[access-uk] Re: So, what about the Vi-Player?

  • From: "Graham Page" <gpage@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2007 16:48:19 +0100

I went along yesterday and the vi-player company, Saks Electronics, wasn't 
even there as the guy had it seems gon at lunch time and was not due back 
until today (Wednesday).  I am not sure why he didn't stay all the time, but 
it does seem a little slack that there was not always someone on hand to 
give info on or demonstrate the product.


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----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ian Macrae" <ian.macrae@xxxxxxxxx>
To: <access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2007 4:14 PM
Subject: [access-uk] Re: So, what about the Vi-Player?

except it doesn't do scanned text reading.


From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
Ray's Home
Sent: 17 July 2007 14:30
To: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [access-uk] Re: So, what about the Vi-Player?

Thanks for the extra info on the Vi-Player Ian.  Seems, as I pointed out on 
another list, these things come along in bunches, like waiting for buses.

Well, seems this Vi-Player will be on demo, so it seems, in the Reading Room 
at SV, so for anyone wanting to find out more and get some nitty gritty on 
deciding between this or the Stream, it would seem the place to go if you 
can make it.  If the Vi-layer has a variable speed function then choosing 
between it and the Stream might be quite difficult.

From Ray
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-----Original Message-----
From: access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx]On Behalf Of 
Ian Macrae

A bit more news on this VIPlayer.  It's currently in pre-production but will 
eventually retail for £175.  It has 4GB on board memory and can also take SD 
cards up to 8 gig.  They're currently working on getting more daisy 
functionality into it and it's already registered as an Audible player.

From:   access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
<mailto:access-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> ]  On Behalf Of Ray's Home
Sent:   16 July 2007 19:49
To:     VI-Genaccess@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx; 
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Subject:        [access-uk] So, what about the Vi-Player?

We've all been talking about the Victor Stream, seemingly being launched 
about now, but I hear now of the Vi-Player?  Seems Calibre have had a hand 
in its development, but it is another portable MP3 player.

Seems we might find out something in the Reading Room at SV - (this curtasy 
of Terry What Not's site.

Clicking on the link gives me a time out in Firefox, but this is what I've 
gleaned from a Googled cashed page.


Company philosophy

SAKS Electronics was specifically formed to design, manufacture and 
distribute the "VI-Player". SAKS Electronics are a privately owned British 
company and have worked with some of the best known names in the industry to 
design the ultimate MP-3 player for visually impaired users.

Calibre Cassette Library have been heavily involved during the design and 
manufacturing process of "VI-Player" and this has given SAKS a unique 
insight into the needs and requirements of visually impaired users. Also, 
due to the user-friendly nature of the player the unit is ideal for all 
users who may have deteriorating eyesight or just simply want an easy to use 
device for playback of audio files.

"VI-Player" will open up a whole world of MP-3 entertainment to all users, 
audio files (whether they are music or audio-books) can be easily loaded and 
played from either the internet or from existing libraries using SD card 
technology. The voice-guidance software will guide you precisely through the 
easy-to-use menu system and take you exactly to what you want to listen to. 
The unique "Intelligent Pause/Resume" function will ensure you never lose 
your place while listening.

At SAKS Electronics we have a passion for what we do - and we believe you 
will see this in our product. "VI-Player" has been specifically designed 
with the needs of visually impaired users in mind and offers the very latest 
in technology whilst remaining easy to use.

Innovation lies at our heart, we constantly challenge convention. Through 
fresh thinking we are continually first with new ideas and products that 
seize the initiative. Even as we've grown we have stayed innovative; 
striving to create our next advance. This ensures you will always be offered 
products that take full advantage of opportunities and technologies 
available, "VI-Player" is only the first product to be offered by SAKS 
Electronics and over the coming years more new and exciting products will be 

We are committed to working in partnership with experts - knowing what core 
skills are a part of SAKS, and refining these - knowing what expertise 
others have and working with them. We created "VI-player" by listening to 
experts who know what users require and by using manufacturers who are the 
best in their chosen field and have a commitment to making the very best 
product possible. Innovation, partnership and commitment to excellence - 
three hallmarks of the way we approach business.

(End of exstract)

So, just another MP3 player?  Or what?

Yours, intrigued.

From Ray
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