[BCAB] BBC News: First Braille phone goes on sale

Graham Page gpage at useit.plus.com
Mon May 19 14:58:30 BST 2014


the thing is that IPhones and Android phones are surprisingly useable but I
think there is still a call for a basic phone that has a number pad, which
is accessible, that can take calls and allow the user to send and receive
messages.  Phones such as cheap nokias can be picked up for around £20 but I
know that any such device for blind people would have to cost more than that
to make it worth marketing.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Steve Nutt
Sent: 19 May 2014 14:45
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] BBC News: First Braille phone goes on sale

Hi Graham,

I agree with you.  The Alto 2 was a great idea, but badly implemented.

All the best

Steve

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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Graham Page
Sent: 19 May 2014 14:29
To: nick at lancaster.vg; 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] BBC News: First Braille phone goes on sale

that's rubbish.  I would have thought that the market for just preinstalled
numbers would be rather specialised.  A few old people perhaps or maybe
people with severe learning difficulties.  The market for phones with a few
numbers preinstalled is rather specialised and deffinitely niche, but the
market for phones with braille on that are like this must be very small
indeed.

I think that, if someone wants to produce a phone that is likely to sell in
decent numbers then they should perhaps aim to produce something like the
alto phone that actually works properly.  the alto is ok I suppose but it's
really horrendously slow.  still I think the idea is right.

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Nick
Lancaster
Sent: 19 May 2014 13:18
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] BBC News: First Braille phone goes on sale

The front face of the phone is produced using 3D printing and is
individualised for the user.
It is a basic phone, calls only but should be noted that the braille buttons
are dedicated to call specific numbers preinstalled on the phone, you cannot
use it to dial any number, though the company's website state they are
working on this.
If you only call a couple of numbers and those regularly, and want a phone
with a long battery then this looks a good option.
Nick

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Christopher
Hallsworth
Sent: 19 May 2014 12:29 PM
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: [BCAB] BBC News: First Braille phone goes on sale

I saw this story on the BBC News iPhone App and thought you should see it:

First Braille phone goes on sale

London-based firm OwnFone has released what it says is the world's first
Braille phone, which has been partially constructed using 3D printing
techniques.

Read more:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-27437770


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