RoboVac 30c Review

I posted this review on Amazon & thought I’d share it on my blog.

Excellent Vacuum & Support

We Love Our RoboVac 30c!
We’ve had ours for about a month & a half at this point. Its quiet & works great. I empty its bin after each use & usually use the automatic or quick mode daily. We only use the other vacuum about every two weeks in those few odd places of our apartment.

My Wife & I are blind / low vision. We have received great feedback from sighted friends on how clean our carpet & floors are thanks to RoboVac.

The Android app works well, giving feedback on if the RoboVac is cleaning, charging, or if there is an error like side brushes stuck or main roller and suction problem.
Ours is connected to both our Amazon Echo Dots & our Google Home devices. Both do the same, so no need to do both unless you want. Easy to find RoboVac with the assistants, tell it to go home, & pause or resume cleaning.

We recently had an error with the bumper and couldn’t figure out the problem. I contacted Eufy support via email & got tips & a video showing how to remove the bumper & clean it out. They also said if none of that helped, to let them know.
I think our cats were trying to feed RoboVac some of their treats, mistaking its bumper for its mouth. They were trying to see if they could make him sick.
After removing the bumper and the couple of cat treats, all was working as normal again.

We always tell our RoboVac “Good Boy” when it returns to its charging base. BTW That does work best on a hardwood floor. The charging base is between a small deep freezer and a pantry that also sits on the kitchen floor.

For those who are blind, a quick description of the buttons on the remote for the 30C. Top Left return to home.
Top Right change suction.
Standard remote arrow keys for manually moving RoboVac & pause / resume button in middle. Four buttons at bottom of remote.
Top Left Automatic Cleaning.
Top Right edge cleaning.
Bottom Left spot cleaning.
Bottom Right quick cleaning.

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T-Mobile Cell Spot

My Wife & I recently moved 22 miles across Kansas City. At the previous apartment, we had a great signal from T-Mobile on a regular basis.
We noticed inside the new apartment, we were each only getting one bar, using Signal Spy it showed the signal strength at -120 DB. For those who might not know, that is very weak.
I looked around and found the T-Mobile Cell Spot. It is a device you connect to your Internet router and place its GPS antenna near a window. It creates a personal cell tower in your home with 3,000 square feet coverage.
After the easy install I checked using the Signal Spy app again, not only did we have a full signal, the strength was now -60 DB.
T-Mobile offers this device for Free to its customers who are in a situation like ours. Outside our new apartment, & the old one too, signal strength is excellent, its just something with the building at our new apartment.
It does require a $25 deposit, which is refundable when you return the Cell Spot to T-Mobile. We called T-Mobile customer service on a Sunday afternoon and the Cell Spot was delivered Tuesday afternoon.
BTW: Every test I’ve done with Signal Spy since installing the device shows -60 DB every time.

Most carriers have a solution like this, however some charge for their device. Just wanted to pass that info along for anyone having signal problems inside. Here’s a link for more info:
https://support.t-mobile.com/docs/DOC-36766

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Progress, but Hulu still Has Work To Do.

After a few people on Twitter told my Wife of the accessibility of Hulu, I decided to give it a second try.
I had a free trial a year or two ago, which was long enough to decide I didn’t like the experience.

Hulu has made improvements but still has work to do. It was easier on this second time to navigate their main page & shows using screen reading software. (NVDA for me)
It was also easier than last time to select an episode and while a bit tricky, I figured out how to change seasons.
I am hoping that at least selecting a season will be done in the future by a standard combo box or something easier to access. I also didn’t have any problem playing an episode or selecting pause while watching a show.

These are things that were just about impossible for me to do the last time I gave Hulu a try. So thank you, Hulu, for the changes that have been made so far.

There is still no way to listen to a described audio feed, even for a show like The Simpsons which is available when watching the show on Fox.
I was also able to cancel the trial on my own, which I could not do last time. I used a link that was provided in my welcome e-mail from Hulu, there didn’t seem to be an easy way to get to those account settings from the web page.

So I’ll give Hulu a try again sometime in the future.
Steve

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Accessible Android App List December 2018

These are the apps I’m using on my OnePlus 6T wich is running Android Pie.

I use a combination of touch and an external bluetooth keyboard with my phone.

Since accessible has different meanings to people, your mileage may vary.

I use Google TTS with Talkback & also use the default Gmail app.

Amazing MP3 Recorder
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.stereomatch.mp3.audio.recorder

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Clipper Sync Plugin
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.clippersync.android.plugin

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.contacts

Docs
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.docs.editors.docs

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Envision AI
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letsenvision.envisionai

File Manager
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.oneplus.filemanager

Hangouts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.talk

Hangouts Dialer
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.hangoutsdialer

Home
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Messages
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

Pandora
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pandora.android

Podcast Addict
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddict

Podcast Addict – Donate
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bambuna.podcastaddictdonate

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

The Weather Channel
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weather.Weather

Tubi TV
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tubitv

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Typing Hero
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=sen.typinghero

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

VLC
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.videolan.vlc

Voice
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice

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May we pay our rent please?

Hey, The Crossing at Barry Road, if you want us to, you know, pay our rent on time, you might actually consider updating the website. I mean…I can wait until you get to the office today, but can you? My lack of payment isn’t for lack of trying. But my balance has shown as zero since I paid last month. I wouldn’t mind a free month of rent, but I doubt that’s really your intent. I do wonder why this process isn’t automated. Just seems so antiquated to wait through a weekend and a holiday for someone to come into the office and push a button so I can pay you.

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Question About Android Tablets

A friend asked me the other day about Android Tablets and wanted to know which one would be the best to ask for as a Christmas present later this year.
I haven’t used a tablet since I got my Chromebook. The Chromebook is my favorite thing to use other than my phone and laptop, but that doesn’t have to mean that is best for everyone.
Thankfully I’m a weekly listener to the All About Android show from twit.tv. In the most recent show they talked about news of new Android Tablets from Lenovo. One thing that really got my interest is they will be running Android Oreo and hopefully for my friend, will be available this fall / Christmas.
The two best tablets from the recent news I suggested are the Lenovo P10 & the Lenovo M10.
If you are interested in a tablet possibly this fall, here is the article from The Verge that I sent to my friend. I have also found a reference that the Lenovo P10 & M10 will be available from Amazon.
https://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2018/8/23/17770158/lenovo-tab-p10-m10-e10-e8-e7-android-tablet-oreo-go

If you are an Android user & fan like me, you might enjoy listening to All About Android. It is recorded live every Tuesday starting around 7 PM central time. You can listen to the live feed at https://twit.tv/live
If you can’t catch the show live, you can subscribe to the podcast in just about any client or go to the show’s site at https://twit.tv/shows/all-about-android

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September 2018 Accessible Android App List

Below is a list of Android apps that I am currently using on my LG G6 from Sprint which is running Android 8.0
I use an external bluetooth keyboard (Logitech K380) along with touch to do things I want and need to do on my phone. Its with this combination that I consider these apps accessible. While the term accessible means different things based on what each person may need, you might find your mileage may vary.
I love Talkback and also use its great list of keyboard shortcuts. Here is a link to my blog with a list of Talkback Keyboard Shortcuts. https://blindbites.wordpress.com/2017/06/03/talkback-keyboard-shortcuts/

I’m fairly certain my next phone will be the OnePlus 6T later this or early next year. That depends on the Sprint / T-Mobile merger and my current lease with Sprint. I’m liking what I’ve read about the T-Mobile version of the OnePlus 6T as it will be customized to use the 600 MHZ. frequency that T-Mobile has available.
I like that the OnePlus 6T has a system wide dark theme. This is an accessibility need for some such as my Wife, who is low vision. I wish Google would get the clue that it isn’t just a customization choice and make it a regular part of Android.

I love making accessible labels with NFC tags. The ones I buy have a small section that is punched out and I loop a rubber band through to attach the tag to bottles of syrup, bags of coffee, laundry detergent and so much more. I buy them directly from Go To Tags. Here is a link to the tags I use along with NFC Labeler which is further down in this list.

https://goo.gl/vapmhq

I do try other apps and modify my list as I find ones that I like, so check back often.

Amazon Alexa
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.amazon.dee.app

Android Messages
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.messaging&hl=en_US

Be My Eyes
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bemyeyes.bemyeyes

Calendar
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.calendar

Clipper+
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=fi.rojekti.clipper

DoorDash
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dd.doordash

Envision AI
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.letsenvision.envisionai

Express (Google Express)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.shopping.express

Freemotion change
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.visionandroid.apps.motionsensor

Gmail
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.gm&hl=en_US

Grocery (Walmart Grocery)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.walmart.grocery

Home (Google Home)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chromecast.app

KNFB Reader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.sensotec.knfbreader

LastPass
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.lastpass.lpandroid

Lyft
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=me.lyft.android

MacroDroid
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid

Music Folder Player Full
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=de.zorillasoft.musicfolderplayer.donate

My App List
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.projectsexception.myapplist

Netflix
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.netflix.mediaclient

NFC Labeler
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=hu.gersoft.nfclabeler

Nova Launcher
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher

Nova Launcher Prime
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.teslacoilsw.launcher.prime

Pocket Casts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=au.com.shiftyjelly.pocketcasts

SensorPush
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cousins_sears.beaconthermometer

Shouter
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.bhkapps.proshouter

Skype Lite
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.skype.m2

Spotify
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.spotify.music

TapTapSee
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.msearcher.taptapsee.android

The Weather Channel
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weather.Weather

Trusted Contacts
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.android.apps.emergencyassist

Tubi TV
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tubitv

TuneIn Radio Pro
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=radiotime.player

Tweetings
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.dwdesign.tweetings

Uber
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab

Uber Eats
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ubercab.eats

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