Re: new computer for the blind

its also pritty pricy I bet I don't even want to think about the price tag
on that thing
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From: "david poehlman" <poehlman1@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "jfw users email list" <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 8:08 AM
Subject: Fw: new computer for the blind


> I hear that this will have jaws on it if you want jaws on it.  I'm about
> cautious about recommending it just yet though.
>
>
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> On 8/05/2004 at 10:20 PM Andy Baracco <wq6r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> I would like to take a moment to introduce you to the Portico which
> will
> be the most advanced and portable PC dedicated to the blind. In
> addition to
> Portico's portability (less then one pound with the standard battery)
> and
> functionality, it will offer a computer to the blind which will be
> equal to
> the desktop system one uses each day and more powerful than a notetaker
> or
> PDA. Because it utilizes a standard Windows operating system (XP), the
> training of a new user should be dramatically reduced which leads to
> savings on funds for everyone involved because we are using
> applications
> that they are already familiar with. With the Portico, there is no need
> to
> learn or be trained how to use an entirely new device as one would need
> to
> do with a notetaker or PDA.
>
> The computer is driven by an Intel Pentium Centrino processor which is
> completed with hardware manufactured by Asus. Built into the unit is
> Bluetooth and Wi-Fi wireless technology, as you will see in the
> information
> provided, and all the ports (three USB and Firewire) that are needed to
> use
> it with any accessory available to any computer user. Right now, with
> great
> success, we are testing devices such as Bluetooth bar code scanners,
> wireless keyboards and earphones so that the user can leave the Portico
> in
> its case while traveling, in order to utilize such devices for ease of
> use
> and increased usefulness. Due to full functionality of this unit,
> organizations thus far have been very impressed and see this as a
> single
> solution for some clientele who require funding for a note-taking
> device,
> desktop PC and/or a laptop computer. Also installed on the unit will be
> a
> suite of powerful software, consisting of OEM versions from leaders in
> the
> assistive software technology industry, which consist of applications
> such
> as scan-read, text to audio, screen readers, talking word processor,
> talking dictionary, web browser with speech, talking calculator, screen
> magnification, and talking checkbook. We are looking to add more and
> more
> in the future.
> We soon also expect to offer an USB-connected, braille input keypad.
> Further down the road, we anticipate offering a braille display
> integrated
> into the unit. Our main vision is to use the existing technologies of
> our
> mainstream products to create more affordable assistive technology
> products.
>
> The Portico units, as they would be shipped to the customers, will ship
> with a screen that can be attached later converting it to a standard
> laptop
> computer. For those who are a source of funding for such technologies,
> this
> will be appealing because it may be issued without the screen to a
> blind
> client but, should the department decide to reissue this unit to a
> low-vision client, or another client who would need a screen, it can be
> done for little or no cost and without affecting the manufacturer
> warranty
> (the Portico does have a video port which would allow a monitor to be
> connected). These are just a few things that would immediately be
> available
> for the Portico. We would appreciate any information possible in order
> to
> have your organization review the product in hopes that it may be
> included
> with the products which you promote, endorse, or offer to your clients,
> helping us introduce this new solution to the blind and low-vision
> markets.
> It is a device to further enhance lives and  independence by offering a
> means of equal access to technologies that others already have
> available to
> them. Please let me know if you have any questions as more will be
> heard
> about this product in the coming weeks. Thank you for your time.
>
> Andrew Woytowich
> CompSolution - Accessibility Division
> (an Asus partner)
>
> 1249 Mall Drive
> Richmond, VA 23235
> Phone: 804-897-8347
> Fax:     804-897-8349
> e-mail: andrew@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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