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December 7th, 2007

quiet house, idol voting, more interview details, and my plans @ 04:03 pm

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From:ds4king
Date:December 9th, 2007 06:00 am (UTC)
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Ok, first off, wow, I am beyond impressed with you right now. Honestly am. I mean the mere fact that you don't let being blind stop you from doing what you want but then to go and be an innovator in your field? I mean, if your gadget works, it could help many others down the road. I'll say it again, am honestly impressed.
I do hope that you are not offended, I am just curious, but since you are blind, how is possible to read things on the internet like live journal?
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From:djner
Date:December 9th, 2007 06:53 pm (UTC)
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I've liked chemistry since high school, and just because I'm the first blind person in my field, doesn't make me not want to do something that I want to do. Thanks for your kind words.

You don't offend me at all. As far as my gadgetry, it was either finish a masters project and internship without being able to do the job that needed to be done, or create an innovation that could make the internship workable. This system that I've made can be used for other things than just chem e, so yes, it will be useful for other scientists in the future if I can get it refined, patented, and used in different fields.

I use a program called a screen reader. It's a piece of software that uses synthetic (somewhat robotic) speech to read things that are on the screen. I use the keyboard to "ask" the program what's going on in various applications i.e. I press a keystroke, and it gives me the titlebar of the applicattion. For chemical engineering applications, I use this program, but also use my gadget, which is basically an overlay which goes over a really big tablet PC screen. Using this, I can draw out chemical plant plans which are both visually usable for the sighted and easy to navigate (relatively) for a blind engineer.

Keep asking questions, I do not mind.

Ner's Random Musings on a life of interesting insights

a world of interesting factoids about nothing and everything