On May 17, 2006, at 2:25 PM, Will Pearson wrote:
For me, anything that improves access to images is great news.
It comes back to this rather Darwinian theory on the evolution of information that I have. People tend to use mechanisms to convey semantic meaning that are the best for them at that time and in a given context. Therefore, we can ask the question that if text is that great, why don't sighted people use it in preference to forms of visualisation? The answer is probably that text requires a lot of time and cognitive work to process, visualisations reduce both of those. So, it makes sense, for me at least, to look for ways to bring some of these benefits to blind people instead of trying to reduce everything to lowest common denominator, text based, solutions.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Chris Hofstader" <chris.hofstader@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 6:11 PM
Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: ViewPlus Introduces Emprint
I'll stick with the Tiger anytime.
Adding color to what is already the highest quality embossed images will
make it possible for a child to share a drawing with a blind parent or a
blind child can share an image with a sighted adult. As a professional, I
can refer to a pie chart using the embossing and sighted colleagues can look
at the same chart without needing to establish a special vocabulary for
describing the portions of the diagram and trying to communicate by
translating from tactile to verbal to color print out and back. The
efficiency with which one can transmit additional dimensions of semantic
information by sharing a chart rather than translating from blink speak to
visual speak and back is going to be tremendous.
I can only think how I wished I had such a device when sitting through
countless meetings in which other people had charts, graphs and flow
diagrams to which someone, usually the poor bastard seated closest to me,
would try to describe. Usually, my sighted translator and I would either
disturb those around us and get hushed up or we'd fall so far behind the
rest of the conversation that it became a worthless effort. Typically, I'd
just listen quietly and then study the raw numbers in a spreadsheet later.
Without being able to convey the same information on the same sheet of paper
to people working together a lot will be lost in translation.
Love the Tiger!
[mailto:accessibleimage-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of JOHN PANARESE
Sent: Wednesday, May 17, 2006 12:44 PM
Subject: [accessibleimage] Re: ViewPlus Introduces Emprint
I'm sorry folks, but this is something I simply do not get from a blind person's perspective. Color Braille. I know that the point can be made from the standpoint of educators, but based on the overall quality of Braille I have experienced from the variety of embossers, I'd always have and will recommend the Index or Enabling product lines for Braille production.
John D. Panarese Managing Director Technologies for the Visually Impaired, Inc. 9 Nolan Court Hauppauge, NY 11788 Tel/Fax, (631) 724-4479 Email, tvii@optonline. net Internet, http://www.tvi-web.com
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On May 17, 2006, at 1:21 AM, lisa wrote:
ViewPlus Introduces Emprint(TM) - New Braille Printer with Color HP Inkjet Tuesday May 16, 8:25 am ET
CORVALLIS, Ore., May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- ViewPlus Technologies today announced the release of Emprint(TM), the world's first Braille printer that embosses Braille with the equivalent color ink. The ability to print Braille and ink in a single-pass will allow people with visual impairments and sighted people to communicate more effectively in the classroom and workplace.
As more Braille readers join the mainstream, the need for communication between sighted and blind people grows. Emprint(TM) allows Braille documents to be shared amongst sighted colleagues and teachers by printing the corresponding ink characters above or beside the Braille.
Anything that is seen on a computer screen is printed quickly in Braille and color ink, together or separately. People who are blind can print Braille for their personal use and an ink version for their sighted colleagues. Using a single printer saves them valuable workspace and money.
"With our limited resources and space, a printer that doubles as both a Braille printer and typical ink printer is the perfect solution," states Jerry Kuns, a technology coordinator at the California School for the Blind. "More than anything I like the fact that Emprint(TM) creates raised, color graphics usable by all our students."
People with low-vision and others who may not read Braille can also use the tactile and ink features for better comprehension of spatial material. Adding color to a raised image makes materials, like tactile maps or diagrams, more engaging for low-vision and learning disabled students. Studies have shown that a combined tactile and visual/color interface makes a stronger connection with the brain than vision alone, improving the learning process.
Emprint(TM) uses the familiar interface of Microsoft Office to create Braille and ink documents that can be printed in a single pass. Braille text can be printed in a wide variety of languages. Ink text can be printed in any size, color or font the user chooses. Tactile graphics, like maps and bar charts, are printed with raised lines and color ink. The height of raised lines and objects is determined by their visual equivalent: the darker the color or shade, the higher the relief in that area.
The ink cartridges and paper used in the printer can be found at any local office supply store. The types of paper can range from normal copy paper to traditional-weight Braille paper. Emprint(TM) retails for US$5995 and includes: printer, ink and Braille translation software. For more information or to purchase, contact your local ViewPlus distributor or contact ViewPlus directly by email, sales@xxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:sales@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, or call 541.754.4002.
ViewPlus Technologies, Inc. is a private firm that develops and manufactures hardware and software for people with sensory disabilities, including people who are blind, low-vision and learning disabled. For more information please visit the ViewPlus website, http://www.viewplus.com, email info@xxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxxxxxxx>, or call 541.754.4002. ViewPlus worked with Hewlett-Packard Specialty Printing Systems to incorporate color HP Inkjet into their TigerR Braille printer line. This is the second venture into Braille and ink by ViewPlus that uses HP Inkjet cartridges inside.
For more information, contact:
Cari Stieglitz 541.760.4668 info@xxxxxxxxxxxx <mailto:info@xxxxxxxxxxxx>