Archive for the ‘Sight Village 2007’ Category

Sight Village Contents and Product Status

July 31, 2007

In this post we give you the contents of the latest release of Infotech and talk about the status of our new products.


A Surprise!

July 21, 2007

In this post we continue to reflect on Sight Village, talk about the future of the Blog, and we have a little surprise for you!

Unified english Braille

July 21, 2007

This presentation concerning Unified English Braille.

Dancing Dots Again!

July 21, 2007

Another Dancing Dots presentation recorded by Matthew Horspool.

Dancing Dots Presentation

July 20, 2007

Bill McCann demonstrates products from Dancing Dots

Victor Reader Stream Presentation

July 20, 2007

This is Humanware’s presentation concerning the Victor reader Stream.

Pac Mate Omni Presentation

July 20, 2007

This is Jonathan Mosen’s presentation concerning the Pac Mate Omni

Travelling Back

July 20, 2007

Travelling back from Sight Village, Brian talks about the high points of the event for him.

Start of Thursday

July 19, 2007

General discussion in the T&T room at the start of Thursday.

Freedom Scientific Seminar

July 19, 2007

Eric Damery presents a seminar relating to JAWS for Windows, focusing upon the support for Windows Vista.

K-Sonar Seminar

July 18, 2007

The K-Sonar mobility aid was launched on Tuesday. This is the launch seminar.

Travelling to Sight Village

July 18, 2007

Terry travels to Sight Village on Wednesday.

GW Micro Seminar

July 18, 2007

GW Micro deliver a presentation concerning Window-Eyes and the Small Talk Ultra.

Smart Phone or PDA, which one for me!

July 18, 2007

This is the Dolphin seminar from Dave Williams concerning PDA’s and Smart Phones.

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.

One day and counting!

July 16, 2007

Terry and Brian chat from the T&T office during the last minute preparations for this years event.

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.

It’s That Man Again!

July 15, 2007

Steve Nutt of Computer Room Services discusses with Brian his plan for this year’s Sight Village event.


July 14, 2007

Terry offers reflections of last year’s Sight Village and looks forward to this year’s excellent event.

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.

Products from Dräger & Lienert

July 12, 2007

The blog has received the following from the company Dräger & Lienert.


At SightVillage in Birmingham (17th to 19th July) we will show two new members of the Tag It family.


Tag It Guide is an in door navigation system for buildings. The system also can be used in museums to link objects with audio information.


Tag It Media lets people without any computer knowledge access information such as internet radio, podcasts and more.


MAX – The DaisyMaker turns information automatically into daisy. Learn and listen with a mobile daisy player while walking through a forest.


Tag It has many new features. There is an interface available between Tag It an MileStone.


We are looking forward to meeting you at booth D5.


T&T Consultancy Ltd to Deliver Presentation to the British Computer Association of the Blind Dureing Sight Village Plus

July 11, 2007


For the second consecutive year, T&T Consultancy Ltd are delighted to be delivering a presentation at the Annual General Meeting of the British Computer Association of the Blind. BCAB’s Sight Village Plus annual event allows its members to experience the huge variety of products being exhibited at the Sight village exhibition and, on the following day, take advantage of a themed presentation relating to a topical issue of benefit to technology enthusiasts and professionals who work with it.


In 2006, we presented a seminar concerning portable media devices, podcasting and blogs. This year, we take the challenge of delivering a presentation relating to the new Windows Vista operating system and Office 2007. We are delighted to be presenting a seminar to BCAB during this well-known annual event.

During the Friday morning, the presentation will include:

  • How Windows Vista differs from Windows XP. This is a substantial topic but will be presented to give people a very useful introduction to how to quickly get to grips with the new operating system and its advantages.
  • How effectively visually impaired people can access Windows Vista using screen-reading technology with JAWS for Windows, Window-Eyes, Hal and System Access.
  • Accessibility facilities built into the operating system which are of benefit to visually impaired people.
  • Vista Speech Recognition technology including reference to our J-Vist product.
  • An overview of Office 2007 including how one can make the transition from an earlier release of the product.

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!!

New Feed for Podcast

July 9, 2007

Unfortunately, we needed to change the feed people will use to subscribe to the Podcast. The audio files were taking hours to filter through to Podcatchers such as Juice and iTunes which was just unacceptable for Sight Village.


The new feed is now as follows:

Early reports suggest this is working very well.

Useful Links

July 8, 2007

We are aware that there are now a number of subscribers to the Blog and Podcast, some of whom are joining us from outside the UK and you are very welcome. We thought the following links may be helpful.


Sight Village is the largest exhibition of equipment and services for people with a visual impairment in Europe, taking place on 17th through to 19th July. It is attended by many worldwide company representatives and thousands of visually impaired people. This link will take you to an alphabetical list of exhibitors, courtesy of the Describe On-Line web site who produce the text guide to Sight Village. Do look around the site as it is full of useful information concerning the event including exhibitor details and seminars.


Sight Village is hosted by the Queen Alexandra College, Birmingham.


The upcoming edition of our Infotech magazine contains a short preview of some of the exciting new products exhibitors will be demonstrating.


Our Sight Village page will let you know how to get involved with the blog and podcast if you wish to do that.


If you wish to visit us at Sight Village, we are located within Room G3.

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.


End of Comments

First Post regarding Sight Villlage 2007

July 8, 2007


Brian and Terry give you a preview of what is to come within the Sight Village 2007 Blog and Podcast.