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|Tuesday 19 November 2002
Listen to the In Touch for 19 November
MOBILE PHONE FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED
In Touch discusses the new Nokia 9210 mobile phone with Steve Knutt, who runs Computer Room Services with his wife Angie. They provide Braille transcription services, training, tutorials, text support and sell various computer-related items, including computer games, which are visually impaired accessible.
Vodafone will be selling the Nokia 9210 with the speech software installed. No launch date has been yet fixed, but it is expected to be available before Christmas and is estimated to cost between £250 - £400. The software is priced at approximately £260.
Torsten Brand is the blind half of the business-couple who have developed the speech software called Talx and it has been written by the German company Brand Groeber Communications. The system uses Eloquence speech synthesisor, which is made by a company called Speech Works. The software has been in development for about 2 years and the system will be available in 7 languages: UK English, US English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and Finnish.
The RNIB is supporting Vodafone with this project and Mike Duxbury, Vodafone's Accessibility Manager states that they will either take pre-launch orders or wait for the press release from the RNIB.
Contact your local Vodafone dealer for further information or visit the Vodafone website
Torsten Brand's company can be emailed at: talx@:bugcom.de
COMPUTER ROOM SERVICES
77 Exeter Close
Herts SG1 4PW
Telephone Voice: 01438 742286
Fax: 01438 759589
Contact for further information on services available.
FREE STANDING INTERNET RADIO
Barry Scheur, Talking Solutions
Harold Sneider, acting consultant
This radio is manufactured by Talking Solutions and is now on display at the TechShare exhibition in Birmingham. Techshare 2002 will be held on 21st - 22nd November at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Birmingham.
It is not known when it is going to be available and it's estimated price is £200 -£250. It is equipped with synthetic speech and will possibly be distributed by RNIB.
Techshare is for professionals who work in the field of visual impairment, or have an interest in technology and how it facilitates independent access to education, employment, lifelong learning and society for visually impaired people.
The Techshare 2002 conference is being co-ordinated by the RNIB.
NEW LIFE THEATRE COMPANY
Charlotte Bowen reviews the play Zeros and Nils performed by the New Life Theatre Company of blind actors from Zagreb, Croatia.
This is the first time ever a foreign language production has been supported with a simultaneous audio language and audio description facility. Headphones provided a language translation, descriptions of visual action, sets and characters on stage.
105 Judd Street
Tel: 0845 766 99 99 (UK callers only - Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)
Tel. 0207 388 1266 (switchboard/overseas callers)
Fax. 0207 388 2034
Interpreters are available: please call for details
Textphone users call via Typetalk 0800 51 51 52
The RNIB provides information, support and advice for anyone with a serious sight problem. They not only provide braille, Talking Books and computer training, but imaginative and practical solutions to everyday challenges. The RNIB campaigns to change society's attitudes, actions and assumptions, so that people with sight problems can enjoy the same rights, freedoms and responsibilities as fully sighted people. They also fund pioneering research into preventing and treating eye disease and promote eye health by running public health awareness campaigns.
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