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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 September 2008 Issue  Volume 9  Number 5

Editor's Page

In this issue, Darren Burton presents the third article in a three-part series on audio players. This article reviews adapted players, including: the BookCourier, the Victor Reader Stream, the Milestone 311/312, and the players from Plextor. The Book Port is not included, since the American Printing House for the Blind has discontinued that product. This article also looks at the media players included in several assistive technology PDA devices, including the PAC Mate, BrailleNote/VoiceNote, Braille Sense/Voice Sense, and Braille+/Icon. Read our reviews of all of these devices.

Lee Huffman, of AFB TECH, evaluates two closed-circuit televisions (CCTVs), the Clarity DeskMate and the Acrobat LCD from Enhanced Vision. These two products represent more streamlined models (monitor with attached arm and camera), that weigh between 11 and 19 pounds and have a 17- or 19-inch flat panel monitor with a camera mounted to an adjustable arm. This article also discusses a few of the pros and cons of the standard large desktop and the more streamlined model CCTVs.

Brad Hodges, of AFB TECH, has been out shopping again, and provides an update to AccessWorld's series on the accessibility of kitchen appliances. He reports improvement in controls for some wall ovens and dishwashers. Stoves, he reports, still present significant accessibility challenges. This article also introduces the AccessWorld Appliance Accessibility Guide, which will keep you up-to-date on the latest news on each category of appliance. You can read the Guide at www.afb.org/Section.asp?SectionID=4&TopicID=380.

Jay Leventhal
Editor in Chief

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