There may be a future for Baum's braille products after all.
It appears that products like the Varioultra have been transferred to a new company in Germany, though few details are known at this time. The Baum.de domain now redirects to a website with the translated slogan "See with different eyes. Aids for the blind and severely visually impaired." The company name on this site appears to be associated with a hospital or other medical care in the country.
In addition, David Bradburn recently posted this to the Baum mailing list:
I recently learned that the assets of BAUM Retec in Germany had been sold to another company in Germany. These assets include products like VarioUltra. I do not know the name of the new company yet. A person identifying themselves as being in charge of production for braille products, contacted me yesterday via LinkedIn asking if I wish to know more about the new company. I replied saying that of course I'm interested, and asked what their plans are for ongoing support of customers worldwide.
We spoke with David on episode 134 of the Blind Bargains Qast and he was very candid with the company's direction and potential future. We'll definitely keep our ears to the ground on this one and post if we learn more.
Hello, I am from Germany and the slogan you've translated is correct. The new company is located in Jena. The company, which has manufactured the Baum Brailledisplays and magnifiers (PTS Jena), was located in the same town and same street as the new company. Perhaps one staff of the old manufacturing company has founded the new L + S company. Unfortunately I don't know more than you at this time. If I have more information, I will inform you here. Unfortunately my english is'nt so good, I'm sorry for this. Greetings from the north of Bavaria, you make a great job with this website and now you know, that people outside the USA read the sites and listen to your podcasts too. Christian
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J.J. Meddaugh is an experienced technology writer and computer enthusiast. He is a graduate of Western Michigan University with a major in telecommunications management and a minor in business. When not writing for Blind Bargains, he enjoys travel, playing the keyboard, and meeting new people.