[BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee

Steve Markham steve.j.markham at gmail.com
Wed Jul 19 19:52:06 BST 2017


I seem to remember Cobolt sold it for £100 when I had one. It was a special addition release too I think.

Steve Markham

> On 19 Jul 2017, at 19:42, alex.stone at gmail.com wrote:
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> On Wed, Jul 19, 2017 at 7:36 PM +0100, "Clive Lever" <clive.lever1955 at gmail.com> wrote:
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> Hi,
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> Actually, when the Pure Sonus 1 XT talking dab radio came out, it retailed
> at £84. The speechless version was otherwise identical and retailed for ten
> pounds less.
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> Best,
> Clive
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Matthew
> Horspool
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2017 6:22 PM
> To: BCAB Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee
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> Hi Graham,
> The Pure talking DAB radio retailed around the £120 mark. This was human
> voiced and not very good in terms of reading information on the visual
> display - currently playing track etc. If Portset could manufacture a DAB
> radio with TTS that truly read everything and wouldn't require constant
> updates to keep its channel list current, I think I could stretch to maybe
> £200? Certainly no more than £300.
> Matthew
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Graham
> Sent: 19 July 2017 14:34
> To: BCAB Discussion List 
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee
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> Hi All.
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> I would be very interested in what the price one would pay for a fully
> accessible TTS voicing menu and program detail  DAB radio as well as how
> popular such a device would be from a quantity point.
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> Comments and suggestions please.
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> Regards Graham
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> Portset.
> www.talkingtablet.com, www.portset.co.uk.
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>> On 19/07/2017 10:43, john gallagher wrote:
>> hi all,
>> surely the experts are on this list most of us could be the people to say
> what would be a good device for a blind person. so much is out there to do
> all this listening to the radio and the like its just showing people how to
> use what's out there. why now do we need products for the blind which cost a
> lot of money. my elBraille which uses main stream for me is the best thing i
> have ever purchased.
>> i think what dennis says is a very good point bringing out a very good
> accessible dab radio could be the way to go but, because we're in such a
> very minority group this will never happen.
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>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: Iain Lackie  
>> To: BCAB Discussion List  
>> Date: Wednesday, 19 July 2017 10.30 am
>> Subject: Re: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee
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>>> 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?
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>>> Iain
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>>>> 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 
>>>> (British Wireless for the Blind Fund) has launched a Samsung tablet 
>>>> with locked proprietary software on it called Bumblebee.  Its yellow 
>>>> and black contrast with speech feedback allows you to enter a number 
>>>> of applications to listen to radio stations, podcasts, books, 
>>>> newspapers and other information.  It is only available on loan to those
> who "meet the criteria."
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>>>> This to me sounds like another Synaptic product with layered 
>>>> software over a Samsung tablet which cannot be unlocked.  I would just
> ask these questions:
>>>> who comes up with the research stats for these kind of products?  
>>>> Are these kind of devices as popular as our organisations seem to 
>>>> think?  Am I being too cynical?
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>>>> Kind regards,
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>>>> Jackie Brown
>>>> Email: ,j;ackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
>>>> Check out my website: www.thebrownsplace.info Follow me on Twitter: 
>>>> @thebrownsplace Skype name: thejackmate
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