SeroTalk Podcast 147: All-Encompassing Widget Widget

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Welcome to this week’s jam-packed episode of the SeroTalk Podcast. After Jamie, Ricky and Joe discuss the top news stories of the week, Ricky sits down with Sina Bahram to discuss the new scientific graphing calculator from The American Printing House for the Blind and Orbit Research.
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From Randy Hammer:

Greetings Serotalk,

The recent CSUN coverage has me really wondering about braille displays. The last refreshable braille display that I used was a VersaBraille in 1985. Ever since then I have been a voice output person.

I’m wondering about the use case for braille displays. Yes, they are virtually silent, and they mean easier reading while listening to other audio sources. However, I have always thought of them as just another device that I have to carry around and troubleshoot when it encounters problems. Headphones are light, easy-to-use, cheap-to-replace, and allow me to differentiate between my input
(hands) and output (ears).

The coverage leads me to believe that these devices are very popular.

Have I missed the boat on something? Are braille displays really going to provide a use that I can’t get from voice output?

Thanks, and I look forward to your comments.


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One Response to SeroTalk Podcast 147: All-Encompassing Widget Widget

  1. Dan TeVelde says:

    I would like to respond to Randy Hammer’s comments about Braille. Displays have come a long way since the VersaBraille and they are now smaller and somewhat cheaper. There are also many notetaking options with phones and Braille displays as well as traditional notetakers. I can’t imagine doing my job without a Braille display. It would be very challenging to only rely on synthetic speech to read and write mainframe programs as well as trouble-shooting and testing. I can also easily carry around a portable Braille display with a keyboard to use with my iPhone. I even have room in my backpack for a traditional Braille notetaker. I also can’t imagine doing record-keeping and finding information without having the capability to write in Braille. I can also download and read Braille books from many sources. I could go on and on but I think people will understand my point about the importance of Braille.
    I’m not against synthetic speech and use it when I want to find out what is going on without taking my hands off of a computer keyboard. I do my detailed work and editing in Braille.

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