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Product NameProduct DescriptionDistributor Contact
ALVA BC680
Compact 80-cell braille display designed to work with a variety of products including PCs, Macintosh, mobile phones and PDAs. Includes Bluetooth and USB connectivity and built-in Windows access utility. The ALVA BC680 is like having two Braille displays in one device. It?s the only 80-cell Braille display that offers simultaneous connectivity with two PCs/Macs. Or you can connect one PC/Mac and a Smartphone for the ultimate in flexibility and usefulness.Order ALVA BC680 from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
ALVA USB 640
Compact 40-cell braille display designed to work with a variety of products including PCs, Macintosh, and Linux. Includes USB connectivity and built-in Windows access utility.at.info@visioncue.com
Book Port Plus
A digital talking book player designed to support a wide variety of playback formats. These formats include NLS, Learning Ally, Audible, txt, doc, html, and books from BookShare. This small device incorporates an audio book player, an accessible MP3 player, a clockand a voice recorder in one unit. The Book Port Plus contains a Wi-Fi chip, USB port, SD card slot (up to 32GB), Stereo microphone, headphone jacks, and a built-in speaker. sales@aph.org
Book Reader V100
Bookreader v100 is speciallyDesigned for book scanning. The Shadow Elimination Element eliminates the book spine shadow and text distortion associated with books scanned on flatbeds and copiers. The Plustek BookReader provides high quality speech output to make your book reading experience more enjoyable. The user-friendly magnifying tool can be used independent of the BookReader system and gives you complete access to all other programs you might need enlarged print for; it provides a "see & speak" function while you are reading the text. All scanned items can be saved as a searchable PDF. You can even use the book reader software to read any other PDF documents Scanned documents can be saved in MP3 or WAV format. By using a portable audio player, you can enjoy listening to books anytime and anywhere. The color contrast function increases the visual effectiveness and helps those with color blindness using certain color combinations. This allows for a more enjoyable and easy reading. Zoom text function provides the ability to enlarge documents to allow for easier on screen reading. Order Book Reader V100 from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Book Wizard Reader
Software program for reading DAISY books.
BookCourier
Reads articles, books, and other documents out loud, and plays MP3 files. Includes Double Talk speech synthesizer; no internal speaker.
BookSense (Standard)
A compact and lightweight portable DAISY player. This multi-function DAISY reader is compatible with a wide range of audio formats including DAISY and MP3. Other features include,a built-in text to speech engine, clock, recorder. Its builtin text to speech engine supports a wide range of electronic documents.
BookSense XT
A compact and lightweight portable DAISY player. This multi-function DAISY reader is compatible with a wide range of audio formats including DAISY and MP3. Other features include: a built-in text to speech engine, calculator, clock, recorder. Its builtin text to speech engine supports a wide range of electronic documents. The BookSense comes in two models. BookSense(Standard) and BookSense XT. Both models play audio files, DAISY content, and read documents. Secured-Digital (SD) memory card slot, and built-in digital recorder are all standard features on both the BookSense and BookSense XT. The media player supports a variety of formats, such as MP3, MP4, OGG, WAV, WAX, M4A, and WMA. The BookSense XT has enhanced features including 4 Gig built-in memory, Bluetooth Headphone option, and built-in FM radio.
Braille Plus 18 Second Generation
Braille Plus 18 combines a high-quality braille keyboard and refreshable braille display with an advanced mobile platform and specialized accessible software to create the world's first Android smart phone designed for blind students and professionals. Improve retention, enjoy privacy, and increase literacy with the 18-cell refreshable braille display.
Braille Sense Plus
A PDA with braille and speech output and a braille keyboard. Features a word processor, appointment calendar, phone book, media player and scientific calculator. Can be used as a braille display and speech synthesizer when connected to a personal computer. sales@gwmicro.com
Braille Star 80
Desktop display that provides a “scratchpad” on which users can jot a few notes independently while connected to—or disconnected from—a computer. Allows users to download data from a computer into the scratchpad, and then disconnect from the computer to read, edit, add to and save the data. info@handytech.us
Braille Wave
40-character braille display with a built-in notetaker. May be connected to a notebook computer. Software package supplied allows notes to be easily transferred to Microsoft Word on a personal computer. This portable 40-cell refreshable Braille display that can be used either connected to a computer through either a serial cable or Bluetooth(Optional).info@handytech.us
Braille+ Mobile Manager
Small, Linux-based PDA with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and wireless capability. Includes an address book, calendar, word processor, MP3/DAISY player, voice recorder, journal, web browser and e-mail. Available with a docking station. Also features a braille keyboard.
Brailliant BI 32
Small, light and compact display for use with desktop or laptop computers or mobile devices. Offers both Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
Brailliant BI 40
Small, light and compact display for use with desktop or laptop computers or mobile devices. Offers both Bluetooth and USB connectivity.
CDesk Compass
Order CDesk Compass from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Easy Braille
40-cell braille display with USB or optional Bluetooth connection. The braille display is concave, so the user's fingers fall directly on the braille characters.info@handytech.us
EasyReader
Digital talking book player that offers the option of reading the text and listening to the audio independently. As the audio is played, the on-screen text is highlighted and can be accompanied by images that are embedded in the document or those which "pop-up" in synchronisation with the associated audio.
Focus 40 Blue Braille Display
Portable and adjustable refreshable braille displays. Include easy-to-remember braille commands and braille settings. Used with the JAWS screen reader, the refreshable braille cells act as a tactile monitor that allows users to navigate and read information in dynamic braille. It is both Bluetooth and USB compatible, and works with iOS, Mac, and Windows
Focus 80 Blue Braille Display
Portable and adjustable refreshable braille display. Includes easy-to-remember braille commands and braille settings. Used with the JAWS screen reader, the refreshable braille cells act as a tactile monitor that allows users to navigate and read information in dynamic braille. It is both Bluetooth and USB compatible, and works with iOS, Mac, and Windows
FSReader
Application that allows users to read DAISY-formatted talking books on a PAC-Mate or desktop PC.
GH Player
Software player that provides complete access to digital talking books.info@LSSproducts.com
Hal (Professional)
Provides screen access for visually impaired computer users through speech and braille. Configuration files, known as map files, are available for many applications. Works with a number of different synthesizers.
Hal (Standard)
Provides screen access for visually impaired computer users through speech and braille. Configuration files, known as map files, are available for many applications. Works with a number of different synthesizers.
Icon
Small, Linux-based PDA with a 30-gigabyte hard drive and wireless capability. Includes an address book, calendar, word processor, MP3/DAISY player, voice recorder, journal, web browser and e-mail. Available with a docking station.
iMax for Mac
MagniLink iMax provides magnification, contour enhancement and pointer settings as well as screen reading with high-quality speech output. The Contrast Enhancement Mode gives a clear picture with smooth character edges regardless of the magnification. features include: split screen, dual screen support, full screen mode, multiple highcontrast modes, a circular and a squared lens-zoom. It gives you the ability to set the screen mode based on your own preferences. Your Mac also works as a document reader through the unique GhostReader function. This gives you the possibility to get text read out loud and be magnified in a seperate window via the function Speak Selection. You can then save texts as Mp3-files to be played in iTunes, be uploaded to your iPod, iPad or burned onto a CD. Order iMax for Mac from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
iPhone
The iPhone is a line of Internet and multimedia-enabled smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc. An iPhone functions as a camera phone (also including text messaging and visual voicemail), a portable media player (equivalent to a video iPod), and an Internet client (with e-mail, web browsing, and Wi-Fi connectivity). The user interface is built around the device's multi-touch screen, including a virtual keyboard rather than a physical one. Third-party applications are available from the App Store.
JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows (Professional)
Converts text and components of the Windows operating system into synthesized speech, allowing for access to Windows-based computer systems. Includes configuration files to maximize its function in a wide variety of Windows applications.Order JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows (Professional) from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows (Standard)
Converts text and components of the Windows operating system into synthesized speech, allowing for access to Windows-based computer systems. Includes configuration files to maximize its function in a wide variety of Windows applications. Order JAWS (Job Access with Speech) for Windows (Standard) from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Kurzweil 1000
Converts print into speech. Scans books, articles and bills, and reads the information out loud. Scanned text can be saved for future reference and modification. Can be used to open and read a variety of electronic text formats and search, download, and read electronic books and magazines directly from sites such as Bookshare.org, Web-Braille and other electronic repositories.
Kurzweil 3000
Displays printed or electronic text on the computer screen. Text can be spoken by a speech synthesizer or read by the user on the computer screen. Available for both Windows and Macintosh platforms.
MagniLink S TTS - reads text aloud
MagniLink S TTS offers all your favorite features including Text-To-Speech. It comes with an HD camera, USB 3.0 and HDMI connectors, as well as built in control panel and OCR functionality for TTS. Text can be read aloud with increase reading speed and endurance. MagniLink S TTS reads any printed text by sentence, word or paragraph. The OCR scanned text can be saved and opened in a text editor for proofing and rewrites. MagniLink S TTS can be used with headphones at office and makes reading more efficient. Features include: Excellent image quality, 60 fps (full digital frames/second), High brightness and contrast (high quality light sensitive lens), HDMI and USB 3.0 connection. It's lightweight, portable and powered by the computer. Order MagniLink S TTS - reads text aloud from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Milestone 212
The MileStone 212 Daisy player and recorder. it provides simplified operation with 6-Button keypad. Features includes, NLS support, text document reader, high quality MP3 recorder, clock and calendar . The ruby red book reader in its popular, traditional Milestone casing supports the formats DAISY 2.02 and AA(X) from Audible. Info@IRTI.net
Milestone 312
Small, accessible voice recorder/MP3 player with five large tactilely marked control buttons. Includes an internal speaker and built-in microphone. Order Milestone 312 from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Modular Evolution
Available with 88 or 64 braille cells, it is the first braille display to use the Active Tactile Control (ATC) technology, which senses the location of the user's fingers on the display. info@handytech.us
NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access)
An open-source Windows screen reader. Uses the eSpeak speech synthesizer and SAPI 4 and SAPI 5 synthesizers.developers@nvda-project.org web site: http://www.nvda-project.org
ONYX PC Edition
The ONYX™ PC Edition features the ONYX camera mounted on an arm secured to a sturdy base. It comes with USB connectivity to any PC and MAGic® Screen Magnification Software with Speech and MAGic EyeMerge™ image management features. With EyeMerge, switch back and forth between magnified PC images and magnified camera views in any of three viewing modes: distance views, document views, and self views. The ONYX PC Edition comes in your choice of a swing arm or flex arm.
PAC Mate 20 Display
20-cell refreshable display initially designed to be used with the Pac Mate PDA. May also be used with desktops and laptops using a USB connection.
PAC Mate 40 Display
40-cell refreshable display initially designed to be used with the Pac Mate PDA. May also be used with desktops and laptops using a USB connection.
PAC Mate Omni BX400
Portable PDA with a braille keyboard. A detachable braille display can be added. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni BX420
Portable PDA with Perkins-style braille keyboard with a 20-cell braille display. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni BX440
Portable PDA with Perkins-style braille keyboard with a 40-cell braille display. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni QX400
Portable PDA with a QWERTY-style keyboard. A detachable braille display can be added. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni QX420
Portable PDA with a QWERTY-style keyboard and 40-cell braille display. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
PAC Mate Omni QX440
Portable PDA with a QWERTY-style keyboard and 40-cell braille display. Includes JAWS for Windows CE for speech output and Windows Mobile 6.0 with Pocket versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer plus Calendar, E-mail, Contacts, FSEdit (braille word processor), FSCalc (financial and scientific calculator), MediaPlayer and other applications. Full desktop synchronization through ActiveSync.
Perkins SMART Brailler
A brailler with a video screen and audio feedback that shows and speaks letters and words in real-time as they are being brailled in SimBraille or large print, for an instantaneous, multi-sensory learning experience. Additional Features include: text-to-speech, volume control, headphone outlet, USB port to save files to external device. The ability to edit, save and transfer electronic documents via USB. US English Braille, including contractions. Acapela Text to Speech from Acapela Group. Built-in software with lessons for braille beginners (American Printing House version only; available separately for a fee).
PLEXTALK Pocket PTP1
The Plextalk Pocket is the latest in sold-state digital recorders from Plextor designed for Blind or sighted users from the ground up. Record in a wide range of DAISY MP3 formats for voice or high quality music applications. Use the Pocket as an audio note taker and enter audio navigation markers while in record or playback mode and it provides simple audio editing features using DAISY heading and section markers.
Plextalk PTN2
A tabletop style digital book player. Plextalk PTN2 supports a navigational voice guide, speed and pitch controls, built-in speaker, clock, sleep timer, SD memory slot, USB port, and page/time jump functions.
Plextalk PTR2
Records and plays DAISY titles, MP3, and .wav audio files and stores them on a compact flash card.
Portset Reader
Stand-alone scanner with British English speech incorporating a male and two female voices. Can be used to read letters, books, magazines, and bills. Has a built-in floppy disk drive that allows for the transfer of any scanned document to a computer.contact@tvi-web.com
Professor
Plays digital talking books—including DAISY format—as well as music CDs, talking book tapes and radio. Includes stereo sound. can-do@independentliving.com
SARA Scanning and Reading Appliance
Stand-alone reading machine that allows users to scan and read books, bills, magazines and other documents. Reads in 29 human-sounding voices, 19 language dialects and 12 languages. An optional display screen or a television screen may be used to magnify text and customize background color schemes. The majority of the buttons are big and colorful with tactile shapes that differentiate one from another. Order SARA Scanning and Reading Appliance from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Seika Braille Display
A 40-cell braille display that is lightweight and portable. This braille display connects to the computer with a USB cable or an optional Bluetooth.gayle.yarnall@perkins.org
Simon Reading Machine
New version of the Pronto stand-alone reading machine with a flatbed scanner. Has two commands (start and stop), three voice settings (volume, speed and pitch), and easy-to-remember text navigation cursor controls.evitu@flash.net
Speakup
Screen reader for the Linux operating system. Allows users to interact with applications and the GNU/Linux operating system with audible feedback from the console using a speech synthesizer and to navigate around the screen using typical screen review functions such as “say word,” “say line,” “announce cursor position,” and more. Licensed under the GPL, the GNU General Public License. www.linux-speakup.org/speakup.html
Sync Braille (20 Cell)
Small, light and compact display for use with desktop or laptop computers. Offers USB connectivity.sales@gwmicro.com
Sync Braille (32 Cell)
Small, light and compact display for use with desktop or laptop computers. Offers USB connectivity.sales@gwmicro.com
System Access Stand-alone Mobile
Provides screen access to Windows, as well as applications, including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Outlook Express, Adobe Reader, and Skype. It can be installed on two computers. Also includes a smart drive so users can create a key to install System Access on other computers.
Thunder
Thunder is a free screen reader. It provides feedback via synthetic speech.
VarioPro 64
Small, modular display with additional modules for different work situations. Includes navigation rollers and thumb keys.
VarioPro 80
Small, modular display with additional modules for different work situations. Includes navigation rollers and thumb keys.
Victor Reader 2
Small, portable player that can play a variety of formats of books and music. Also includes a voice recorder, internal speaker, clock, and variable sleep timer.Order Victor Reader 2 from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Victor Reader ClassicX Plus
Desktop player that plays DAISY and NISO digital talking books on CDs as well as MP3 and commercial audio CDs. Has an integrated carrying handle and high-contrast large buttons. Features include variable playback speed with pitch correction, variable Sleep shutoff timer, advanced telephone-style keypad for direct or sequential navigation by chapter, section, page or bookmark.
Victor Reader Soft
Computer application for reading digital audio books. It combines the audio and text mode, allowing user to read the text on screen synchronized with audio. Additional features include browsing the table of contents, skipping from section to section or returning quickly to a page, inserting bookmarks to return to a spot or mark important passages. Uses SAPI-5 text-to-speech for speaking portions of DAISY full text/full audio books.
Victor Reader Stratus
A desktop player that plays DAISY, NLS, and a wide variety of electronic documents. Learning Ally digital talking books on CDs as well as MP3 and commercial audio CDs. Has an integrated carrying handle, high-contrast large buttons, SD mmmemory card slot, USB port, and builtin speaker. Features include variable playback speed with pitch correction, variable Sleep shutoff timer, advanced telephone-style keypad for direct or sequential navigation by chapter, section, page or bookmark. Order Victor Reader Stratus from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Victor Reader Wave
Portable digital CD Player that offers telephone style keypad for direct navigation by page, heading, or bookmark number. Also has easy 4-arrow DAISY navigation such as moving by chapter, section, or page. Supports bookmarks and variable speed playback and has a variable sleep timer.
Window-Eyes Professional
Converts components of the Windows operating system into synthesized speech, allowing for access to Windows-based computer systems. Also includes enhanced braille support.Order Window-Eyes Professional from The Chicago Lighthouse Store

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