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Torsten Brand, one of the most influencial men in the development of accessible cellular phone software, died on April 12, of complications from an operation. He was 45. Torsten attended Universität Hannover in Germany from 1984-1991. In 2002, he partnered with Marcus Groeber and founded Brand & Groeber Communications, which began development of screen reading technology for Nokia phones. In 2004, the startup was purchased by Scansoft, which later became Nuance. He served as the Product Manager for Mobile Applications at Nuance Communications Inc. until his untimely passing. He had most recently led the release of Talks version 5, supporting 5th edition Symbian-based cell phones including touchscreen models. He leaves behind 4 children. A post on the Handytech North America Twitter sums up the feelings of many in saying, "You've done so much for the blind community. We will all miss you." Below is a collection of some of Torsten's interviews from around the net.
- MOBILE PHONE FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED discussing the first version of Talks for the Nokia 9210 Communicator - BBC Radio 4 In Touch, November 19, 2002
- Acquisition by Nuance in September, 2004
- To Chronicle a Symbian Screen Reader - Mobile Space, April 4, 2008
- Torsten on Talks 4 - Serotalk Podcast, March 6, 2009
- interview at ATIA 2010 on Talks for touchscreen devices - Blind Bargains, January 28, 2010
- Extended Interview on Talks 5 - BlindMind.net, March 17, 2010