The next frontier in Formula racing: Driverless cars

If, like me, you are finding the developments around driverless or self-driving cars fairly interesting, a recent article by Brian Fung caught my eye, or is that my ear …

Here is what he writes:
“Imagine taking Google’s driverless car, mashing it up with Tesla’s zero-to-60-in-three-seconds “ludicrous mode,” and then pushing it to speeds of over 100 mph. Now imagine nearly two dozen of these souped-up robotic cars all speeding around on the same closed track and trying to outdo one another — without a human behind the wheel.
That’s basically what we’ll get next year in the Roborace, a high-speed stress test for 10 teams of driverless car designers who will compete as a part of Formula E, the global auto racing series that uses only electric cars.

Roborace is being billed as the world’s first race involving all-electric, driverless vehicles. With automation becoming increasingly common in consumer cars that move at much slower speeds, Roborace has the promise to showcase vehicle technology that’s even more nimble, more reliable and more capable than what’s on the market today. Just like real drivers, the cars will have to be programmed to pass each other, pull tight turns, make decisions about when and how to accelerate and, above all, avoid crashes at deadly speeds. (Of course, there won’t be any drivers in the cars to get hurt if there is a collision.)

“Roborace is an open challenge to the most innovative scientific and technology-focused companies in the world,” Alejandro Agag, chief executive of Formula E, said in a release. “It is very exciting to create a platform for them to showcase what they are capable of.”
You can read more at the original source:
https://www.washingtonpost.com/pb/news/the-switch/wp/2015/11/27/the-next-frontier-in-auto-racing-driverless-cars

About NVDA Add-Ons

NVDA is a very flexible and extensible screen reader. NVDA add-ons are additional packages that can be downloaded and installed into your copy of NVDA to enhance existing functionality or add additional features. On these pages, you will find add-ons that have been created and publicly reviewed by members of the community.

Please note that many of these add-ons are not provided by NV Access, so NV Access cannot be held responsible for these add-ons,

To install an add-on, go to the NVDA tools menu, then select manage add-ons. Then select install, navigate to the location where you saved the downloaded add-on and choose the add-on package you wish to install. Alternatively, since version 2012.3, using file manager of your choice, navigate to the location where you stored the add-on, then press ENTER on the nvda-addon file you wish to install. Once you press Open or press ENTER on the add-on file, NVDA will ask if you really wish to install the add-on.

As the functionality of add-ons is unrestricted inside NVDA, which in theory could include accessing your personal data or even the entire system if NVDA is an installed copy, it is very important to only install add-ons from sources you trust.
Once the add-on is installed, NVDA must be restarted for the add-on to start running.

For more information and to download add-ons for NVDA, visit
http://addons.nvda-project.org/index.en.html

These are by no means the only add-ons available for NVDA, but There were more than twenty listed on this page the last time I visited, so feel free to check them out.

VIP Blog Log – Stephanie’s Music Ministry

Bllogger: Stephanie Watts
Blog Address: http://www.stephaniesmusicministry.org
Stephanie uses her love of music to encourage others. She is the founder of Stephanie’s Music Ministry and the host of Word Wrap, an on-line gospel music show.

“In 2015 I launched Stephanie’s Music Ministry as a home for Word Rap and other projects focused on spreading the gospel through music. My experience with Word Rap has taught me that God can use anyone at anytime to accomplish His will. I pray you find something on this website that strengthens your faith and brings you closer to God.”

Feel free to visit http://www.stephaniesmusicministry.org to find out more.
Follow her on Twitter or find her on Facebook: @swwatts3

Badeyes Launches Second Online Book in Its “WordPress for Badeyes” Series! – Learn how to build a WordPress website using your screen reader

Geof Colis from Badeyes Design & Consulting has just launched his new book in his popular Badeyes series. If you are interested in creating your own blog, membership website, forum or on-line store, Geof will guide you step-by-step along the way. He explains on his site at http://www.wpforbadeyes.com:

“If you’ve never heard of WordPress then I can tell you it is one of the most popular Content Management Systems(CMS) on the planet!
You can literally have a site up and running in minutes and have no development skills whatsoever.
WordPress has an easy to understand and Accessible backend, I started using it back in 2007 and have never looked back.
I’ve created over 50 sites over the years and have roughly 13 live ones, have 2 Themes,1 approved the other in waiting and I did this all while using a screen reader.
As daunting as it may seem I’ll show you how to do it in easy to understand language then you to can start up your own personal Blog or Business site, just check out the “Success Stories”page for those who read the first Book and did just that.”

Continue reading Badeyes Launches Second Online Book in Its “WordPress for Badeyes” Series! – Learn how to build a WordPress website using your screen reader

Not One, But Two Free Newsletters

A while back someone forwarded me a newsletter. As often happens, I started to read out of curiosity, with no real expectations. However, it wasn’t long before I found I was looking forward to the arrival of Dan’s Tips in my inbox.
I contacted Dan to find out more.

It turns out Dan puts out not one, but two newsletters.

The first is called “Hotspot with God”. Dan explains how this newsletter got started.

“The Hotspot with God Devotion kame to me in 2011 when I was asked to do a sermon at our church. Several of my students were all about finding “hotspots” for their various wifi access devices.
My sermon was entitled “Wired”, because the IPhone 6 was coming out around that time.
I believe it was a God Wink, which planted this thought.
“One hotspot sure to never gro weak is from God to us.”
Mankind needs to be more willing to accept that signal more permanently.

The devotion draws from a wide range of authors and my own contributions made via God winks now and then.”

Dan’s tips started around 2005 as part of another newsletter called “Mamas Corner” put out by Mama Peach. When this newsletter stopped publication around 2008, Dan decided to start publishing Dan’s Tips.
Tips are posted Monday through Friday covering a very wide variety of topics such as assistive and/or general technology, home maintenance, gardening, etc.

Individuals wishing to Subscribe can send a blank email to
In the subject line, please include the words “subscribe Dan’s Tips” or “subscribe Hotspot with God”.

TED Talk by Dennis Hong – Making a Car for Blind Drivers

In this very interesting TED talk Dennis Hong explains not only the technology behind the car that was developed, but he touches on how these types of technologies could benefit all people e.g. when driving in bad weather conditions, and blind people in everyday life and educational settings.

The ideas put forward are not only positive in general, but it is encouraging to notice how much emphasis is placed on independence of blind people.

Here is the description from the TED page:
” Using robotics, laser rangefinders, GPS and smart feedback tools, Dennis Hong is building a car for drivers who are blind. It’s not a “self-driving” car, he’s careful to note, but a car in which a non-sighted driver can determine speed, proximity and route — and drive independently.”