[access-uk] Re: Sight Village this year?

I agree about halls B and C, but thought that from there on the new venue
was much better.  I thought all of Pulsedata's new products looked good, but
apparently no gps for the pk?  I still haven't seen anything to rival my
communicator!


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From: "Ray's Home" <rays-home@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Friday, July 16, 2004 11:09 AM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Sight Village this year?


> Hi Andrew.
>
> Trust the new job is going OK.  I am surprised that no one as yet seems to
> have weighed in with their thought on Sight Village, and I'll only give
you
> a few impressions here.
>
> The venue.  If I had to come down for or against, I'd say, marginally, its
> an improvement on QAC.  For me the main downside of the layout of the
> exhibition was that the main hall, or halls, were next door to one another
> and there was a lot of noise spill-over which made speech products very
hard
> to hear.  Really what is needed is for exhibitors with speech/hardware
> products to have screened off areas, while those displaying mainly
> information and quieter products could be together in a larger area.
>
> The whole thing was more compact though, even though it was spread over
> three levels if you include the mezomine area.  Seminar rooms were good
> though.
>
> Speaking of seminars, GW Micro's presentation was a little lack-lustre.
Dan
> Weirich hammered home the stability advantage with W-E and someone got a
> baseball cap for recognizing that, but I thought he could have
demonstrated
> the private beta there, as well as downstairs.  I could also be wrong
here,
> but he didn't seem to make anything of the fact that a remote computer
> running Window-Eyes could be accessed with a machine that (doesn't) have
> Window-Eyes on it.  No, I do not think I have got this wrong, for as far
as
> I know, you can access W-E with a thin client if it has sound attached.
> Someone put me right if I am wrong on this, please.
>
> On the portable magnifier front, I found the 'tin can' cameras
demonstrated
> by New Vision quite acceptable for the price and they were very portable.
> The idea is you hook up to a SCART on a TV, or via a box to a computer
> monitor where you can switch between the two images.  The option including
a
> small LCD display - which also might be a TV, was selling for £550.00.
I'l
> post more on that if anyone is interested.
>
> In the crazy, 'you must be joking' class, we had Professional vision
> demonstrating an elegant camera on stand to plug into a laptop along with
> software for screen splitting.  That will be £3,000 sir.  Not bluddy
likely.
> Think it was from a German firm called Steller, who were also there.
>
> Before leaving the subject of CCTV, I was interested in the device Andrew
> mentioned in his post, and would be interested in a critical review of it,
> if you are still reading this Andrew, (smile).
>
> Braille products.  I was interested in the Braillino which seemed a very
> neat and sturdy device.  Though its a Braille input and notetaking device,
> it has no inbuilt speech, but that's not a problem if you are using with a
> laptop with speech on board.  Sure Steve will come in on improvements, but
> of course you can use it with a mobile.  Think it comes from Handitech who
> may be associated with the software that makes mobiles talk.
>
> I saw the Braillenote PK, and very nice and solid it was too.  As well as
> being a bit heavy on the pocket - well aren't they always! - you would
need
> a pretty deep and stirdy pocket to put it in.  I didn't see Mr. Mozan,
which
> was a bit of a disappointment.  Whatever you think of Pulsedata, and not
all
> opinions are flattering to them, I must say they always have a very
> professional looking stand and display, and Pedro Pulson was out there on
> reception handing out leaflets with Braille and Print summarizing there
> products.  Didn't see anyone else doing that.  It does no harm at all, in
my
> view, to approach blind people in a civilized way to tell what they have
on
> show, after all, we can not see what there is until we are told.
>
> The only other product that comes to mind is the Index embossers.  These
> have been upgraded to include USB and networkablility.  Also, they are
> moving towards being able to use several embossers in tandom, so that if
> customers needs exspand, then they can just add another embosser in
> parallel.  Waht a noise!   Of course they are introducing a cabinet that
> will hold four embossers and hopefully forstall those claims for loss of
> hearing.
>
> No doubt some of you will have heard George on In touch commenting on the
> cost of being at SV now.  To my mind, the guy from QAC didn't really put
up
> any credible defence, other than its a more exspensive venue to hire.  It
> was very noticable how cramped the space for some exhibitors was, and I
have
> alreay already mentioned the noise spill problem.  All this for a more
than
> 100% price hike to exhibitors?  Well, what do you folk think?  You might
> also ponder whether 'charities' should be asking themselves whether they
are
> in fact a charity or a business.  Are you listening, RNIB?  Oh, sorry, I
am
> not a member.  Was forgetting.  How silly of me.
>
> Se you at Share the Vision, (smile).
>
> Ray.
>
>
>
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Andrew Hodgson" <andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Sent: Thursday, July 15, 2004 9:10 PM
> Subject: [access-uk] Sight Village this year?
>
>
> Hi,
>
> I normally try and get to Sight Village and do a summing up on this list
> for people who could not be there, but could someone do it for me this
> year as I was at work all day?
>
> Anything interesting?  Each year I go thinking there won't be much
> there, but there is always one piece of equipment which really is worth
> looking at.  The two pieces for me this year have been the Pacmate from
> Freedom Scientific, and the Quick Look from Ash technologies.  Access to
> work got me both pieces whilst starting work, and while the Pacmate is
> good as expected, I never thought that an electronic magnifier would
> actually benefit me the way it has done!  The down side to the magnifier
> is now I have to fax/photocopy a lot of documents, as I can see the
> relevant display!
>
> Thanks,
> Andrew.
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