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Update on Technology for the Visually Impaired - Human Ware

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21 September 2010

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Human Ware presentation

  1. 1. <ul><li>Tuesday 21 st September 2010 </li></ul>
  2. 2. Alan Davis General Sales Manager – UK & Ireland Humanware Europe Ltd. Update on Technology for the Visually Impaired
  3. 3. General Theme <ul><li>Portable & Powerful </li></ul><ul><li>Increased connectivity </li></ul><ul><li>Interaction with mainstream technology </li></ul><ul><li>Competing with sighted peers </li></ul>
  4. 4. Technology Focus <ul><li>Magnification </li></ul><ul><li>Audio </li></ul><ul><li>Braille </li></ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul>
  5. 5. Magnification <ul><li>The first CCTV introduced 41 years ago </li></ul>
  6. 6. myReader2 – Auto Reader <ul><li>No sickness </li></ul><ul><li>Read for longer </li></ul><ul><li>Read quicker </li></ul><ul><li>Understand </li></ul>
  7. 7. Since 1000AD, when the Venetians discovered that text could be magnified if it was placed under a convex blob of glass, it has been possible for low vision sufferers to read printed text. Progress in the last thousand years, however, has been slow. Reading, for people with low vision, has remained a laboriously slow process of scanning a lens or electronic magnifier along the lines of a document while peering into the lens or screen to view the magnified words flowing by. While this primitive technology has enabled people with extremely poor vision to read, this process has been both visually and physically fatiguing and frustratingly slow. It has also required skilled Since 1000AD, when the Venetians discov ered that text could be magnified if it was placed under a convex blob of glass, it has been possible for low vision sufferers to read printed text. Progress in the last thousand years, how ever, has been slow. Reading, for people with low vision, has remained a laboriou sly slow process of scanning a lens or electronic magnifier 20 seconds to scan Average speed: 1.2m/sec 7 seconds to scan Average speed: 24cm/sec
  8. 9. Laptop Solutions – Zoom Ex <ul><li>Super Lightweight & portable </li></ul><ul><li>Super fast OCR technology </li></ul>
  9. 10. The simplest and fastest way to convert printed text in to an accessible format
  10. 11. SmartView Graduate <ul><li>Distance / close up viewing </li></ul><ul><li>Lightweight & Flexible </li></ul><ul><li>Just one USB required </li></ul>
  11. 12. Zoom Extra <ul><li>Combines the Zoom Ex with a distance / close-up live camera </li></ul>
  12. 13. Three Distinct Products
  13. 14. Portable magnification <ul><li>Lightweight </li></ul><ul><li>Auto-focus cameras </li></ul><ul><li>Multi-media functionality </li></ul>
  14. 15. Audio Technology – Victor Reader Stream <ul><li>Daisy Player </li></ul><ul><li>MP3 Player </li></ul><ul><li>Voice Recorder </li></ul><ul><li>Text-to-speech </li></ul><ul><li>Designed for blind people </li></ul>
  15. 17. Intel Reader <ul><li>Point </li></ul><ul><li>Shoot </li></ul><ul><li>Listen </li></ul>
  16. 18. Braille Technology <ul><li>Exciting new notetaker platform </li></ul><ul><li>Wide range of braille displays </li></ul><ul><li>Increased connectivity with new mainstream products </li></ul>
  17. 19. Braille is about literacy <ul><li>“ If anyone thinks Braille is somehow superfluous now that we all have computers, then please think again. In my opinion, a blind person who cannot read braille is functionally illiterate” </li></ul>
  18. 20. “ I’m often asked by blind people …how can I get a job in the media” <ul><li>Read Braille </li></ul><ul><li>Read Braille fast </li></ul>
  19. 21. Braille - Not a Language <ul><li>Correct English rules apply </li></ul><ul><li>Punctuation </li></ul><ul><li>Spellings </li></ul><ul><li>Capitals and lower case letters </li></ul><ul><li>Paragraphs </li></ul>
  20. 22. Imagine only learning through your ears <ul><li>Two </li></ul><ul><li>To </li></ul><ul><li>Too </li></ul><ul><li>Right </li></ul><ul><li>Write </li></ul><ul><li>Fair </li></ul><ul><li>Fare </li></ul><ul><li>Stationary </li></ul><ul><li>Stationery </li></ul><ul><li>Whether </li></ul><ul><li>Weather </li></ul><ul><li>Would </li></ul><ul><li>Wood </li></ul><ul><li>Hair </li></ul><ul><li>Hare </li></ul><ul><li>Maid </li></ul><ul><li>Made </li></ul>
  21. 23. Why use a Braille Notetaker? <ul><li>Designed specifically for use by blind people </li></ul><ul><li>Instant Braille Feedback </li></ul><ul><li>Compact single piece unit </li></ul><ul><li>Ergonomic for reading & writing </li></ul><ul><li>Forwards/backwards instant Braille translation </li></ul><ul><li>Greater accuracy than speech only </li></ul><ul><li>Access to mainstream technology. Ie. Internet mobile phones </li></ul>
  22. 24. What does the Braillenote Apex do? <ul><li>Powerful Word processor </li></ul><ul><li>Diary </li></ul><ul><li>Internet/ E Mail </li></ul><ul><li>Supports multiple languages </li></ul><ul><li>Scientific Calculator </li></ul><ul><li>Database Manager </li></ul><ul><li>Plus many more features </li></ul><ul><li>Oh …and it look cool !! </li></ul>
  23. 25. Connectivity <ul><li>Visual Display </li></ul><ul><li>Active Sync. </li></ul><ul><li>Wireless & Bluetooth </li></ul><ul><li>USB Sticks/ Memory Cards </li></ul><ul><li>Printing & Embossing </li></ul><ul><li>GPS </li></ul><ul><li>Other mobile devices </li></ul>
  24. 26. Braille Displays with laptops / desktops <ul><li>Good spatial awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Specific applications – spreadsheets </li></ul><ul><li>Literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Not cutting out hearing – Be part of your environment </li></ul><ul><li>Silent – not irritating or distracting teachers, work colleagues and peers </li></ul>
  25. 27. GPS – Trekker Breeze <ul><li>Intuitive </li></ul><ul><li>Navigation / Orientation Aid </li></ul><ul><li>Shorten the time for learning new routes </li></ul><ul><li>Use everywhere (outside) – on streets, on campus </li></ul><ul><li>Navigate to a pub / ATM etc </li></ul><ul><li>Use on the bus </li></ul><ul><li>Use overseas </li></ul>
  26. 28. Alan Davis General Sales Manager – UK & Ireland Humanware Europe Ltd. Update on Technology for the Visually Impaired

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