isn't that really interesting John, I was also there on Tuesday. like yourself
I made a specific point of looking at this nine line Braille Display. I could
not have been more disappointed with it. it was so terribly slow! i'd have read
pages in the length of time it took for the device to reload after it had
become frozen! once I had pressed a button to move it on to the next set of
nine lines. it is certainly one device I will not be looking at in the future.
what took my interest was the Orbit Reader. I only wish that they had also
produced a 40 sell one. just the job if I want to have some prompts at my
what disappointed me most of all, was the amount of print information on every
stand. The exceptions were of course our friends Mo and Steve Nutt. I loved
interacting with the young people at the new college Worcester stand and
looking at the Braille lego. definitely a must! when it is for sale, unless
somebody here can inform me about what is readily available so that when
speaking about Braille I have something which they can feel to understand about
the different shapes and combinations to make up the different letters and
numbers.I also enjoyed the freebies! offered to me by the young people on the
new college Worcester stand. A brightly coloured, orange pen! whenever I go to
look for a pen for someone I can't always find one also because they are dark
in colour. these fluorescent pens are super and I also got a fluorescent Orange
beaker for water and finally I got a fluorescent orange bag to hold these items.
as a trustee on aniridia network, we have worked closely with RNIB in
producing an excellent professional fact sheet which I would describe myself
more as a booklet, and while it is readily available for download on the RNIB
website, I visited the stand on Tuesday and found that they had many booklets
on various eye conditions. these booklets were of course in print format. I
said I would have the one on aniridia, which totally threw them! I must have
been very persuasive because I said I'd be back on Wednesday to pick one up! I
also stated that I would be very disappointed if there was not one there for
me! I was not disappointed when I returned on Wednesday to receive my standard
print 10 page stapled document. Half a loaf is better than none! guess I have
the technology to read the print document!
I was very disappointed with the guide dog UK stand. as a guide dog owner
standing there feeling the huge amounts of print information, The person at the
stand did not even engage in conversation with me in relation to guide dogs, my
own guide dog or anything about the organisation. I must have looked scary!
at the sight and sound stand, when I asked questions about fusion, Jaws and
Zoomtext combined, A person flew off saying he knew nothing about it but would
find someone for me! when I began to discuss pricing with the second person, he
flew off saying he'd have to go and look the information up. I asked what, do
you not have the information there? he said somebody must have lifted his
information sheet. I told him I was looking for pricing because I had jaws and
magic and he gave me his card and told me he would not be able to provide this
information until at least Thursday when I could contact him again about it. no
Braille on contact card! I must remind myself I have the technology to read his
on Wednesday I met our good friend Paul Hopkins, and we had a good chat. One of
the things I did say to Paul was that I was very pleased while he gave me some
instructions to get to site Village he had also encouraged me to look this up
on Google maps. I had done so and had found plenty of information to assist me
with travelling. I was also most impressed with blind Square which I have on my
mobile phone. it certainly helped me getting around Stratford Road in Shirley
and even knowing how long I had to wait for my number five bus.
I stayed at the red wings Lodge hotel in Shirley, which was fantastic and as I
have a guide dog The local park was literally a two minute walk away. I was
also able to take the bus number five to the venue.
asking people who were in red shirts and the organisers where particular stands
were was not at all helpful as they did not know! instead I found myself asking
the various people on the various stands to direct me where I wanted to go.
there was a very large print map mounted on the wall, which did not help me and
certainly did not seem to help those who there to assist.
I was very disappointed when I went to look for our friend Mo and admittedly
the company has changed name, but I understand from Mo that he had pointed this
out to the organisers beforehand. I was simply told there was nobody there
under the name of Vi-Tech Solutions at which point I had to send Mo a text.
thankfully I did meet up with him and his brother and mum who are all part of
the company, and had a look on the stand which was very interesting. but
particularly took my interest was the 6 Dots dymo Machine where the Braille was
much more sharp than the dimo gun available from RNIB though that said, there
would be a significant price difference. The six dots had a Perkins style
keyboard which I liked very much. Mo also had a selection of Nokia mobile
phones with talks and while this software may be dated now, I know a number of
blind people who would give anything to have one of these phones and many I
know who are going around struggling with standard button phones and are so
limited in what they can do with their phones without speech. The company knew
exactly what equipment they had on their stand the prices of the equipment and
could talk very knowledgeably about each item.
apologies I am dictating and about to run out of battery so I must end my
critique at this point.
On 11 Jul 2019, at 15:15, John Ramm <john@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi Clive and all,
I went to Sight Village on Tuesday and was frankly disappointed.
I was really impressed with the Canute from the Bristol Braillists which is a
nine line Braille display currently for just 1700 pounds!! It's a great piece
of kit, not least because it has basically been developed by a bunch of
enthusiasts who feel that refreshable Braille should be cheaper than it is
and decided to do something about it. feeling a properly layed out Braille
table on a refreshable device very nearly had me reaching for my credit card!
Unfortunately nothing else grabbed my attention as I suppose I'm reasonably
up to date with what's around, so nothing else really exciting to report.
Talk soon, John
At 23:15 10/07/2019, you wrote:
I would like to hear from anyone who attended this year's sight village
exhibition in Birmingham. Are there any updated or new products? Anything
you liked (or didn't like)?