[vicsireland] Re: Galway Open Day

Keri, 

Don't get carried away now! (smile) 

Tony
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: Kerie doyle 
  To: vicsireland@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
  Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 4:08 PM
  Subject: [vicsireland] Re: Galway Open Day


  Hey I had a fabulous day, it was great fun, and I'm even buying a new gadget
  because of it! 
  kerie

  -----Original Message-----
  From: vicsireland-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  [mailto:vicsireland-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Ed Harper
  Sent: 01 March 2010 15:57
  To: vicsireland@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  Subject: [vicsireland] Re: Galway Open Day

  This is very interesting technology working both ways.   I know th

  Edat generator buoys are being tested off the east coast of the 'States 
  using wave nmovement to generate electricity.   As far as I know they are 
  only running their own lights at the moment, but the potential is enormous. 
  The display you describe should make tactile maps diagrams, computer 
  powered, very accessible too.    How about feely signs that only go into 
  relief at the presence of a vip identifier?
  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: "Sandy Tomkins" <sandratomkins@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  To: <vicsireland@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 12:26 PM
  Subject: [vicsireland] Re: Galway Open Day


  Hi to all who managed to attend the Vics Day either virtually or in
  the flesh! Just wanted to say that I had a great day and that not the
  least of it was meeting up with other Vics members.

      One thing I did notice though, and I haven't listened to the
  podcast (if there is one) was the universal groan when prices were
  mentioned for the various bits of new adaptive technology.  There
  seems to be an ever widening gap twixt the cost and our
  ability/willingness to pay! Maybe I am wrong here, but it seems clear
  to me that we should look, more and more, to the mainstream with work
  arounds for our tech solutions. So, here is something to watch: for
  those of us who like to use braille displays, but are sometimes
  frustrated by both their limitations and exorbitant prices, there is
  something that has been around, in the development stage, for quite
  some time now, but which is very nearly ready for production, which
  are called EAP displays. Now, don't quote me on this, because I would
  need to check it out on Google, EAP stands for Electro Actuated
  Polimers. In brief, these are sheets of thin, rubberised, paper,
  potentially of any size, but for our purposes, say, average, large,
  braille paper size, which can bluetooth to a PC/PDA/Phone/what every
  you want, and can show a full page of refreshable braille. They aren't
  exactly mechanical, as are our  present ones, can be easily mass
  produced and could/should be extremely cheap!!! They may not be as
  durable as our current displays, but, because they should be pounds
  rather than thousands of pounds, could easily be replaced.

     Now, does this sound like adaptive tech rather than mainstream,
  well, no! You see these EAP displays are being developed for the
  mainstream and the Braille functionality is only one application, I
  believe thay can also be visual displays, and this is why I am so
  excited about them!

      If anyone is interested, there is going to be a conference, I
  think in California, on the 9th of March, which might be streamed. If
  you google "eapad conference march braille" you should find more info.
  As I say, it isn't quite there yet, but I believe that the first, up
  and running, one of these displays will be demonstrated at that
  conference!

      Happy Googling!
      Sandy and her four legged dustbin!


  On 3/1/10, Joan Ann Brosnan <kerrygirl18@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
  > Hello Noreen
  > I am delighted that you enjoyed the VICS information and technology
  > day.  The committee were very pleased with the turn out and would like
  > to thank everyone for attending and making it a success.
  >
  > For those interested in system access, In the next day or so, I will
  > post information on how you can get a 15 day demo of the screen reader
  > and access to the mobile network containing the audio described films
  >
  > Joan Ann.
  >
  > On 2/28/10, Nicholas Kealy <nicky.kealy@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
  >> Noreen, it was great to meet you there yesterday and delighted you had a
  >> great day. It was great that we could rearrange it after having to cancel
  >> due to the weather last November.
  >>
  >> Cheers, Nicky.
  >> ----- Original Message -----
  >> From: "noreenmeagher" <noreenmeagher@xxxxxxxxxx>
  >> To: <vicsireland@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  >> Sent: Sunday, February 28, 2010 10:52 PM
  >> Subject: [vicsireland] Galway Open Day
  >>
  >>
  >>> Ciaran, Joan ann & all committee , demonstrators etc.,
  >>>
  >>> Just a note to say well done to all involved in making Saturday such a
  >>> success. It was obvious a lot of hard work went into the organisation
  >>> and I think everyone found the day well worth while. All we need now is
  >>> to win the lottery...
  >>>
  >>> Best regards to all,
  >>>
  >>> Noreen M.
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