Welcome to VIBUG

VIBUG, the Visually Impaired and Blind User Group, is located in Massachusetts, and serves blind and visually impaired users of computers and other assistive technology. If you'd like to know more about us, you can download our flyer, which is available as a Microsoft Word document, or a braille formatted file. We encourage you to share this flyer with people you think would be interested in our assistive technology users group.

Vibug membership registration, dues, and notices

VIBUG membership costs $20 a year and includes the following benefits.

To Become a Vibug member and join the Vibug announcements mailing list, fill out the Vibug membership form. To make a secure online payment with a credit card or your PayPal account, select the following PayPal button.

You may also join VIBUG by coming to a meeting and paying your dues by cash or check. All checks should be made payable to VIBUG. If you have any questions, please contact our treasurer Bob Resnick at rresnick1@comcast.net

VIBUG Officers

Notice of VIBUG Meeting

When: Saturday October 8, 2016 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: 77 Mass Ave, Building 5, room 134 on the campus of MIT in Cambridge, MA.

Online Participation

We are now using TeamTalk.† Please go to http://www.vibug.org for details.

Meeting Format

This Month

A group of folks from the mobility and rehabilitation center at Schepens Eye Research Institute with Prof. Gang Luo have been working on a portable visual aid that converts real-time videos into collision warnings. It is meant to complement the white cane to help users avoid chest level obstacles. This technology is funded by the Department of Defense, and their new prototype is now almost ready for a clinical trial.

The device is targeted to people with low vision (peripheral field loss) as well as folks who are totally blind. The group would like to present their research and prototype with us and solicit participants for their study.

The VIBUG programs and demonstrations committee is working on other potential speakers.


Not a member yet?† Itís easy to join.† Visit our website at http://www.vibug.org

Jerry Berrier
president@vibug.org 508-735-4420

On-Line Participation Available to VIBUG Members

Current members are welcome to attend VIBUG meetings online. VIBUG is using a free online program called teamtalk. If you would like to participate live in meetings online, you must download and install the teamtalk program. There are versions for mac and pc. Use the links below to select the correct version depending on your operating system.

  1. Download the correct version of the teamtalk installation program for your computer.
  2. Install the teamtalk program on your computer. If you are installing the pc version, choose the classic installation.
  3. If possible, it is recommended to use teamtalk with an usb headset/microphone to avoid audio feedback.

If this is your first time using the online option, contact Jerry Berrier, VIBUG president at president@vibug.org or Frank Ventura, VIBUG vice president, at vicepresident@vibug.org at least five days before a meeting for the VIBUG room password and setup instructions.

Members are reminded not to share these setup instructions with anyone who is not a VIBUG member. Failure to adhere to this rule will result in loss of online participation privileges.

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last updated: Sunday, October 2, 2016