[BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee

Clive Lever clive.lever1955 at gmail.com
Wed Jul 19 11:12:31 BST 2017

Hi Iain,

I'd be amazed if they did. They have had opportunities to make this happen,
but have always pooh-poohed the idea of adopting voice announcements when
tuning into DAB stations. They seem wedded to large print displays and to
Roberts. Client feedback is often sought, but I'm not convinced it counts
for much in a nanny-knows-best organisation. The problem with their approach
is that if it is seen that not even BWBF can produce an effective,
accessible DAB radio for people with no useful reading vision, it'll hardly
encourage other manufacturers to dip their toes into the water. 

At least we can get decent access to internet radio via smartphones and the



-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Iain Lackie
Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 10:30 AM
To: BCAB Discussion List
Subject: Re: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee

In my far from humble opinion, surely they should be doing something about
the lack of a truly accessible DAB radio. will we ever see one?


On 19/07/2017 09:40, Jackie Brown wrote:
> I don't want to start bashing this as I haven't seen it.  But BWBF
> Wireless for the Blind Fund) has launched a Samsung tablet with locked
> proprietary software on it called Bumblebee.  Its yellow and black
> with speech feedback allows you to enter a number of applications to
> to radio stations, podcasts, books, newspapers and other information.  It
> only available on loan to those who "meet the criteria."
> This to me sounds like another Synaptic product with layered software over
> Samsung tablet which cannot be unlocked.  I would just ask these
> who comes up with the research stats for these kind of products?  Are
> kind of devices as popular as our organisations seem to think?  Am I being
> too cynical?
> Kind regards,
> Jackie Brown
> Email: Jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
> Check out my website: www.thebrownsplace.info
> Follow me on Twitter: @thebrownsplace
> Skype name: thejackmate

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