Since the 1980s, more and more companies have come up with more and more ingenious devices. One example are scanners. They can be used to reproduce a document yes, but another feature they have is that it has the capability to read the document to you. We were playing with a good number of the gadgets and very quickly found how easy they were to use and how confident you felt using them.
It was nice to actually be able to play with the gadgets. We think it was possible to order some of the items on the day.
And before we forget, there were e-book readers like the Kindle Fire which can also enlarge text on screen. Some of the devices were shown last year, as were the computers with speech capabilities, which can now be purchased from a high street store. Specially modified tablets and iPhones were also there in force. We think that any computer whiz kid, would be in their element with the technology that was on show.
There was representation from a well know optician chain, who cater for people with sight problems. They showed us working reading lights. That was good to see. We were tempted by that.
The Christian based charity, Torch Trust, were also in attendance. They provided book and other equipment for blind people. They also run a holiday retreat. Our school hymn books were produced by them as was a magazine they published, that we read in our childhood called, Spark. Hawkeye says, “stop the world I want to get off.”
Various age and health charities were there, all of which provided us with very useful information, which we’ve shared with disability and support networks. Hi Pat! If you’re reading this, you do us proud. Thanks.
The macular society were demonstrating the effects of this degenerative condition with glasses with varying degrees of blacking out, to simulate the damage caused from central to peripheral vision damage.
Too many of us, especially those of us with ex-directory phone numbers, receive unwanted and unrequested calls, causing stress and anxiety to those who receive them. A few examples are; silent calls; cold calls; scams and fraud and sales calls. We have no control over these in spite of services available.
True call had a presence at the exhibition showcasing a very nifty device, which can control this epidemic. It can automatically block nuisance calls, so you won’t know you’re receiving them. Hawkeye fancies one if the epidemic gets any worse.
Well we’ll be reporting from there this year, covering the gadgets in more detail. Now we know people are interested, we’ll try and ask more questions, hopefully the right ones.
Well I’ve been dangerous but I’ll be back next time as usual. My thanks should go to Hawkeye for helping me pull this thing together. The poor soul had to write it for me as I write like a doctor, hell for any typist.
So I’ll see you next time. This is Dangerous Debbie and Hawkeye Harris blogging off.