From the Department of Technological RedundancyMay 19, 2014 Tim WorstallWoo Watch16 CommentsThe Braille phones come in a variety of different colours previousDo all the Yellow Perils look the same?nextWhat fun! 16 thoughts on “From the Department of Technological Redundancy” Steve May 19, 2014 at 10:34 am Stevie Wonder ordered one in his favourite colour… corduroy. dearieme May 19, 2014 at 10:39 am I’m struck by how many phones are presumably made for the deaf. Steve May 19, 2014 at 10:40 am dearieme – What? Bloke no longer in Austria May 19, 2014 at 10:54 am Off Topic but you’ll like this and add it to your “Journalists can’t count” collection http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2631201/Coronation-Street-star-Julie-Goodyear-10-000-TONNES-rubbish-dumped-farm-rogue-fly-tipper.html Now 10,000 tonnes is about the size of a destroyer… Andrew M May 19, 2014 at 11:07 am Not all legally blind people are 100% blind. They might be able to make out the colour, and they might prefer to have a green phone so as not to confuse it with their red iron or their blue food processor. Also, they might have a sighted (seeing? what’s the PC word?) partner who likes a colour-coordinated house. So Much For Subtlety May 19, 2014 at 11:28 am Their Mother might have bought them one for their birthday. The same way that baby food is salty and otherwise flavoured when the little puke factories can’t yet determine taste yet. dearieme May 19, 2014 at 11:31 am “dearieme – What?” Are you American? Ian B May 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm Blind people are aware of colour, and aware that sighted people consider some hues and combinations more desirable than others, so have an interest in colour themselves- and of course many are formely sighted, or just have very poor sight. Should we make clothes for blind people all the same colour? Beige perhaps. Or “nude” as they market it now, apparently. Natalie Solent May 19, 2014 at 12:17 pm Following on from Andrew M’s point, it also might be useful for either a partially-sighted person or other sighted members of the household to be able to tell at a glance which is the work phone and which is the home phone. Sometimes, too, blind people make a point of asking their advisers or family members to buy clothes and accessories in a particular colour so they can feel confident they are looking coordinated. Natalie Solent May 19, 2014 at 12:19 pm Our comments crossed, Ian B. BigFire May 19, 2014 at 4:38 pm There an old Chinese joke about blind man walking with a lantern at night. No, he doesn’t need it to walk. He’s just making sure the other pedestrians can see him and don’t bump into him. (This is from the era of paper lantern enclosing a candle). Shinsei1967 May 19, 2014 at 5:43 pm Blind people live in houses with sighted people, so why not have a phone that matches the house’s colour scheme. Do you think all blind people also wear monochrome grey clothes ? Shinsei1967 May 19, 2014 at 5:45 pm Also many blind people have gone blind during their lifetime and are thus fully aware of colours and have colours they prefer. So why not have a blue phone even if you can’t see it ? It’s nice to know it is there, that it is expressing your personal taste in colours and, hey, being asked what colour you want makes you feel like everyone else who buys a phone. diogenes May 19, 2014 at 8:24 pm ok Tim, a job in marketing does not await you…. Roue le Jour May 20, 2014 at 12:57 am Braille video phones for the win. Peter May 20, 2014 at 9:36 am http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7L3iSZsNpY An oldie but goldie – Not the 9 o’clock news Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.