[access-uk] Re: Design and style (was: RE: Re: RNIB Sonic Glasses

Is that the case? I had thought they did but happy to stand corrected.
I've not tried them. And for clarity I should say I've not seen them at
all so have no personal thoughts on how they look for what it's worth.
I'm just interested in this general point about design. 



 

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Of john coley
Sent: 05 April 2011 14:27
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Design and style (was: RE: Re: RNIB Sonic
Glasses

Hi Damon, I understood from a previous post re the glasses that they
don't have audio feedback, other than for a bleep when charging is
complete.
                    John.

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From: "Damon Rose" <damon.rose@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, April 05, 2011 2:00 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Design and style (was: RE: Re: RNIB Sonic Glasses


> The sonic glasses are kind of interesting. They're effectively a
> clothing accessory yet how much has this been taken into account?
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> I guess that the concept and market needs to be tested. They have a
> reasonably priced device for the first time, one that doesn't have to
be
> held on your cane or dog harness. It's actually at an appropriate
height
> to catch the head height obstacles that dogs and canes tend not to
> notice.
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> It offers audio feedback as well as vibration which is good because
some
> of us don't like our hearing blitzed by extra audio when we're trying
to
> listen to street noise which also aids our navigation. And the
vibration
> also captures the deafblind market. The vibrations will appear on your
> head presumably in a similar place to where you might get whacked if
you
> carry on walking; to that end it's good and logical also.
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> But the clincher is the design. So many blind people don't like to use
> the word blind least alone think they might look a bit special with
this
> head gear. They've got along ok for years without the glasses, why
> bother buying it now if all reports say it's not very stylish or worse
> that it looks too masculine, for instance, hence cutting out most of
the
> female blind population in one swoop, 50% of the potential market.
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> Design is always something that blind people shout about but it always
> gets left out.
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> I wonder if any research has gone into design and stylishness around
> visually impaired people on a general level. Yes a dayglo yellow
jacket
> may be easier to find, for instance, but who'd wear it and why? The
> featureless wooden boar games that sit in the RNIB catalogue: would
they
> sell more if they made them more luxurious? It may seem counter
> intuitive to make a product more stylish and expensive for a market
that
> is said to have little money ... But would sales increase? They
> certainly wouldn't want to spend what little money they have on
> something which may turn out to be lacking in style and look a little
> unloved or even a bit sad.
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> Does this research exist? Are older and younger blind people different
> when it comes to design and style?
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On
Behalf
> Of Barry G
> Sent: 05 April 2011 11:12
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: RNIB Sonic Glasses
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> Hi Ibrahim, you comment on the build and wearability of these, and
> thanks for that.
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> have you had a chance to try their
> functionality/practicality/effectiveness yet?  Your impressions would
be
> welcome, as always!
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> All the best,
> Barry G
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> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: Ibrahim Gucukoglu <mailto:ibrahim_gucukoglu@xxxxxxxx>
> To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:46 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] RNIB Sonic Glasses
>
> Hi Everyone.
>
> I've just taken delivery of my RNIB sonic eye glasses, and first
> impressions are good.  They feel sleek and are solidly built, and
> although they're made of plastic, they're rugged and durable not to
> mention quite comfortable.  They have both audio and vibratory
feedback
> and are charged via USB either via plugging the supplied cable in to a
> USB port on your PC or in to the supplied travel adaptor.
>
> If anyone wants to know more about them, I'd be happy to answer
> any specific questions, but my general impression and probably a
lasting
> one is that RNIB have yet again come up with a very useful product at
a
> fare price, certainly within the affordability range of most if not
all
> persons who feel they could use a sonic aid but who might be put off
by
> the pricier alternatives.
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> All the best, Ibrahim.
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