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39 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 to Go (B2G)
The Braille to Go (B2G) is a 20-cell, 8-dot braille computer is lightweight (20.3 ounces), and offers a respectable array of connectivity features. Based on Android 4.2 (Jellybean), the B2G can be useD alone or connected to an iOS or Android phone. Hardware features include 802.11g Wi-Fi networking. Bluetooth, USB host, and micro-USB ports, a 5-MP camera for OCR, an SD card slot, stereo microphone, and stereo speakers. NBP estimates that the 5400nMh battery should last one to two days under normal use. A slot provides support for GSM or CDMA wireless radio (not yet available, and sold separately.) The detail specifications are:
  • 20 cell, 8 dot braille display with cursor routing, and forward & back keys.
  • 8 dot Braille keyboard for input, with an imbedded cursor navigation pad.
  • Bluetooth to use with computers, headsets, and other hands-free devices.
  • WiFi connectivity to access local networks or other WiFi hotspots.
  • GPS receiver to identify the user's location, and to access navigation apps.
  • Compass for general direction and navigation.
  • Two USB connectors (standard 2.0 and micro-USB) for connecting to computer devices and for charging.
  • Camera: besides photos, this feature is useful for many apps, e.g. currency and color identifiers, and bar code reading.
  • Built in speakers and microphone for apps or calls.
  • Speech input and output, synthetic speech output if the user wants to listen instead of read braille, and speech input for voice searches, dialing, and voice short cuts.
  • EarPhone/headset jack.
  • Mp3 music player.
  • Video output connector for classroom or business setting where the blind user may need a visual display for a sighted person.
  • Accelerometer, a chip used in games, which can detect tilting and orientation of the b2g and respond when it is tapped or rotated.
  • Memory: 32GB of internal storage a standard SD card slot to create backups or load data.
  • Android operating system with open source platform found in many smart phones.
  • Sierra Wireless Cellular Phone Card (OPTIONAL): The AirPrime MC9090 with Audio Mini Card is a wireless UMTS and CDMA-based modem that operates on all of the main mobile networks in North America with this one module.
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.
BrailleNote Touch
The BrailleNote Touch allows you to enter braille on the touch screen, guided by HumanWare's patent-pending TouchBraille calibration system, which intelligently determines where your fingers are onscreen, and which dot combinations you're trying to make with them. The BrailleNote Touch is 10 inches wide, with braille cells in front, and a 7-inch touchscreen behind the cells. To the left and right of the 7-inch screen are additional touch-sensitive areas available for braille input. If you would rather enter braille with traditional keys, put the notetaker in the included Smart Case, which is topped by buttons that activate the touch surface, when used to enter braille. Like HumanWare's other braille devices, the BrailleNote Touch uses a version of the KeySoft operating environment. Though familiar, the new KeySoft has been rewritten to support the advanced features of the new device. The device features two USB ports, an SD card slot, and HDMI port. There's an 8 MP camera, and a pair of stereo speakers. 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and a GPS receiver provide connectivity, and the device also includes an accelerometer. HumanWare touts the fact that the BrailleNote Touch is Google Play certified, which means its specifications match those of standard Google-approved tablets.
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.
ElBraille
Elbraile is a full mobile portable computer running on Windows 10 together with Jaws for Windows. It contains a docking station, integrated with Freedom Scientific?s Focus 14 Braille display. This docking station contains the perkins style keyboard and all the navigation options that you find on the Focus 14. Detail Specs:
  • Windows 10 32bit
  • Jaws 17
  • 1.8 GHz Quad-core atom processor
  • 2 GB of ram
  • 64 GB SSD drive
  • Built-in 32 gb sd card ? not usable by user, for the OS
  • Expansion card slot up to 256 gb storage
  • built-in microphone
  • Stereo speakers
  • Vibration motor Device vibrates and beeps.when being turned on, shutting down, when placed on charge, etc.
  • SMS messaging capability
  • You can also make and receive phonecalls.
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 3G modem (Micro sim card required)
  • Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n
  • accelerometer
  • gyro,
  • compass
  • GPS
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • USB port ? used for external storage, full qwerty keyboard etc.
  • 20 hours of battery life.
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.
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MaxLoupe
MAXLOUPE, another compact and mobile handheld video magnifier. This magnifier is the smallest stationary reading system for people with special needs in vision. With only 730 g, MAXLOUPE can be easily put anywhere to serve the user to read text or ?look at colored photos. An improvement is the new Li-Ion battery technology, which offers an extended operating time of approx. 2 hours of continuous use. The batteries can be easily replaced by the user himself. User of the new MAXLOUPE can also benefit from the new integrated writing stand when doing crosswords, signing letters or making notes. With only two control buttons MAXLUPE is easy to operate for anybody who prefers a small stationary and multifunctional reading device. Order MaxLoupe 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
NeoBraille
The NeoBraille is 32-cell, 8-dot Android-based unit sports 3 GB of RAM, 64 GB flash memory, AT&T LTE, 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, two USB ports, and a mini-HDMI port. It weighs in at 1.5 pounds, and measures 9.25 by 5.9 by 0.75 inches. It uses the Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating system, and includes a suite of productivity and entertainment apps created or provided by Neo Access. The detail specifications are:
  • Braille Cell 32 Braille Cells
  • OS / CPU Android 5.1 / Samsung Exynos 7420 (2.1GHz) Octa core
  • Ram 3 GB
  • Internal Memory 64 GB Flash Memory
  • External Storage MicroSD 128 GB (Option)
  • Audio Internal Stereo speaker / Mic port / Earphone port
  • Microphone Internal Mic(mono), External Stereo Mic
  • Keyboard 8 Key Perkins keyboard / 2 space bars
  • Navigation Keys 4-Way navigation key with Scroll Wheel/Select button
  • Thumb button 2 Thumb buttons
  • Function key 4 Function keys (Quick Search/Home/Menu/Back)
  • USB 2 USB 2.0 Type-A,
https://irie-at.com/content/neobraille-notetaker
Orbit Reader 20
The Orbit Reader is a 20-cell, 8-dot display and simple notetaker, whose low price is possible due to its unique refreshable cell technology and slimmed-down feature set. There's Bluetooth support, an SD card slot, and a USB port, but no Wi-Fi, for example. The device weighs less than 1 pound, and battery life is listed in the specs as one day of use. The detail specifications are:
  • 20 eight-dot refreshable braille cells
  • Eight braille input keys and space bar
  • Five-way arrow and select control keys
  • 2 panning control bars
  • Micro-B USB charging/communication port
  • SD card slot
  • Power button
  • Bluetooth radio
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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