[bct] Re: Owasys 22C Cellular Phone for persons who are blind

  • From: "Maria" <malyn87@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 22:42:51 -0500

Right on, Dan, right on! I'm with you 100%.

I do have a question and a short story for you.  My question is, didn't some
company come out with a talking Microwave some years ago?

My story is; about a year ago I bought a combination microwave/convection
oven from QVC.  I haven't quite mastered the convection oven yet, but the
microwave works beautifully. The thing is, there were no feelies to denote
the numbers, so I bought some lock dots and placed one over each number.
What I didn't realize was that there was a clear plastic film over that
panel.  Well, the film is now beginning to slip and the dot over the number
2  will soon be over the 5.  So, I guess I'll have to remove that film and
buy new dots soon, or my cooking time will be seriously compromised.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "The Scarlet Wombat" <coconut@xxxxxxx>
To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 11:59 AM
Subject: [bct] Re: Owasys 22C Cellular Phone for persons who are blind

> One would think that with the baby boomer population ageing and many
> developing diabetes and at some point, blindness, there would be a move
> towards accessible consumer electronics, but this seems to not be the
> It would be wonderful if manufacturers could be convinced that it is to
> their advantage to make electronics accessible, but they appear to be
> mostly uninterested.  The R&D costs are minimal and speech chips are so
> inexpensive now that the price of an item would change very little for the
> addition of speech to most consumer electronic devices.
> Sadly, it may require some legislative interference to force the issue.  I
> dislike seeing this, but corporations are against the free market so they
> must be forced into competition and free market modalities.
> The corporate strategy is profit at any cost.  In this, they ignore the
> purpose for their existence, which is not primarily to enrich
> but to provide services and products that allow society to run smoothly
> effectively.  Making a product as accessible as possible would meet those
> ends and not interfere with profits in any meaningful manner, yet all the
> bean counters can see is that they might make $2.50 less on a microwave,
> they will not make it speak.  This is why government intervention may be
> necessary if the industry continues to refuse to produce accessible
> Such intervention is by no means new, it is done to the auto industry all
> the time.  It will be argued that the majority should not have to pay for
> an accessibility addition that the minority use.  I can argue right back
> that we pay for their accessibility all the time in the cost of displays,
> menuing software and even light bulbs of which we have no use.
> Since corporations were declared legal persons back in 1886, they have had
> the idea they can do as they please with no consequences whatever.  It is
> time this idea be disabused and that they be required to produce items
> benefit the most in society it is possible to benefit.
> Dan

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