Minutes of June 2014 VIBUG meeting

Where: MIT, 77 Mass. Ave., Building 5, Cambridge, MA
When: June 14, 2014

President Amy Ruell called the meeting to order at1:00 PM. All present introduced themselves.

Minutes: Clerk Jerry Berrier read the minutes of our April 2014 meeting. They were accepted without change.



As usual, there will be no VIBUG meetings in July and August.

Amy has splitters available from the NFB free of charge for those who use iOS devices and plan to use the Square card reader.

Amy mentioned a couple of upcoming events and conventions.

HIMS has a new update available for its note-takers

The KNFB reader app will be available soon.

Amy will be testing a set-top box from Comcast.

Maria suggested we present a comparison of various accessible GPS apps and devices.

Amy is seeking volunteers who are not on the board for the VIBUG nominating committee.

Amy will send to members a link to a survey about fire-fighting.


Following the computer question and answer period, there were three presentations.

Emily and Lindsey, two students of Olin College of Engineering, said they are working on an app to make grocery shopping easier for people who are blind. They would like to talk to us about problems we face with grocery shopping. Amy will send their e-mail address to members.

David Bradburn from Baum U.S.A. talked about their new Vario Ultra braille display and the Visio S. portable CCTV.

Maria Rueters demonstrated the GarageBand iOS app.

The meeting was adjourned at 4:00 PM.

Jerry Berrier, Clerk