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Discontinued products distributed by Fine Edge Computing (listed alphabetically)
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 03/2005) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- The ACS Controller is an environmental control unit that is controlled by a touch keypad, single switch scanning and eye control. This unit controls all major types of remote control devices including infrared, Ultrasonic, and X-10 radio frequency. The ACS Controller will accomplish control of any device without wires, connections, or modifications to standard devices. COMPATIBILITY: ACS Controller can be connected to any personal computer. Some computer software programs can be used to access the ACS Controller (Access 190 or E-Z Keys). A PC can also be used to load or save ACS Controller programs. VOICE OUTPUT: This unit can be plugged into RealVoice PC, DECtalk, or other speech synthesizers to provide environmental control and voice output. EYE CONTROL: The ACS Controller can be fully controlled by eye or head movements with the Twinkle eye switch, also from ACS Technologies. OVERLAYS: Unit is available with ABC, statistically arranged (scanning) and blank overlays. Keyguard is standard with every unit. OTHER FEATURES: Automatic signal analyzer will analyze infrared signals from a commercial infrared remote controller and set up its memory to receive and send all signals accurately; customized sequence commands can be programmed to perform several consecutive actions with a single key; AUTO POWER ON/OFF from a few seconds to several minutes. DIMENSIONS: 3.875 x 7.375 x 1.75 inches. WEIGHT: 18 ounces. WARRANTY: 1 year limited warranty on parts and labor; may be returned within 10 days for full refund if not satisfied.
EVALPAC WITH REALVOICE
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 03/2005) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- The EvalPAC is a communication aid that has Adaptive Communication Systems' RealVoice built in. RealVoice is a full-featured, diphone- based voice synthesizer with more natural rhythm and intonation available in either male or female voice. The keyboard may be configured to adjust for user abilities. Additional features include: a text-to-speech capability permitting messages to be typed or selected and spoken or printed; an abbreviation expansion program allowing storage and recall of messages; capability of assigning voice output to single picture selection or picture sequencing of up to 5 symbols; built-in push button telephone dialing, adjustable time delays and volume control; internal clock; and ability to store programs and vocabulary on tape. Fifteen memory levels are available. Memory capacity is 27,000 characters. Options include environmental controls, alternative keyboards, and wheelchair mounting systems; contact manufacturer for details. COMPATIBILITY: For use on Apple IIe computers. POWER: Rechargeable batteries. DIMENSIONS: 14.75 x 8.5 x 1.75 inches. WEIGHT: 8.5 pounds.
FREEBOARD (IBM VERSION)
--- DISCONTINUED (VERIFIED 7/96) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- FreeBoard is a software program that presents an image of the keyboard on the computer screen, over top of the display of an active program (most word processors, telecommunications programs, etc.). To type, the user moves a cursor onto the desired key on the on-screen keyboard and activates the key, either by holding the cursor on the key for a given length of time (time may be adjusted by the user) or by activating a single switch (in scanning mode). Possible input devices include mouse, track ball, joystick, or the FreeWheel optical head pointer (see entry). Automatic punctuation and word prediction features are included. Dictionaries of 700 and 3,000 common words are supplied, along with an assortment of keyboard images; both may be customized by the user. The image may be placed anywhere on the screen, and NEXT and BACK keys provide rapid switching between several active keyboard images. On-line help is included. FreeBoard may be used with the X-10 Powerhouse (see entry) to provide access to an environmental control system. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM PC computers.
FREEWHEEL HEAD POINTING SYSTEM
--- DISCONTINUED (VERIFIED 7/96) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- The FreeWheel Head Pointing System is a cordless device that can be used in place of a standard keyboard with most software. The system includes FreeBoard software (see entries under FreeBoard and Screen Keys/FreeBoard), a small optical camera, a reflector kit, and connecting cables and adaptors. FreeBoard provides a visual image of the keyboard, which can be reconfigured by the user. When the image is on the screen, the user indicates the key she wishes to type by positioning the cursor on the desired key on the image and either maintaining the position or activating an external switch. On the IBM versions of the system, typing a letter or letters will bring up a list of words that begin with that letter or letters; the user may then select the desired word. A 3,000 word expandable dictionary and on-line help capabilities are also included. NEXT and BACK keys permit one-key switching between several active keyboard images. The reflector may be strapped to the head or any mobile body part. Any commercially available input switch may be used instead of the time-delay selection. The Macintosh version of the system includes a sip-and-puff switch, which is available at additional cost for the IBM system. COMPATIBILITY: For use on Apple IIGS, Apple Macintosh, IBM PS/2, and IBM PC computers.
HANDICHAT AND HANDICHAT DELUXE
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 11/2002) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- HandiCHAT is a voice output program and screen review program designed for individuals with limited or no speech that may be run simultaneously with application programs. Two modes of operation are available. The first permits the user to use a pop-up window to enter text that is then immediately spoken (and not saved). The window may be defined as having between six and twenty lines. The other mode is used to speak some or all of the text on the PC screen. Options are: speaking the word or sentence at the cursor, speaking from the beginning of the line to the cursor, or speaking the entire contents of the screen. HandiCHAT is evoked via a a user-defined "hot key" on the keyboard. HandiCHAT ($ 149.00) is compatible with DECTalk, Votrax, Computalker, Covox, RealVoice, Accent, and Echo speech synthesizers. HandiCHAT Deluxe ($295. 00) permits use and maintenance of a phrase library which can hold up to 1,296 phrases of 64 characters each. Phrases may be combined, and may be assigned to macros which can then be accessed by pressing two keys. COMPATABILITY: For use on IBM PS/2, IBM PC, NEC (some or all models), Grid, ITT, Toshiba Laptops, Tandy 1000, TRS-80 Model 100, and TRS-80 Model 200 computers.
HANDICODE & HANDICODE DELUXE
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 11/2002) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- HandiCODE is a Morse Code Interface program designed for use by people with severe physical disabilities, but without cognitive disabilities, that coverts single, dual, or triple switch Morse code to computer-readable form. The standard Morse code assignments have been extended to include the extra keys on the PC keyboard, plus pre-defined and user-defined commands. A macro facility provides abbreviation expansion for frequently used series of keystrokes. HandiCODE may also be used to control a DECTalk, Votrax, Computalker, or Echo speech synthesizer (extra) to provide voice output capabilities. A training utility, PracticeCODE, is included. Word input speed may be adjusted from 1 to 99 words per minute. HandiCODE provides on-screen help capabilities, and supports 40 or 80 column mode. Morse code paddles and connectors are available from the manufacturer; HandiCODE also supports use of three keyboard keys or other external switches as input devices. HandiCODE is available for $495.00. HandiCODE Deluxe, which includes word prediction and abbreviation expansion capabilities, is $595.00. COMPATABILITY: For use on IBM PS/2, IBM PC, NEC (some or all models), Grid, ITT, Toshiba Laptops, Tandy 1000, TRS-80 Model 100, and TRS-80 Model 200 computers.
HANDIKEY & HANDIKEY DELUXE
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 11/2002) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- HandiKEY is a scanning communicator software program designed for people with disabilities who cannot access a computer through the standard keyboard. HandiKEY permits selection of desired letters or phrases (from one to 2,000 characters in length) from a user- definable matrix of cells, using a single key interface (single key, mouse, joystick, digitizer tablet, track ball, or switch). Standard matrices, including ones for the PC keyboard, DOS commands, and the numeric keypad, are included; these may be used as they are or modified, or new matrices may be created. The user activates the single key interface when the scanning cursor reaches the desired row in the matrix. The interface is then released when the desired cell is highlighted. HandiKEY will then send the contents of the cell to the application program on the PC. A LEARN facility is included. HandiKEY may be controlled via any key on the PC keyboard, a mouse, a digitizer pad, or any single switch. HandiKEY is $495.00, including one connector. HandiKEY Deluxe, which includes speech output capabilities ( compatible with DECtalk, Votrax, Echo, or Computalker speech synthesizers), an HW-005 connector, and an additional port connector of choice, is $695.00. Contact manufacturer for information on HandiKEY Deluxe compatibility with the Headmaster (extra; see entry). COMPATABILITY: For use on IBM PS/2, IBM PC, NEC (some or all models), Grid, ITT, Toshiba Laptops, Tandy 1000, TRS-80 Model 100, and TRS-80 Model 200 computers.
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 11/2002) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- HandiPHONE is a computer-controlled, speaker phone system designed for people with people with disabilities which provides hands-free telephone access and special codes for voice mail retrieval. HandiPHONE includes a speaker phone or headset for communications, a specially modified 2400 Baud Modem used for auto dialing and speaker phone control, and MSI's PopDIAL directory which holds up to 10,000 names and 30,000 telephone numbers, plus provides manual on-line dial. The PopDIAL software provides hot-key access to incoming and outgoing telephone calls without exiting the user's application programs. HandiPHONE can be controlled by any adaptive access software (such as HandiKEY, HandiCHAT, Dragon Dictate and Voice Type). One RJ-11 connector, one 25 pin serial cable, a security ID plug, and a manual are included with the complete package. HARDWARE: HandiPHONE's hardware connects to standard RJ-11 telephone jacks and can be installed in a short period of time [manufacturer suggests minutes]. SOFTWARE: PopDIAL is a 5 KByte resident program. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: 1.4 KBytes of meory is required with EMS; 20 KBytes is required without EMS. COMPATIBILITY: For use on most IBM-compatible PCs including PC, XT, AT, 386, PS/2, and PC/Jr. HandiPHONE is also compatible with most electronic bulletin board networks.
HANDIWORD & HANDIWORD DELUXE
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 11/2002) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- HandiWORD is an abbreviation expansion and word prediction software program that works transparently with most application programs. An on-line dictionary is provided with HandiWORD. As a user types individual letters, words from the dictionary that begin with those letters appear; the user may then directly choose the desired word, saving on the number of keystrokes required to type the word. HandiWORD records the frequency with which individual words are chosen and "learns" to predict words according to this frequency. Words may be added to or erased from the dictionary by the user, and word prediction libraries may be created for specific applications. The word prediction line may be set to appear on any line on the computer screen. HandiWORD is $295.00. HandiWORD Deluxe ($395. 00) includes translation from English to French and French to English, and a natural language dictionary for French. Capability for handling Spanish, German, and Italian is planned for future releases; dictionaries for these languages are included in the current release. The package includes a comprehensive manual, diskettes, a security ID plug, and a free copy of HandiSHIFT (see separate entry). COMPATABILITY: For use on IBM PS/2, IBM PC, NEC (some or all models), Grid, ITT, Toshiba Laptops, Tandy 1000, TRS-80 Model 100, and TRS-80 Model 200 computers. DOS and Windows versions are available for both HandiWORD and HandiWORD Deluxe.
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 11/2002) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- inFocus is a RAM-resident screen magnification program. The program features three levels of magnification and can be used to enlarge the entire screen, a portion of the screen or a single line. The program works with both text and graphics application programs, and can track on cursor, mouse, or menu bar movement. inFocus is controlled by pop-up menus and hot keys, with complete on-line help. A variety of smooth scroll panning modes permit the user to review the entire screen automatically. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM PC, XT, AT, and PS/2 computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: A VGA graphics adapter is required.
--- DISCONTINUED (VERIFIED 7/96) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- OneKey is a software program which has several functions to speed text entry. Phrase prediction gives the user several options for finishing words in a phrase after the first letters of the words have been typed. To select a choice the user presses the corresponding function key and the phrase is inserted into text; a phrase can be any string of words or one or more sentences. A word prediction function can also be used; the user types the first letters of the word and can choose by number from the resulting list. An abbreviation expansion function allows the user to determine abbreviations which when typed will result in an entire phrase being inserted into text in place of the abbreviation. The program also has an automatic ending feature which can attach endings onto typed words. Shiftkey latching controls all of the shift keys including left and right shifts, ALT, CRTL, Scroll Lock, Num Lock, and Caps Lock; the user can press one key at a time rather than many simultaneously. A SetUp program allows the functions to be adjusted for the user. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM PC computers.
--- DISCONTINUED (VERIFIED 7/96) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- PopComm is a software program for use as speech output communication by persons who have difficulty with both speaking and using a keyboard. The program is designed to be used with the FreeBoard keyboard emulator (see entry); it may also be used with a standard keyboard. Messages can be chosen from a library of common phrases or created and stored by the user. Macro capability enables long phrases to be retrieved and spoken with a minimal number of keystrokes, and messages to be repeated upon selection of one key. An on-line help feature is included. Speech synthesis hardware is required to use PopComm; an alternative input system is optional. Contact manufacturer for pricing information on purchase of PopComm with the FreeWheel system. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM PC computers.
---DISCONTINUED. (Verified 12/99) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- The PowerLink 2 is a control switch interface unit designed to allow the user to operate two electrical appliances simultaneously (up to a 1500 watt capacity) with a switch. The device has three modes of control: Direct, which keeps appliances turned on while the switch is activated; Timed, which keeps devices turned on for 1 second to 60 minutes each time the switch is activated; and Latch, which provides one-touch on and one-touch off control of appliances.
QUICK'N EASY MOUNTING SYSTEM
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 08/96) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- The Quick'n Easy Mounting System is a wheelchair accessory for mounting a communication device to the wheelchair frame. It provides a means to attach a communication device to a wheelchair at a height, depth, and angle that allows for optimum use. The system and board assembly swings to the side (Swing Away), or away and down (Swing Away/Fold Down) in seconds to rest beside the wheelchair. A Fold Down Laptray is also available with the system that can be used to support a communicator or to provide a table- like surface. The tray is made of clear plastic and can be mounted on either the left or the right side of the wheelchair. The Quick'n Easy can be used with touch activated devices, scanning systems, and most other communication devices. Systems for expanded keyboards, membrane boards, or unicorn boards are also available. Patent-pending mounting arm can attach to any part of the wheelchair frame. The Quick'n Easy comes with standard "S" tube for adaptations, but a straight tube is available.
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 03/2005) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- The RealVoice is a portable communication aid. Built into the RealVoice aid is Adaptive Communication Systems' RealVoice, a full-featured, diphone-based speech synthesizer with natural-sounding rhythm and intonation available in either male or female voice. Additional features include: a text-to-speech capability permitting messages to be typed and spoken or printed; an abbreviation expansion program allowing storage and recall of messages; built-in push button telephone dialing; adjustable time delays and volume control; internal clock; and ability to store programs and vocabulary on tape. The memory capacity is 27,000 characters. Options include environmental controls, Memkey alternative keyboards, and wheelchair mounting systems; contact manufacturer for details. POWER: Rechargeable batteries. DIMENSIONS: 14.75 x 8.5 x 1.75 inches. WEIGHT: 6 pounds.
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 08/96) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- RealVoice PC is speech synthesizer hardware for IBM PC desktop and portable computers. The system features Adaptive Communication Systems' RealVoice full-featured, diphone-based voice synthesizer with more natural rhythm and intonation available in either male or female voice. The RealVoice PC plugs into the computer serial port (a cable is included). If the synthesizer is inactive for more than 30 seconds, the battery is turned off and reactivated at the next output from the computer. POWER: Rechargeable batteries. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM PC computers. DIMENSIONS: 3.5 x 2.5 x 10 inches. WEIGHT: 2 pounds.
SPEAKEASY COMMUNICATION AID
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 3/2004) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. ---The SpeakEasy Communication Aid is a direct selection communicator designed for use by nonvocal individuals and those with speech disabilities. The unit's digital sound chip can store and play back up to 12 recorded messages. The messages are retrieved by pressing the corresponding symbol on the built-in twelve-key membrane keyboard. Symbols may be changed in accordance with message changes. Stored messages may also be retrieved through single switch input; twelve switch input jacks correspond with the stored messages and the membrane keys. A message stop feature, when activated, causes a second activation of the key or switch to stop the message being played. The unit can be connected to toys or appliances to allow the user to experience voice output paired with a reinforcer. Other features include an on/off switch to prevent accidental activations, an easy-to-open standard nine-volt battery drawer, and a detachable shoulder strap. Two cables are supplied with the splash-resistant device. POWER: Uses either a 9-volt battery (not included) or an alternating current (AC) adapter (included). OPTIONS: A carrying case and a keyguard are available. DIMENSIONS: 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.75 inches. WEIGHT: One pound.
--- DISCONTINUED (VERIFIED 7/96) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- SpeedScan is a scanning keyboard interface designed to enable persons with disabilities access to IBM computers with either one or two switches. The program allows the user to invoke faster or slower scanning speeds during a scan to cut down the time it takes to activate the keys "far away". It incorporates top and bottom directional scanning and dual speed modes the user can activate during operation. The keyboard can be scanned from the top down, or from the bottom up. SCANNING: During scanning, the program highlights one row in the on-screen keyboard at a time. By clicking the switch when the scan gets to the row that has the desired key, the program switches to scanning across that row, one key at a time. When the scan reaches the desired key in that row, a second click of the switch selects it. After selecting a key, the system goes back to scanning rows again in the same direction as before. Row/column or linear scanning can be achieved with one switch; row/column, linear, or directed step scanning can be used with two switches. KEYBOARD LAYOUT: The layout of the keyboard for scanning is based on the frequency of letter and symbol use. The "space", Shift, and "erase" keys are made readily available. Layouts are optimized separately for linear and row/column scanning. In the optimized keyboard array, the fastest access for forward and reverse scan directions are indicated. Typing for spoken communication, for word processors, and for general computer operation have been considered. Word prediction, phrase prediction, and abbreviated expansion are incorporated in the most beneficial way. Keyboard images include QWERTY, alphabetic, key layout optimized for text entry based on letter frequencies or for linear scanning, and user-definable images. FEATURES: Other features of the program include an adjustable scanning speed to suit the user's needs; user selectable automatic key repeat rate; Phrase Prediction to allow input of phrases with one key stroke; abbreviation expansion to type phrases with a few keystrokes; automatic Common Word Prediction; automatic word endings; and automatic punctuation. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible or DOS-based computers including portables and desktops. The program will access all functions of the computer and most software; compatible with any type of display including LCD, monochrome, or color monitors. Any single- action switches with 3.5 millimeter plug connectors may be used. COMPONENTS: The SpeedScan system includes software, switch interface block, and manual. Switches not included.
WIVIK (WINDOWS VISUAL KEYBOARD)
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 4/2001) REPLACED BY WIVIK 2 (SEE SEPARATE ENTRY). RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- WiViK is a software program which provides the user with an on-screen keyboard. This display enables to the user to enter text into any application within the Windows 3.0 environment with any pointing device that emulates a standard mouse. The program may be customized for key arrangement, width, labels, label fonts, and spacing. Macro abbreviations of text can be defined by the user. Multiple keyboards can be displayed at one time. The standard keyboard and mouse are unaffected by the use of a visual keyboard. WiViK also has sticky key and quick shift features. Specific features which provide support for touchscreen and headpointer applications are included as well. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM PC or PS/2 computers.