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The Wonders Of Technology

I imagine most of us have mixed feelings about all the high-tech devices that have come out over the last few years, depending on the situation. Sometimes, they can excite us, sometimes frustrate us (especially when they don't work or crash), and there are moments when you may feel downright overwhelmed by the frequency with which they change. That cell phone you bought yesterday? They just came out with an even better version of the one you walked out of the store with, darn it! But I think the majority of us would have to agree that most of the time, this 21st-century technology can be very beneficial. After all, what would we do if we were told we could never send another email or text message, or close another business deal on our wireless phone while away from the office, or (shudder) chat on Facebook? We'd be lost. Another sector of the population who has enjoyed the luxury of current technology is the blind and visually impaired. Let's put it this way: I wouldn't be able to continue to do my job here at the radio station very effectively without it. Many people are fascinated when I tell them I have speech software on my computer, which allows me to read emails, surf the Internet, or even write this blog. I have a Braille device that I use to do those things as well. I even bought an iPhone 3GS, which has voice software that enables me to navigate the touch screen, which would otherwise be impossible for a blind person to use. Since I get a lot of inquiries about these devices, I thought it would be helpful to include a few links to some companies who specialize in this particular field. Progress still needs to be made in making today's technology accessible for blind people, and some of the devices and software are quite expensive. But these products have opened many doors to opportunities that a blind person has never had. If you know someone who is blind and would benefit from this, or if you're just curious, check out the links below. Oops! Gotta run. I think I just got another email I need to answer. http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/home http://www.freedomscientific.com/ http://www.gwmicro.com/



 
01/26/2010 3:56PM
The Wonders Of Technology
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01/26/2010 4:00PM
Eric Lee
I found your blog on google and read a few of your other posts. I just added you to my Google News Reader. Keep up the good work. Look forward to reading more from you in the future.
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