[access-uk] Re: KNFB reader on a Nokia cell phone

Jackie,

Mr Purvy is planning his FMRN range for blind daters.  He was also
planning on opening a specialist club just for such people, but
apparently those already exist, and have dark rooms! I presume this is
where they download pics from mobile phones,  I will have to visit one
and find out. 

Dave

Well Dave mate, if your suggestion of human description on the K-NFB
camera could work right now, it would say: "That Jackie has got a
horrible pair of knee-length white support socks on under her jeans.  On
the heel of her socks J Cairns is written in black marker.  What a
bloody sight."  Ah! but she's got one more day and then those socks can
be discarded forever and ever because, the six-week milestone will have
been reached.  Might advertise them on Ebay (lol).

Yes, your idea leaves a lot to the imagination matey (smiles).  Now go
have a cold shower and cool down!!!!

Jackie
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ankers, Dave (UK)" <Dave.Ankers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 8:48 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: KNFB reader on a Nokia cell phone


> Jackie,
>
> A Devil ey, well sticks and stones may brake my bones, but whips and
> chains excite me lol.
>
> Dave
>
> Hmmm.  Dave you're a devil (smile).  I could think of one or two
> recipients for your suggestion (lol).
>
> Jackie
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Ankers, Dave (UK)" <Dave.Ankers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 8:03 AM
> Subject: [access-uk] Re: KNFB reader on a Nokia cell phone
>
>
>> Jackie,
>>
>> Glad you found it funny, the interesting bit would be entering the
>> criteria into the phone so it can decide whether or not you find the
>> person attractive or not.
>> I've no doubt you have heard of Mr Honest, well there's Mr Purvy too!
>> he's also blind, and one of his ideas to enable him to detect when a
>> woman is interested in him, is to have manufactured, women's
underwear
>> incorporating the device he uses to stop him overfilling his coffee
> mug.
>> It buzzes and vibrates! So when he has the right effect, he gets an
>> audible cue, and she gets an even bigger smile lol
>>
>> Dave
>>
>> Well Dave I must admit you've given me a good laugh here over your
>> suggestion.  Who knows, perhaps one day something like that could be
>> invented.  The way technology is progressing, anything is possible.
> But
>> just imagine getting on a train or bus, and your little companion
>> whispers in your ear: "Blimey.  Steer well clear.  Looks like the
back
>> end of a bus."
>> or: "She's a stunner mate, fill your boots." (lol).
>>
>> But being a bit more serious for a sec, I must admit this would be
> very
>> useful if the price is sensible.
>>
>> Jackie
>> ----- Original Message -----
>> From: "Ankers, Dave (UK)" <Dave.Ankers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Monday, January 28, 2008 5:34 PM
>> Subject: [access-uk] Re: KNFB reader on a Nokia cell phone
>>
>>
>>>
>>> Now I like the sound of this!, only can it be programmed to
recognise
>>> attractive women and read their facial expressions, discreetly of
>> course
>>> lol.  It's so damn annoying when work colleagues say "she's nice",
> and
>>> all I can say is, "was she".  I hate being in company and not
knowing
>> if
>>> someone is actually looking, and maybe smiling at me, and would love
>> to
>>> chat, but because I cannot see their expression, I have no idea.
I'm
>>> sure many others feel the same.
>>> Just imagine a blind date club! lol all pointing mobile phones at
> each
>>> other! Smile when your phone says "She's nice".
>>>
>>> Dave
>>>
>>> I'm posting the following which I received from another list.    big
>>> flash from the big R.
>>> Begin forwarded text.
>>> BALTIMORE (AP) - Chris Danielsen fidgets with the cell phone,
holding
>> it
>>> over a $20 bill.
>>> "Detecting orientation, processing U.S. currency image," the phone
>> says
>>> in a flat monotone before Danielsen snaps a photo. A few seconds
>> later,
>>> the phone says, "Twenty dollars."
>>> Danielsen, a spokesman for the National Federation of the Blind, is
>>> holding the next generation of computerized aids for the blind and
>>> visually impaired.
>>> The Nokia cell phone is loaded with software that turns text on
>>> photographed documents into speech. In addition to telling whether a
>>> bill is worth $1, $5, $10 or $20, it also allows users to read
>> anything
>>> that is photographed, whether it's a restaurant menu, a phone book
or
>> a
>>> fax.
>>> While the technology is not new, the NFB and the software's
developer
>>> say the cell phone is the first to incorporate the text-to-speech
>>> ability.
>>> "We've had reading devices before," Danielsen said, noting similar
>>> software is already available in a larger handheld reader housed in
a
>>> personal digital assistant. Companies such as Code Factory SL,
> Dolphin
>>> Computer Access Ltd. and Nuance Communications Inc. also provide
>>> software that allows the blind to use cell phones and PDAs.
>>> Inexpensive hand-held scanners such as WizCom Technologies Ltd.'s
>>> SuperPen can scan limited amounts of text, read it aloud and even
>>> translate from other languages.
>>> However, the $2,100 NFB device combines all of those functions in
one
>>> smart phone, said James Gashel, vice president of business
> development
>>> for K-NFB Reading Technology Inc., which is marketing the phone as a
>>> joint venture between the federation and software developer Ray
>>> Kurzweil.
>>> "It is the next step, but this is a huge leap," Gashel, who is
blind,
>>> said in a telephone interview. "I'm talking to you on the device I
>> also
>>> use to read things. I can put it in my pocket and at the touch of a
>>> button, in 20 seconds, be reading something I need to read in
print."
>>> Ray Kurzweil, who developed the first device that could convert text
>>> into audio in the 1970s and the current NFB device, said portability
>> is
>>> only the first step. Future versions of the device will recognize
>> faces,
>>> identify rooms and translate text from other languages for the blind
>> and
>>> the sighted.
>>> The inventor plans to begin marketing the cell phone in February
>> through
>>> K-NFB Reading Technology. The software will cost $1,595 and the cell
>>> phone is expected to cost about $500, Kurzweil said.
>>> Dave Doermann, president of College Park-based Applied Media
Analysis
>>> said his company is working on similar software for smart phones
that
>>> could be used by the military for translation and by the visually
>>> impaired.
>>> "We don't anticipate ours being that expensive, but unfortunately
>> we're
>>> not quite to the release yet," said Doermann, who is also
co-director
>> of
>>> the University of Maryland's Laboratory for Language and Media
>>> Processing.
>>> Doermann said the company, which has received funding from the
>>> Department of Defense and the National Eye Institute, hopes to have
>> its
>>> software ready in the next 12 to 18 months.
>>> Kurzweil's device uses speech software provided by Nuance, said
Chris
>>> Strammiello, the director of product management at Nuance, who said
>> the
>>> company has also developed a prototype reader that uses the Internet
>> to
>>> access more powerful server-side computers.
>>> "As you can harness the power of remote environments and do that so
>>> quickly with the Web technologies, it gives a lot more capability,
>>> flexibility and options to the way you solve these type of
problems,"
>>> Strammiello said.
>>> There are about 10 million blind and visually impaired people in the
>>> U.S., a number that is expected to double in the next 30 years as
> baby
>>> boomers age.
>>> Kurzweil said those with vision problems are not the only ones
>> expected
>>> to benefit from the technology. Dyslexics, for example, are expected
>> to
>>> be among the users of the current device because of its ability to
>>> highlight each word as it's read aloud, helping them cope with their
>>> disability, which affects the ability to read. The highlighting
>> function
>>> can also help them improve their reading skills, he said.
>>> "What's new here is both blind people and kids can do this with a
>> device
>>> that fits in their shirt pocket," Kurzweil said.
>>> Marc Maurer, president of the National Federation of the Blind, said
>> the
>>> device and its PDA predecessor are a "form of hand-held vision" that
>>> will make the visual environment "much more readily available to the
>>> blind."
>>>
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