[bksvol-discuss] Re: ot accessible iPods

  • From: "Shelley Rhodes" <juddysbuddy@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx" <bksvol-discuss@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 9 Jun 2008 14:07:35 -0400 (EDT)

I beg to differ about Kurzweil, but that is me, smile.

I do love the VR Stream and it looks like a truly cool device.

The Icon is a great little device I have the one from APH, called the
Braille+ which is the same device but with a braille keyboard.

Several of my students use them as back up notetakers.

It is great!

Shelley L. Rhodes M.A., VRT, CTVI
and Guinevere, Golden lady Guide
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From: "Chris Hofstader" <cdh@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
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Sent: Monday, June 09, 2008 7:49 AM
Subject: [bksvol-discuss] Re: ot accessible iPods


I think the Vic (Humanware's Victor Reader Stream) is a profoundly better
solution than any mainstream device with adaptive software added on.  To
those of you who have followed my Blind Confidential blog
(http://www.blindconfidential.blogspot.com) since we started two and a half
years ago, you will have read my numerous rants against "blind guy ghetto"
products and my near total endorsement of adaptive technology on
off-the-shelf hardware.  Even while working for FS, I would recommend JAWS
plus Fine Reader or OmniPage instead of OpenBook or K1000 as I feel strongly
that the economies of scale cause the mainstream products to provide much
more bang for the buck.

Then came Vic.  This little device is hardly larger than a deck of Poker
playing  cards and weighs only a few ounces.  It has a tremendously
intuitive UI and plays virtually every file format that I find interesting
with very good fidelity.  It is only $325, which places it around the middle
of the line on Apple iPod hardware and doesn't require installing any hacked
software (I think RockBox is really cool but Humanware technical support and
other things that come with the Vic are more useful than trying to revive
Apple hardware/firmware when an update  comes out.

I've heard the iCon, a GNU/Linux based notetaker designed for use by people
with vision impairment, is also very cool but I've never touched one in real
life and can't say anything first hand about it.

The Apple iPod is certainly slick and trendy but my sighted wife says that
the Vic is pretty cool looking as well.

Enjoy,
Cdh


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> Just a quick off topic question: What can blind people use for an
> accessible ipod? How much did it cost and how were you able to use it?
> Thanks Estin
> It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid then to open it and

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