Last year I attended a website accessibility conference organized by the Malaysian Association of the Blind (MAB) and there I made friends with a blind user who’s a geek in person; Moses Choo. Bet you’d have never expected a disabled user to be a geek.
Well, Moses is a geek because he recently shared with me news of the Apple iPhone 3GS is being made usable for the blind. Recently, the NST did an article on how the Apple iPhone 3GS has a feature called; VoiceOver, enabled blind users to use the Apple iPhone 3GS. Now, that is really cool.
I’d show you guys the video demonstration NST recorded of Moses and his friends using the Apple iPhone 3GS but I don’t want to be blamed for hotlinking their video.
If the NST editor or web team reads this, please implement an embed function to your videos. Or even better, host them on YouTube so anyone can share it.
Nonetheless, here’s a screenshot of the video.
And Moses has this message he wants to share with Apple and all Apple iPhone owners around the world:
While many of us have been spending money to purchase a software to install onto a mobile phone, Apple has come out with a phone that has a built in speech application. Though the phone is still rather expensive and beyond most malaysians, we need to join all our friends from the rest of the world to congratulate Apple for their initiative. What we can hope for is the cost to come down.
As much a geek he is, he too feels the economic pinch to afford an Apple iPhone. Well, maybe Apple could plan a scheme for the disabled to purchase Apple iPhone’s at special prices.
Who knows, it might happen. Also, I know Moses reads my blog from time to time. So I’d like to thank him for sharing with me this news. 🙂