[access-uk] Re: Design and style (was: RE: Re: RNIB Sonic Glasses

  • From: "Emma Tracey" <Emma.Tracey@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 5 Apr 2011 16:04:37 +0100

Hi 

A visually impaired friend of mine tried described them as looking like
something out of a dressing up box.  Not for me thanks!


Regards

Emma Tracey
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From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Jackie Cairns
Sent: 05 April 2011 15:33
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: Design and style (was: RE: Re: RNIB Sonic
Glasses

Hi Damon

I agree about the practicalities of the glasses, but I would say they
are not fashionable at all.  They are just very thick, plastic glasses
that are akin to goggles rather than specs.  But that's my feeling as a
blind person not used to wearing any.  The vibrations I got were useful,
but there was something unflattering about them.


Kind Regards,

Jackie Cairns
J&M Work-Ability

jandm@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
www.work-ability.co.uk
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From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Damon Rose
Sent: 05 April 2011 14:00
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Design and style (was: RE: Re: RNIB Sonic Glasses

The sonic glasses are kind of interesting. They're effectively a
clothing accessory yet how much has this been taken into account? 

I guess that the concept and market needs to be tested. They have a
reasonably priced device for the first time, one that doesn't have to be
held on your cane or dog harness. It's actually at an appropriate height
to catch the head height obstacles that dogs and canes tend not to
notice. 

It offers audio feedback as well as vibration which is good because some
of us don't like our hearing blitzed by extra audio when we're trying to
listen to street noise which also aids our navigation. And the vibration
also captures the deafblind market. The vibrations will appear on your
head presumably in a similar place to where you might get whacked if you
carry on walking; to that end it's good and logical also. 

But the clincher is the design. So many blind people don't like to use
the word blind least alone think they might look a bit special with this
head gear. They've got along ok for years without the glasses, why
bother buying it now if all reports say it's not very stylish or worse
that it looks too masculine, for instance, hence cutting out most of the
female blind population in one swoop, 50% of the potential market. 

Design is always something that blind people shout about but it always
gets left out.

I wonder if any research has gone into design and stylishness around
visually impaired people on a general level. Yes a dayglo yellow jacket
may be easier to find, for instance, but who'd wear it and why? The
featureless wooden boar games that sit in the RNIB catalogue: would they
sell more if they made them more luxurious? It may seem counter
intuitive to make a product more stylish and expensive for a market that
is said to have little money ... But would sales increase? They
certainly wouldn't want to spend what little money they have on
something which may turn out to be lacking in style and look a little
unloved or even a bit sad. 

Does this research exist? Are older and younger blind people different
when it comes to design and style? 

...Damon 
















































 

-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf
Of Barry G
Sent: 05 April 2011 11:12
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: RNIB Sonic Glasses

Hi Ibrahim, you comment on the build and wearability of these, and
thanks for that.
 
have you had a chance to try their
functionality/practicality/effectiveness yet?  Your impressions would be
welcome, as always!
 
All the best,
Barry G
 
 

        ----- Original Message ----- 
        From: Ibrahim Gucukoglu <mailto:ibrahim_gucukoglu@xxxxxxxx>  
        To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
        Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2011 10:46 AM
        Subject: [access-uk] RNIB Sonic Glasses

        Hi Everyone.
         
        I've just taken delivery of my RNIB sonic eye glasses, and first
impressions are good.  They feel sleek and are solidly built, and
although they're made of plastic, they're rugged and durable not to
mention quite comfortable.  They have both audio and vibratory feedback
and are charged via USB either via plugging the supplied cable in to a
USB port on your PC or in to the supplied travel adaptor.
         
        If anyone wants to know more about them, I'd be happy to answer
any specific questions, but my general impression and probably a lasting
one is that RNIB have yet again come up with a very useful product at a
fare price, certainly within the affordability range of most if not all
persons who feel they could use a sonic aid but who might be put off by
the pricier alternatives.
         
        All the best, Ibrahim.


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