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Assistive Technology / Special Needs Stuff for BBC Micro WANTED

Post by OneSwitch » Sun Dec 13, 2015 3:35 pm

I'm after the following items in any form, please [updated April 2018]....

1. Break-time Games (Brilliant Computing)
2. (Derek Harrison) Compact System (BIMH) - 12 discs containing 225 short programmes for use with switches, MicroMike or a concept keyboard. Linked to Dr. Derek Harrison. (Item 146 on SEMERC list).
3. Write On (EasyWrite) by Arnold Wheaton (2 switch word processor)
4. CAGE: Graphical programming tool, with broad access (Item 148 on SEMERC list).
5. Come & Go (Blue File - Nixon) - control a turtle or buggy using a switch or Micromike.
6. Budge (Blue - File - Nixon) - 4 switch Turtle only controller. Pen controlled?
7. Buttons (Blue File analogue) - Keyboard emulator using a Delves keyboard or external switches.
8. Rainbox (Compaid) - 2 switch art programme.
9. Any eye-gaze / eye-switch hardware or software. Any switch accessible scanning alternative keyboard software or hardware.
10. Any Blue-File info and titles.
11. Screen Reader by the Research Centre for the Education of the Visually Handicapped (RCEVH) at the University of Birmingham. [NEW]

...I'm trying to archive and document some key assistive technology items for the BBC Micro as so much of it has been discarded. Huge thanks to all that have helped in this endeavour so far.
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Post by paulv » Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:42 am

It's not a Nidd Slo-Mo but our very own MartinB built something similar back in the day....

http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... f=3&t=1985

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Post by OneSwitch » Mon Jan 04, 2016 8:09 pm

Nice one. I've got a translucent blue one, I think from him that works well with quite a few titles. Just keen to get something original, and I remember using the Nidd slomo with a BBC Master in the original day centre I used to work in 20 years ago. Great bit of kit. Wish they did something similar for modern day computing.

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Post by MartinB » Mon Jan 04, 2016 10:49 pm

Cheers Paul, never occurred to me! Brought to life yet again! :D
OneSwitch wrote:I've got a translucent blue one, I think from him that works well with quite a few titles.
If it is one of mine that you have (and I did build and supply a few to special request over the years), it should work just as well as a Slo-Mo because I'm pretty sure they both employ the same principal of operation. I remember MU phoning me after I made the submission to ask if I'd ever seen a Slo-Mo which I hadn't and I told them so at which point they seemed happy to carry the article. I always assumed they were checking I hadn't copied the commercial device which I certainly didn't and I'm pretty sure I only heard about the Slo-Mo after MU told me of its existence!
and wrote:Just keen to get something original...
:shock: Aww c'mon, 1989 is pretty original isn't it....? :wink:

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Post by OneSwitch » Tue Jan 12, 2016 8:55 pm

The one I have is translucent blue with a blue LED on it, and controls laser-etched/burnt into the surface. It's a great thing, so I do appreciate it. Just after one of the originals.

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Post by 1024MAK » Tue Jan 12, 2016 10:57 pm

paulv wrote:It's not a Nidd Slo-Mo but our very own MartinB built something similar back in the day....

http://www.stardot.org.uk/forums/viewto ... f=3&t=1985
A classic 555 chip, but I was expecting a shaky cam production :shock:
OneSwitch wrote:The one I have is translucent blue with a blue LED on it, and controls laser-etched/burnt into the surface. It's a great thing, so I do appreciate it. Just after one of the originals.
Um, I remember buying one of the the first 5mm blue LED types that Maplin put in their catalog years ago. The blue ones then were not very bright and cost far more than red, yellow, orange or green ones. So what you have may have been made a bit later. Or maybe the years have been speeding by while I was asleep :roll:

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Post by OneSwitch » Sun Mar 13, 2016 5:06 pm

Cheeky bump for this thread.

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Post by OneSwitch » Thu Feb 09, 2017 8:59 pm

Still hunting for....

1. Arcade Adventures (Brilliant Computing 1988)
2. Break-time Games (Brilliant Computing)
3. Derek Harrison’s “Compact (BIMH) programs.
4. Nidd Slo-Mo for BBC.
5. Information on the Blue File assistive technology database (had strong links to SEMERCS).

If anyone can help, please get in touch.

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Post by OneSwitch » Sun Apr 02, 2017 7:11 pm

On the off chance, still really keen to track these down...

1. Arcade Adventures (Brilliant Computing 1988)
2. Break-time Games (Brilliant Computing)
3. Derek Harrison’s “Compact (BIMH) programs.
4. Nidd Slo-Mo for BBC.
5. Information on the Blue File assistive technology database (had strong links to SEMERCS).

If anyone can help, please get in touch here or via http://www.oneswitch.org.uk

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Post by OneSwitch » Sun Jul 23, 2017 12:43 pm

Still hunting for....

1. Arcade Adventures (Brilliant Computing 1988)
2. Break-time Games (Brilliant Computing)
3. Derek Harrison’s “Compact (BIMH) programs.
4. Nidd Slo-Mo for BBC.
5. Information on the Blue File assistive technology database (had strong links to SEMERCS).

Any help / pointers appreciated. One day, maybe. :)

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Re: Assistive Technology / Special Needs Stuff for BBC Micro WANTED

Post by OneSwitch » Sun Jan 14, 2018 8:32 pm

Now hunting for....

1. Arcade Adventures (Brilliant Computing 1988)

2. Break-time Games (Brilliant Computing)

3. Compact System (BIMH) - 12 discs containing 225 short programmes for use with switches, MicroMike or a concept keyboard. Linked to Dr. Derek Harrison. (Item 146 on SEMERC list).

4. Nidd Slo-Mo for BBC.

5. Write On (EasyWrite) by Arnold Wheaton (2 switch word processor)

6. CAGE: Graphical programming tool, with broad access (Item 148 on SEMERC list).

7. Eye Contact / Colour, Eye Contact / No Sound, Eye Contact / Sound, Tracking, Visual Exploration, Visual Motor / No sound, Visual Motor / Sound, Advanced Visual Motor, (Kinder School).

8. House (Blue File - Eresby).

9. Come & Go (Blue File - Nixon) - control a turtle or buggy using a switch or Micromike.

10. Budge (Blue - File - Nixon) - 4 switch Turtle only controller. Pen controlled?

11. Buttons (Blue File analogue) - Keyboard emulator using a Delves keyboard or external switches.

12. Rainbox (Compaid) - 2 switch art programme.

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Re: Assistive Technology / Special Needs Stuff for BBC Micro WANTED

Post by z0m8ied0g » Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:32 pm

Looks like I've found the copy of Arcade Adventures (Brilliant Computing) i'll image it and scan the manual for you.
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Post by OneSwitch » Tue Mar 27, 2018 8:25 pm

Oh wow. Just seen this. That would be amazing, thank you! Please send to oneswitch [hat] gmail [dot] com.

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Post by OneSwitch » Thu May 10, 2018 7:00 pm

Newly added to the wish list. A screen reader for the BBC Micro....
Fenrer wrote:Jason Smith, a good friend of mine, was able to emulate the Echo-II speech synthesizer using an enhanced AppleIIE ROM. The appleII got it's own screen reader, surprisingly. But back to the beeb... This wikipedia article mentions a screen reader for the BBC:
"In the 1980s, the Research Centre for the Education of the Visually Handicapped (RCEVH) at the University of Birmingham developed Screen Reader for the BBC Micro and NEC Portable."

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Post by OneSwitch » Fri Jul 13, 2018 8:58 pm

Still looking for....

1. Break-time Games (Brilliant Computing)

2. (Derek Harrison) Compact System (BIMH) - 12 discs containing 225 short programmes for use with switches, MicroMike or a concept keyboard. Linked to Dr. Derek Harrison. (Item 146 on SEMERC list).
3. Write On (EasyWrite) by Arnold Wheaton (2 switch word processor)
4. CAGE: Graphical programming tool, with broad access (Item 148 on SEMERC list).
5. Come & Go (Blue File - Nixon) - control a turtle or buggy using a switch or Micromike.
6. Budge (Blue - File - Nixon) - 4 switch Turtle only controller. Pen controlled?
7. Buttons (Blue File analogue) - Keyboard emulator using a Delves keyboard or external switches.
8. Rainbox (Compaid) - 2 switch art programme.

9. Any eye-gaze / eye-switch hardware or software. Any switch accessible scanning alternative keyboard software or hardware.
10. Any Blue-File info and titles.
11. Screen Reader by the Research Centre for the Education of the Visually Handicapped (RCEVH) at the University of Birmingham. [NEW]

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