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From: Birkir RĂșnar Gunnarsson
Date: Nov 28, 2010 1:36PM


Shrirang.
Good to see this survey moved to a wb-baed site, much easier to access.
As for U.S. market, with a commitment to a career you can get the
iPhone for $200, you can waive the $15 a mont data plan if you wish
and pay no more than you would with any other phone. At this price
range I think it's impossible to beat with any "for the blind" phone.
Generally, I believe building such a sophisticated phone for the blind
would be a waste or resources, and it definitely goes against the
European and, to a large extent, U.S. attitude of inclusive design and
existance, that blind people use the same devices and technology as
their sighted counterpart, and those be made accessible, rather than a
separate technology and solution be developed for them.
I'll state again though, my perception that a simple "not so smart"
phone could be a very viable solution, provided it is inexpensive,
super eay so use and does very few things but does them well.
This is something that definitely is needed in the developing
countries, but I know quite a few people both in Europe and the U.S.
who would benefit.
I'd suggest an abslute maximum price point of $120 or so for such a phone.
But, this is my last post to this topic, as I am no expert, and this
is marginally, I think, outside its topic.
Hope the feedback is worth something, good luck with the survey and
with building A.T. products in general.


On 11/26/10, Shrirang Prakash Sahasrabudhe < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
> Hi Varun,
> At present, we are only trying to understand
> If this kind of device is required or not.
> Plan to build such a device will make sense if and only if it is required.
> Pls note:
> The target user group is only Indian population of visually challenged and
> elderly.
> This is the online survey you may fill up if you are amongst the target
> users.
> http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XQTNKNM
>
> Thanks
> Shrirang
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: <EMAIL REMOVED>
> [mailto: <EMAIL REMOVED> ] On Behalf Of Varun Khosla
> Sent: Friday, November 26, 2010 3:08 PM
> To: WebAIM Discussion List
> Subject: Re: [WebAIM] pls respond: survey about mobile solution for visually
> challenged
>
> Hi Shrirang,
>
> Is Infosys planning to build such a phone?
>
>
>
> On 11/25/10, Ro < <EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:
>> I have to agree. I'm not even gonna try to fill out the survey using a
>> screen reader; it would be much easier on a website. And in my
>> opinion, all anyone needs to do is look at the iPhone and maybe do
>> that with a tactual phone. A non smart phone would be awesome, but one
>> anyone can use, not just us. To me, that would be much more cost
>> effective to make the sighties' phones work for us as well.
>>
>> ~Randi and Guide Dog Jayden
>>
>> For me, acceptance was the first step towards recovery.
>>
>> On Nov 25, 2010, at 2:41 AM, Birkir RĂșnar Gunnarsson wrote:
>>
>>> If this is a serious project, why not make it look a bit more
>>> professional and put it on a web page where survey results can be
>>> recorded (this suvey looks confusing and like very little work went
>>> into it)?
>>> What is RS, I have no idea what currency it is, please use currency
>>> appropriate to the audience.
>>> I do not think creating some specific device just for the blind is the
>>> way to go, and I have problems seeing this kind of device having all
>>> these features as well as being low cost. Also keyboard and large
>>> screen together will make the device too large, in my opinion.
>>> Much better to modify existing phone and put efforts into one of the
>>> Android screen readers, for instance.
>>> There is no need to reinvent the wheel, plus it is costly.
>>> I think what is missing today is a very low cost, very simple phone
>>> that is not a smart phone and people can use to make phone calls, use
>>> caller id and, may be, texting, nothing else. Elderly folks would
>>> benefit and want this, plus developing country people who really do
>>> need an affordable, accessible device.
>>>
>>> eSpeak is free, open source, and fairly decent quality, so porting it
>>> to an inexpensive phone platform would be a simple and effective
>>> solution.
>>> For the other stuff you asked for, the iPhone is perfect, it need one
>>> or two extra buttons to simplify very basic operations, like answering
>>> a phone call, but apart from that they've done an excellent job and
>>> have all the features I can think of in a great package.
>>> Thanks
>>> -B
>>>
>>> On 11/25/10, Shrirang Prakash Sahasrabudhe < <EMAIL REMOVED> >
>>> wrote:
>>>> Sorry, this may be off-topic, but sending the questions to list to
>>>> reach
>>>> target user community.
>>>> You may circulate the questions within your network if appropriate.
>>>>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>> I am researching on a mobile solution for visually challenged and
>>>> elderly,
>>>> in the same context gathering some data. Just pasting the questions
>>>> in the
>>>> mail. Pls respond.
>>>> If you can not tick the checkboxes for any reason, Pls put a '*'
>>>> before the
>>>> option you wish to select.
>>>> Thanks
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Assistive Technology Questionnaire
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Overview
>>>>
>>>> Please give your responses with regard to a low cost mobile phone
>>>> hand held
>>>> device which will improve the lives of differently abled as well as
>>>> aged
>>>> people. The device will have the optimal user interface and
>>>> interaction
>>>> mechanism to cut across age, gender, economic as well as language
>>>> barriers.
>>>> The device will have features such as multi modal interface, GPS
>>>> based
>>>> navigational help, proximity sensors, multi-lingual voice
>>>> recognition, text
>>>> to speech support for local languages, peer to peer support,
>>>> gesture based
>>>> user friendly interfaces, health management etc.
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> User Profile
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Age
>>>>
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>>>>
>>>> Sex
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Type of disability
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Total Blindness Partial Blindness Colour Blindness
>>>>
>>>> Hearing related disability Motor Disability Cognitive Disability
>>>>
>>>> Others: _________________
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Annual Household Income
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> < Rs100,000 Rs 100,000 - 300,000
>>>>
>>>> Rs 300,000 - 500,000 Rs 500,000 - 700,000
>>>>
>>>>> 700,000 Do not want to disclose
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Needs Assessment
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> 1. Which tasks do you need help with, and how frequently do
>>>> you need
>>>> help?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> 2. Which types of assistive technology will enable you to be
>>>> most
>>>> independent?
>>>>
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>>>>
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>>>> 3. Is there a more advanced device that addresses more than
>>>> one of your
>>>> needs?
>>>>
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>>>> 4. Which kinds of assistive technology are available that
>>>> meets your
>>>> needs?
>>>>
>>>>
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>>>> 5. Which types of assistive technology have you used before,
>>>> and how
>>>> did those devices work?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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>>>>
>>>> 6. Do you wish to use assistive technologies?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Product features
>>>>
>>>> Which of the following assistive features would you expect in your
>>>> mobile
>>>> phone? (Tick/highlight the relevant)
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Global Positioning System based navigational help for directions
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Proximity sensors,
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Multi-lingual speech recognition
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Text to speech support for local languages
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Peer to peer support
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Gesture based user friendly interfaces
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Call center support
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Applications such as Banking, Retail, Health Management, Emergency
>>>> guidance,
>>>> Weather, Community connect
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Contextual alerts and reminders
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Accessible keypad with large alphabets and numerals
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Display screen friendly for low vision users
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Accelerometer to measure linear acceleration
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Proximity sensor to detect nearby objects
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> FM radio for local news, entertainment, alerts
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> 6 basic keys for Dial/Answer, Disconnect, GPS, Proximity sensor,
>>>> Text to
>>>> speech, Speech recognition
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Gyroscope to measure acceleration, shake, vibration shock, or fall
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Digital compass (magnetometer), to detect direction
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
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>>>>
>>>> Product pricing
>>>>
>>>> How much are you willing to spend for a mobile phone which has the
>>>> above
>>>> chosen features?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Rs. 3000-4000 Rs. 4000-5000
>>>> Rs. 5000-6000
>>>>
>>>> Rs. 6000-7000 Rs. 7000-8000
>>>>> Rs. 8000
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Product value
>>>>
>>>> What is the value you will associate for a mobile phone assistive
>>>> device?
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> Rate questions on a scale of 1 to 5.
>>>>
>>>> Strongly disagree
>>>>
>>>> Disagree
>>>>
>>>> Neutral
>>>>
>>>> Agree
>>>>
>>>> Strongly agree
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>>> 1
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>>>> 2
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>>>> 3
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>>>> 5
>>>>
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>>>> I need such a device.
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>>>> This product is unique.
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>>>> I need this product to do my job.
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>>>> This product makes my life easier.
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>>>> This product is a great value.
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>>>>
>>>> Shrirang Prakash Sahasrabudhe
>>>>
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