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MP3 Player for the Blind or Visually Impaired

Hello.
I am a designer currently looking into developing a portable MP3 player
for the blind and visually impaired. The player will cater for their
specific needs, and will allow them to enjoy their music with ease.
I'm writing to you seeking suggestions on any features that would be
desirable in a product such as this. Most importantly, do you consider
a product such as this to be desirable? Or do you consider there to be
little need for an item such as this?

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I have been trying to find a good audio device for my mother who is blind and loves to read. Today, many audiobooks are going to electronic delivery. I would like to see an MP3 player that has a usb input. The usb is easier to handle than a micro sd card when you have arthritis in the hands. I would also like to have both ac and dc power capabilities considering she listens to audiobooks all day long. And of course, larger in size, buttons, etc.


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Dear Jamie,
There is a Munich University project called the Toelz Dice (Google for "Tölzer Würfel") which is a dice mp3 player designed for people with dementia. I think the bigger problem your relative has is the dementia, not the being visually impaired bit, but I might be wrong there.

Anyways - my grandma (91) can still see, but she cannot do technology very well anymore. The Toelz dice (at a whopping price of 250 EUR for a hardware value of at most 50 EUR, but apparently this differential is due to small series manual production vs. the completely automatised production of 100000 units or more) works for her. It has a total of 36 songs, is completely simple to use, and she is happy with it.

I do think though it still leaves room for improvement. Anyways - after seeing that the entertainment industry doesn't cater for it, not being a designer myself I have now started thinking on how an MP3 Player for People aged 80+ should look like. Whilst that is a different group of people to the blind / VI, it might be that certain overlaps exist. If so, please feel free to watch for progress on www.audio-for-elderly.com, and ideally please also answer the questionnaire on https://www.soscisurvey.de/audioforelderly/
Thanks a lot


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Rather than use a specifically designed physical mp3 player, is there a 'big button' application to use on a touchscreen tablet PC. This would turn the whole touch screen to a large mp3 player and allow partially sighted big fingered people to have an audiobook reader..


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You have had 6 years, any progress ? Document your progress, let us know what features you are included.There will be a monster market in the next 20 years. If you can't come up with something, I am.

Jamie Westell


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Hi!

I'm sending out a request for a sound system for the recently blind with early dementia.
My father(91) has ARMD and suffers from early dementia. I'm looking for a music storage device that can remember say 12 classical albums or better. What I want is simple...One KNOB or One BUTTON which would turn it on and play a permanent shuffle. Every time he switches it off,and then turns it on, it starts at another selection of music. I'm sure you can build in a safety remember position. A radio selection would be great, perhaps by turning the knob in a different direction. This might be too confusing. A radio we can set to play one station( like PBS or CBC )

You could use a dock perhaps, but I do not see a simple on/off switch working.
Maybe I could wipe my old desktop or get a used lap top and use it to collect data. That might involve programing the computer / lap to just play after turning on the on switch. I see this as a possible easy solution, just put a program into the device that controls everything with one button.
WE have to remember these older people cannot. 2 knobs or 2 big buttons is the limit.

I'm desperate for ideas, its not as simple as it looks...

Thanks,
Jamie


MP3 Player for the Blind or Visually Impaired : Aublble.com



It would be nice that it is an Audible approved player as well. Dad loves to listen to books, but cant find a player that he can work due to his macular degeneration.


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You can find affordable and accessible Talking MP3 Players at http://www.talkingmp3players.com/


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Almost forgot. The new web site for Sweet Pea 3 is www.sweetpea3.com.


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I picked up a sweet pea3 for a 95 year-old lady with macular degeneration who anted to listen to the Bible. I removed the children's music and loaded the Bible. After very little coaching she picked it up (much to the amazement of her family) and she *loves* it! Excellent product. Easy to handle and use and has a speaker like an old fashion transistor radio. And the single AA battery seems to last forever!


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I would like to point out the VictorReader Stream:
http://www.humanware.com/en-usa/products/blindness...
A review of the device can be found at this link:
http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-12519_7-10226447-49.h...

I am not blind, but visually impaired. My mother has the same disease (congenital nystagmus) but in much more advanced stage, to which I am progressing, too. I have been helping blind people (been a guide for the blind for several years), and am familiar with their needs. And I'm getting there, too, which helps me identifying those needs even better. And I think the Stream is really very good. One of the bonus features (maybe not appreciated by many, but notable) is that it can be connected via USB to your computer, and it appears just like any normal USB drive, no special software (for example, iTunes) or special drivers required. So it will work without any additional installation on any computer, be it Windows, Mac or Linux.


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Please come up with one of those for us that are visually impaired asap!! But please remember - the option for us "older" ones is the simpler the better. Not all of the bells and whistles. Just get the job done.


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My mother likes to listen to music and recently got to try and MP3 player and loved it. But she is very farsighted now. Another issue is that older people often have shakier hands that make it difficult to We would like to see an MP3 player that has:
a large font size
large screen size
no bigger than about 4" x 6", but thin so easily held in one hand. Something that could fit in a pocket.
a pull out so it can stand up
port for external speaker
ability to make play lists
ability to sort by title, artist, or album
ability to display current song
center button or main button with braille dot
large buttons
long battery life
external charging ability
2G or better
ability to play other formats would be a plus

Thank you for your consideration.
Sandy


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I just purchased the Ipod Shuffle with VoiceOver (which says the song title and artist) for my daughter who is visually impaired and it seems to be working quite well for her.


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AIFB( AUDIO INDEX FOR BLIND) is a project for blind person all over the world, maybe you can find some idea about MP3 Player for the Blind or Visually Impaired from it's site: www.i-mang.org
xubing from Beijing


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Perhaps one of the MOST important things you can do with an mp3 player for visually imparired is have it available in Spanish and other languages. I have a Spanish degree, I know some programming and I am fluent in Spanish and translations. I do videography and I consult daily with someone who has a masters degree in teaching the blind and she is a certified teacher for the visually impaired. I would be happy to consult with you free of charge to get started. tracyconger@hotmail.com


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Hello, my name is Michael Offord, President of Body ConnectionTM. Body ConnectionTM has developed a high quality WIRELESS Digital MP3 Player that is a true milestone for those who are visually impaired and enjoy listening to Audio Books or Music while doing activities – The SOLO WIRELESS Digital MP3 Player.

The unique design of the 2GB SOLO WIRELESS Digital MP3 Player places the MP3 Player into the headphones, eliminating the need for wires from the earpiece to a base player. AT LAST, no more wires or base unit to get in your way!

Features that set the SOLOTM apart from other units on the market today include:

1. Easy Touch Control Buttons (Only (4) control buttons to operate the unit).
a. On-Off-Pause
b. EQ
c. Volume Up/ Program Up
d. Volume Down/ Program Down

All buttons are placed on the right earpiece for easy access while wearing the unit. On-Off-Pause button has raised marking so it can be differentiated.

2. Download Protected and Unprotected Files
a.Supports All Subscription Audio Book/ Music Services.
b. Uses Windows Media Player Format

3. Automatic Power Down – Never Accidentally Leave Unit On
a.Turn the player to Pause and it will automatically power down after 20 seconds.

4. Top Quality Sound
a.The SOLOTM WIRELESS Digital MP3 Player sound quality will compete with any top model iPod or MP3 Player on the market.

5. Book Marking on all Programs
a.When you turn the SOLOTM off, it automatically resumes where you stopped (great for Audio Book listeners).

Other features include:

1. 2.0 USB High Speed Transfer
2. Rechargeable 3.7V Li-ion Battery
3. Up to 12 Hours of Continuous Play
4. 2GB Memory
5. Music Format:MP1/MPMP2/MP3/WMA/SECURE WMA/WAV/DMR/ASF/WMV

Again, the SOLO’S unique WIRELESS features, ease of operation, its dependability, and pure digital sound is an excellent fit for those who are visually impaired. If you have any questions, I can be reached via email @ mofford@bodyconnectinc.com, by phone at (888) 841-8338, or call me directly on my cell at (608) 577-0123. You can aslo check out our website at www.audioshape.com



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have you looked at the vi player out of england


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Hi

I am looking for an MP3 player as well. I have been using an iPod for the past 5 or so months and find it impossible, even with the little sight I do have.

I'd love an MP3 player which is easy to put songs on, for example, just to be able to copy and paste instead of using a music softwear such as iTunes. I think it should have an up and down function to select folders, back and forward to go navigate music when it has been accessed. I would like an option for the player to speak though the headphones. and most of all I would like the print to be at least 14 font.

I think the most important thing for me is that the player doesn't look like it's been designed for a stupid person. for it to have all these great functions but to look quit normal.

thanks for listening and i hope all goes well
Rachael Donnelly


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You've had some great responses here. My company produces a Digital Talking Bible - handheld and easy to use with speaker or headphones. Let me know if you are interested in it or a partnership of some kind. David Young 760-889-5444 or TheTalkingBook@yahoo.com


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This unit is designed for toddlers, so it is easy to use (3 buttons), indestructible, and cheap ($70): http://www.sweetpeatoyco.com/

NHA


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I have been looking for an MP3 player for my 92 year old mother in law who has very bad vision. She also needs something with controls she is likely to understand. Here are the important things for her. Large, easy, separate controls for start/pause, stop, fast forward, back, and volume. The traditional ipod like wheel is too difficult for her to get the hang of. It would also be great if it had a long battery life and a docking station. Personally I would like to find a radio/MP3 player that is a table/top model with its own controls that will accept files from a memory stick.


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I have had a Vi-Player now for a month or so and have to say it is easy to use and brilliant for my audio books... We have also got one for my son who is 7 and he wears it round his neck (a cord comes withy it) and dances to all his favourite songs or listens to his books at bedtime. Try it www.viplayer.co.uk one of the easiest to use units I have ever had


This looks like a good one!



Check out Blue Hat Toy Company Kids MP3 Player
Reg. $49.99
Sale $34.99

It looks like a great one!

http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?I...

Let your little ones enjoy some tiny tunes of their own! Blue Hat's fun, colorful MP3 boom box is ready for playtime with kid-friendly controls and an working LCD display – just like what mom and dad listen to! Model 1617011.

Built kid-strong for heavy-duty play
Load MP3 and WMA audio files directly from your computer
256MB built-in memory
Twin speakers with headphone jack
Includes 20 pre-recorded kid songs and USB cable
Measures 8.5" x 11" x 4"
Web ID: 315200

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

Adorable!, November 21, 2008
By ccrow from Warren, OH (read all my reviews)


"I bought this for my daughter's second birthday! She LOVES music and loves to dance! This is so easy for her to use and carry! The buttons are large and easy to press! Plus we can load it with all her favorite music!"


How often do you shop at macys.com?: First time
Are you a Macy's Credit Card holder?: Yes
What is your age?: 30-39
What is your gender?: Female


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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5

My Daughter LOVES this MP3 Player, October 12, 2008
By rkmommy from Mission Viejo, CA (read all my reviews)


"My newly 4 year old daughter just got this radio from a family friend. She absolutely LOVES it!!! The controls are easy to understand, she can easily pick her favorite songs to play, it comes with great kid songs, and it's a perfect size for her. It's not so small that she looses it, but it's small enough for her to carry around and dance with. I love it because she can control the volume with a dial, instead of most toys that just have a loud and louder setting."


-Jeff


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I just found a huge MP3 player at Walgreen's that my 92-year-old father-in-law, who has macular degeneration and slight dementia, has been able to use pretty well! It was only $20. The brand name is Living Solutions Colossal MP3 Player, and it is 4-1/2 inches by 10-3/4 inches, with a large control shaped like a big "plus" sign in the middle of which is a "stop/start/pause" button. It holds 1GB and has both an built-in speaker and an earphone socket. The use of earphones lets a listener use the MP3 player without bothering others.

I "googled" it online to see what I could find out about its maker (Living Solutions) and although I couldn't find out anything there, I did see some photos of it, so you can take a look by doing the same thing.

I bought two -- one to take home (from the convalescent home where he is) to reload with new things, and one to leave with him all the time.


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Since this was one of the first pages I came across while looking up information on this subject, I figure I should post this for others:
It seems the 4th generation iPod Nano has a 'spoken menu' option, which involves on-the-fly text-to-voice translation, able to pronounce album, artist and song names etc.
This may well extend to other iPod players in the future, depending on when you're reading this -- It'd be worth doing some research.
Right now, there's a video on YouTube of it in action at http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=J2DsOjMNixc

This is particularly great because the current iPod control design is already pretty well laid out for the vision impaired - the main buttons are in easily located positions, up, down, left and right of the central button, and scrolling is a simple matter of rotating your finger round the main circle. (In contrast, the new touch screen designs are horrible for the vision impaired -- let's hope they never phase the old design out!)
Thanks to everyone who's posted in the past, you've given me many interesting leads, though I think this is the best solution I've found -- I'm looking into it for my grandpa, who has macular degeneration and is now having difficulty reading the large labels made for his CD collection in the past.


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My friend in Australia is looking for an MP3 Player called Victor Rita Stream. He is completely blind and has requested this type, but have been unsuccessful on Ebay and other electronic outlet stores. Can someone help please.
Thank you. alisenj7@yahoo.com.au


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ebay.com has Mickey Mouse mp3 players for $18:

http://search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?from=R40&...

I just bought two. It looks like they will be very easy to use.

CJ


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I am visually impaired and have found the best mp3 player for the blind. This is an accessible mp3 player right off the shelf.


The cool thing is that this player was not even specifically designed to be accessible
for the blind. It is accessible due to the fact that it has no screen. The Creative Zensstone player (1 GB model) can store up to 1 Gig and only costs
about $40. It is about the size of a small pack of matches and iis smooth much like a skipping stone.
It would be nice if there was more storage space but 1 GB is adequate. It would also be nice if there was a easy to use radio. There are mp3 players with the FM radio feature but these have screen based functionality and try as you might, these are not accessible for blind and visually impaired people.

In any case, the Creative Zenstone 1 GB model is ideal. It does not require any extra software or scriptslike ipods and other similar players.


It is USB drag and drop which makes it as easy to use as possible. The sound is excellent
and with this player you can create folders for different types of music and audio books, for example. An added bonus, especially for those who listen
to audio books is the feature that starts the player where you left off even after it has powered down.

For essential details about the best mp3 player for the blind go to
www.stacybleeks.com/accessibility


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I am a 50 year old wife, mother and grandmother. I just received an IPod for my birthday this year. I am thrilled with it, as I am a great lover of music. We live next door to my parents, who are almost 80 years old. My father is almost completely blind due to Macular Degeneration and he is afflicted with numerous other serious health problems. He spends most of his time in bed and is very depressed. I gave him my IPod this past weekend to use and I helped him get it started. He was absolutely thrilled to listen to music while resting his eyes in bed. He instantly said that he wanted one and I thought it might be a great gift for Father's Day. Then, several hours later, he changed his mind. He said that there was really no point in him owning his own because he could not see the symbols for "play", "rewind", "fast forward", etc., nor could he navigate with the highly sensitive control "button. He said, "I can't keep calling you over every time I want to change artists or turn the volume up or down." At that moment, I thought to myself that "someone should make a specialized MP3 player that an individual with a vision impairment can see and/or feel the controls to play music, control the sound, change songs, stop when they are done, etc. Audio books would also be great for my dad to listen to and to help pass the time pass. It would also give my mom an occasional break from constant caretaking, which she desperately needs.

I am so happy that someone else is thinking along the same lines and I hope with all my heart that a device such as this will be available for my dad before he passes and misses the opportunity to enjoy his favorite music.

Thank you for allowing me to add a little input.

Sincerely,

Kim Drasen
ksdrasen@yahoo.com


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If you can also color code the buttons (Red to stop, green to play and yellow to pause) in addition to including Braille, that would be a great help for those with 20% vision. My mom is 91 and lost vision due to Macular Degeneration, and trying to find an MP3 player that she can use is difficult. I have put bumps and colored with markers, but the units are too small.


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This would be great thing IMO, My mom is blind and she loves audio books but theres a very limeted amount here in Ireland and there quite hard tog et hold of new ones and such so I decided to download a few onto my ipod for her but she found it really diffucult to navigate as it is a touch wheel, I find it odd that iTunes will sell Audio Books but not a suitable device to listen to them with.

I think if there was software on the mp3 player that would read out the menu on the player as the user highlights eash option, My mom has a mobile phone with such software and it's really helpful and also if it was manouvered with buttons and not a touchwheel as my mom found that one particularly difficult, I wish you luck and really hope you are succesful with this as I think there is a great need for a product like this.


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8Gb on SD card... the bookmarking function really works and this unit could be used by children as well as adults. I think you can get more information at www.viplayer.co.uk I was informed that they are looking to appoint a distributor for the US and this info may be on the website


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I have now used the new "Vi-Player" at a recent open day in the UK and the unit is excellent. Voice guided, intuitive and easy to use while offering 4Gb flash and up to 8


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A player is also needed fr those with dementia / alzheimer's disease. my father has it, loves classical music. If the player had one btton for start and stop, I think he would use it. Any progress? Seems like a very simple thing to design & market.


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I too have an elderly mother with macular degeneration and she has very little remaining vision. She loves both music and books but prefers to keep these functions separate and so I would prefer to buy her an mp3 player that has 1) minimal controls, 2) big memory, 3) affordable price 4) shuffle play is completely unimportant. Basically, an mp3 player for books, not music. Affordable=less than $200. Thanks!


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Yes ! What a great thread.

Like so many I have an infirm (limited dexterity) partially blind mother. She loves books, I need MP3 flash memory device with simple large controls similar to tape recorder (she can handle that by touch) which retains place in book.

I can transfer from CD to MP3 flash plug in

Small butttons/ CDs no use - too fiddly - plus she would damage them).

Advice sought !

- and thanks to all those who contributed to this thread - first time I feel not alone


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we need to find someone who can copy this product and sell it at a reasonable rate. Instead of the 350+ dollar price tag it is currently priced. Obviously an inflated price targeting insurance companies. It has raised tactile Buttons, the ability to insert sd card and many other goodies
.http://www.independentliving.com/prodinfo.asp?numb...


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a button that when pressed, goes back 5 seconds would be a helpful for repeating poorly understood section of talking books


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I have a teenage niece and pre-teen nephew who are legally blind and who desperately want to fit in with the other kids in school. The current MP3 players on the market are just so small. They would need something with larger displays and buttons, having similar features to the popular MP3 players. I think it would be great if there were a product out there for them!


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Check out www.viplayer.co.uk I understand this will be launched globally on September 1st and is an exciting development for VIPs. The website is basic at the moment but the unit has the backing of Calibre Cassette Library and the RNIB


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I would love for my 7 yr old visually impaired son to have an MP3 player that he can operate himself. He also has Cerebral Palsy which causes him to have fine motor problems. My suggestions include, easy to use buttons for both fine motor issues as well as visual issues and a large screen display. Stop making everything so small. Also, I am curious as to whether or not this posting is still being followed as the initial post was in Nov. 2005.


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I also agree that this is an extremely valuable idea. My mother is legally blind, and has some parkinsons w/ memory affected.

Key for me is:

-single start/stop button. Nothing else, no fast forward, no search through selections. Family would load a book onto the player, to be read over time.

- bookmark feature, so when turned off/stopped, the place is marked for reading when turned on again.

Also: I think another very useful item would be a simple, easy to use telephone. I notice that big button phones are very weak in the 'memory dial' area; and modern phones now use a screen to visually select memory- useless to the blind.

Thanks, and best of luck on the project.
Bill S.


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My wife is legally blind and has been "reading" books through the New York State Talking Books program which provides a large 4 track tape player. However, I have been recording some new spoken material on our Macintosh using the Garage Band application. An accessible MP3 player would be an excellent way to deliver this to her since she would prefer not to be tied to the computer in order to listen to the material. The features of an ideal MP3 player would be:
1) audible feedback including title of current track, control being pressed
2) simple and easy to use hand controls (must be able to differentitate the controls by feel)
3) ability to rewind and fast forward
4) easy to load new material without requiring plugs and cords (blue tooth technology would allow the product to recognize and communicate with the computer without requiring the plugging in of cords)
5) fast forwarding provides audible cues when chapters, major headings or new tracks are reached


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Thank yu very much for your interest in designing an mp3 playr fr the lid: such poduct is very much neded. I own cose to 1,500 cds ad it would be fantastc to be ableto eventually put my whole clection into such player and beableto get t any song or album qickly nd eaily. I use my PC as an mp3 player wih th hlp f Jawsand just love it. Perhaps similarly, a portable unit could have a mini speech scren reader which would tell us exactly wherewe're at and we'd beableto go t any sog or album quickly ad indpendently no tial anderror of playing a selectiontosee if we'reat the right one.


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I've used a ipod nano which you need to navagate blindly, no pund intended, but it has some obstacles for a blind user. If you need to find a book, you need to jump through your files until you find what you are looking for. Than you can read and stop, and turn the ipod off, than come back the next day and turn the ipod on and hit play and you will be where you left off, and as long as you don't update your ipod with your itune, the ipod will always remember where you left off. However, if you update your ipod daily to get your daily newspapers, well than at the point you need to listen and skip through each file until you find what you want to read, or ask someone to go through the menu and visually find what you want to read. Except for this problem, the ipod is quite simple to use. you have play and stop at the 6 o-clock position on the wheel circle. To skip to the next chapter or the next article, song, book or newspaper just click the 3 o-clock position, and to skip back hit the 9 o-clock position. To rewind press and hold the 9 o-clock position and to fast forward you would press and hold the 3 o-clock position. A heads up, if you are not using the ipod you should always turn it off, and to confirm it is off, you should hit the play and hear nothing. I have not been able to organize the music, newspaper, and books into distinct folders on the ipod, even though in itune the music is in the music folder, the newspaper is in the podcast folder, and the books are on audible folder. . Aside from that how did you like the play Mrs. Lincoln? Well, I love my ipod, but I am searching for an mp3 player which makes it easier for a blind user to get to what I want to read quicker.


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My mother has Macular Degeneration and I have found no MP3 players compatible for her condition. We have books for her to listen to and when you turn the machine off it reverts back to the beginning. When she turns the machine back on, she can't find where she left off listening. if you put it on 'pause', the machine burns up in a few months. We are very frustrated and discouraged.


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I would like to see a very simple music player. My mom has mid stage alzheimers and is begining to have vision problems. I'd like to see somthing that I could load up with music, and when my mom turns it on it just plays her music randomly (like a big, one button ipod shuffle). Something with one big knob that turns the unit on and off and adjusts the volume, sort of like radios did when I was a kid. Many elderly people have younger family members that would gladly load music or make play lists, but it's hard to find this simple of a player.


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I have been shopping to purchase some sort of portable player for my Mom. She loves "Big Band" music and her favorites from the 40's, but is not interested in the new technologies available to listen. If she had a small player with a speaker to listen to her music, it would be perfect. She wouldn't like to have earbuds or earphones on because she doesn't like to have the restriction to her hearing. I wanted to purchase something that would have a LARGE play button separate from the others, and the other functions (pause, stop,etc.) would have to have distinct positions on the player. She has trouble dialing the correct phone #'s on the telephone sometimes because the feeling in her fingers isn't too great. I think this product you are trying to develop would be a great idea. Everyone loves music...it is essential in my daily life, so I would like to give it to my mother as a gift. I could find the songs that she always loved and put them on her player for her...I would really appreciate this and I know she would really enjoy having something...thank you!!!


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I would love to find a low cost Mp3 player for the blind. I have a friend at church that has Macular degeneration and can barely see. She wants me to find one I can put the Bible on, but it has to be at least 2GB. and easy to change from one chapter to the next without getting lost.
She is also older and technilogicaly challenged.


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thank you.


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i am investigating the Milestone 311 player for my mum who is 84 and both blind and 'technology challenged" (a function of old age). It bills itself as accessible for the blind and has voice responses telling you what you are doing. the description if found is"
Because of its simplicity and extreme accessibility, I highly recommend this unit to anyone. When I compare it with other digital voice recorders I've tried, this one ranks way above them in accessibility and recording quality. You don't have to count your way through menus and hope you've hit the right button to delete a file because everything speaks. It's a little pricy, but it's definitely worth the money. "

i would be interested in anyone elses comments. my only concerns are that it is so small that the buttons are not easy for an older person and it has other functions (digital voice recorder) that make it somewhat confusing.


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Hi, I am Hazel from Malaysia. My company sells telecommunication equipment here and I am associated with several R&D centres in China, Taiwan and Korea.

I am very happy to have found your website. I Have friends who own factories in China manufacturing mp3 and mp4, plastic moulding factories..etc. I will be happy to to discuss with your group to come up with such a product.

I was actually looking for audio Bible, since there is already digital Quran (for the Muslims). Please give me more ideas and when this product eventually materialises, I want to reserve a large portion of the operating profits for God's ministry.

My initial idea:
A simple mp3, with braille on the large navigation buttons;
One touch button to select Old/ New Testament
Scroll down with voice prompt for Book names
Scroll down for chapter numbers
Scroll down for verses
work with existing audio Bibles - users can choose if they want a male/ female voice
(should have say 3 types of voices for male and female each)

Additional features:
- alarm clock
- hourly prompt
- multiple alarms for the day (pray all the times)
- selected hymns
- background music?

In fact, this product need not be for the blind alone, it can be for the old, the sick, also children and busy working adults, who have no time to sit and read. By listening to audio Bible, we saves time and yet get in-touch with God's message.

Please email me if there is any comment or suggestions. If we can get some commitment from the churches/ users, this product can be developed really fast and in reasonable cost.

Yes, lets bring light of the world to the blind!

Thank you.

Hazel Sia
SQ6380@gmail.com


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I think that would be favulous. I have an iPod shuffle right now because it does not have a screen like the other iPods. However I want to use the other iPods because they have mroe features. I would suggest workin with apple, otherwise the mp3 player will not be able to use iTunes files. Other than that I reccomend easy to use buttons and a screen reader to tell you what song you're on, etc...


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I have an 89 year mother with no vision in one eye and in an advanced stage of Macular degeneration in the other. An MP3 player with easy to touch and distingush buttons would greatly enhance her life in allowing her to listen to shows, play music and listen to the reading of books.


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This is an important topic; the technology exists to create this device. It is a matter of joining the necessary components in a device that can be "read" and manipulated by people with limited vision. I became interested in this topic after about six months of frustration trying to get an iriver player to play books from NetLibrary. What I learned in all this is that the commercial manufacturers are not interested in making players that download and play free content, like NetLibrary. Not long after I figured out how to do it on my own (it takes two additional pieces of 3rd party software (Tunebite and Total Recorder) I visited an elderly friend, an avid reader, who is losing her sight to macular degeneration and glaucoma. An MP 3 that reads books (free ones, of course) would be ideal for people like her.
I would urge you to think more broadly about who might be interested in such a player; this would create greater marketability and perhaps interest by one of the current manufacturers. I think the burgeoning population of Baby Boomers in or approaching senior status is a natural audience. I'm actually older than that, but the BaBoms are a potent market and they would want a player that did both books, music, and other MP3 content--the whole array.
Best wishes in your quest. i would be happy to share my info about how to break NetLibrary files into playable segments.


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Try the toy department. Fisher Price has a kid friendly (aka easy to use and not so delicate) MP3 player! The toy department is a great resource for elderly folks that don't have the great eye sight, hearing and dexterity they used to have. Many of the "toys" are even better than the high tech (and high priced) versions made specifically for handicapped users!


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After thinking about this some more, I think something more on the lines of Palm Handhelds would be better for low vision/blind and/or elderly people. The size is a bit larger, but Palms have a center button that seems easy to operate w/o looking. PLUS, for low vision people, if you download the REAL player, it has a fairly large screen that has the forward/reverse/pause/stop icons. If you combined this with allowing people to set their own colors, to the ones that would work best for them, I think that might be good.


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I'm currently looking for an MP3 player that would be blind friendly & elderly friendly for my mom, so she could listen to audio books. I've had experience with MP3 players, since I had an IRiver (that I returned), a Rio & now have three iPods. But as someone mentioned above, I don't think turning off & on would be a problem for her. It's when she'd want to rewind/fast forward, that most (all?) MP3s that I've seen would be confusing to her. Also, I think that same person mentioned, that for the elderly, the MP3 player being mobile, is not so much of an issue as it is just being able to control it. IE, if there was an external keyboard/keypad that was blind/low vision friendly & had the old pause/play/rewind/fast forward buttons that cassette players used to have.


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Hello I had a reio mp3 player. It was pretty easy to use. I had tried some RCA players and they did not work. If you do make this device please let us know. Make it so the music goes in to one place. Or if you orginze it make so the we can just push one button and not 10 of them. Thanks


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Some devices I see for the visually imapaired do not seem to take into account that many visually impaired people are elderly and can not hear well so they need good speaker with a big enough amp to drive it without distortion. They also need a large input device as trying to navigate small keypads is very frustrating for them. Portability is less important to most of them. I would also add that music is only a small part of what many would like to listen to. Radio shows, Sermons and the Bible are popular and the ability choose the program and with the Bible the book,chapter and verse is of great importance to them. I would also like to see the ability to plug in a USB drive. Within reason I think many would pay extra for these features. Good luck.


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Hi,
I have been looking for an MP3 player for my birthday which isn't far off, and I am running out of time. A very good friend, who has an I Pod, recommended the I Pod shuffle, but the bad thing about that is I can't play songs I want, I just have to let them play in a random order.
Could you please send me an email, with a suggestion for an MP3 player that would be easy for me to use, It doesn't have to be expensive, just as long as I will be able to use it like a CD player. Please include the brand name, because it will help my parents find one for me easier.
Also, I downloaded Itunes onto my computer, and I have software that allows Jaws to work with Itunes, but I have heard that only I Pods work with Itunes, so could you please tell me about any programs similar to Itunes that will work with MP3 players?
Thanks, bye.


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http://www.rockbox.org/ has replacement firmware that enables some mp3 players to be used by the blind or visually impaired by using spoken menus. I wouldn't know how long it would take to set this up and it might take the help of a computer expert to get it running properly.

There is also the Apple Ipod Shuffle which can be operated by the blind due to its simplicity.


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There are off-the-shelf MP3 players that can be operated by people who
are blind or visually impaired. Models change so often that it is hard to recommend specific players. You should go to an electronics store and try
different players, whether you have some vision or not. Read a review of
two accessible players made specifically for people who are blind: A
Library in Your Hand: A Review of the Book Port and the
BookCourier
http://www.afb.org/afbpress/pub.asp?DocID=aw050407...


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As my local library now allows free downloads the following is their requirements.

wma secure/protected file; min 32 kbps; min 256 mb memory; supports bookmarking and supports fulltime stamping.
What is the time frame your product may be available.

Thanks


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Hi

My girlfriend is visually impaired and we are looking into an MP3 player for her. For her the screens are always going to be too small so maybe focus on something that is intuitive to use without a screen. She has borrowed an Ipod Nano and something along those lines would be good. The improvements she would like to make the nano more usefull would be a method to rewind and fastforward and the ability to store files in folders.


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an Mp3 player like that would be great, as a suggestion there is something called blue 2 technology that makes cell phones talk, maybe it could work with Mp3 players too, and i would suggest a lot of contrast with colors.


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I am very interested in a blind friendly mP3 player. My husband is sighted, and has tried many times, unsuccessfully, to find a way for me to use the ones currently on the market.

Thank you very much.


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My mother listens to books that I download for her on an Otis MP3 player. She is legally blind. She can turn it on and off, but if something goes wrong and she somehow gets to the wrong part of the book, she is helpless unless I fix it for her.
I would definitely purchase one that would help her to know where she is in the book.
Thank you so much.
DB


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Hello,

I wouldn't mind a a small but effective assessible mp3 player. i use my computer a lot with my screen reader. Maybe a mp3 player the size of a screen that could flip and could speak but, not cost that much. Assistive technology cost so much right now let alone a mp3 player. I agree with wave, daisy, mp3, mp4, cda file formats. Cool idea.


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i have a friend whose optic nerve failed very suddenly recently and would be interested in hearing about any further advances of your VI-friendly mp3 player.
he loves to read, so audiobook compatibility would be nice, as would easy-to-use controls, either a click-wheel or something that says the titles out loud (if possible. i'm aware of some text-to-voice programs, not sure if they could be incorporated into the mp3 player easily though)

any more information on VI-compatible mp3 players would be greatly appreciated
TDAVISDR@carolina.rr.com


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I am a blind user of technology. Also being a second year student at university in the United Kingdom I am desperate to find an MP3 player which is accessible. I was looking at Sony's 20 Gb player the other day and for the price it was good. However, two drawbacks the transfer software was inaccessible and the player itself unnavigable because of the menus. If someone could come up with a piece of software to run off the player it would be fantastic! Also to just put a question out there does anyone know of an MP3 or IPod which is easy and accessible to use? Diane


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Thank you very much for the responses - they have been extremely helpful. I will keep you updated on any developments.


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Hello,
I am greatly interested in an mp3 player I can see!
I have low vision, and contrast is great for reading. A decent sized color LCD (at least 3") with backlighting would be great, w/ larger text. Definitely need 2-3 gigs minimum. Since we got a large color screen, the ability to hold pictures and video would be neat as well, I know our totally blind users wouldn't take advantage of this feature as much, but they can still share photos with friends and family who can see.
Thanks so much for listening!
-Eric


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I would definitely be interested in a MP3 player with good accessibility for the blind. I've tried using my wife's players, a Creative Labs Muvo 256 and a SanDisk 512 Mb with limited success. Generally, I can get the units turned on, usually move to different books or parts of a book (she uses them for audible books) and change the volume. Sometimes I get lost and the inability to read the screen usually does me in.

I do have a few suggestions for making one accessible to the blind. Generally, if it is possible to reset the unit to a known starting point and if there is some way to move through the menus one click at a time, then I can find my way around inside the machine. A thumb wheel with a click that moves the menu selection would be useable. Alternatively, a rocker that moves the selection up or down one position will also work. What won't work is a joystick that requires the user to hold the stick in one position while watching the action on the LCD screen. Perhaps a little speech synthesizer could be used inconjunction with a software package that ran on a regular PC that allowed the blind user to select what the synthesizer would say when a menu selection is highlighted (kind of like JAWS dictionary function). It would really be handy if this software would show how the menu is going to appear on the LCD screen and let the blind user practice maneuvering around before it is loaded on the MP3 player. Pipe dreams I imagine!!

Thank you for your interest in providing a MP3 player that is accessible to us. My wife's Muvo was the closest I've personally seen but unfortunately it didn't last long. For those that think I had something to do with it's demise, I deny everything and demand proof!


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I have hear that the Lyra from RCA is accessible. how accessible are these units nad what are there features? Thanks. Becky


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I am also looking for an MP3 player for myself. I think any MP3 player that is designed for the blind should enable a user to store music and data files onto an MP3 player. I would prefer a player that can hold many hours of music. I would like an MP3 player that can hold at least 4GB of date, be easy to use, small, and support DRM, MP3, WMA, and WAV. MP3 players can also be valuable in educational settings. Thank you for your interest in developing an MP3 player for the visually impaired community.


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I would love to see a MP3 for visually impaired. I am currently searching for a MP3 for my teenage son who is blind. I am uncertain if he will be able to utilize the standard ones indepentantly or not. He has several hundred CD's that would be suited on an MP3 for his enjoyment. Do you know of any standard MP3's that would serve his need now?? THANKS


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