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.

Vibug elections are held annually at every November meeting. Anyone wishing to vote in this election must be a paid member by the end of the October meeting.

For people who join Vibug as first-time members in November or December, their dues will carry over and cover their membership for the following year.

To Become a Vibug member and join the Vibug announcements mailing list, fill out the Vibug membership form. To make a secure on-line 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, May 12, from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

Where: MIT, 77 Mass. Avenue, building 5, room 134, Cambridge MA

OnLine Participation

Members who cannot attend in person are welcome to participate online. We are now using a program called Zoom.  For instructions, go to Zoom Instructions

Meeting Format

THIS Month

Presentation by “the Mediate Team”, an MIT startup. Here is their description of what they will talk about:
"As the Mediate team, we are developing an AI solution to understand surroundings for the visually impaired. Our goal is to develop a device with a camera, which can process the images and develop an understanding of the physical environment and can later present them in a conversational way.

Different from Seeing and Vocaleyes, we are working on a technology that will find and locate the objects of interest (for example chairs, doors, elevators) and help the person access them. Different from Aira, our technology will be AI-based, much more affordable without any waiting period to connect to a live agent.

For the first version of our product, we are planning to release a mobile app that will locate some objects of interests. We would like to talk to people about which contexts they would be using such an app, what kind of objects they would be looking to find, and what kind of a user experience concerns we should be aware of."

Lou Lasher will discuss his experience doing audio description of movies and TV episodes for the Blind Mice Movie Vault.

I will describe a recent hack-athon held at Perkins.

Apps and Gadgets: Please come prepared to talk about any iOS app, computer program, digital recorder, utility, or any other software or gadget you particularly like.


Not a member yet?  It’s easy to join.  Visit our website at http://www.vibug.org

Zoom Instructions

Current Vibug members are welcome to attend VIBUG meetings on-line. VIBUG is using a program called zoom. If you would like to participate on-line, you must download and install the zoom program. There are versions for pc and IPhone, and you can even call in over the telephone if you don't have a computer. We recommend that you initially download the pc version, since it is easier to use than the IPhone app.

  1. Download and install the Zoom installation program for your computer.
  2. Zoom installation program for pc
  3. Prior to each VIBUG meeting, all members will be sent an email announcement containing the zoom link to participate in the online meeting.
  4. To enter the Vibug online meeting, paste the link in to your browser of choice and press enter.
  5. Once you are in the meeting, activate the button which says, "join audio conference by computer."
  6. During the meeting you can mute or unmute your audio by using the alt a command.
  7. We strongly suggest that you install the zoom program and do some testing in advance before attending your first online meeting. We will be happy to assist with that.

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    last updated: Wednesday, May 9, 2018