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33 Products for Task

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AccessNote
AccessNote is the first notetaker for the iOS platform designed particularly for VoiceOver users looking for a highly efficient, feature-rich note taking experience. In addition to being a low cost alternative to traditional note takers, AccessNote will allow users to combine efficient note taking with the countless other features and functions of the iOS devices. This will allow blind and visually impaired people in classroom or business settings to use the same popular iOS devices that their sighted peers are using.Image
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 clock and 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.orgImage
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 built-in 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 built-in 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 Sense U2
The New Braille Sense U2 provides power and speed in a notetaker. Powerful performance with faster processing Boasting a 1GHz Mobile CPU and a 32GB flashdisk, Braille Sense U2 offers rapid data processing combined with as much memory as you desire.
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.
BrailleNote Apex BT 32
Built-in options are at your fingertips to access Web pages, download e-mails or retrieve files from your network. Enjoy the convenience of wireless accessories and connectivity to keyboards. Printers, embossers, hard drives, flash drives and more, it?s a snap to connect to one of the three available USB ports. Keep an updated list of personal contacts and appointments by synchronizing information with your PC. Use your BrailleNote?s keyboard to navigate with your computer screen reader using the Braille Terminal Mode.
BrailleTouch
BrailleTouch is an app for the blind community that lets you type on your touchscreen using braille. Many people have reported typing at 30 words per minute or faster with accuracy. The developer offers a free download of BrailleTouch so you can try it at no cost. You can enter braille on the touchscreen and hear each character and/or word as you type. The free version is also a great teaching tool for braille instructors and students.
CDesk COMPASS
AdaptiveVoice is a stand-alone, all-inclusive software program for blind, low-vision, and seniors that enables access to the most-used functions of their computer. CDesk is not merely a screen reader or magnification program. CDesk is a single program with twenty core applications, built from the ground up to be extremely intuitive, simple to use, and easy to learn by utilizing a consistent user interface. 'PEGGY? is our user friendly speech recognition system that allows a totally hands free user experience.
EZ Large Keyboard
The EZ See Large Button Keyboard is a high quality, easy-to-use keyboard with all of the same features as a regular keyboard. It is perfect for low vision computer users since it is designed with large, bold legends, and features the largest lettering available for low vision users. The attractive, low profile, design fits into any setting and is available in four high-contrast models and colors. The EZ See keyboard features nine multi-media hot keys and a gentle key bounce force for comfortable typing. http://chicagolighthouse.org/tools-for-living-store
Focus 14 Blue Braille Display
The new Focus 14 Blue combines a highly responsive 8-dot keyboard and comfortable control layout with both USB and Bluetooth connectivity in a pocket-sized design. The fusion of comfort, portability, and advanced features makes the new Focus 14 Blue the ultimate go-anywhere Braille interface device. Read text messages, navigate your Smartphone screen, and enter text - all without taking your phone off your belt or out of your bag. With Focus 14 Blue, you have an efficient, full-featured Braille keyboard for your Smartphone, plus the ability to read your Smartphone?s display silently.
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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.
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.
MagniLink Student
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
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 PTR2
Records and plays DAISY titles, MP3, and .wav audio files and stores them on a compact flash card.
Vario Ultra

This is a mobile braille display with 20 or 40 braille elements and 8-button braille input keyboard. VarioUltra connects with four Bluetooth devices and one USB device simultaneously. The change of different devices is easy and executed through a simple keystroke. Thus, you can work with your PC, tablet and smart phone at the same time.

Features
  • A smart braille display that doubles as a braille notetaker.
  • VarioUltra is the only braille device that supports simultaneous connection with up to 5 devices, and it remains connected. For anyone with more than 1 device, this feature above all others will fast become one of your favorite things.
  • Refreshable braille cells that feel crisp, and almost paper like.
  • A whisper-quiet 8-button braille keyboard that is ergonomically designed for all-day use.
  • Split personality. In addition to being the most connectable braille device in the world, a quick flick of a switch and VarioUltra becomes a basic braille notetaker, with a suite of productivity apps to make life easier.
  • Compact, lightweight design will have you questioning why other devices weigh so much. The included high quality carry case and strap will help protect your investment for years to come.
Instructions
  • Step 1: In Notetaker mode, switch on Bluetooth and scan for devices within range.
  • Step 2: Send a pair command to your preferred device.
  • Step 3: Enter pin code 1111 on your device.
  • Step 4: Switch VarioUltra to Braille Display mode.
  • Step 5: A 2-button command is all that is needed to switch instantly between connected devices.
  • In future, skip steps 1-3 because VarioUltra will automatically connect with trusted devices as and when they are within range.
Order Vario Ultra from The Chicago Lighthouse Store
Victor Reader Stream
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 Stream from The Chicago Lighthouse StoreMultimedia
Voice Sense
PDA with speech output and a braille keyboard. Features a word processor, appointment calendar, phone book, media player, FM radio and scientific calculator. sales@gwmicro.com
VoiceNote Apex QT
Built-in options are at your fingertips to access Web pages, download e-mails or retrieve files from your network. Enjoy the convenience of wireless accessories and connectivity to keyboards. Printers, embossers, hard drives, flash drives and more, it?s a snap to connect to one of the three available USB ports. Keep an updated list of personal contacts and appointments by synchronizing information with your PC. computer screen
Wilson Digital Voice Recorder
The Wilson is a digital voice recorder that is simple to use, inexpensive to purchase, and made from high-quality components. Use this recorder to record and play shopping lists, reminders, to-do lists, notes, appointments, messages, lectures, directions, and audio instructions. Inexpensive, simple to use, and constructed from solid components. It is designed to be your recordable companion. Product Features: *Up to 8 hours of continuous recording time *Download messages to your computer - USB cable included *Will store multiple messages *Volume control *Clips to belts, visors, and purses *Requires two (2) AAA batteries (NI) 137 Rano Street Buffalo, NY 14207

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