Vorail

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Description of App: 

Explore Ideas with New People Through Voice. Something like Twitter, minus the text and photos... listen to the people who make our world.

While it is possible to feel a personal connection with someone that we happen to meet at the grocery store, in the gym, or at a coffee house, randomly stumbling on a genuinely meaningful connection with another person is relatively rare. Today's technology helps improve communications with people we already know, but in what way can it help us connect with folks we do not yet know? Many apps and websites offer photos as a filter, but pictures do not reflect personality or generate deeply felt human connection.

The blind and visually impaired community understands how we can find relationships without photos, based on personality and chemistry. It's time for the rest of us to learn. Vorail is based on the most human form of communication, our voice. After all, it is our voice that opens the window to our soul. Hear a question, speak an answer, ask a question, listen to the answers. When meeting people at a party, asking a question is the natural way to start talking. Choosing which questions to answer in a safe environment that protects privacy is a risk-free way to join the conversation. Vorail never request phone number or email, and any person who communicates in a way that makes you uncomfortable or any topic that makes you feel upset can be added to your mute bin so that communications between you and that person or topic will no longer take place. Vorail is a community where healthy and meaningful communication happens because people learn to trust one another by listening to the authenticity and sincerity that can only be expressed using the human voice. Likewise, people who are not authentic and sincere are recognized as such and subsequently muted by many in the community. Experience life through your ears, and it will add more vision to your sight. Go where eyes can't take you.

Vorail in the news:

RNIB App of the Month, May 2016 - Vorail (http://www.rnib.org.uk/blogs/technology-blog)

AppleVis Extra Scott Davert and Thomas Domville talk about Vorail at http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/applevis-extra-43-interview-dev...

The Tech Doctor Blog and Podcast, Robert and Allison speak with a developer and a user of the new social media app called Vorail at http://dr-carter.com/podcasts/20160509withchapters.mp3

Randy and Jason feature Vorail on American Council of the Blind's Main Menu at http://acbradio.org/sites/default/files/archives/shows/mainmenu/mm201606...

iAccessVO Episode 15 by Ed Plumacher and Brian Fischler chat with Vorail developers at http://traffic.libsyn.com/iaccessvo/iAccessVO-015.mp3

AppleVis podcast by Scott Davert demos Vorail at http://www.applevis.com/podcast/episodes/get-talking-vorail-ios

"Social networking through voice rather than vision" (E-ACCESS BULLETIN) http://www.headstar.com/eablive/?p=1192

"Vorail: Social Media for People with Vision Loss" (Second Sense) http://www.second-sense.org/2016/10/vorail-social-media-for-people-with-...

Vorail principles:

No abuse. Zero tolerance towards abuse, mute bin for people & threads.

Relax and enjoy. An old Chinese saying "Apart from birth and death, nothing is a big deal in life." (生死之外无大事) Relax, really. There is nothing to lose.
To use the service, no photo/profile/phone number is required. Let the true you emerge.

Vorail VoiceOver implementation:
.. rotor action on feeds to connect with voices and people in different ways.
.. four button touch to bring focus to tabs.
.. magic tap on feeds and inbox to pause and resume playback of questions & answers.
.. magic tap on IM screen first time starts recording, second magic tap ends and saves.
.. magic tap on record screen first time starts recording, second magic tap ends and saves.
.. magic tap during play-all on feed skips to next answer from next person.
.. scrub to return to previous screen.

Apple Watch Support: 

No

Version: 

1.84

Free or Paid: 

Free

Device(s) App Was Tested On: 

iPhone

iOS Version: 

10.3.3

Accessibility Comments: 

"VoiceOver implementation ..
Magic tap during play-all on feed skips to next answer from next person.
Magic tap on record screen to start and stop recording.
Four-finger tap to access tabs.
Rotor actions to select actions on home feed.
Flick move to next voice, could be same person."

VoiceOver Performance: 

VoiceOver reads all page elements.

Button Labeling: 

All buttons are clearly labeled.

Usability: 

The app is fully accessible with VoiceOver and is easy to navigate and use.

Other Comments: 

"VoiceOver is an art. Please contact the developer if the VoiceOver implementation can be improved, E.g logic of magic taps. Thank you."
You can contact the developer at
pixtas@gmail.com