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14 Products for Task

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Canon Voice Operation Kit
Adds speech output to allow access to copying, faxing and e-mail functions of Canon's machines.
Easy to See Thermostat
Thermostat with easy-to-see raised .75”-high numbers. Indented at everry 2 degrees for accurate setting. Clicks when moved to each setting. For homes with air-conditioning, one needs to add the sub-base (Q539) that converts the heating thermostat into a heating-cooling unit. Includes brailled phone number for Customer
Illuminated Big Button Remote Control
Remote control for TV/VCR/Cable/Sat/Aux with extra-large buttons, large characters for easy reading, simplified keypad layout, brilliant lighted buttons. Simple to program and replaces up to five remote controls. Requires two AA batteries (not included).
InfoGrip BigTrack
Mouse features bright yellow trackball and over-sized buttons giving you easy access to interact with your computer. Features a 3-inch yellow ball and has two blue buttons (for left and right mouse clicks) located behind the trackball to avoid unwanted clicks. Compatible with a Windows or Macintosh computer that has a USB or PS/2 port. Can be hooked up with a conventional mouse on the same computer. Color: White casing with yellow and blue balls
Invoca 3 - Voice Activated Universal Remote
Now you can tell your TV what to do without lifting a finger. This universal remote is voice activated and can recognize up to 25 user programmable voice commands. In fact, it's so automated, it can perform even complex multi-step operations from a single spoken command. The inVoca includes a recharger cradle (4 AA rechargeable batteries not included) so it is fully charged and ready to use whenever you are. You can teach the inVoca new codes from your existing remote and there is even a "New Brand Search" feature which enables auto-search based on your specific brand of TV, VCR, DVD Player, etc. The 4 in 1 remote lets you control your TV, VCR, DVD, Cable, Satellite, and AUX by the sound of your voice. No wonder it's been called the world's most advanced remote control.
J-Say Pro
Makes it possible to use Dragon NaturallySpeaking speech recognition software and the JAWS screen reader together to operate a computer. J-Say Pro requires JAWS for Windows version 8.0 and Dragon NaturallySpeaking 9.0.web site:
Jumbo Illuminated Remote Control
Illuminated remote control with large and easy-to-see .75” push-button controls. Can be used to control up to four units. Made with durable impact-resistant plastic. Uses four AA batteries (not included).
Kelvin Talking Thermostat
Voice-interactive, fully programmable thermostat that can be operated by pushing its buttons, all of which talk, or by simply talking to the thermostat, which responds to voice commands once it has been programmed. Kelvin can be programmed to lower the temperature daily at specific times of day, such as evening, and to raise the temperature the following morning. It can also be programmed for weekends or vacation when the house is not occupied and to adjust automatically for when the house is occupied again. Controls both heating and cooling and replaces the existing thermostat in the house. Tactile arrows mark the “Raise” and “Lower” panels. Does not work with heat pumps. Professional installation recommended. Uses four AA batteries (not included). Comes in light gray. Instructions on cassette or disc available on
Q539 Sub Base
Allows a heating thermostat to become a heating/cooling thermostat.
Talking Appliance Timer
Talking appliance timer that offers instruction on start-up, with every button that speaks to talk user through setting. Timer allows user to turn appliances on and off at a designated time and is customizable for each day of the week. May also be used to control appliances by temperature, such as a space heater, which can be set to turn on at a pre-set time, at a pre-set room temperature, or when the temperature drops below freezing. All speech is in a clear male voice and a volume control allows for customization of sound. Built-in battery recharges when plugged in; when unplugged, settings are retained for several months. Also features a built-in talking thermometer and talking clock. Use only with appliances that are less than 10
Talking Thermostat
This thermostat is designed to be the user friendly programmable thermostat on the market with its ability to gently guide the user through set up and temperature options. Features include verbal step by step programming help, verbal announcement of temperature and settings, verbal dirty air filter alert, and an oversized LCD display. Works for heating and cooling systems. Image courtesy of Maxi-AidsImage
The Round Easy-To-See Thermostat
The oversized 4 diameter dial has large 5/16 bold black numbers and lines that are raised for tactile reading. The dial is easy to grasp and turn when adjusting the temperature. Raised tactile numbers mark each ten degrees (5 at 50 degrees, 6 at 60 degrees, etc.) and raised lines mark even numbers between 42 and 88 degrees. Plus, it clicks into place every 2 degrees (ex. 60, 62, 64. It can be use with gas, oil, electric and heat pump, as well as forced warm air, hot water, steam and gravity heating systems. Written instructions are included, and a Braille Owner's Manual is available from the manufacturer upon request. Color: White. Image courtesy of Maxi-Aids Image
Xerox Copier Assistant
Enables users who are blind, visually impaired, in a wheelchair, or have limited dexterity, to access and use Xerox digital devices for basic copying. Features include an enlarged on-screen user interface, embedded text-to-speech software, and keyboard navigation buttons including tab, arrow and function keys. The software is loaded onto a Windows 2000 or XP Professional PC connected to select CopyCentre™, WorkCentre™, WorkCentre™ Pro and Document Centre™ 500 series systems. The text-to-speech software talks the user through the copying steps, including advanced tasks such as stapling, collating and two-sided copying.
Zenith Universal Remote Control
This remote features a slimline design with big buttons. Owners manual includes codes for 194 different television manufacturers. Follow the simple directions to enter the code that matches your television and you're all set! Replaces lost or broken TV controls. Remote has large, red buttons for Channel Up, Channel Down, Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute and On/Off. Operates on 2 AAA batteries (not included).

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