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

Steve Nutt steve at comproom.co.uk
Mon May 19 22:54:54 BST 2014


Hi,

Nokia C5 is about the best you can do now for a phone that takes Talks, but
you can only get them secondhand.

All the best

Steve

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-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Agent Orange
Sent: 19 May 2014 16:26
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] BBC News: First Braille phone goes on sale


Ibrahim, do you know of any Nokia feature phones of the sort you were
mentioning, which have a standard physical keypad, and which will run Talks
or provide other usable speech output?  It would be to replace or work
alongside an existing Nokia C5.  All it needs to do is to make decent voice
calls, send / receive texts, and have a few other basic features such as
contacts, maybe a clock and alarm, that sort of thing.  If it has a camera
that's fine but not necessary.  

Phil

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Ibrahim
Gucukoglu
Sent: 19 May 2014 16:08
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] BBC News: First Braille phone goes on sale

Hi Ian.

Not necessarily.  I know a couple of people who aren't what you'd call 
older, late 30s and early 40s who still use Nokia feature phones, in fact 
I've just helped a lady friend who has a fare deal of sight buy a Nokia 301,

a Series 40 feature phone which has all the mod cons of a smartphone but 
without the touchscreen and price tag.  Nokia do a range of handsets 
starting at £20 which are great secondary devices or companion devices for 
smartphone users and they're going back to their roots and building in the 
features that matter, like actually being able to make decent quality calls 
LOL.  Also, although my iPhone is my primary device, I am not at all a 
braillest, so rely totally on speech output for just about everything, and I

get along just fine.  Android phones even at the lower end of the market 
from manufacturers like Motorola or Huawei which run stock Android are 
capable of supporting braille output, it all depends on what you need and 
want to spend.

All the best, Ibrahim.

-----Original Message----- 
From: Ian Macrae
Sent: Monday, May 19, 2014 2:39 PM
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] BBC News: First Braille phone goes on sale

In the market, isn't it generally the case that the easy-to-use handsets 
with limited functionality are aimed primarily at older people?  And it's 
also true that those people who lose sight later in life are much less 
likely to become Braillists.  Meanwhile, on the obverse of that coin, those 
blind people who both take to more complex devices and also demand access to

their much higher levels of functionality are as likely to be Braillists as 
not.  Indeed, one of the things which has driven some of us to higher end 
products is the ability to use and access them via Braille.  I for one would

be much more interested in touchable Braille coming to touch screens than in

something like this latest development.


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On 19 May 2014, at 14:29, Graham Page wrote:

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 definitely 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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