It is not that complex for a totally sightless person to create stuff on a computer. It does require different software and a lot of effort. But they do it very well, once it is configured. AND there are text to speech programs to read things like emails So it is commonly available to those with a need.If your Totally Blind, how can see what you've typed on this forum????
I think you mean Legally Blind, partial vision..
You have earned my respect. I sometimes find it frustrating to do things with poor eyesight. I can't imagine trying to do things if I was completely blind. Kudos to you and I wish you success.I guess I'll find out if soldering is impossible for me. There have been a number of totally blind people who have been successful at soldering.
@soc7 - Go for it. Let no one stop you. Just be careful. You might reach out to some of the soldering iron manufacturers, and see if they have any additional options like buzzers or talkables to help you. Half the battle is the drive to overcome. And for that... my hat is off to you. You have more gumption than people who see fine!dodgyDave, I mean "totally blind". I use screen reading software. It lets the computer or smart-device speak as I navigate or type. I'm new to AAC, so I don't want to stray off electronic-related topics, so I'll say again that I use a talking DMM to measure components and circuit performance.
narkeleptk, thanks for the link. I'll check it out.
Weller's website says the included tip is screwdriver. They offer a variety of tip styles for that iron: screwdriver, long screwdriver, narrow screwdriver, conical, long conical, single flat, and knife.One tells me that the tip that comes with the package is a chisel tip, but the other tells me it's a screwdriver tip. A chisel tip would be difficult for a blind person to work with.
The tips for my Weller iron are iron clad copper. I've heard that the newer tips don't last as long as the older tips from the 70's.No one has been able to tell me about the construction of the tip. Is it brass? Is it iron-clad brass? Is it made of something else altogether?
They must have been referring to something put over the handle for comfort because the heating element is in the barrel that attaches to the handle.Finally, the tech support person said that the handle is foam. Does anyone in this forum know how well a foam handle will hold up?
I am a master at soldering, from surface mount to 3/0 welding cables. I own two of those clod-heat things and they are a real challenge even for me to solder with. They require very good vision to even make them work, much less solder. So I recommend not wasting time or money on the cold heat stuff.In my last post, I said that I'm considering a Weller WE1010NA Digital Soldering Station. Today, I talked to Weller suppliers. They and the Weller USA website gave me contradictory information, and some of my questions to them have gone unanswered.
One tells me that the tip that comes with the package is a chisel tip, but the other tells me it's a screwdriver tip. A chisel tip would be difficult for a blind person to work with.
No one has been able to tell me about the construction of the tip. Is it brass? Is it iron-clad brass? Is it made of something else altogether?
One sales person and one technical support person were supposed to email the English version of the User's manual to me -- Nothing from them, yet.
I'm trying to find out the length of the iron from the end of the handle near the block to the end of the tip. No one seems to know. The shorter this length, the more accurately I'll be able to position the iron and receive tactile "feedback".
Finally, the tech support person said that the handle is foam. Does anyone in this forum know how well a foam handle will hold up?
Sometimes, the obstacles seems insurmountable. Not the obvious ones. I'm talking about the ones that shouldn't exist -- like support people who don't follow through. Thanks to all for the encouragement.
P.S. I've looked into "Cold Heat" soldering guns. I think I'd have trouble working on small connections, like DIP ICs. Plus, I don't think they have enough power to let me work with larger connections.
P.P.S. I haven't found any soldering irons adapted for the blind.
Check out my buddyI'm totally blind and looking for suggestions on which soldering station or iron other blind people use. I'll be working mostly with discrete components, and some ICs. I'll also be working with connectors, such as PL259 and SO239 connectors. I'll be using lead-free solder.
Additionally, I'd appreciate any guidance on techniques for soldering as a blind person.
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I suggest using tin-lead solder as it's much easier to work with.I'll be using lead-free solder.
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