So Humanware is changing all of the sudden?As Nimer has said, all companies want to make prophet. I have used the portable Victor Stream and it's okay. But I really want to try this new device made for the blind.
It's made by Springer Design. Enjoy. Paulps: If you use a Braillenote just want to warn you that the humanware site is not available for Braillenotes. Isnt that a shaim, Humanware's customers can't even see their company's website. And do you all want to know why Braillenote's can't access the site? Because, Humanware said, "Our website is unavailable for Braillenotes to access because it is being upgraded". They could have warned us before this was going to happen.
Here's the device made by Springer Design. to stay in sync with the new Bookshareddorg changes aTechnologyNavigNUsabilityUser GuidePricingstAvailabilityBookCourier Braille
Take notes in BrailleDesigned for the visually impaired, BookCourier Braille plays all the music and audio books that you might listen to on a standard MP3 player. Plus, BookCourier Braille can translate text into spoken words so you can hear just about any book or document that a sighted person can read. Beyond that, BookCourier Braille is a portable audio player with a twist -- literally. Simply rotate the device clockwise 90 degrees and you have a Braille input device that's perfect for taking notes or entering search strings.
Find the information you needBookCourier Braille contains a number of navigation controls to help you read through your files. You can set bookmarks, go to a particular page, or search for a certain word or phrase. You can also jump ahead or back by a specified chunk of time -- say 30 seconds. BookCourier Braille also allows you to jump by chapter, paragraph, or even article if you're reading a magazine.
Record meetings and classesBookCourier Braille also has a number of features that make it extremely useful for students and professionals. The note taker and voice recorder, for example, make BookCourier Braille a valuable tool in meetings and classroom situations. The alarm feature is a great way to maintain a daily schedule, especially since you can record an announcement to explain the purpose of each alarm.
Get current with the latest technologyBookCourier Braille also benefits from the latest hardware technology with Hi-Speed USB 2.0 support as will as Secure Digital (SD) memory for up to 32 GB of storage. The device is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery so there's no need to buy or keep track of extra batteries. Experience high speed transfers and more with these technology features:
Supports up to 32 GB of SD (Secure Digital) storage space for text and audio files
Powered by a rechargeable lithium batteryHi-Speed USB 2.0 connection between BookCourier Braille and your PC Top quality stereo voice recorder with built-in microphones and external microphone jack
DoubleTalk text-to-speech readerSupported audio formats: MP3, DAISY audio, OGG Vorbis, WMA, WAV PCM, and IMA-ADPCM. Supported text formats: plain text, DAISY text, and Grade 2 Braille.
Variable speed for audio files and text filesPC software that allows you to select files on your PC and download them to BookCourier Braille
Navigate quickly using these reading features:Smart navigation for advancing through each document. In audio files you can jump by time increment. In text files, you can jump by sentence, paragraph, and more.
Virtually unlimited bookmarks in each documentAutomatic bookmark that saves your place and lets you pick up exactly where you left off Go to page feature that allows you to enter a specific page number and jump to that location Spelling feature allows you to stop reading and spell out any word you can't understand
Note taker that understands Braille inputText search feature that looks for a Braille input string or a string you identify in the file itself
Customize your device with these usability features:Adjustable reading speed for both text and audio files (also known as TSM or time scale modification) Easy-to-use environmental controls for adjusting voice type, volume, and more
Alarms Sleep timer Clock Built-in SpeakerBuilt-in Talking User Guide that explains how to use all the features Lock for disabling the keys so you can put the device in your pocket and listen without worrying about accidentally pressing any keys
On/off switchFor all the details, take a look at the BookCourier Braille User Guide.
PricingstAvailabilityEvaluation Units. Evaluation units are available for loan to dealers and qualified Assistive Technology centers in both education and business settings. For a small investment of time, you can test-drive BookCourier Braille in your own environment to confirm that it meets your needs. Please contact sales@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx for additional information.
Retail Pricing. End users will be able to purchase BookCourier Braille for $289 plus shipping. Current BookCourier users will be able to upgrade at previously announced pricing.
All products mentioned are registered trademarks or trademarks of their respective companies. Copyright (c) 2002-2009 Springer Design, Inc. All rights reserved. Revised: January
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Longueuil, Quebec, March 10, 2009 -- HumanWare, the leader in
technologies for people with print disability, and digital
innovator ReadHowYouWant are partnering to help visually impairedreaders discover the book reading device, and the format that's
for their reading needs. ReadHowYouWant offers thousands of books in accessible formats, including 24 pt. large print, braille, and DAISY files atwww.readhowyouwant.com <http://www.readhowyouwant.com>.
provides playback devices for readers who are blind or have low
to use with braille and DAISY files at www.humanware.com<http://www.humanware.com>. "From the moment it appeared on the
the Victor Reader Stream has proven itself to be the greatest
DAISY book reading device ever. Today we are proud to team up
How You Want. We invite all readers to take a look at the
books they have to offer. Reading should always be an enjoyableexperience. We hope that our customers will regularly visit our
website where they will be able to check out new DAISY book
Pass the word around!" says HumanWare CEO Gilles Pepin.
Beginning in April, readers will be able to go to the HumanWare
to download free, first chapters of 20 bestselling ReadHowYouWant
each month as part of the "Free Chapter Download Program." The
first chapters come from popular books from a variety of
publishers of adult and young adult books, including Wiley,
Australia, Murdoch Books, and Weekly Reader. The first month's
titles will include such best sellers as, The Power of Now by
Tolle (New World Library), "Praise Song for the Day," the
poem by Elizabeth Alexander (Graywolf Press), and Leadership andSelf-Deception by the Arbinger Institute (Berrett-Kohler), as
children's and young adult titles to include, How to Take the
of Anger by Marjorie Lisovskis and Elizabeth Verdick (Free SpiritPublishing), and Extreme Habitats: Mountain Survival by Susie
(Weekly Reader). After enjoying the complimentary first chapter,
may visit ReadHowYouWant's website at www.readhowyouwant.com <http://www.readhowyouwant.com> to purchase the entire file.
ReadHowYouWant will be demoing HumanWare's devices at book
events such as the Frankfurt Book Fair, the London Book Fair, and
Expo America. Similarly, HumanWare will present braille and
from ReadHowYouWant's collection on their players at technology
shows, including CSUN and ATIA (Assistive Technologies Industry Association) conferences.
ReadHowYouWant produces Grade 2 contracted braille files, and hasdeveloped a house style that supports automated transcription
maintaining accuracy. These files may be read with a refreshable electronic braille display such as the Humanware Braillenote orBrailliant or embossed to make traditional braille books. Words
split at line ends to make reading easier, particularly for newer braille readers.
HumanWare is the global leader in assistive technologies for
including products for the blind and visually impaired.
products include BrailleNote, the leading productivity device for
people in education, in business and in their personal lives; the
Reader product line, the world's leading digital talking book
and myReader2, the new version of HumanWare's unique
people with low vision. For more information visit
ReadHowYouWant Pty Ltd and its R&D parent company, Accessible
Systems Pty Ltd are both Sydney, Australia-based privately heldcompanies founded in 2004 by electronic publishing pioneers
Stephen and Greg Duncan. When Chris's sister, who suffers from
developed difficulty reading, they began experimenting to
whether people with reading difficulties could benefit from
After more than four years of testing, ReadHowYouWant has
developed award-winning conversion technology that reformats
books into the widest selection of on-demand, alternative formateditions on the market today. Each edition has been optimized
maximum readability. The company's goals are to make reading
more enjoyable by delivering formats that suit the reader and to
people with reading difficulties access to books in the formats
choice-at an affordable price, and as soon as the book is
more information visit www.readhowyouwant.com <http://www.readhowyouwant.com>.
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