I’m using the word special slightly out of context. In this instance I mean special as in specially adapted for special needs.
I have just taken delivery of the new PTX1 talking book player as part of a pilot group of users who will be asked to evaluate the player by RNIB. I’m very disappointed.
it has LAN and Wireless capabilities, but these have been disabled in the current firmware.
The player still has a battery with a relatively short life of around 6 hours.
The player is heavy and slow to respond when buttons are pressed.
My biggest gripe of all though is that it looks so bloody “special”. sighted people carry books around with them, read them on the train, at the hairdressers, by the pool. I’d be embarrassed to take one of these players anywhere, assuming that I had a back pack big enough to take it!
Why do designers of adaptive technology assume that we all want or need big, highly contrasting, different shaped buttons? the thing looks like a toy and completely unacceptable in my opinion in terms of mingling into the background and looking stylish.
I’m fed up with having to hide my technology away because it makes me look so incapable. someone plese wake up and smell the coffee!