[blindza] Re: Next pseudo gadget got hold of this past weekend

Yes, it can run off AAA batteries, but, the headphones are a bit conspicuous 
for much real world use of something like the vOICe.

Stay well

Jacob Kruger
Blind Biker
Skype: BlindZA
'...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'

  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Bill English 
  To: blindza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 8:04 PM
  Subject: [blindza] Re: Next pseudo gadget got hold of this past weekend


  My question would be; Can it run off it's own power source (battery), 
therefore less drain battery on net books & laptops? Extending portable use of 
The vOICe would be nice.






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  From: Jacob Kruger <jacobk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  To: blindza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Sent: Tue, June 21, 2011 6:53:00 AM
  Subject: [blindza] Re: Next pseudo gadget got hold of this past weekend


  Ok, think these are the details for that shop:
  nichard computers cc
  norkem mall norkem park Mooi river str, Kempton Park, Gauteng 1619

  phone: (08) 3381 2932  
  fax: (08) 6660 9168

  Found those via/pulled them off hotfrog.co.za using google search, but anyway 
- they might not be up to date as such.

  Stay well



  Jacob Kruger
  Blind Biker
  Skype: BlindZA
  '...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'

    ----- Original Message ----- 
    From: Jacob Kruger 
    To: blindza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
    Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 1:19 PM
    Subject: [blindza] Re: Next pseudo gadget got hold of this past weekend


    Here are the pricecheck.co.za results relating to searching for/buying xgr 
wireless units:
    http://www.pricecheck.co.za/search/?search=xgr+wireless

    The PC shop I bought it from/found it at is one of those small, once off 
shops run by guys who actually like computers and know what they're talking 
about..<smile>, and I think it's name is something like nanotech, but not too 
sure - will have to try check invoice again, but anyway.

    Their microphone support is actually just an input socket on headphones 
themselves, so you'd still need an external, clip on microphone or something, 
but anyway.

    Stay well

    Jacob Kruger
    Blind Biker
    Skype: BlindZA
    '...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'

      ----- Original Message ----- 
      From: Boshoff, Deon (GP Health) 
      To: blindza@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
      Sent: Tuesday, June 21, 2011 12:26 PM
      Subject: [blindza] Re: Next pseudo gadget got hold of this past weekend


      Great stuff!  I have a cordless headset like this, which I use to read 
books with, as I can move all around on my property with it, as it's range is 
about 300 m.  But, unfortunately, it's only mono, but the sound is good.  
There's no built in mic, and the sender runs off the power.  Can use it on any 
of my computers, TV, sound system, etc.  Works real well for me, no cables to 
get strangled into, and I can continue reading while having to do some boring 
things like going for a P, bath, etc. LOL!  But this one you are mentioning 
here sounds very good to me and I wish I could buy one for myself, as it is 
stereo.  By the way, I also have a wireless keyboard/mouse, which makes me 
rather portable when working on a computer.  Do let us know more about your 
discovery, and where one could buy one from, maybe?  This really the sort of 
thing blind people need, like the USB headphone sets I have, which enable me to 
get sound out of a computer right after installing Windows, before the sound 
drivers or graphic drivers are installed.  The real USB headset PLUGS INTO THE 
USB PORT, NEEDS NO SOUND DRIVERS, AS WINDOWS PICKS IT UP AND HAS THE DRIVERS 
FOR IT.  VERY HANDY, YET, SO SCARCE!  I DID PICK UP ONE RECENTLY at Incredible 
Connection at R400, which is a bit high, but buy it once, and you have it when 
you need it most.   

      Deon [G. Boshoff, BA[Stell]UDC[Potch] 
      WESKOPPIES HOSPITAL SWITCHBOARD 
      Tel:              0123199735 
      Mobile:           0829699571 
      Fax:              0123277076 
      Bleeper: 0123199820, code 0002 
      E-mail: 
      Deon.boshoff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:Deon.boshoff@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> 

        -----Original Message-----
        From: blindza-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:blindza-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of Jacob Kruger
        Sent: 21 June 2011 11:44 AM
        To: NAPSA Blind
        Cc: BlindZA
        Subject: [blindza] Next pseudo gadget got hold of this past weekend


        Ok, this is partly relevant, since I got hold of it specifically for 
use along with my screen reader in an open plan office environment, etc.

        Anyway, had been looking for some form of wireless headset for a little 
while that would preferably be somewhat portable, would be battery powered or 
rechargeable on both ends - base/transmission unit as well as 
headphones/receiver, etc. etc., with part of the idea being that while do use 
normal headphones, the lead sometimes gets in my way when I am trying to do 
things with my hands, inbetween typing on the keyboard, etc., and sometimes it 
would just be nice to not be restricted by an audio lead, etc., and the sort of 
final thing is sometimes it might be nice to use an audio gadget of sorts 
without it being too obvious that I had earphones in my ears, etc., but that 
one's still not perfectly doable due to the size of the headphones, but at 
least they're relatively comfortable/lightweight.

        Basically it's a base unit around 20cm high when standing up, around 
3cm thick, and around 10cm back to front, and it can run off 3 AAA batteries in 
both base unit, and headphones, which while they're ones that fit over your 
ears, they're relatively lightweight, and quite comfortable.

        The base unit also has a DC power socket, but it didn't actually come 
with the relevant power unit, but that should be easy enough to find at the 
right sort of shop since it's generally just the diameter of that socket that 
makes sure it's the right voltage, etc.

        What you do is turn on the base unit, and then turn on the headphones, 
and it has it's own volume control, and a microphone input socket, and then 
also another 2 press buttons on it, which let you reset it to base unit 
reception, or to sort of scan through FM radio channels - so it sort of doubles 
as a battery powered FM radio if you want that.

        On the base unit, there's an on/off slider switch, and another slider 
switch that lets you switch it between audio input, or acting as a form of baby 
monitor/spy device where it uses a built in microphone to then let you listen 
to what's happening around it, and the stereo audio line it comes with also has 
a standard RCA converter lead to let you plug it into things like TVs, etc., 
but anyway.

        The range is meant to be around 10 meters, but depending on 
surroundings, it actually seems a little bit further transmitting than that - 
sometimes anyway, and while it's not the loudest set of earphones, they do seem 
to provide pretty decent sound quality, and it does also handle stereo well 
enough.

        Lastly, while had been asking one of the local, decent computer shops 
to look for something like a bluetooth unit for me, etc., they firstly seemed 
to think these weren't too easy to find, and the prices they came back with 
were around R700+, but when happened to be in a smaller local computer shop 
this past weekend, that, among other things sells some other gaming 
accessories, and second hand PC games, etc., I asked them, and they had this 
XGR set there on the shelf, for R140, and it's full name is something like an 
XGR 6 in 1 wireless headset including FM radio, microphone support, etc.

        Like said, primary thing is it will let me avoid using normal 
headphones with a lead, but would also let you, for example, listen to an audio 
book/podcast from a little bit of distance away from the output source if you 
wanted to, or could be used as a sort of spy device to listen to something 
happening next door whithout being physically present - sit in on meetings, 
whithout being present...<smile>

        Stay well

        Jacob Kruger
        Blind Biker
        Skype: BlindZA
        '...fate had broken his body, but not his spirit...'




             

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