Florida Reading and Vision Technology650 N Andrews Avenue Suite 22
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33311
Products distributed by Florida Reading and Vision Technology (listed alphabetically)
The Eye-Pal SOLO is a voice output reading machine and optical character recognition device designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This motion activated optical character recognition device reads from a book, newspaper, or other printed material automatically after the material is placed face down on the unit's scanner. Reading stops when the material is removed. When a hand is waved near the reading material, the reading pauses; when the hand passes again, the reading resumes. The unit can be connected to a monitor, and the magnified text will be automatically displayed with the words highlighted as they are spoken. OPTIONS: Keypad. DIMENSIONS: The base (WxL) is 9 x 11 inches. WEIGHT: 7 pounds.
EYE-PAL SOLO LV
The Eye-Pal SOLO LV is a voice output reading machine and video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This low vision reading system reads aloud almost any printed material. The unit is composed of a rectangular base with a camera mounted on at the top of an arm that extends from the center of one of the sides of the base. Some controls are located on the side of the base opposite the camera's support arm, and there is a handheld keypad that connects to the base with a cable. When a document, book or newspaper is placed on its base, the Eye-Pal SOLO LV begins to read the text aloud within seconds, regardless of the page's orientation. Reading can be controlled with the unit's controls, or hand movements made between the camera and the material can be used to pause and start the reading without touching the buttons. Up to four pages can be saved. To be used for magnification, the unit must be connected to a monitor or television. When a document is placed under the camera, the magnified text appears on the screen in a few seconds. Magnified text can be highlighted as it is read aloud. Magnified text is wrapped within the screen, and the magnification level, color, brightness, and contrast are all adjustable. In addition, small objects such as hearing aids and medicine bottles can be magnified in three increments up to 12 times their size on a 19-inch screen to facilitate reading of their labels.
JORDY is a video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. It is worn like a pair of glasses, and can be used for such activities as watching television, using a computer, reading and writing, painting, playing cards or board games, and more. Objects are magnified up to 30 times. This video magnifier features a wide field of view, automatic focus, object locator capability, focus lock capability, and digital zoom capability. There are four viewing modes: Full color, black and white, high contrast positive, and high contrast negative. This magnifier comes with a control unit, a plastic case, a belt clip, glare shields, and a cleaning cloth. POWER: Uses a rechargeable battery (included) or alternating current (AC) adapter (included); a battery charger is also included. OPTIONS: Soft carrying case; JORDY Stand allowing the unit to be used as a desktop video magnifier (see separate entry).
JOT A DOT POCKET BRAILLER
The Jot a Dot Pocket Brailler is a manual braille writer designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This small, lightweight brailler has six keys for Braille entry. The keys have high contrast colors for identification by users with low vision. Braille is written from the left hand side of the page to the right, with 20 cells of braille per line. The user can read braille as it is written by turning the unit over. A built-in reading stand keeps the unit stable when resting on hard surfaces. Tactile line and cell indicators show the current location on the page. The line indicator shows which line is being brailled, and the cell indicator shows the position of the embossing head on the line. This brailler uses standard photocopy paper (80 GSM Bond or 20-pound paper) in A5 and A6 paper sizes (one-half and one-quarter letter size paper). The unit is constructed in one piece, so there are no parts that can be lost. A neck strap is included. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 5.5 x 11 x 20.5 cm. WEIGHT: 350 grams. COLORS: Blue with green keys.
KURZWEIL - NATIONAL FEDERATION OF THE BLIND READER
The Kurzweil - National Federation of the Blind Reader is a voice output optical character recognition device designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This handheld unit scans text and reads it aloud with synthetic speech. The user holds the unit's camera over print, and it snaps a picture. In seconds it reads the contents of the printed document in clear synthetic speech. Scanned text can be discarded, stored for later reading, or transferred to a computer or braille notetaker/ PDA. To aid the user in aiming the camera, the unit provides a spoken Field of View report, telling the user which of the edges of a document are within the camera's field of view and how large the image is in the viewing area. There is also a viewfinder for sighted use. The device has nine control buttons, a visual display screen, and a headphone jack. POWER: Uses household current and a rechargeable camera battery. An extra battery and an external recharger are included.
The Liberty Solo is a video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. It consists of a mouse camera unit and a large color TFT (thin film transistor) flat screen display. The screen is tiltable to allow the user to choose an ergonomic reading position. Text can be viewed in high contrast reading modes and user-programmable semi-color modes. The camera has an overview mode that allows the user to look at text, photos, and graphics from a distance or even at his or her own face. The flat screen display has a second video input port for another camera, such as one focused on a blackboard or Ash Technologies' Prisma (see separate entry). The camera also has VGA output for connecting to a computer monitor. A handwriting stand is included that facilitates handwriting, and also enables reading in smaller magnifications. A soft backpack or hard carrying case are included. POWER: Uses user-replaceable batteries. DIMENSION: TFT screen is 12 inches.
The Looky is a handheld video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This magnifier can be used to examine text and pictures at home or during chores such as shopping. It magnifies between 3 and 8 times in full color and contrast modes, with reverse video and freeze functions. Its camera is in the middle of the screen. It has a folding handle and carrying strap and comes with a carrying case and user manual. POWER: Uses two rechargeable NiMH batteries or external alternating (AC) power adapter (included). WEIGHT: 7 ounces. WARRANTY: Two year limited warranty.
MOBILE SPEAK POCKET
Mobile Speak Pocket is a voice output screen reader program designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This screen reader provides access to mainstream personal digital assistants (PDAs) and PDA phone hybrid devices, including Pocket PCs and handheld computers. Applications that can be accessed with this software include, but are not limited to, Pocket Word, Pocket Excel, File Explorer, Pocket Internet Explorer, Messaging for both SMS and e-mail, Pocket MSN Messenger, PPC Phone application, Calendar, Contacts, Tasks, Notes, and Windows Media Player. COMPATIBILITY: For use with Pocket PC or GSM or CDMA cell phones. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Pocket PC or Pocket PC Phone edition of the Windows Mobile operating system.
MOUNTBATTEN LEARNING SYSTEM
The Mountbatten Learning System (MBLS) is an electric braille writer and training device designed for use by children who are learning braille. The system includes a Mountbatten electronic braille writer with digitized speech, assignable function keys, notetaker and word processor functions, sufficient memory for 600 braille pages, and the ability to transfer files to and from a personal computer (PC). Features for students include a braille math mode using the Nemeth braille mathematics code; pre-loaded utilities to help students develop organizational skills, including a diary, clock, alarm, appointment calendar, and stopwatch; and three learning modes that link music with braille, including a Fun mode that provides play opportunities with peers and siblings, a Play mode for brailling music notes and listening to music, and an Editor mode for more advanced musicians. The unit comes with cables, a demo of Monty software, and a copy of MBComm. OPTIONS: Mimic text display to allow sighted instructor to view blind student's work; PC keyboard; and other languages and braille codes. POWER: Uses built-in rechargeable battery or power cord.
The Mountbatten Writer, also known as the Mountbatten Braille Writer or Mountbatten Brailler standard model, is an electric braille writer designed for use by children or adults who are learning Braille. It has an ergonomic Braille keyboard with a graphics mode and one-handed mode, correcting and erasing functions, page formatting, and the ability to write to memory. Learning tools include digitized speech output, assignable function keys. The writer can handle a variety of paper types and has 95 kilobytes of memory capable of holding 150 braille pages. Files can be translated from braille to print and transferred to and from a personal computer. Braille documentation is included upon request at the time of order. OPTIONS: Mimic Text Display, a liquid crystal display (LCD) to allow sighted teachers to examine students' work in process; headset; carrying case. POWER: Uses rechargeable battery (included). WEIGHT: 10.3 pounds. COLOR: Blue and yellow.
Optron Vision is a desktop video magnifier designed for use by indidviduals with low vision. This unit has a work area large enough for the user to work on two projects at the same time. Its camera is positioned high on a steel swivel arm for use in activities such as writing, crafting, or mechanical work. It has a color camera with a wide zoom range and various high-contrast image adjustments. The unit is also portable and lightweight and has a high-contrast control panel.
Prisma is a portable video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This video magnifier can be attached to most standard television monitors using the television set's video input feature or a Video RF Modulator box from Radio Shack. This video magnifier has a variable magnification range of four to 35 times when connected to a 14-inch monitor, and six to 53 times when connected to a 20-inch monitor. This portable magnifier can be used at home, school, work, and other locations. Its digital camera is highly sensitive to ambient light, providing a high contrast image in most settings. To accommodate low light environments, this video magnifier features discrete assistive white lights that enhance image contrast without creating glare or reflections. Users can choose to view the magnified image as white letters on a black background, or black letters on a white background. This video magnifier is designed with an ergonomic and modern appearance. It comes with a hardsided briefcase for carrying. OPTIONS: PC monitor or TV monitor model. DIMENSIONS: 2.5 inches in height. WEIGHT: 3 pounds.
Prisma Vision is a portable video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This desktop-style magnifier has a color TFT (thin-film transistor) flat screen display. It magnifies documents from two to 17 times, and allows desktop-style reading and writing. Users can choose to view images in full color, positive mode (black letters on a white background), negative mode (white letters on a black background), or user-selected text and background colors. A tilt stand allows the user to set a comfortable reading angle and distance for the display panel. Images can also be viewed by connecting to a 14-, 17-, or 21-inch VGA monitor. Other features include non-glare white LED lights and a VGA computer monitor connector. A hardsided briefcase is included for transport and storage. POWER: Uses internal rechargeable battery or alternating current (AC) power adapter. OPTIONS: TV accessory kit to allow the device to be directly connected to most television monitors. DIMENSIONS: Flat panel display is 7.1 inches. WEIGHT: 7.5 pounds. WARRANTY: One-year limited parts and labor warranty.
VICTOR READER STREAM
Victor Reader Stream is a handheld digital talking book and MP3 player designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This DAISY, MP3, and NISO player enables the user to read and navigate through complex recorded books in DAISY format, including reference manuals, textbooks, and magazines. It can also play NLS download books and NLS book cartridges from the National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, and can read books in text format such as Bookshare using built-in text-to-speech (Nuance Vocalizer). Other features include the ability to play music files; a USB port to transfer books and music from a personal computer (PC); voice recording capability for notes; stereo headphones; high contrast tactile keys and buttons; variable speed playback; automatic sleep shutoff with multiple time settings; a carrying case with belt clip; and a built-in user guide and key describer. Content is stored on a removeable SD memory card (not included). POWER: Uses rechargeable batteries (included). DIMENSIONS: 4.6 x 2.6 x 0.9 inches. WEIGHT: 6 ounces.