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The latest in adaptive technologies

ADAPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES

What’s new?

Out there in the world of technology, there are innumerable forms of assistive equipment designed for people who are visually impaired or blind, whether it is a screen reader, magnifier, scanner or smart phone application.

Below are just a few of the recent adaptive technologies that may be of use and assistance to you for home, on the go or work/school.

Pacific Vision

Photo of Blaze EZ OCR Multi-Player

Blaze EZ OCR Multi-Player

Blaze EZ OCR Multi-Player

The Blaze EZ is a portable text to speech machine about the size and weight of the standard smart phone. It captures images of printed text and reads it out within seconds. The accuracy of the reader is quite high, however this can be dependent on how correctly aligned the Blaze is with the printed text. The Blaze EZ can also further play a variety of files including text, mp3, podcasts and more.

More information on the Blaze Ez


Humanware

Read Easy Move

The Read Easy Move is a stand-alone text to speech machine that takes a photo of printed text and reads it out to you within seconds. It is essentially a scanner as texts that have been converted on the Read Easy Move can be saved and transferred onto a computer if desired. It is portable and weighs approximately 1.8kgs. Accuracy of the Read Easy Move is quite high; recognising columns, pages and more.

More information on the Read Easy Move

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Read It Easy Move


Free Screen Magnifier

Glassbrick Screen Magnifier

The Glassbrick screen magnifier is a free screen zooming program and is available for anyone to download. It is adjustable in terms of colour contrast options, easy to navigate, customisable and efficient. Glassbrick is however only compatible with Windows.

More information on the Glassbrick Screen Magnifier


Free Screen Reader

NVDA

The NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader which translates the text on a computer screen to speech. If you own a “braille display”, the NVDA can also convert the text into braille. This program however is only available for Windows; if you require both magnification and screen reader software, NVDA does work in conjunction with the Glassbrick Screen Magnifier with very minimal issues.

More information on the NVDA Screen Reader


Applications

KNFB Reader

The KNFB reader is an application that captures images of printed text and converts it into speech within seconds. It is fast and has a high accuracy – recognising columns, words and sentences like a proper text-to-speech device. The reader is useful for reading handouts, magazines, menus and more, all on the go. The KNFB Reader is available on iPhones on the App Store and costs $129.99.

More information on the KFNB Reader

Prizmo

Prizmo 4 is a photo based scanning application that captures printed texts and allows you to export them as text PDF, JPEG and more. The text to speech function in Prizmo activates within seconds, reading out to you the text captured. To ensure correct alignment, Prizmo provides guidance to help position the camera correctly. This is only available on the App Store for iPads, iPhones and iPods; it costs $12,99.

More information on Prizmo

TapTapSee

TapTapSee is an application that takes photos of objects and identifies what they are to you. This application is free, however there are subscription deals and in-app purchases; it is available for both iPhones and Androids.

More information on TapTapSee

CamFind

CamFind is an image recognition application that captures a photo, identifies it and provides information such as where to purchase the object, a price comparison and much more. This application is free and is available for both iPhones and Androids.

For more information on CamFind

 

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