We want our work to be a dialogue. We continuously share posts about important issues to the blind and visually impaired community, updates and news about our products, and try to share our perspective on our blog.
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Shane interviewed with Ryan McLeod, the creator of BlackBox
From Shane: I worked with Ryan back in the summer of 2017 to discuss accessibility options for a groundbreaking game he had developed for iOS earlier that year. It's called Blackbox and is still available on the app store today. At the time, most mainstream game developers, especially those working on mobile operating systems, were not making a significant effort to make their games accessible. With a product like Ryan's, I fully expected the same response, but he jumped on, recognizing the real opportunity here. It had been years since we caught up after the Blackbox project, and below is a transcript of our conversation.
Unsolicited Help: How and why help can be a source of discomfort
Helping someone might not always be a good idea. Especially when you haven't asked for their permission, read on for the etiquette of helping strangers.
Mastering the Perfect Gift with Valentine’s Day Around the Corner
Our new team member Cansu compiled a perfect list for the last minute gift ideas.
What is a QR Code, and How can it be a part of accessibility?
Do you use QR codes? Here's a post detailing what these codes are and how to use them to access information easily.
Seen-Unseen Art Project by Clare McLaughlin: We See With Our Brain, Not With Our Eyes
Clare McLaughlin, the creator of the Seen-Unseen Art Project- A project for making art more accessible for the blind, tells us how it started in a small art gallery in Dublin 7 years ago.
Back to School: How to navigate school in the post-pandemic world
We all are back in the city, and now that the post-pandemic reopenings are in progress, most of the time, we are also back to the normal we used to know, well, at least mostly. Shane is also back with his studies and gives us an overview of how being back to school feels after a long interval.
Behind the Scenes of Supersense Presents Live: Putting on a concert for the first time
Shane wrote about the experience of putting together a whole online concert from scratch: finding the venue, the guests, the time, and the audience. Here’s the behind-the-scenes of our first big event Supersense Presents Live.
The Challenges Visually-Impaired People Have in the Workplace
Jocelyn writes on workplace diversity: "In recent years, organizations all over the country have started to recognize the importance of making everyone feel safe, included, and comfortable in the workplace. As a result, the modern office has become more diverse in terms of gender, race, sexual orientation, and religion." Read on for the full story!
I Took Super Lidar to a Concert
Shane took Super Lİdar to a concert and tried how it works in a crowded venue!
Decoding Braille, Decoding Me: How art changed my life as a blind person
The creator of Seeing without Seeing, Clark Reynolds, tells his story: how he started losing his vision at an early age and started art as an escape method and how it all turned into beautiful art pieces.
Supersense presents: White Cane Coffee
The guest of this month’s Supersense Presents is the founder of the White Cane Coffee Coffee Shop, Erin Willman.
Supersense presents: Question, Producer and Artist. Part Two
You asked, and we did it. The Part II of the Question interview is here. He’s got lots of new things and updates to share with you.
Our Best Posts on Accessibility
We care about accessibility, and therefore we write about it constantly. Either it is digital accessibility, which is finally becoming more prominent for developers and internet users, or public transportation that affects every aspect of our lives. Here is our compilation of the best posts that tackle a broad range of issues concerning accessibility.
Blind Coders Blazing Trails
Not too many career options are being offered to the blind and visually impaired. But people like Jana Schroeder are determined to open new doors for others to pass. Read on for Jana's inspiring story, and to watch her pitch for the Holman Prize!
Airports, Hotels, and Meetings: How I Travel with Supersense
“I’ve found reception desks in hotels, exit doors in unfamiliar areas, trash cans in a cafeteria, and available seats in a meeting, all by discreetly scanning the area with Supersense.” says Shane. Read on to learn how Supersense can help you while on the go!
Accidentally Accessible: A Kitchen Story
Karoline is an Accessibility Tester, and she loves tech and dos. For Supersense, she tested some kitchen appliances that really made a difference in her life. Here’s Karoline’s take on an accessible kitchen.
Supersense presents: Dr. Elif Emir Oksuz, Blind Psychologist and University Professor from Turkey
After a short break, we're here with a brand new episode of Supersense presents. Our guest is an intelligent and hardworking woman from Turkey: Dr. Elif Emir Oksuz. She is a practicing psychologist and a university professor. She never lets anything stop her from reaching her goals. Read on for her inspiring story!
Accessible Shopping: An Instacart Review
This week, our newest guest writer Daisy Russel explores Instacart and gives you a run-through about how to use the app as a visually impaired person.
Super Lidar: How It Works Now, and How It Could Change The Future
If you want to know how exactly Super Lidar works and how it’s different from Supersense, we suggest you check this post out!
Story of Joshua, a braille translator behind bars
Joshua’s story is a story of hard-work, finding meaning in life when there is little to hope for the future and a natural talent that is put into good work. Here is the story of Joshua, a braille translator behind bars.
Shane's Roundup: The Summer of 96, A Review of Bryan Adams Live at Wembley Stadium
Another trip to the memory lane: 25 years after Bryan Adams's legendary Wembley Stadium concert, Shane reviews the live recording of the show.
Increasing Our Barcode Focus
Shane wrote a follow-up piece to his popular barcode scanning post. As we have recently updated our barcode scanning feature, we wanted to walk you through how it works and why we did what we did.
Is Your Workplace Disability Inclusive?
Jim, our newest guest writer, wrote about workplace diversity, how employing people with disabilities affects a business’ costs and how to actually implement an inclusivity policy.
Shane’s bi-weekly: You Want Accessibility, You’ve Got It! Reflections on the university experience and disability services
Is our university education accessible enough? Textbooks and assignments aside, it seems the staff should take the extra step to help people with disabilities, who already know what they need.
Conflict in Public Benefit: Carfree cities? Not so fast!
Carfree cities sound great. But are they so for disabled people? Is our public transport system ready for a drastic change like this? We've taken a deeper look.
Accessible Internet: Writing Alt Text for Images
Why writing alt text is important, and what we can do about a more accessible internet and social media experience? Some notes and good practices.
A Bi-weekly Roundup by Shane Lowe
By request, I’m going to start delving into a few topics I’ve encountered every couple of weeks in my everyday life. Here is the first one!
Smart Glasses vs. Smart Frames for the Blind
What should smart glasses and smart frames manufacturers do to meet the actual needs of blind users? Peter Crumley discusses the differences between the latest tech gadgets.
Disability Friendly Fashion and Beauty Brands
Fashion and beauty industries are enormous. And fast fashion is so big that almost no one can escape from it. But what about the accessibility of these millions of products that are pushed to the market every day?
Plug it Back In! The Best Live Music Streaming in 2021
Missing open-air concerts and singing together with thousands of people? We might not be able to take you out to a concert now but we can bring it in! Shane explored some of the best live-streamed music available on the Internet.
A site that works for everyone
Are the websites you visit everyday accessible? Or, have you been drowned in a sea of pop-ups and promo ads? In this post, we tackled the issues of web accessibility.
Our Most Popular Posts of 2020
Here is a 2020 Throwback: We gathered our 10 most popular posts of the past year.
End of the year festivities: A bowl of love!
At home for the New Year? Why not spend some time in the kitchen and cook some delicious food for the holiday weekend?
Super Lidar: The first step forward
Super Lidar is a free app that allows you to detect the distance between objects and people around you. Moreover, it can tell if people are wearing a mask! To know more, read on!
The Future Power of Supersense Explore and Find Feature
Would you like to know more about the future of AI? Here is Peter’s follow-up piece to the blind perspective philosophy, with his thoughts on Supersense’s explore and find features’.
Best Audiobooks of 2020
Are you into Audiobooks? We are. And here is the extensive list of the best audiobooks of 2020. And a bonus!
A Blast From the Past: Nostalgic programs from 2012 and prior
If you are one of those people who has a thing for ancient software and cannot give up on them even your computer doesn’t support them anymore, this post is for you. Here are some of Shane's favorites.
Supersense presents: John Bramblitt, The Blind Painter
Shane interviewed the super talented John Bramblitt for the fourth episode of the Supersense Presents Interview Series. To learn how art helps to overcome all the hardships in life, continue reading.
Supersense presents: Chad Allen, Blind Magician, and the Creator of the Unseen Comic
The second interview in the Supersense presents series was with Chad Allen, writer and magician, a true artist, and a man of many parts.
Making Art Accessible to All
The world is on lockdown, and we cannot visit museums and art galleries. However, that doesn’t mean that we cannot discuss making art accessible to all. Let’s see what’s happening in the art world.
The Blind Perspective Philosophy: An important new tool to guide Software development for the Blind
What is the most important thing when designing apps for the blind? The perspective of a blind person. Peter dissected this mostly-overlooked situation, and we all should take lessons!
The Ultimate Gift Guide: Ideas for Last-Minute Holiday Shopping
Holiday season is here, and there are massive discounts everywhere. But it’s easy to get lost! Don’t worry; we’ll help you. Read on for some really cool gift ideas for your loved ones!
A Step by Step Guide to Formatting Your Resume
Does your resume need a little makeover? Or maybe you just don't know where to start. This guide is for you! In five simple steps, you'll be ready to conquer the world (or at least the job market).
Closet Organization for the Blind in Five Easy Steps
Can't find your favorite white t-shirt? Your socks went to their separate lives? Get your labels and storage boxes ready! Here are five closet organization ideas to help you.
Accessible Cities: Can Design Help?
Are our cities accessible? Are they designed for all people to enjoy the perks of public space? In the 30th year of the Americans with Disabilities Act, we took a closer look.
The Never-Ending Web: How to Network with Friends
Have a project? Starting networking with friends might be the best way to realize it. For more tips and tricks about reaching out to people for networking, continue reading.
The Story of Supersense
The story of how we, the Supersense team, got started on the app, what we are trying to do, how we developed it, and what we learned from our community.
Review: The Blind Life Trying Supersense
An amazing twenty-minute long review of the Blind Life YouTube channel. Sam Seavey tries out Supersense on both iOS and Android.
How to Find Barcodes on Products
Our team member Shane went to the supermarket for field research, and found where the barcodes on different products are located!
The Story of Precious Perez: Activism Through Music
The moving story of a powerful young woman, from Chelsea Massachusetts, whose love for music has driven her since childhood.
The Ten Best Apps for the Blind at Work and School
We collected this year's ten best apps for blind people that are essential, easy to use, and practical for every work and school environment.
Supersense Around the World
We are proud to present our user data on Android and iOS platforms. We also added some YouTube reviews of our users from around the world.
September at Supersense: object explorer for iOS, best apps for the blind and how to find barcodes
Our September newsletter is here. We made a series of updates in our iOS version and launched our blog. Read on for the updates, to learn which apps for the blind are good for work and how to find barcodes on products.
Full Disclosure: When to Discuss Your Blindness in the Job Search
Shane dives deep into the hiring process and shares with us his experience and insights about when and how to mention visual impairment during job interviews.
Interview: Our Co-founder Cagri on Live Accessible YouTube Channel
Last week our co-founder Cagri was the guest of Carrie from Live Accessible YouTube channel. Read on for the details of this warm interview.
How to Hear a Wall: Do you want to echolocate like bats do?
How can you hear a wall? That's correct! We tell you how to hear a wall. In this post, Shane gives you some tips and tricks about how you could hear a wall and re-navigate with some training without running into it.
Interview: Question, The Rap Artist
This week Shane interviewed the young and talented rap artist, Question. Don't miss this music-filled conversation, and there is a surprise waiting for you at the end of the audio.
Address finding tips for the blind: Streets and addresses in the United States
Shane breaks down the US address system for a better and more accessible travel experience for blind people.
Which one is better for the blind? White Cane vs. Guide Dog
Peter Crumley, our new guest writer, dives into the hot debate in the blind community: White cane or dog. Can't decide? Well, Peter is here to help you!
Talk: The future of AI and how to create a diverse workspace
Emre was the guest of VIBUG. Click to listen to the eye-opening interview about the future of AI technology and the accessibility and diversity in the workspace.
Disability Employment Awareness Month: A Month of Celebration and Reflection
To celebrate Disability Employment Awareness Month, our guest writer Kenneth wrote an informative article that details how we got here, what are the cornerstones of disability awareness, and how much work there is to be done for an inclusive society.
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