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Subject: RE: Rockbox for the visually impaired.
From: Fred Maxwell (rockbox_at_anti-spam.org)
Date: 2003-09-23


I'm glad that you like the idea. I believe that the Rockbox firmware should
load all of the words, characters, etc. into RAM whenever music is not
playing and unload them when an MP3 is selected. That way, there would be a
single disc access to load the voice data and then it would be fast and not
beat up on the disc.

It should have all letters and common symbols spoken:
A-Z, plus, minus, period, etc.

I think that it should have such words as:

file
directory
volume
bass
treble
balance
channels
sort
show files
scroll
speed
start
delay
backlight
contrast
on
off

It should have the following numbers (allowing it to speak any number
between 0 and 999):

zero
one
two
three
four
five
six
seven
eight
nine
ten
eleven
twelve
thirteen
fourteen
fifteen
sixteen
seventeen
eighteen
nineteen
twenty
thirty
forty
fifty
sixty
seventy
eighty
ninety
hundred

I really do think that this could be made to work very well.

Regards,
  Fred Maxwell
 

> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se
> [mailto:owner-rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se] On Behalf Of Aman Singer
> Sent: September 23, 2003 3:24 AM
> To: rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se
> Subject: RE: Rockbox for the visually impaired.
>
>
> Hi.
> This sounds like a great idea. What I'd particularly
> like to see is something that would tell me how each setting
> is set. For example, is resume on or off in the menus? What's
> the volume control set at? I know this would be very slow,
> but rockbox could probably get its mp3 files from a directory
> on the disk, rather than from memory, thus saving memory.
> Aman
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se
> [mailto:owner-rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se] On > Behalf Of Fred Maxwell
>
> Sent: Monday, September 22, 2003 7:07 PM
> To: rockbox_at_cool.haxx.se
> Subject: Rockbox for the visually impaired.
>
>
> Manuel wrote:
>
> > In the requested features I saw a request for visually impaired
> > settings. I would very much support that. Beeps for
> different files or
> > folders. Even better would be to have talking menus, if
> possible. When
> > entering the main menu, a little mp3 file could tell you "General
> > settings" When moving down another file would be triggered and tell
> > you "record settings" and so on. Is that technically possible?
>
> I think that it would be possible to have low bit-rate mono
> MP3s stored in the RAM for use by the visually impaired.
> What about the spoken letters of the alphabet, numbers, and
> symbols plus common words? That would allow AJB to "say" things like
>
> "Folder" "T" "H" "E" "space" "B" "E" "A" "T" "L" "E" "S"
>
> ... and ...
>
> "MP3" "Y" "E" "S" "T" "E" "R" "D" "A" "Y"
>
> I admit that it's not going to make the AJB a pleasure for
> the visually impaired, but it would make it usable in ways
> that it is not now.
>
> These spoken words, phrases, and characters could be loaded
> from hard disk and unloaded when music was playing. That
> would also allow one to easily create versions for the
> visually impaired in multiple languages. Thoughts?
>
> Regards,
> Fred Maxwell
>
>
>
>



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