Serotek has built several cloud solutions for the blind and visually impaired that allows users to use their computers to watch descriptive movies. One of the things from Serotek is an app for iOS called iBlink Radio. iBlink Radio allows users to listen to many different podcasts and reader services that are produced by the blind. You can also listen to all of the podcasts from Serotek in this app. With the latest update, users can now connect their System Access Mobile Network, or SAMNet account to iBlink Radio, and enjoy all of the great content that is offered on that service.
How does the app work
iBlink Radio consists of a man menu, which is a table that loads results from the web. From this menu, the user can tap on the most recent shows from Serotek, or they can select a category to browse. This will bring up a new menu of choices. Once the user selects the show they want to listen to, a player with the usual music player controls will appear at the bottom to control the audio.
How to sign in to SAMNet
It is very easy to sign in to SAMNet in iBlink Radio. First, go to SAMNet Sampler, and select login to SAMNet. Once you enter your username and password the page will change, and you will get access to all of your SAMNet content.
Problems with the app.
Even though this update is great, it is not without its flaws. The major flaw that has been found is the player. If the user does anything to manipulate the current position of audio playback the app will start the audio over or crash. This even happens when pausing or resuming audio. It is nice to have an app that can deliver this content, but without a stable player, it makes listening tedious and frustrating to the end user. I also determined that this happens while using the remote control functions from the headphones and the app chooser of iOS.
While iBlink radio is a great app, the unreliability of the player makes this app frustrating and tedious. I would really like to see Serotek fix this problem as I really like using this app. I also would like to pause and resume my audio as well, so for now, I am having to use the Apple podcasts app to listen to the Serotek Podcast Network.