Re: Virtual reality, will we be left behind once more?


Yes don't know why they think the blind is going to be totally excluded from
this ! This is the kind of closed thinking is why we as blind people are not
as far along as we should be in things being accessible to us. We got to get
out of this thinking in the box only! We must think outside the box and be
willing to adjust and adapt to new things.

-----Original Message-----
From: Carlos []
Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2016 8:38 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Virtual reality, will we be left behind once more?

LOL if it were a direct brain to machine interface, the blind would be just
as subject to it as anyone else.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ron Canazzi" <>
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Sent: Sunday, April 03, 2016 8:31 AM
Subject: Re: [TechTalk] Virtual reality, will we be left behind once more?

Hi Group,

I've been hearing about this virtual reality business for several
years now and it's frightening. We already have a mass media that is
ever increasingly corporate, elitist and dominating. Just imagine if
this is a total immersion experience rather than just a sight and
sound you can be distracted from or that you at all times realize is
just that--sight and sound--not any kind of reality.

taken to it's ultimate extreme, people could be taken back to 1930's
Germany or 1930's Russia and get caught up in the emotion and drama of
the situation and actually come to believe that those times were worth
bringing to the present. Since the blind will probably never be fully
immersed in that type of reality, It may be up to the blind in that
case to save the world??!! At any rate, it's good fodder for a
science fiction futuristic dystopian novel.

On 4/3/2016 6:58 AM, Walter Ramage wrote:
Hi all. I just heard part of a BBC world service programme about the
growth and future impact of Virtual reality. It was stated that to
begin with the main users would be gamers but this will eventually
expand to all walks of life giving the user a unique experience. Now
keeping in mind this experience is a mainly visual one then blind
people are going to be excluded from taking advantage of this new

Of course, it appeared that way when desk top computers arrived on
the scene until screen readers made their appearance but regardless
of that, with the increased use of graphics, screen readers are
forever playing catch up and there are still some things we can't
take advantage of, regardless of a screen reader. Another example
was touch screen mobiles. When they became popular we blind folk had
to stick to mobiles with physical keypads.
along came voice over and talk back and we once more caught up somewhat.

What about visual reality though? As this is almost entirely a
visual experience will we be left behind once more and will we ever
be able to catch up or will it be a situation where the rest of the
world moves on with their virtual reality experiences but we blind
folk just lose out?
in future the equipment can bypass the eyes and send the signal
direct to the part of the brain that deals with imagery then I can't
see how we can enjoy that new tech. But there is one factor that is
a negative with going straight to the part of the brain that handles
vision and imagery, what about those folk who have been born from
birth and have no idea of what to expect, would using virtual
reality be a terrifying and traumatic experience. Maybe there is
some factor I've not taken into consideration or there are things in
the pipeline I'm not aware of but I'd be interested in your opinions.
One final point, There are a group of blind folk who have never had
sight, or have lost what sight they had decades ago and some of those
I've spoke to wouldn't want any vision virtual or otherwise so I
guess those individuals will have no interest how this technology

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