Power On is a new assistive technology review show from The CIL.  We take assistive technology products from around the world, then pit them head-to-head and help you decide which products to buy.

Watch full episodes from Power On and Power On: LIVE! below.

SmartDrive MX2 vs Rio Mobility Firefly

EPISODE 1

In our first episode, we travel to San Francisco and conquer its notoriously steep hills with a pair of wheelchair power assist devices.

Public Beach Wheelchair vs. Vipamat Hippocampe

EPISODE 2

In our second episode, we travel to sunny Alameda and conquer the sandy beaches with the Vipamat Hippocampe, and the Natural Access beach wheelchair.

Spinergy ZX-1 vs.

Alber Twion Wheels

EPISODE 3

In our third episode, we return to Alameda and log some miles along the island's scenic walkways with the Spinergy ZX-1 and the Alber Twion Wheels.

Microsoft Seeing AI vs. Be My Eyes

EPISODE 4

In our fourth episode, it's a race to make lunch with two free iPhone apps for the visually impaired - Microsoft's Seeing AI and Be My Eyes.

Freedom Scientific Topaz vs. Humanware Prodigi

EPISODE 5

In our fifth episode, we try to read the fine print with a pair of CCTV devices, or desktop video magnifiers, at The CIL's Alameda Office.

Freedom Scientific OpenBook vs. Prizmo iPhone App

EPISODE 6

In our sixth episode of Power On, we compare a $1600 scanning software package from Freedom Scientific to a $10 iPhone app and try to determine if it's worth it or not for users with low vision.

WHILL Model Ci

EPISODE 7

In our first solo product review, we head to Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley, CA to take the brand new WHILL Model Ci out for a test drive. WHILL unveiled the Model Ci earlier this year at CES 2018.

Power On is currently filming more episodes.  If there's a product that you'd like to see us review, let us know.

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Saturday, April 14, 2018, from the main lobby at the Momentum Expo, The CIL aired the first-ever live episode of Power On.  Host Rafael Siegel sat down with guests, speakers, AT specialists and more for over 3 hours of fun!  Look below for highlights (now with subtitles) from 

Power On: LIVE!

Power On: LIVE! Opening

Rafael Siegel opens up our first ever live episode of Power On with a monologue outlining the events and activities available at the Momentum Expo in Berkeley, CA.

Invacare TDX SP2 on Power On: LIVE!

Steve Haines, Rehab Sales Manager for Invacare Corporation, stopped by Power On: LIVE! at Saturday's Momentum Expo and brought along the new Invacare TDX SP2, a power wheelchair loaded with cutting-edge technology, including Invacare's new LiNX Electronics.

4 Wheel Bob on Power On: LIVE!

At last month’s Momentum Expo, we sat down with Livermore City Council Member Bob Coomber to talk about hiking in a wheelchair, adjusting to life with a disability, and starring in the new documentary, 4 Wheel Bob. Check out our highlights from that interview.

 

To check your local PBS listings for ‘4 Wheel Bob’ showtimes, visit 4wheelbobfilm.com and click 'Watch'.

Todd Kerr on Power On: LIVE!

Saturday on Power On: LIVE!, we sat down with Todd Kerr, the Berkeley Times founder and editor to talk about his long-standing relationship with the disability community, his reluctance to put the bi-monthly publication online, and what a fully-accessible version of the newspaper might look like.

Alameda County 2-1-1 on

Power On: LIVE!

Lars Eric Holm from Eden I&R stopped by the set of Power On: LIVE! at the Momentum Expo this past April to talk about the Alameda 2-1-1 service, which provides Alameda county callers with information and resources.

AC Transit Accessibility on

Power On: LIVE!

Kim Ridgeway from AC Transit stopped by the Power On: LIVE! set to discuss her Wheelchair Marking and Tether Strap Program as well as AC Transit's ever-evolving solutions to accessibility.

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