[BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee

Ian Macrae ian.macrae1 at sky.com
Thu Jul 20 12:04:33 BST 2017


Hi Sean, could you give more details on the Scale please?
Ian Macrae

ian.macrae1 at sky.com



> On 20 Jul 2017, at 11:55, Sean Randall <contact at seanrandall.me> wrote:
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> Just to talk about imbedding tts, my wife has  recently taken delivery of a kitchen scale with Daniel in them. How funky is that.
> Well, unless like me you can't stand Daniel. He can go stick his fluid ounces somewhere, in my opinion.
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Matthew Horspool
> Sent: Wednesday 19 July 2017 06:17 PM 
> To: BCAB Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee
> 
> Hi all,
> 
> I too find it highly unlikely that BWBF will manufacture a talking DAB radio. There was a frankly laughable Infosound interview with
> David Beard of BWBF a while back in which he implied that it would be impossible to manufacture a fully talking DAB radio without
> internet connectivity because the internet is the only way in which such radios could receive updates. Clearly he had given no
> thought to embedding a TTS system.
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> I fully accept that TTS requires a processor, but this isn't a valid reason for BWBF not to embed TTS since surely human voice
> playback also requires a processor?
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> I would certainly be interested in a fully talking DAB radio if Portset were to make one.
> 
> Matthew
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Bcab [mailto:bcab-bounces at lists.bcab.org.uk] On Behalf Of Clive Lever
> Sent: 19 July 2017 11:13
> To: 'BCAB Discussion List' <bcab at lists.bcab.org.uk>
> Subject: Re: [BCAB] BWBF launches Bumblebee
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> Hi Iain,
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> 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.
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> At least we can get decent access to internet radio via smartphones and the like.
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> Best,
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> Clive
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> Best,
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> Clive
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> -----Original Message-----
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> 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
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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:
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>> 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
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> contrast
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>> with speech feedback allows you to enter a number of applications to
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> listen
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>> to radio stations, podcasts, books, newspapers and other information.
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>> It
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> is
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>> 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
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>> over
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> a
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>> Samsung tablet which cannot be unlocked.  I would just ask these
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> questions:
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>> who comes up with the research stats for these kind of products?  Are
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> these
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>> kind of devices as popular as our organisations seem to think?  Am I
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>> being too cynical?
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>> Kind regards,
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>> 
> 
>> Jackie Brown
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>> Email: Jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com<mailto:Jackieannbrown62 at gmail.com>
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>> Check out my website: www.thebrownsplace.info<http://www.thebrownsplace.info> Follow me on Twitter:
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>> @thebrownsplace Skype name: thejackmate
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