Next Generation Technologies, Inc.20006 Cedar Valley Road, Suite 101
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Products manufactured by Next Generation Technologies, Inc. (listed alphabetically)
JawBone is an interface program that allows the coordinated use of the JAWS for Windows screen reader program and the Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition program by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This product provides the necessary code for interoperability of Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional version 6.0 and JAWS for Windows version 4.0 and higher (neither included, see separate entries). It includes a lexicon of new commands to make operating a personal computer by voice easier for individuals who are visually impaired or have dyslexia or other learning disabilities. In addition, it includes specific commands for NaturallySpeaking, Microsoft Word, Notepad, WordPad, Outlook and Internet Explorer. Documentation and support material in print, text to audio, and CD audio/video is included. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Intel Pentium III 600 megahertz (MHz) processor; 256 megabytes (MB) random access memory (RAM); Windows 98/Me/2000/XP operating system; voice compatible full duplex sound card; JAWS-compliant video card.
MagniTalk is a voice input program designed for use individuals with low vision. This interface program allows the coordinated use of the Dragon NaturallySpeaking voice input program and the Zoomtext screen magnification program. The program provides direct speech access to the Zoomtext user interface, serving as a bridge between Zoomtext from AI Squared and Dragon NaturallySpeaking from ScanSoft (see separate entries). Dragon NaturallySpeaking and Zoomtext can be used and configured configured separately or in tandem. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Intel Pentium III 800 megaHertz (MHz) processor with a minimum 512 megabytes (MB) RAM; Windows 98/ME operating system or Windows 2000/XP (preferred); voice compatible full duplex sound card and Zoomtext compliant video chip or card.
MOBILE VOICEPRO LAPTOP
The Mobile VoicePro Laptop is a voice input notebook /laptop computer designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision or who have difficulty using a keyboard. This laptop comes with Dragon NaturallySpeaking (see entry) speech recognition/voice input software and Microsoft Office 2003 Basic installed, configured, and tested. The laptop is from Sager-Midern in City of Industry, California, with a Pentium 4 processor, Windows XP Pro operating system, and a 38-centimeter XGA flat panel display. OPTIONS: Also available installed with JAWS for Windows Standard 6.1 screen reader program and J-Say Pro 2.1 (see separate entries). WARRANTY: Lifetime warranty from Sager-Midern.
Products distributed by Next Generation Technologies, Inc. (listed alphabetically)
COMPLETE READING SYSTEM
The Complete Reading System is a voice output optical character recognition program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. Most functions of this OCR program can be activated by pressing a single key. When the user presses the F5 key, the program activates the scanner and recognizes the text. When the scanning is finished, the user presses the F6 key and the program starts reading. This OCR program has full talking menus, so no screen reader is required to navigate through its settings. The system works as well on laptops as it does on desktops, because it does not require use of the external keypad. The program has auto page orientation, so the user can place the document on the scanner at almost any angle and it will still be recognized. In addition to scanned material, the program can open and read existing documents. It supports virtually every type of word processor. The default file format is Microsoft Word. Other features include 5 different voices (Cepstral Voices included); the ability to zoom up to 400 percent and to change font and background colors; ADF support; large print talking menus; and word tracking while reading. COMPATIBILITY: For use with IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows 2000, XP, or Vista operating system; 64 MB (megabytes) RAM (random access memory); 200 MHz (megahertz) or faster processor; 2X or faster CD ROM drive; sound card with speakers; keyboard and mouse; USB scanner.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a voice input and voice output program designed for use by individuals with spinal cord injury or upper extremity, vision, or learning disabilities. This voice recognition system enables hands-free operation of personal computers and permits users to speak at their normal pace. The program also permits hands-free mouse operation using MouseGrid technology. Users can create, move, edit, and format text by voice command in virtually all Windows applications, including word processors, spreadsheets, web browsers, and more. The program integrates with Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and most other Windows applications, allowing spoken text to appear immediately in a document. Select-and-Say editing permits editing by voice. Corrections can be made by voice or by keyboard, and corrections can be made immediately or delayed to a later time. The program also offers dictation playback, enabling the user to hear what he or she has written before editing. Text-to-speech capability also enables users to have their own documents or other files such as e-mail read aloud. The program supports multiple users and each user "trains" the system as it is being used; the system learns accents, dialects, and individual pronunciations automatically. The program has a 230,000-word vocabulary, with a 30,000-word plus active vocabulary. The vocabulary includes spelling, pronunciation, punctuation, usage, and context recognition information. This program also allows new words, specialized terms, and names to be automatically added in a few steps. The Vocabulary Builder searches text files, locates words used by the user, and enters spelling, pronunciation, and context recognition information. A high-quality headset microphone is included. Available editions include Home, Professional, Legal, and Medical. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Microsoft Windows XP (SP2 or SP3), Server 2003, Server 2008, Vista or 7; 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster Pentium processor; 2.5 gigabytes (GB) of available hard disk space; 1 GB RAM (Windows XP or Vista) or 2 GB RAM (Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003/2008); Sound Blaster 16 or compatible sound card; a DVD-ROM drive; and Internet Explorer 6 or higher.
E-Text Reader is a voice output program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision or learning disabilities. This software reads text files aloud using Cepstral Voices. It can open and read entire files or read user-selected text within a document. An Auto Summarize feature summarizes the information in a document or selected text. Words are highlighted as they are read. Highlighting colors can be changed by clicking the mouse. The user can change voices and reading speed, and insert bookmarks and highlighting to mark locations in the text. All functions can be controlled with hot keys or icons on the toolbar. The document can be magnified up to four times, and font style, font size, and foreground and background colors can be changed. The program has a built-in electronic manual which can be read aloud. It is compatible with multiple file formats including Standard Text, MS Word (all versions), HTML, and Rich Text Format. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows 2000, XP, or Vista operating system; 500 megaHertz (MHz) or faster processor; 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM; 40 MB of free space; 4X or faster CD-ROM drive; sound card with speakers; keyboard and mouse. COLOR: Hightlighting colors are blue, green, pink, or yellow.
E-TEXT READER IGT
E-Text Reader IGT is a voice output program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision or learning disabilities. This program has all the features of E-Text Reader (see separate entry), together with IGT - Intergalactic Translator, a built-in document translator. The program can read electronic documents aloud using digital voices and translate them into eight different languages: French, Spanish, English, German, Italian, Portuguese, Korean, and Japanese. Electronic formats that can be read and translated include Rich Text Format, Standard Text, and HTML, and all versions of MS Word. Words are highlighted as text is read. The user can change reading speed, font style and size, and foreground, background, and highighting colors. Bookmarks can be inserted. An Auto Summarize feature summarizes the information in a document. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows 2000, XP, or Vista operating system; 128 megabytes (MB) of RAM; 500 megaHertz (MHz) or faster processor; 40 MB of free disk space; 4X or faster CD-ROM drive; sound card with speakers; keyboard and mouse.
J-Say Professional is a voice input program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This product enables users of JAWS for Windows (see separate entry) to talk to the computer using a natural voice, and obtain speech feedback of their dictation and other related on-screen activity. This program supports use of the voice for computer input and control in conjunction with the keyboard. The program can be used for writing and formatting documents in a word processor such as Microsoft Word, writing e-mail, and navigating the Internet. Users can also set and locate bookmarks within Microsoft Word, Microsoft Outlook, and Microsoft Internet Explorer using voice input. The program includes an interactive help system containing information about the program, specific to each application. Users can train the speech recognition software to understand the voice, as well as having speech based access to the suite of features and facilities contained within Dragon Naturally Speaking (see separate entry). The program comes on a CD-ROM with a web-based interface, and comes with Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred version 7; a basic headset/microphone; and a manual in print, braille, and HTML. COMPATIBILTY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: JAWS for Windows screen reader program version 6.1 Screen Reader. The software comes with an Authorization Floppy Disk, linking it to the JAWS Serial Number.
KINESIS ESSENTIAL CONTOURED KEYBOARD
The Kinesis Essential Contoured Keyboard is a modified keyboard designed for use by individuals at risk for repetitive motion injury of the upper extremity. The keyboard has two separate keypads that split the traditional alphanumeric key layout of a QWERTY keyboard into right and left hand configurations. Each of the keypads is concave so that the shorter digits do not have to be stretched to reach their keys, and so that each hand maintains a flat, neutral position. The keypads are also placed lower than the built-in wrist support. OPTIONS: Foot switch; replacement palm pads. COMPATIBILITY: For use on PS/2 computers. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 2.9 x 8 x 16.5 inches. WARRANTY: Two year limited warranty.
MATHTALK / SCIENTIFIC NOTEBOOK
MathTalk / Scientific Notebook (MT/SN) is a combination of voice input and Braille output software configured to make Scientific Notebook 4.0 accessible to students and teachers who are blind or have low vision, or who have upper extremity disabilities. Scientific Notebook is a mathematical word processing program suitable for math and science reports, homework, and exams. It allows the user to create attractive documents that seamlessly combine text, mathematics, and graphics. Scientific Notebook also does mathematical calculations and creates graphs. Teachers can use it to create exams for blind students. MT/SN operates Scientific Notebook with over 600,000 combinations of voice commands, and also includes voice commands to translate math into Braille using Duxbury Braille Translator 10.3 and the Nemeth Braille Converter. MT/SN is for all levels of science and math, including professional use. One version is available for use with NaturallySpeaking Professional and two versions are available for use with DragonDictate, one for students and one for teachers. .All versions include Scientific Notebook 4.0. A print manual/tutorial is included. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: DragonDictate or Naturally Speaking Professional 6.0; SoundBlaster or compatible sound card; 300 Megahertz or faster processor, a minimum of 128 megabytes (MB) random access memory (RAM).
OMNIPAGE PRO 14
OmniPage Pro 14 is a voice output optical character recognition program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. The program converts scanned paper documents into text files in a variety of electronic formats, including Word, XML, HTML, Open e-Book, and PDF (Portable Document Format). Files can be read aloud, and words can be corrected by voice or by typing. The program also converts PDF documents into Microsoft Office documents that preserve formatting. Paper and electronic documents can be converted into audio files for playback or burning to CD. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Intel Pentium III processor or equivalent; Microsoft Windows 98 SE, 2000 with Service Pack 2 or higher, Me, XP, Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 6 or above, or Windows Server 2003 operating system; Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 2 or later; a minimum of 128 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM), 256 MB recommended; 135 MB of free hard disk space for application files and sample images, plus 40 to 45 MB working space during installation; 20 to 67 MB per RealSpeak speech module (343 MB in total for nine languages); 5 MB for Microsoft Installer (MSI) if not present; 800 x 600 pixel color monitor with 16-bit color or greater video card; CD-ROM drive for installation; compatible scanner with its own scanner driver software.
SCAN AND READ PRO
Scan and Read Pro is a voice output optical character recognition program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision or learning disabilities. The program reads printed text aloud in any of five voices. As the document is read, the word being read is highlighted on screen for users with low vision to follow along. Onscreen text can be magnified up to 400 percent and displayed with different fonts, font sizes, and color schemes, and spacing. Other features includes a talking spell checker and thesaurus, support for automatic docment feeders, and the ability to create MP3 and WAV audio files. COMPATIBILITY: For use with IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows 2000, XP, or Vista operating system; 650 MHz or faster processor; 256 MB of RAM; 400 MB of free disk space; sound card with speakers; keyboard and mouse; 4X or faster CD-ROM drive; USB port and scanner.
VIAVOICE PRO USB EDITION
ViaVoice Pro USB Edition is a voice input program designed for use by individuals with upper extremity and vision disabilities. This continuous speech dictation software allows users to dictate, edit, and correct text in SpeakPad, the resident speech-enabled word processor, or in Word, Excel, or other applications within the Microsoft Office product suites, including Office XP, or directly into a variety of other PC applications. Users can create macros that will run across multiple applications, and can control the speed at which their macros run. This software supports the use of select digital handheld recorders. Other features include IBM ViaVoice Documents, which provides Microsoft Word-based customized templates for letters, reports, faxes, and e-mails, and VoiceMarks, which can read the name of a customized navigation macro to the user as an audio confirmation that the macro is being run correctly. The software comes with a noise-cancelling USB headset microphone. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows XP Professional and Home, Windows 98SE, Me and 2000 operating systems; sound card; USB port; CD-ROM drive.
WYNN WIZARD & WYNN READER
WYNN Wizard and WYNN Reader are voice output, web browser, and text editor programs intended to help individuals with learning disabilities to read, write, study, and comprehend text more effectively. WYNN can read aloud ASCII text files, standard word processing files, digital talking books (DAISY and NIMAS), PDF files, web pages, and e-mail using RealSpeak Solo, which offers multiple voices and languages. Text is highlighted as it is read, and the user can control the speed at which text is read. WYNN can create and edit text and word processing files and convert them to PDF. It also includes word prediction and dictionary functions. WYNN offers a fully functional web browser that has pop-up blocking, and it is compatible with Java, Flash and WebCT. It offers specialized, icon-driven toolbars for specific functions, including web browsing, reading, writing, studying, and file management. WYNN Wizard includes an optical character recognition (OCR) program that can convert a scanned document into readable text that can be displayed in its original format or as text alone. Each software package includes a CD, a set of manuals, and a microphone. WYNN can be purchased for a single computer or for installation on a network. COMPATIBILITY: For use with IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: The IBM and compatible version requires Pentium or higher processor running at least 400 megahertz (MHz); Windows 2000, XP, or Vista operating system (the network version requires Windows XP, 2003 Server or 2000, or Novell Netware 6.0); 128 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM); 400 MB of available hard disk space (1 GB if installing RealSpeak Solo voices); SoundBlaster 16-compatible or better sound card with microphone and speaker or headphones; a video card and monitor capable of VGA video in 800 x 600 resolution with 16-bit color mode or greater; an Internet connection, plus an ISP (Internet Service Provider); a CD ROM or R/W drive; and for the OCR feature in WYNN Wizard, a supported TWAIN-compatible scanner.