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Technology News for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired
From the American Foundation for the Blind
 December 2014 Issue  Volume 15  Number 12
Echo-Sense Network Glasses Logo Echo Sense Network Glasses: Remote Vision for the Blind
Echo Sense Network Glasses allow individuals with visual impairments to stream both audio and video related to their environment via a cell data connection. This stream can be accessed online by a sighted guide, who can communicate in real time with the glasses wearer, offering descriptions, navigational guidance, and other useful information.
Bill Holton


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Editor's Page

Ending the Year on a High Note


Product Evaluations and Guides

Echo Sense Network Glasses: Remote Vision for the Blind
by Bill Holton Echo Sense Network Glasses allow individuals with visual impairments to stream both audio and video related to their environment via a cell data connection. This stream can be accessed online by a sighted guide, who can communicate in real time with the glasses wearer, offering descriptions, navigational guidance, and other useful information.

An Overview of OS X Yosemite for the Mac
by Janet Ingber On October 16, 2014, Apple released OS X Yosemite for Macintosh computers. This new operating system has many new features and some bugs. Overall, Yosemite's new features and updates make upgrading a good choice.

A Review of Prodigi Duo, the Electronic Magnifier by HumanWare: When Desktop and Handheld Magnifiers Meet
by John Rempel The Prodigi Duo represents one of the most sophisticated electronic magnifiers on the market today. HumanWare's offering of a feature-rich combination of desktop magnifier and handheld magnifier is an ambitious undertaking.

An Evaluation of the Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator
by Tara Annis The Orion TI-84 Plus Talking Graphing Calculator absolutely broadens opportunities for people of all ages working in a variety of settings, from a high-school student learning about the unit circle to a NASA engineer researching the trajectory of a rocket.

The Mountbatten Braille Writer Learning System from HARPO: Good for Children of all Ages
by Janet Ingber The Mountbatten Braille Writer Learning System from HARPO is a device that helps children learn braille. It's much more than just a braille embosser, boasting many advanced features including a music player and the ability to use Nemeth code.

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