The West German companies of Siemens and Schoner have pooled their resources to assist computer workers who are blind.
SCU PULL BACK TO GV Blind computer programmer, Hans Lange, wearing headphones and typing information onto Braille machine (2 shots)
CU Braille characters being impressed on to paper in machine
CU & GV Lange with headphones on and taking paper from machine (2 shots)
SV Lange sits at computer
CUs Fingers reading Braille then information transferred into computer (2 shots)
SV & CU Lange working at computer and computer VDU (2 shots)
SCUs, GVs & SVs Lange working at Braille papers and checking details on computer machinery (5 shots)
CUs VDU unit and Lange working at machine (2 shots)
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Background: The West German companies of Siemens and Schoner have pooled their resources to assist computer workers who are blind. Hans Lange, seen demonstrating here, is 46 years old and until recently, worked as a mechanical engineer. Five years ago, he was blinded but now is involved in a new career as a computer programmer, thanks to the new development. He listens to information and data, then writes the plan on to a Braille typewriter. It amounts to a Braille machine which, for blind people, replaces a video display unit (VDU). Mr. Lange has laid down on his computer programme draft he feeds into the computer on a normal keyboard which he literally touch types. Additional equipment helps him to monitor each line in Braille. The black metal tape has 640 holes arranged in sections of eight, which electronically create Braille characters.