[guispeak] Fwd: Maestro from Visuaide - Now Shipping

  • From: Andy Baracco <wq6r@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: guispeak@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 15 Nov 2004 21:37:25 -0800

Maestro, the First Mainstream PDA for Blind People, Now Shipping!

Montreal, November 15, 2004 -- VisuAide wishes to announce that Maestro, the
first mainstream pocket computer accessible to the blind and visually
impaired, is now available in English. Greatly anticipated since it was
first unveiled in June, Maestro is the smallest and least expensive
information access tool competing in the market for notetakers and other
personal aides for the visually impaired.

Maestro is an HP iPAQ Pocket PC made accessible by VisuAide using
text-to-speech technology and a tactile keyboard membrane over the PDA touch
screen. Now, the visually impaired can enjoy the ultra-compact size of a
real PDA and essential information-access functionality: text and vocal note
taking, agenda, contact directory, etc. Maestro allows Braille input using
either the tactile keyboard on the unit for brief notes, or an external
Braille keyboard for extensive note taking. The visually impaired can
benefit from the same applications than sighted users without handling a

The system readily integrates third-party or other VisuAide applications,
such as Trekker, a GPS orientation system, and Victor Reader, a digital
talking-book player (DAISY format).

As a mass-market product, Maestro can evolve in price, power and
connectivity at the same rate as electronics for the sighted. Users can
benefit from the latest innovations in the PDA market much earlier and at a
lower price.

Maestro is the most affordable and compact personal information-management
and communication system available to the visually impaired. "VisuAide's
objective was to provide users with a low-cost, highly portable
mobile-computing solution," said Gilles Pepin, president of VisuAide. "We
often compare Maestro to the famous Swiss Army knife. It has a full range of
tools in a ultra-compact size."

Pricing and availability
Maestro is being offered at a special launch price of US$995 until the end
of February 2005. Currently available only in English, more languages will
be added early in 2005. The English version of Maestro can be obtained from
our local distributors.

About VisuAide
VisuAide (www.visuaide.com) is the leading innovator in high-tech solutions
for the blind and visually impaired. The company now employs 90 people in
Canada and operates one of the largest R&D departments in the field.
VisuAide is the world leader in digital audio book solutions for the print
disabled. It develops and manufactures the Victor Reader line of hardware
and software audio players. The company also manufactures Trekker, a
GPS-based orientation and mobility product for the visually impaired.
VisuAide is the largest distributor of computer aids for the visually
disabled in Canada.

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