Did You Know
Going to the movies should be an amazing experience to share with family and friends. That’s why we are excited to help announce the launch of new movie tech from Actiview that is designed to make movies more accessible for people who are blind and/or hard of hearing. They are launching this tech in conjunction with the launch of Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3, which will be shown in theaters across the U.S. starting Friday.
Actiview’s tech currently delivers audio description and amplified audio, with captions and languages coming soon. Instructions for downloading the app AND Cars 3 assistive audio (you’ll need both) are provided below.
The good folks at Actiview are genuinely interested in leveling the playing field and providing entertainment for all. They hope you’ll give their app/tech a whirl AND that you’ll offer your feedback so they can keep evolving and enhancing it!
Image description: movie poster for Cars 3 shows red and gold race car Lightning McQueen flying upside down through the air over a giant crowd at a race track. Copy says “From this moment, everything will change.” Poster also features Disney-Pixar logo.
How to use Actiview:
- On or before June 16, 2017, download the Actiview App from the App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/actiview-empowered-entertainment/id1138121187?mt=8
- On June 16, CARS 3 assistive audio (assistive tracks will be available to for download in advance. Download over WiFi before getting to the theater if you want to save on data use)
- Go to the CARS 3 screening of your choice, open the app, and choose either Audio Description, Amplified Audio or the two tracks combined.
- Give Actiview your feedback by emailing comments to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling our hotline at 1 (844) 399-2789 to sound off!
Please note: the first time a user opens the app, there is a :30 tutorial helping the user to understand how to navigate the app which requires headphones to go through.
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Be My Eyes
Bringing Sight to the Blind and Visually Impaired
How can you use Be My Eyes?
There are many situations where a pair of friendly eyes can be helpful for those with visual impairments, and Be My Eyes is used to solve a wide range of daily tasks – no request is too big or too small! You can request help 24/7, as we connect you based on time zones and language – for example, if you speak English and is based in the US and need assistance in the middle of the night, then we will connect you to an English speaking helper in England, Australia or another country where it is daytime.
People are always coming up with creative ways to use Be My Eyes. The following list provides examples of some different ways that you can use the Be My Eyes app:
- Finding lost items
- Describing pictures, paintings or other artwork.
- Matching or explaining colors
- Reading labels on household products
- Reading on computer screens if websites are inaccessible or screen readers are not available
- Shopping in supermarkets and stores
- Identifying the expiration date on perishable food packages
- Familiarizing yourself with new locations
- Distinguishing between products (Canned foods, shampoos, and soaps, spices etc.)
- Determining if lights are turned on or off
- Finding out when public transportation (busses, trains, etc.) are departing or arriving
- Resolving electrical or technical issues
Right now there are over half a million sighted helpers in the Be My Eyes community who are ready and willing to assist you.
Remember that Be My Eyes is FREE no matter how much you use it.
Makapo Aquatics is kicking off 2017 with their first event of the year.
Their programs are centered around Polynesian canoe culture and are the
ideal way for those with little or no sight to enjoy the outdoors. For more
info visit www.makapo.org <http://www.makapo.org> .