[BCAB] A different approach El Braille

Derek Hornby derek.hornby_uk at btopenworld.com
Thu Jul 6 17:35:22 BST 2017


Hi Steve
So how long should a home demo last?
 Regards,  Derek 

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Steve
Nutt
Sent: Thursday, July 06, 2017 10:36 AM
To: 'BCAB Discussion List'
Subject: Re: [BCAB] A different approach El Braille

Hi Dennis,

It's unfortunate if you come to do a demo, then you can't spend the
time with the customer.

All the best

Steve

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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of dennis
huckle
Sent: 06 July 2017 09:28
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] A different approach El Braille

Hi Jackie,
I agree the elbraille is convenient and when I get mine easy to use.
The price is somewhat confusing however.
A sales person from s and s came to visit my home, he could only stay
a short time so I couldn't get a good look at the device.
I was told the price would be £20001. I said I would have to spread
the cost.
I went online and went through the process. The company Used is called
devide by.
They told me however the cost was 2297 and I would have to pay a
deposit of £114.
Wasn't told that when sales person called.
However I am pleased to be receiving the convenient device to use
although suffering the inconvenience of incorrect information is a
worry.
Kind regards,
Dennis huckle.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jackie
Brown
Sent: 6 July 2017 08:17
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] A different approach El Braille

Hi Laurent and Gena

I agree, these are exciting times, and a new direction from the
traditional note-takers.

Mo also sells Compute Sticks if anyone wants a crack at one.  My only
reservation is the reason you outline, Gena, in that there are so many
accessories you would need to make it a convenient proposition.

I just love the way we are able to access some of this kit now though,
it's fab.

Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
Email: Jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
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From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of
Laurent Cadet de Fontenay
Sent: 05 July 2017 22:34
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Subject: Re: [BCAB] A different approach El Braille

Hi Gina

I think that the possibilities for roll-your-own notetakers are
opening up. This is also more future-proof than bying an ElBraille. It
looks like the form factor / packaging of solutions is the challenge
at the moment, i.e. how to get off the shelf components to fit
together in a neat, portable and practical way. Exciting times indeed!

I look forward to hearing how you get on with your rig, as I've been
thinking of trying something like this out myself -- I have an old
Focus 40 Blue display that could form part of the experiment on my
side, albeit a rather bulky part!

All best

Laurent


On 7/5/17, Georgina Joyce <gena at gena-j.me.uk> wrote:
> Hello All,
>
> I heard a discussion about the price of EL Braille and  thought I’d 
> tell you about what I’ve been playing with.
>
> I purchased a Minix Neo Z83-4 because it is a fan less Windows 10 
> Palmtop PC with 4Gb RAM but only has 32GB SSD. At £159.99. This 
> machine has 4 USB ports
> 1 of which is a USB 3 port and is live all the time so you can
charge 
> up a mobile device without being booted into win 10.
>
> I got a 1500MAH battery from Japan and currently I am charging it. I

> will need to get someone to solder a new plug to fit the Minix. £23.
>
> I was running the Minix headless here at home with a QWERTY
keyboard. 
> I don’t have a NVDA supported Braille display with an input
keyboard.
>
> Although the El Braille is an expensive Comput Stick, heres what I 
> would need to add to the Minix.
>
> Stereo speakers and mic.
> SIM slot.
> Vibration motors.
> A neat housing for all components.
> Quick access buttons.
>
> I have purchased a mini QWERTY USB keyboard £12.00. I’m guessing a 
> suitable project box to house these components is likely to be £20.
My 
> local Maplin store stopped stocking them. So in essence I will have 
> nothing like the polished finished El Braille but potentially a 
> portable Windows 10 machine for about £220. Of course, when I get an

> El Braille I will enjoy comparing the differences in performance of 
> the differences in specifications like the RAM.
>
> It certainly is an exciting time for us. I’m thinking that El
Braille 
> appears expensive but having done this and see the little things
that 
> have neatly been put together it is worth it.
>
> Oh dear I’ve just hit a snag with my Minix Windows upgrade. I hope
El 
> Braille upgrades to Windows latest versions without such problems.
>
> Kind regards,
>
> Gena
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