The story begins in February 2005 when a burned out IT professional, who had been doing voluntary work for the local blind society in his spare time, thought it would be a good idea to produce a piece of software that would meet the needs of blind people who were trying to use computers for the first time. So he spent a couple of months developing a product which he hoped would revolutionise the world ... an all-in-one package, a Talking Word-processor with Internet browser, Typing Tutor and E-mail Reader. The name of this amazing product ... T.W.I.T.T.E.R.
Over the next few months he sank most of his savings into marketing it, with little success, at various exhibitions around the country, including Sight Village in July 2005 and learned the hard way about different operating systems giving conflicts, run-time errors, additional drivers requiring installation and customers not knowing their POP3 from their SMTP, nor indeed their passwords.
And so, project T.W.I.T.T.E.R. failed. However, although time and money were expended the project was not a complete failure. A lot of valuable lessons were learned and, oh yes, he also happened to register the domain twitter.co.uk, which he eventually sold to the Social Media people a few years later for a handsome price.
Meanwhile, a blind friend, expressing his frustration at not being able to use his newly acquired computer to do all the things he thought he'd be able to do with it, said, "I only bought the computer to have some fun". So, with this in mind, another idea was born and he set about creating some computer games, which had built-in speech and could be run off the CD, so users wouldn't need to install anything. In short, the plan was to computer software that would not involve computer support.
There's no mystery about the origins of the name chosen for the new venture - Azabat is a tongue-in-cheek reference to the expression "blind as a bat".