Archive for the ‘Member of the Public’ Category

Chat with Fiona Dunn

July 17, 2007

Fiona Dunn is a member of the public who dropped by our room at Sight Village to talk to us about how she has found the event to be so far.


Discussion with wil Lomas

July 16, 2007

Wil Lomas talks about what he’s looking forward to seeing when he visits Sight this coming Wednesday.

Discussion with Sean Farrow

July 15, 2007

Terry talks with sean Farrow who is ixtremely interested in technology concerning his thoughts of Sight Village. In the past and what he is looking forward to this year.

Discussion with Matthew Horspool

July 14, 2007

Matthew Horspool, one of the voices behind the newly established ViTech Podcast, talks with Brian about his previous experiences of Sight Village and which exhibitors interest him this year.

Terry in Australia!

July 11, 2007

Terry has been in Australia this week on business.

He takes time out to talk with Scott Erichsen about T&~T’s two new products to be launched at sight, about things Scott would look at if he was at the show, as well as towards the end take a little musical break.

Thank goodness he doesn’t try to talk like an ausie!!

Comments from David Bates

July 8, 2007

The following comments were submitted by David Bates, a subscriber to our Blog, which he sent through by Email.


I have been a computer user since 1990 but in 1998 I lost the ability to read, and purchased a copy of JAWS, for both business and home use.

In my business I was used to staffing an exhibition stand and talking to trade buyers who had prepared themselves before handso that they could appraise the products on offer very quickly.

I therefore find the organisation of ‘Sight Village’ very frustrating and unprofessional.

Because I am now blind I cannot browse for interesting products, I cannot refer to the catalogue as I walk around, and I cannot even obtain details of new products a week or two beforehand so that I can prepare for my visit. I have therefore given up visiting the exhibition and instead send for the CD afterwards.

I get the impression that Sight Village is organised principally for Social Workers and university researchers, although I expect that some exhibitors are seeking visually impaired custommers who are actually prepared to buy their products.

If it was considered desirable, this exhibition could be marketted easily to visually impaired customers by sending a master tape or CD to all relevant associations and talking newspapers, containing a 40 – 60 second audio piece from each exhibitor giving product details, Company name, phone number and stand number. If a copy of this could reach most visually impaired people by early June, they could phone relevant exhibitors for further details of products of interest, and then perhaps choose to visit the supplier’s stand to examine the product.

It is likely that most of the voluntary newstape organisations would co-operate, and the most likely problem would be congestion caused by too many visually impaired visitors attending the exhibition, perhaps requiring a move to a larger venue in future years.


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Azabat Games

July 20, 2006

Brian’s daughter Kerri-Ann Hartgen buys some games from a company called Azabat.  These are games which speak all their prompts with the NeoSpeech voices.


Sight Village Podcast Launch

July 8, 2006

Terry Clasper and Brian Hartgen talk using Skype about the purpose of the Podcast, web site and Blog, together with outlining the range of offerings at the T&T Consultancy Ltd room during Sight Village this year.