Voice synthesizer for blind and visual impaired person

Bradley Hook bhook at kssb.net
Wed Mar 28 08:13:08 CEST 2007

I work at the Kansas School for the Blind. Portable computing devices
for the visually impaired are extremely expensive, so seeing an
affordable OpenMoko device that is blind-friendly would be great.

Personally, I am interested in OpenMoko because I think using a phone
for remote administration of my Linux servers would be convenient. But,
I'd be more than interested in connecting developers with the experts I
know in the field of disability accommodations.

As for making touch-screen devices accessible, take a look at the
"Maestro", which has a clip-on cover for Dell Axim PocketPCs. You can
see a picture of the device at

A similar clip-on device would be ideal in the case of OpenMoko.
Obviously, if the UI were designed with such a cover in mind, then
implementation of the cover device would be much easier.


adrian cockcroft wrote:
> There are a lot of people who can't read the tiny fonts on their phone
> screen. I'm particularly interested in making a UI variant that is
> optimized for people with failing eyesight, but not completely blind.
> I have a friend with macular degeneration who wants me to make a phone
> she can use, and many older people just get long sighted and want a
> simple UI they can actually read.
> For completely blind people we could make a voice driven UI using
> VoiceXML to specify the flows. I work alongside someone who has done
> VXML work using Tellme's backend service. I'm not sure if there are
> implementations we could use on the phone itself.
> Adrian
> On 3/27/07, Gabriel Ambuehl <gabriel_ambuehl at buz.ch> wrote:
>> On Tuesday 27 March 2007 10:23:08 Bartlomiej Zdanowski AutoGuard Ltd.
>> wrote:
>> > There's so much to do for blind person and we can do it together so
>> > think guys and please provide some solutions and thoughts.
>> I would imagine that a touchscreen only phone is quite hard to use for
>> blind
>> people as opposed to a phone with proper keys?
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