"Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high; Where knowledge is free; Where the world has not been broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls; Where words come from the depth of truth; Where tireless striving stretches its arms toward perfection; Where the clear stream of reason has not lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit; Into that heaven of freedom it should be our intent. ( my adaption from Rabindranath Tagores famous lines)

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Talking Newspaper

National Talking Newspapers and Magazines was set up in 1974, serving the needs of the rapidly-growing network of local talking newspapers throughout Great Britain with the primary purpose of serving as national newsagent for blind and partially sighted people and others for whom print is not an accessible medium.Later it was instrumental in providing national newspapers and magazines in audio on tape, CD and by MP3 download, and in digital full-text format by e-mail, download and CD-ROM for visually impaired and print disabled people who find reading a strain.

It is only now that it started a new potential for advertisements, a very costly method at present.

NEW DELHI | MUMBAI:Date 21st Sepember 2010 :Volkswagen’s advertisement for its Vento sedan has become the talk of the town, literally and figuratively. On Tuesday, readers of The Times of India in Mumbai, Delhi, Bangalore, Pune and Chennai woke up to the surprise of their newspaper ‘speaking’ to them about the Vento, the first ever advertising campaign of this type in the world.

The device was a cheap vacu formed plastic box with a photo-transistor and a speaker.
A single chip MP3 player with two button-call batteries, played the sound clip.
The open plastic box containing the embedded electronics
was closed and cemented to the newspaper with a double-sided adhesive foam sheet.

Since the idea of a talking newspaper catering to the blind and handicapped is over 35 years old and the new technology is available now, I suggest the original idea is transformed into a practical reality to help the blind and handicapped in India to be knowledgable without even the other handicapp of the language barrier.

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

Viewing Nebula with Celestia Space simulation program

As I said earlier I am enclosing some videos I made on this subject,in this blog.