[bct] new product

  • From: "CB" <cnoc78@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 24 Mar 2006 09:47:05 -0600

Hi all,

Below is a post for a new product from GW Micro.  Any reason you could not buy 
this product and install JFW instead?  I can't think of any reasons.

The folllowing is from GW Micro.

The Small-Talk Ultra is the first device of its kind.  It literally puts

the power of a laptop in the palm of your hands.  It comes standard with

a complete copy of Window-Eyes allowing you to take the accessibility
and power offered to you by Window-Eyes wherever you go.  Whether you
want to take notes in class, listen to music, use high-powered
applications at work, surf the web, or anything else you can do with
Windows XP combined with Window-Eyes, the Small-Talk Ultra is right
there with you every step of the way.

The Small-Talk Ultra contains a 1 GHz processor, 30 GB hard drive, 512
MB of RAM, Microsoft Windows XP Home, a user detachable lithium polymer
battery, a custom carrying case, built-in 57 key thumb keyboard, USB
88-key keyboard, USB external CD-ROM, built-in Firewire, a USB 2.0 port,

a headphone jack, a built-in speaker, microphone, WiFi, and Bluetooth.
With this amount of power and connectivity, the Small-Talk Ultra can do
virtually anything that a laptop or desktop computer can do.

When the Small-Talk Ultra is placed in front of you on a flat surface,
you should place the unit so the screen is oriented up.  This will be
referred to this as the top panel.  The Small-Talk Ultra is 4.9 inches
long, 3.4 inches wide, and 0.9 inches thin, and weighs a mere 14 ounces.

  On the side facing up, there is a 5-inch flat screen color display
that is readable both indoors and outdoors.  The Small-Talk Ultra can
even be used by low vision consumers, which is why it still contains a
screen and the functions related to it.  There is a rim that goes around

the entire screen, and with the screen covering the small, built-in
keyboard, there is a power button on the top panel toward the front of
the unit on the right corner.  To turn the Small-Talk Ultra on, simply
press this button.  Just to the right of the power button, you will find

three small holes, which is where the built-in microphone is located.
This can be used to take notes while on the go.

The screen can slide up toward the rear panel of the unit exposing a
small QWERTY keyboard (which was just referred to) and a thumb mouse.
The Small-Talk Ultra also comes equipped with a small, portable USB
QWERTY keyboard that can go anywhere the Small-Talk Ultra can go.  This
way, you can keep the screen slid down, and still be able to use the
Small-Talk Ultra.

Moving your hand toward the front panel, and down to the right, you will

feel a USB port, which is USB 1.1 and 2.0 compatible.  Moving your
finger to the left on the front panel, you will feel a wheel.  This is
the Thumbwheel.  The Thumbwheel can be used for various functions.  It
can be used to switch between applications, and open new applications.
It can also be used to increase or decrease the volume, scroll a window
horizontally, or scroll a window vertically.  These options may be
changed within the Control Panel.

Continuing along to the left on the front panel, you will feel three
different ports.  The port on the far left is used to connect the AC
adapter to the Small-Talk Ultra.  You can connect the AC adapter to an
electrical outlet to charge the battery or to simply use the Small-Talk
Ultra without the battery.  The Small-Talk Ultra comes bundled with a
docking cable that will plug in to all three of these ports.  To do
this, you must disconnect the AC cable from the Small-Talk Ultra, and
plug in the docking cable.  The AC adapter may then be connected to the
docking cable, so that the Small-Talk Ultra can be on AC power while the

docking cable is connected.  We'll discuss the docking cable more
in-depth later.

Back to the ports built directly in to the Small-Talk Ultra, if you move

your hand around to the left panel, toward the front of the unit, you
will find the built-in Firewire port that can be used to connect various

Firewire devices, such as DVD burners.  Toward the rear of the unit on
the left panel is the antenna for the built-in WiFi.

Moving on around to the rear panel, you will feel the built-in speaker.
  Toward the right of the rear panel, you can feel the digital pen that
can be pulled out of the unit to operate the mouse for sighted

On the right panel, you will feel another antenna that feels just like
the wireless antenna, except this antenna is used for Bluetooth.  Toward

the front of the unit on the right panel, you will find the battery
release button.  To release the battery, press this button, and the
battery will start to come off of the bottom panel.  Moving toward the
front of the unit, you will find the headphone jack.

The battery takes up the entire bottom panel.  Toward the top part of
the unit on the left side, you will feel a button on the bottom panel.
Below the button, you will feel four holes, which are actually lights.
A sighted consumer can press this button to activate the battery fuel
gauge.  If the battery is almost completely charged, all of the lights
will turn on for a few seconds when the button is pressed.

The docking cable that was mentioned earlier provides you with extra
connectivity.  Its primary use might be when you are at your desk, and
do not want to have to reconnect every wire that you have.  The
Small-Talk Ultra allows you to keep these ports connected to your
devices that are not portable, so you only have to connect the docking
cable, instead of multiple cables each time you come back to your desk.
  Feeling along the wire from where it is plugged in to the Small-Talk
Ultra, you will first find a Firewire port that can be used to connect
high-speed data transfer devices, such as a DVD burner, or other
Firewire devices.  Continuing down the cable, you will feel the spot
where the AC adapter can be connected.  Again, this is here so that you
can connect the Small-Talk Ultra to AC power while the docking cable is
connected.  Feel down the cable some more, and you will find a USB port
that can be used to connect various USB devices.  On down the cable, you

will find an audio out to connect headphones or other audio devices.
The next two ports on the cable are the Ethernet port and the VGA port
to connect to high-speed Internet and an external monitor.

Although the Small-Talk Ultra has the power of a laptop and fits in the
palm of your hand, GW Micro takes extra steps to ensure turn-key
functionality and security for the software that is installed on the
Small-Talk Ultra.  Currently, if you buy a laptop or desktop computer
off of the shelf from a typical electronics store, you have to set it up

and customize it for accessibility.  With the Small-Talk Ultra,
everything is setup as soon as it arrives at your door with the blind
and visually impaired consumer in mind.  Every effort is made to ensure
that all Microsoft Windows updates are installed on the Small-Talk Ultra

when it arrives at your doorstep.  However, sometimes, new updates are
released from the time when the Small-Talk Ultra ships from GW Micro and

arrives at your door.  So, you should always check to see if there are
any additional updates that have become available.  The same is true if
you have ordered Microsoft Office on your Small-Talk Ultra.  Every
effort is made to make sure that all updates are installed for Office as

well.  But again, there may be updates that are released during the
shipping process to your door.  The Small-Talk Ultra also has Windows XP

configured for accessibility, so that you don't have to worry about
changing the default options of XP.  The latest version of Adobe Reader
and Spybot Search & Destroy are installed.  You'll also receive a free
30-day demo of Nod 32 anti-virus software on your Small-Talk Ultra.  So,

you're not just getting the power of a laptop in the palm of your hands,

you're getting the security and accessibility that our customers have
come to know and expect from GW Micro.  All of this comes in a portable
turn-key solution right to your doorstep.

Despite the extraordinary amount of effort provided to enhance your
Small-Talk Ultra software experience, you also receive a custom carrying

case that will allow you to carry the Small-Talk Ultra just like you
would carry a notetaker.  You'll receive an external USB CD-ROM to allow

you to install software that you may want to load in the future.

Currently, no other manufacturer will take the time and energy it takes
to install and configure all Windows XP updates for added security and
accessibility.  So, you're not just getting an Ultra-portable personal
computer, you're getting the comfort and peace-of-mind that comes with
knowing that the Small-Talk Ultra has been configured for the ultimate
in accessibility and security, and is backed by the GW Micro technical
support team.

As of March 22, 2006, the cost for a Small-Talk Ultra with everything
mentioned above, including a brand new, full copy of Window-Eyes is
$2,795 plus shipping.  If you already own the latest version of
Window-Eyes Professional, we can install your copy onto a Small-Talk
Ultra and include a Window-Eyes SMA, for only $2,495 plus shipping.
Whether you're in the market for a notetaker, a laptop, or desktop, the
Small-Talk Ultra will meet your needs, and so much more.

We also have many options for the Small-Talk Ultra, including upgrading
to Windows XP Professional, installing Microsoft Office, and more.  For
more information on these options and for any questions or comments
about the Small-Talk Ultra, visit our website at
email us at
or call us
at (260) 489-3671.

Cory Ballard
Volunteer Coordinator
Badger Association of the
Blind & Visually Impaired
912 N Hawley Rd
Milwaukee, WI 53213
Phone: 414-615-0103
Fax: 414-256-8744
Web: http://www.badgerassoc.org

"Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they 
are priceless."

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