[icon-discuss] Re: GPS on the ICON? And other questions

Hi Rich,

I love the Braille Plus but your message caused me to pause and think. I think 
the lines have been 
blurred between business and pleasure in this time of abundant information.

I see my unit as being very integrated into both my personal and professional 
life. I download 
newspapers and books. Some of them are purely for pleasure but some have to do 
with my work. I frequently 
find psychology related articles in the New York Times. I use the device to 
handle email and 
keep appointments. Again, some for pleasure and some work related.

My point is that information access is not just about business or pleasure but 
it is about having access to all 
that one can assimilate into their awareness to be utilized in both arenas.

I think the Icon and Braille Plus are a little ahead of their time. We are 
seeing the same kind of 
blending of business and pleasure with the Knfb Reader being built into a cell 
phone and the GW Micro 
note takers with their radios and media rendering capabilities.

Even the conservative state of Texas as acknowledged that employees use their 
computers for both 
business and pleasure while at work. The old paradigms just don't fit any more.

I frequently put word documents on my Braille Plus and refer to them in 
meetings while others work 
with the printed copy. I take notes on the unit and sometimes use the recorder 
to capture what is being 
presented to me in a professional workshop.

I would love to see folks who are in the position of making access technology 
recommendations take 
a look at the Icon and Braille Plus from a broadened rather than a narrowed 
perspective. I think the 
rehab system is struggling to catch up but it must if people are going to have 
the opportunity to play on the more 
level playing field of accessible information.

I am now off of my soap box.

Robert Carter

On Fri, 25 Apr 2008 14:46:48 -0500, Rich Ring wrote:


>The majority of Braille note users do not have GPS, and, the reason many of
>them will not switch to the Icon or Braille Plus is, the word Braille.  A
>Braille note has a refreshable Braille display, and that is important to
>some. 
>However, this brings me to some other questions.  I see mail on this list
>about downloading podcasts, RSS feeds, music etc.  I rarely, however, see
>mail from anyone who is using the Icon or the Braille Plus for anything
>besides well, pleasure.
>I would love to hear from someone who is actually using either device to do
>real work.  For instance, is anyone using either device to take notes in
>meetings?  To keep important appointment information?  As someone who can
>make recommendations for clients, it is fairly important to gain some of
>this information.  Yes, the Icon and Braille Plus have many unique and
>wonderful features, but when it comes to procuring products for clients, I
>can't justify purchasing an Icon because the client can download NBC nightly
>news!
>Therefore, if anyone on this list is using one of these devices either as a
>student or a professional, I'd love to hear about it.
>You can either write to the list or write me off list.
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: icon-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:icon-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Claude Everett
>Sent: Friday, April 25, 2008 9:16 AM
>To: icon-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [icon-discuss] Re: GPS on the ICON?
>
>
>Well, you might consider it sooner because the sooner that you incorporate
>GPS into your product, the sooner current BrailleNote consumers will be
>switching. 
>Regards,
>Claude Everett
>American by chance, Californian by choice.
>Everyone has a disability, some are more aware of it than others.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: icon-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:icon-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of PAMELA RADER
>Sent: Friday, April 25, 2008 5:21 AM
>To: icon-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [icon-discuss] Re: GPS on the ICON?
>
>We have plans for that, but they are down the road.
>
>
>
>Pamela Rader, TECHNICAL SUPPORT
>American Printing House For The Blind
>1839 Frankfort Ave.
>Louisville, KY  40206
>
>PHONE:  1-800-223-1839, Ext. 307
>
>
>>>>ceverett@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx 04/24/08 07:01PM >>>
>Are there any plans to develop a GPS System for the Icon/ Braille Plus? 
>I would gladly give up my BrailleNote with the GPS if it were to become
>available. Regards, Claude Everett American by chance, Californian by
>choice. Everyone has a disability, some are more aware of it than others.
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: icon-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>[mailto:icon-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Larry Lumpkin
>Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 1:55 PM
>To: icon-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>Subject: [icon-discuss] Re: newspapers on the icon/braille plus
>
>I've been accused of living in the past so I guess I can live in the future
>too, ha ha. On Thu, 24 Apr 2008 15:50:51 -0500, Rich Ring wrote:
>
>
>>Wow!
>>I thought Larry was getting news papers from the future!
>>I felt left out!
>>
>>-----Original Message-----
>>From: icon-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>[mailto:icon-discuss-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of John McCann
>>Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 3:23 PM
>>To: icon-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
>>Subject: [icon-discuss] Re: newspapers on the icon/braille plus
>>
>>
>>Larry wrote:
>>
>>"The newspapers we download on the Icon or Braille plus are incorrect.
>>The
>>date displays as April 24 but the actual paper is the Tuesday May 22 
>>paper."
>>
>>Actually, that would be the April 22 paper, <smile>! For some bizarre
>>unexplainable reason, the misdating started yesterday. I religiously 
>>download the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and the Washington 
>>Post
>>
>>every morning. (Yeah, call me an elitist, <smile>!)
>>
>>John
>>
>>
>>
>>
>>----- Original Message -----
>>From: "Larry Lumpkin" <llumpkin@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>To: <icon-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>Sent: Thursday, April 24, 2008 4:04 PM
>>Subject: [icon-discuss] newspapers on the icon/braille plus
>>
>>
>>The newspapers we download on the Icon or Braille plus are incorrect.
>>The
>>date displays as April 24 but the actual paper is the Tuesday May 22 
>>paper.
>>I downloaded them from Bookshare using Kurzweil and they are correct 
>>there.
>>The The papers we get are
>>the Austin American Statesman
>>San Antonio Express News
>>
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