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

  • From: "Neal Ewers" <ewers@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 1 Dec 2005 21:36:15 -0600

Maria, yes, there was a talking microwave.  There was also a Pitney Bose
copy machine that had a computer and Window-Eyes connected to it which,
of course, raised the price of the copier more than I can imagine.

Yikes!  Some people's dreams are other people's nightmares.


-----Original Message-----
From: blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:blindcooltech-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Maria
Sent: Thursday, December 01, 2005 9:43 PM
To: blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [bct] Re: Owasys 22C Cellular Phone for persons who are blind

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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