Oratio, Humanware's screen reading solution for Blackberry smartphones, has garnered a lot of press, both positive and negative. In this extended audio interview, we talk to Michel Pepin, Product Manager for Humanware about the current and future features of Oratio, its future compatibility with other devices, and some of the recent statements which have been made about the software.
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It's amazing how someone can talk for so long and yet say so very little. Boiling down the interview to one sentence it would go something like this: Well, it's not as good as we promised and some basic things aren't accessible, but, um, don't worry we'll eventually get there. His comparison with Talks is flawed (don't know about Mobile Speak's initial versions). Talks in its initial release could do more than Oratio can now and was half the price. I owned a talks-compatible phone and bought talks at $295, just slightly more than half the price of Oratio as AT costs go. Seriously, I wish in these interviews these people could cut the marketing garbage (enterprise features, yeah right) and just talk straight. It only makes them look more foolish when the marketing talk is dissected.
Joe2k4 Tuesday, 16-Feb-2010 5:35 PM ET:
I dislike the fact the license is by phone, and not by the product. So everytime I buy a damn BB I have to pay for a new $450.00 license? Were all made of money I guess! At least with MSS which I use I don't offten have to pay for upgrades. I also laughed at the email list question J.J. asked he seemed to get real adjatated.
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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.