[BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee

Steve Nutt steve at comproom.co.uk
Thu Jul 20 08:56:43 BST 2017


Hi Dennis,

No specialised product will make everyone happy.  I think we should get the
best from mainstream first, then fall back to specialist if it can't be
done.  Apple and more recently, Google, have opened the field for
specialised products.  Again, Kapsys is an example of what can be done with
standard Android and buttons.

All the best

Steve

-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of dennis
huckle
Sent: 19 July 2017 10:19
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee

What I think is all organisations concerned from rnib to action for blind
people and others  is for them to come up with a specific project and put
the idea to companies in the uk or elsewhere and get the thing produced
properly and at a reasonable price.
Another approach might be, seriously, someone like peter jones from the
dragons who is a cloud expert so there might be some funding there if
approached in the correct way by rnib or someone with an interest.
Kind regards,
Dennis huckle.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jackie Brown
Sent: 19 July 2017 10:07
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee

Hi Dennis

I just don't understand why these things are duplicated.  We have Synaptic,
we have In Your Pocket, and now we have Bumblebee.  Don't organisations
serving our community talk to each other any more?  It just feels like a
waste of money from the point of view of duplication.  If they are being
designed for people who don't like touchscreen technology, how is launching
such a product going to really get over that issue?  Yes the icons will be
larger and probably easier for some people to see or touch, but it does beg
the question.

Kind regards,

Jackie Brown
Email: Jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com
Check out my website: www.thebrownsplace.info Follow me on Twitter:
@thebrownsplace Skype name: thejackmate


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of dennis
huckle
Sent: 19 July 2017 09:48
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: Re: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee

I would be a little concerned.
Following rnib in your pocked and the experiences I and others have had I
would wonder about how effective this is.
Also, of course, it means you are unable to use the other features of the
Sampson tabelitt.
The critiria for bwfb membership has changed many times over the years so I
suspect its worth going on to their web site if you are interested.
Kind regards,
Dennis huckle.


-----Original Message-----
From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Jackie Brown
Sent: 19 July 2017 09:40
To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
Subject: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee

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."

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?

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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