Maestro: An Overview of VisuAide's New Accessible PDABy Danielsen, Christopher; Voice of the Nation's Blind,
Publication Date: Februrary 2005
Article reviews the Maestro from VisuAide, which is a palm-sized personal digital assistant (PDA) designed for people who are blind or have low vision. The device is basically the Hewlett Packard iPAQ with speech software and a tactile keyboard that slide over the iPAQ’s touch screen. The tactile keyboard features distinct rubber buttons, which can be pressed with the fingertips. The author contends that the Maestro is a compact device with an easy-to-use interface, yet limited keyboard functionality makes entering large amounts of text impractical. The device was, however, found to be useful for people who are blind or have low vision to make brief entries. Once documents, contact lists, and calendar entries are downloaded to the device via desktop computer, the information is easy to access and browse.
Assistive Products Discussed: MAESTRO
National Federation of the Blind (Web Site: http://www.nfb.org )
Link to text: http://www.voiceofthenationsblind.org/articles/106/maestro-an-overview-of-visuaides-new-accessible-pda