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On the show this week, it’s been almost 25 years since I started interviewing the movers and shakers in the blind community for an Internet audience, and until this week I’ve regretted having not interviewed this man. Deane Blazie’s contribution to blindness technology is immense. In the first part of my talk with Deane, we’re going into hardcore reminiscing mode. If you used the technology we talk about, the memories will come flooding back. If you’re younger and have an interest in the way blindness technology has evolved, this interview is a real treat. It reminds us that we’ve come a very long way in a relatively short time.

I’ll then speak with Deane about his new company, Blazie Technologies, and its first new product, the BT Speak, a notetaker available in a basic and pro version.

I am of course interested in what you think. Is there still a place for a device like the BT Speak in the smartphone era? Will you buy one?

Later in the episode, we hear some reaction to last week’s show in which we discussed ACB’s intersectionality debate, more memories of David Holladay, a couple of audio geek questions, and a user impression of the Seleste Smart Glasses.


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