs or escalators to be used, or even things like rough ground for those in to country walks. where as with legs and the right movements, it could very probably navigate these as well.

don't get me wrong, I really like the idea, but if it is going to be really useful, then personally, I do think it has a way to go yet.

Simon

----- Original Message -----
From: "Janet" <janet.harvard@outlook.com>
To: <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 11:04 PM
Subject: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !


Hi Everyone,
Well, I couldn't pass up this article I copied and pasted below.

Janet

Guide dog on wheels detects obstacles and traffic light signals
MAY 10, 2021 6:01 AM
Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic students develop a prototype robot dog for the visually impaired that reads out directions and even "barks.
What is the prototype called and how does it work?
The e-Guide Dog is equipped with laser scanners that detect when an obstacle is in the way. It can also be programmed with preset routes that will give
its user directions.
The e-Guide Dog can detect and will even alert users to oncoming cyclists by playing the sound of a dog barking.
Instead of a leash, the user holds onto a handle attached to the wheeled device as it is pushed by the user.
What are the main functions of the e-Guide Dog?
The e-Guide Dog has three key functions
The e-Guide Dog records and replays travelling paths up to an accuracy of one metre.
It is equipped with a built-in digital compass that records paths users take. The data is provided by encoders at the e-Guide Dog's wheel. These encoders
monitor the robot's wheel revolutions and steering angles to provide a more accurate guide for users.
Obstacle Detection:
The robot is equipped with laser scanners that detect obstacles in the way. It then navigates its user around them, preventing accidents from occurring.
Traffic Light Signal Detection:
The e-Guide Dog is also equipped with artificial intelligence that can identify when traffic light signals turn from red to green.
The robot will then alert the user when to cross the road. This detection is a plus for the e-Guide Dog as regular guide dogs are colour blind and unable
to detect colour changes.
The e-Guide Dog was developed by a team of more than six NYP students across several semesters who were led by Dr Kong Wai Ming, lead specialist of the
biomedical engineering and materials group at the polytechnic's School of Engineering.
The project is backed by the Enabling Lives Initiative Grant by SG Enable, an agency that supports people with disabilities, and the Tote Board. The grant
funds innovations that support persons with disabilities.
On Wednesday May 5, the project earned recognition from Dr Maliki Osman, Second Minister for Education, during the polytechnic's graduation ceremony.
In his speech, Dr Maliki said the project was an example of what NYP stands for - "innovation and enterprise, anchored in service to those around us."
Was there any collaboration with the blindness community during development?
During development, the team worked with Guide Dogs Singapore - the main charity in Singapore that pairs guide dogs with the visually impaired - to test
the device.
Vanessa Loh, the General Manager of Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd said that the e-Guide Dog would serve as a useful mobility aid for persons with visual impairment.
Are there any other uses for this technology?
The NYP team adapted the technology behind the e-Guide Dog onto a cane, which was fitted with sensors and encoders on wheels to provide wayfinding instructions,
which they showcased at an exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore last December. the team is seeking to improve its robot guide dog by working with industry partners and hopefully commercialize the project.


https://coolblindtech.com/guide-dog-on-wheels-detects-obstacles-and-traffic-light-signals/


Peace Be With You.


Re: zoom help

 

Hello if you hold the space key on your computer it will temporally unmute you. If you want to unmute completely press the keystroke alt a.


Hope this helps,
Ashley

On May 15, 2021, at 7:39 PM, Kimsan via groups.io <kimsansong=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:

Hi,
Normally when I use zoom as I am using jaws 2020, I have headphones in.
Which option do I select if I take the headphones off so I can hear the
participents in zoom and they can also hear me?

I was in a meeting with the school on Friday, I was able to hear them, but
they couldn't hear me. I'm unsure if it's because my internal mic sucks or
it's just the wrong option I chose under audio.
I have an important meeting on Monday, so I don't want the same thing to
happen again.
Kimsan Song
kimsansong@icloud.com
If you are into HipHop or R&B, I invite you to subscribe to my youtube
artist channel at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzrNcgBfHguK-LnnJMMylA
Also, you may follow me on twitter:
https://twitter.com/kims4ns0ng







zoom help

Kimsan
 

Hi,
Normally when I use zoom as I am using jaws 2020, I have headphones in.
Which option do I select if I take the headphones off so I can hear the
participents in zoom and they can also hear me?

I was in a meeting with the school on Friday, I was able to hear them, but
they couldn't hear me. I'm unsure if it's because my internal mic sucks or
it's just the wrong option I chose under audio.
I have an important meeting on Monday, so I don't want the same thing to
happen again.
Kimsan Song
kimsansong@icloud.com
If you are into HipHop or R&B, I invite you to subscribe to my youtube
artist channel at
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCFzrNcgBfHguK-LnnJMMylA
Also, you may follow me on twitter:
https://twitter.com/kims4ns0ng


Re: Guide dogs on wheels !

James Bentley
 

I find this very interesting. Perhaps its greatest advantage will be that
it can memorize several routes that the user takes on a regular basis. I
wonder how it might deal with unexpected deviations from a regular route.
For example, a bicycle laying across a side walk.

Several companies, universities, and groups have tried to manufacture an AI
guide dog. I hope this one works in our life times.

Thanks for the article,

James B

-----Original Message-----
From: main@TechTalk.groups.io <main@TechTalk.groups.io> On Behalf Of Janet
Sent: Saturday, May 15, 2021 5:04 PM
To: 'main@TechTalk.groups.io' <main@TechTalk.groups.io>
Subject: [TechTalk] Guide dogs on wheels !

Hi Everyone,
Well, I couldn't pass up this article I copied and pasted below.

Janet

Guide dog on wheels detects obstacles and traffic light signals
MAY 10, 2021 6:01 AM
Singapore Nanyang Polytechnic students develop a prototype robot dog for the
visually impaired that reads out directions and even "barks.
What is the prototype called and how does it work?
The e-Guide Dog is equipped with laser scanners that detect when an obstacle
is in the way. It can also be programmed with preset routes that will give
its user directions.
The e-Guide Dog can detect and will even alert users to oncoming cyclists by
playing the sound of a dog barking.
Instead of a leash, the user holds onto a handle attached to the wheeled
device as it is pushed by the user.
What are the main functions of the e-Guide Dog?
The e-Guide Dog has three key functions
The e-Guide Dog records and replays travelling paths up to an accuracy of
one metre.
It is equipped with a built-in digital compass that records paths users
take. The data is provided by encoders at the e-Guide Dog's wheel. These
encoders
monitor the robot's wheel revolutions and steering angles to provide a more
accurate guide for users.
Obstacle Detection:
The robot is equipped with laser scanners that detect obstacles in the way.
It then navigates its user around them, preventing accidents from occurring.
Traffic Light Signal Detection:
The e-Guide Dog is also equipped with artificial intelligence that can
identify when traffic light signals turn from red to green.
The robot will then alert the user when to cross the road. This detection is
a plus for the e-Guide Dog as regular guide dogs are colour blind and unable
to detect colour changes.
The e-Guide Dog was developed by a team of more than six NYP students across
several semesters who were led by Dr Kong Wai Ming, lead specialist of the
biomedical engineering and materials group at the polytechnic's School of
Engineering.
The project is backed by the Enabling Lives Initiative Grant by SG Enable,
an agency that supports people with disabilities, and the Tote Board. The
grant
funds innovations that support persons with disabilities.
On Wednesday May 5, the project earned recognition from Dr Maliki Osman,
Second Minister for Education, during the polytechnic's graduation ceremony.
In his speech, Dr Maliki said the project was an example of what NYP stands
for - "innovation and enterprise, anchored in service to those around us."
Was there any collaboration with the blindness community during development?
During development, the team worked with Guide Dogs Singapore - the main
charity in Singapore that pairs guide dogs with the visually impaired - to
test
the device.
Vanessa Loh, the General Manager of Guide Dogs Singapore Ltd said that the
e-Guide Dog would serve as a useful mobility aid for persons with visual
impairment.
Are there any other uses for this technology?
The NYP team adapted the technology behind the e-Guide Dog onto a cane,
which was fitted with sensors and encoders on wheels to provide wayfinding
instructions,
which they showcased at an exhibition at the National Museum of Singapore
last December. the team is seeking to improve its robot guide dog by working
with industry partners and hopefully commercialize the project.


https://coolblindtech.com/guide-dog-on-wheels-detects-obstacles-and-traffic-
light-signals/


Peace Be With You.

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