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Technology changing the way we learn, teach, read, write & communicate in our everyday lives.

Technology changing the way we learn, teach, read, write & communicate in our everyday lives.

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    • BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." BarAille Communications BarAille Communications BarAille Communications BarAille Communications BarAille Communications
    • BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Introduction: BarAille
      • Description
      • BarAille is a newly developed communication system that enables low-vision and
      • blind (LV/B) people to "read" and to communicate.
      • The technology uses a specially developed bar code and a unique scanner. When
      • text is prepared for printing, the BarAille software translates that text word-for-word
      • and converts it into an encrypted BarAille bar code symbol, which can be printed
      • (visibly or invisibly) on the same page as the text.
      • The BarAille Preceptor © handheld scanning unit is then swiped down the page,
      • the bar code symbol is captured, translated back into text, and immediately spoken
      • in a near-human quality voice, giving the LV/B user the ability to “read”.
    • The BarAille Reading System Software BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • BarAille Bar Code Features
      • Dynamically translates text to bar code symbol
      • Creates 2-D or 3-D bar codes for placement and printing
      • Prints bar codes with visible or invisible ink
      • Bar codes may represent variety of languages
      • Printable on paper, currency, glass, metal and any other surface
      • Sale for personal and business use
      • Licensed to publishers and printers
    • The BarAille Reading System Hardware BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • BarAille Preceptor © Features
      • Mini-processor
      • Flash memory
      • Onboard speaker
      • Headset output
      • Text-to-speech engine(s)
      • Upgradeable dictionary
      • Rechargeable batteries
    • Target Market: Software BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Create Software For Bar Code Production
      • Office environments (employers of low-vision and blind)
      • Home / personal use as work and communication tools
      • Publishers
      • Printers
      • Printer manufacturers
    • BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Produce Hardware For Sale Into:
      • Low-vision / blind population
      • Reading impaired
      • Illiterate population
      • E-books reading integration
      • Foreign language instruction
      Target Market: Hardware
    • Top View: Preceptor © BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Artist’s Rendering
    • Bottom View: Preceptor © BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Artist’s Rendering
    • Interior View: Preceptor © BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Artist’s Rendering
    • Base View: Preceptor © BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Artist’s Rendering
    • Bar Code Symbols and Preceptor © BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Artist’s Rendering
      • Commercial Applications
      • Credit card receipts (credit card number encryption, purchased items detailed)
      • Checks / Money orders
      • Restaurant menus (greater detail of menu items without space limitations)
      • Utility bills
      • Invoices
      • Crosswalk / street corner navigation
      BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Vertical Market: Low-Vision / Blind
      • Personal Applications
      • Ability to read printed material
        • Contracts, rental agreements, homeowner documentation
        • Entertainment programming (TV Guide), newspapers, magazines, books
        • Grocery / supermarket items (ingredients, portions, nutritional info, sales)
        • Pharmacy prescriptions (instructions, expiration dates)
        • Clothing labels (color, size, fabric material, wash & care instructions)
      BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Vertical Market: Low-Vision / Blind
      • Educational Applications
      • Instructional device for reading impaired and language restricted
        • Scholastic publications
        • Textbooks
        • Workbooks
        • Reading enhancement aid
        • Reading instructional aid
        • Foreign language teaching tool
      BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Vertical Market: Low-Vision / Blind
      • Business Applications
      • Communications printed in BarAille code
        • Office documents (memos, employee handbook, job description)
        • Instructional materials (building directory, hallway / restroom directions)
        • Machine operation
          • Office (phone, fax, copier)
          • Recreational (coffee, microwave, refrigerator, vending)
      BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Vertical Market: Low-Vision / Blind
    • Target Markets BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Avenues of Interest
      • Low-Vision / Blind – Labeling, identifying, comprehending unseen information
      • Developmental – Unique instructional capability for toddlers learning to read
      • Governmental – Meets Federal guidelines for LV/B-friendly policies
      • Literacy – Introduction of the written word to illiterate people around the globe
      • Security – Data and document encryption
      • Sighted – Categorizing, organizing, tracking and reordering inventory
      • Translation – Multi-lingual settings for international commerce
      • Statistical and General Information
      • Estimated annual costs of blindness to the U.S. government in 1996 = $4 billion (01)
      • Projected expenditures in U.S. to accommodate LV/B in 2007 = $68 billion (02)
      • U.S. population estimate of low-vision and blind individuals (LV/B) = 14 million (03)
      • Over 135 million low vision & additional 45 million blind worldwide (04)
      • (01) Blindness Statistics – National Federation of the Blind
      • (02) About RPB, Eye Disease Information – Research to Prevent Blindness (Amount is comprised of direct medical costs, health utility
      • …… costs, lost productivity, medical care expenditures, informal care costs and other direct costs being shouldered by the U.S. economy,
      • …… the individual, caregivers and other healthcare payers, to include value of time and quality of life.)
      • (03) Eye Disease Information, Low-Vision – Research to Prevent Blindness
      • (04) Media Centre, Up to 45 Million Blind People Globally And Growing – World Health Organization, Oct. 2003
      BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all." Target Markets: Low-Vision / Blind
    • BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Statistical and General Information
      • Number of Braille users in U.S. = 85,500 (05)
      • Ratio of embossed Braille pages to pages of print = 6:1 (06)
      • Cost to Braille equivalent of 1 page of print = $1.38 – $6.00 †
      • Cost to produce one page of BarAille = $.01 ‡
      • (05) The Nature and Future of Literacy: Point and Counterpoint – American Foundation for the Blind, Jul. 2008
      • (06) AIM Basics – CAST Accessible Instruction Materials (A 500-page print book would require nearly 3,000 pages of embossed
      • …… Braille.)
      • † … . Cost per page of Braille varies per print house ($.23 - $1.00) and does not include additional hourly fees and binding . charges.
      • …… Estimate is derived by applying ratio of 6 pages of Braille for every 1 page of print.
      • ‡ … . Cost per page of BarAille does not include cost of visible or invisible ink for one bar code symbol.
      Target Markets: Low-Vision / Blind
      • Statistical and General Information
      • Children’s / young adult book sales projection for 2008 = $4.3 billion (07)
      • 10% – 17% of U.S. population has dyslexia (08)
      • Only 30% of U.S. 8 th graders meet current standards for reading proficiency (09)
      • Reading / writing deficiency are leading reasons students drop out of school (10)
      • 12 million dropouts are projected in next decade costing over $3 trillion dollars (11)
      • (07) Children’s Publishing Market Forecast 2008 – Simba Information, Sep. 2007
      • (08) DCDC2: Demystifying and Decoding Dyslexia – National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Feb. 2006
      • (09) National Governors Association: Reading to Achieve – Reading Horizons
      • (10) About the Crisis, Graduation Rates – Alliance for Excellent Education
      • (11) About the Crisis, Impact on American Society – Alliance for Excellent Education (Total of dropouts is calculated based on
      • …… 1.2 million actual dropouts for Class of 2007. Financial cost is calculated based on $329 billion dollar projection of lost
      • …… wages, taxes and productivity over a lifetime for the Class of 2007.)
      Target Markets: Developmental BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
    • BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Statistical and General Information – I.M.A.A. (HR 4582)
      • Approximately 93,600 students are visually impaired or blind (12)
      • In the mid-1960s, 50% of all blind students could read Braille (13)
      • By the end of 2007, 10% of all blind students could read Braille (14)
      • Braille edition of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows cost $80,000 to produce (15)
      • BarAille can satisfy I.M.A.A. by printing one book for sighted and LV/B #
      • (12) The Nature and Future of Literacy: Point and Counterpoint – American Foundation for the Blind, Jul. 2008
      • (13) The Case for Braille – William M. Raeder, Former President National Braille Press
      • (14) 2007 Annual Report – American Printing House for the Blind, Inc.
      • (15) Harry Potter in Braille: Press Information and Fact Sheet – National Braille Press
      • # .... Instructional Materials Accessibility Act of 2002 – House of Representatives, April 24, 2002 (I.M.A.A was created, “To
      • …… improve access to printed instructional materials used by blind or other persons with print disabilities in elementary
      • …… and secondary schools, and for other purposes”. BarAille can print one book for both sighted and LV/B readers at
      • …… virtually no additional cost by placing visible or invisible bar coded symbols alongside the printed text.)
      Target Markets: Governmental
    • BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Statistical and General Information – ACB v. Henry M. Paulson, Jr.
      • Only the U.S. prints dollar bills the same size and color for all denominations (16)
      • U.S. Treasury requires $178 million for new printing presses (16)
      • U.S. Treasury requires $37 - $50 million for new printing plates for each bill (16)
      • U.S. Treasury requires $70 - $90 million for worldwide education on new bills (16)
      • U.S. Treasury would spend $440.5 million each year to print new bills (16)
      • BarAille can satisfy ruling by printing invisible bar codes on current bills (16)
      • (16) American Council of the Blind, et al., v. Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Secretary of the Treasury (On November 28, 2006,
      • …… Judge James Robertson ruled that the “Treasury Department’s failure to design, produce and issue paper currency
      • …… that is readily distinguishable to blind and visually impaired” people violates federal law. Decision was appealed
      • …… and upheld on May 20, 2008.)
      Target Markets: Governmental
      • Statistical and General Information
      • Welfare / unemployment due to illiteracy cost US $6 billion in ‘07 (17)
      • ⅔ of students who can’t read proficiently by 4 th grade end up in jail or on welfare (18)
      • 85% of incarcerated juvenile offenders are functionally illiterate (19)
      • Over 40 million functionally illiterate people in the United States (20)
      • Over 785 million functionally illiterate people in the world (21)
      • (17) The Nature and Future of Literacy: Point and Counterpoint – American Foundation for the Blind, Jul. 2008
      • (18) Dr. Louisa Moats, Ed.D., Harvard University Graduate School of Education
      • (19) Correctional Education Association
      • (20) Adult Literacy in America – National Center for Education Statistics, Apr. 2002
      • (21) The World Factbook – Central Intelligence Agency, 2005
      Target Markets: Literacy BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Statistical and General Information
      • In 2005 $113.6 million dollars were recovered in counterfeit U.S. currency (22)
      • 18.3 million U.S. passports were issued in 2007 (23)
      • Global debit, credit & prepaid card use reached $10.1 trillion dollars in 2006 (24)
      • Global debit, credit & prepaid card losses due to fraud were $4.84 billion in 2006 (24)
      • BarAille encrypts, deciphers and verifies communiqués, documents and data
      • (22) The Use and Counterfeiting of United States Currency Abroad, Part 3 – Federal Reserve Board, Sep. 2006
      • (23) Passport Statistics – U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs
      • (24) Global Card Fraud – The Nilson Report, Jul. 2007 Issue 884
      Target Markets: Security BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Statistical and General Information
      • Electronic storage software market at $3.1 billion in sales for 2 nd Quarter, 2008 (25)
      • Modern information technology could save U.S. healthcare $140 billion annually (26)
      • BarAille streamlines legal, medical & dental data / file storage and retrieval
      • BarAille can store the entire U.S. Constitution on a one-inch bar code symbol
      • BarAille scans your local newspaper and “reads” to you during your drive to work
      • BarAille scans your office documents and “reads” to you during your drive home
      • (25) Press Release – IDC Worldwide Quarterly Storage Software Tracker, Sep. 8, 2008
      • (26) HHS Fact Sheet: HIT Report At A Glance – U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Jul. 21, 2004
      Target Markets: Sighted BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Statistical and General Information
      • Translation services for the United Nations cost $565 million for 2003 - 2005 (27)
      • 5-year U.S. Army translation contract in Iraq cost $4.65 billion dollars (28)
      • Digital translation market forecasted at $67.5 billion dollars annually (29)
      • BarAille currently utilizes text-to-speech engines in more than 20 languages
      • (27) The United Nations Reform Act of 2005 – The Heritage Foundation, Jun. 10, 2005
      • (28) L-3 Out, Dyncorp-McNeil in for $4.65B Iraq Translation Contract? – Defense Industry Daily
      • (29) Language Weaver News – Language Weaver, Sep. 15, 2008
      Target Markets: Translation BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
    • Professional Evaluation BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Synopsis Excerpt
        • “ In my opinion, BarAille has tremendous promise to be truly useful to
        • the Blind and, more important, will be used by the Blind.” *
      • *Robert W. Massof, Ph.D.
      • Professor of Ophthalmology
      • Professor of Neuroscience
      • Director, Lions Vision Research and Rehabilitation Center
      • Wilmer Ophthalmological Institute
      • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
    • Business Opportunities BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Partnership
      • Minority equity owner (investor)
      • Majority equity owner (investor)
      • Strategic partner to develop software / hardware
      • – OR –
      • Acquisition
      • Acquisition of intellectual property as master licensor
      • Acquisition of company and intellectual property
    • Collaboration BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Revenue Streams
      • Enable printers with bar code print technology
      • Pioneer and expand invisible ink printing for publications
      • Product development for new industry
      • Vertical marketing of hardware and software into new industry
    • Licensing BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
      • Revenue Streams
      • The BarAille Reading System (Patent 7,341,456—issued March 11, 2008)
        • Software – capture data with simultaneous conversion to BarAille code
        • Hardware – print text with BarAille code
        • Hardware – scan, read, interpret and speak text-to-code for reader
    • 230 MARINE CT. #6, LAUDERDALE BY THE SEA, FL 33308 Tel. 954-638-9991 E-mail: jmcadams@baraille.com Website: www.baraille.com
      • Incorporated: September, 2005, Limited Liability Corporation
      • Executives: John McAdams—CEO, Gregory Foley—VP Operations
      • Patent: 7,341,456 (other patents and C.I.P.s—pending)
      • Number of stockholders: 6 (as of Sep. 1, 2008)
      • Principal product: BarAille Reading System
      BarAille Communications, LLC. BarAille Communications: "Making information and knowledge available to all."
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