Friday, June 22, 2007

The Sweet Release Of Press: Handytech, Humanware and Zoom Text

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Here's what I cleared out from my Inbox pre convention..

Handy Tech North America Announces
Handy Tech North America Now Offering Way Finder Access GPS Navigation

New Brighton, MN - Jun 15, 2007 Handy Tech North America, formerly Triumph Technology, is proud to be the first U.S. company to offer the Way Finder Access GPS Navigation software along with Mobile Speak for Symbian phones. You may listen to an audio demo at: <> .

Code Factory of Barcelona Spain has partnered with Sweden based Way Finder to offer what is arguably the world's most powerful GPS navigation solution for people with visual impairment. The intuitive user interface makes it easy to explore unfamiliar areas as well as identify, select and navigate to points of interest with a combination of pre-recorded prompts and the high quality Mobile Speak screen reader. Easily save your favorite destinations select passenger car, taxi or pedestrian routes and always find out where you are with the use of the "Where am I" feature. Also gather information such as street crossings, points of interest and favorites within a vicinity as well as speed, altitude and coordinates.

Handy Tech North America is now offering complete GPS bundles that include the phone, Mobile Speak, GPS receiver and Way Finder Access already installed and configured. Of course, current Mobile Speak for Symbian customers can download and update their Mobile Speak software at no charge and purchase the Way Finder Access and GPS receiver separately.

The cost of the Way Finder Access telephone bundle is $1,349.00; however, in celebration of this dramatic breakthrough in accessible GPS navigation, Handy Tech North America is offering $100.00 off of the full package making it by far the most cost effective blindness GPS solution, mobile phone and organizer on the market at only $1,249.00. This offer expires July 15th, 2007.

Also until July 15th 2007, people who already have a Symbian phone, Mobile Speak and GPS receiver can purchase Way Finder Access for only $499.00.

Finely, if you have a phone with Mobile Speak but no GPS receiver, Handy Tech North America can provide the Way Finder Access software and GPS receiver for only $599.00. This offer also expires July 15th, 2007.

Please note that Way Finder Access is not yet available within the CDMA network or on the Windows Mobile Pocket PC or Smart Phone platforms. Also note that the above special pricing is limited to Symbian 8 second edition phones. People using Symbian 9 3rd edition phones will be able to take advantage of similar specials in the near future.

Handy Tech North America will be present at both this year's National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and American Council of the Blind (ACB) national summer conventions. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Handy Tech booth for information on this year's give-aways and to receive demonstrations on all of the adaptive technology Handy Tech North America has to offer.

For more information on Way Finder Access, Mobile Speak and other blindness and low vision related products, please call: 651-636-5184.
Email:, or visit the Handy Tech North America web site at:

Handy Tech North America
Earle Harrison
Sales contact
phone: 651-636-5184
Handy Tech North America
Kelly Dunn
Media and training contact
phone: 651-636-5184

HumanWare invites you to join its on-line audio chat room for a web based presentation of Mobile Speak Pocket, the world's first screenreader for devices running the Windows Mobile operating system. On Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time, Larry Lewis, President of Flying Blind, LLC will be taking you on a tour of his Windows Mobile PDA and demonstrating how he utilizes this ground-breaking access to perform a number of day to day tasks. Lewis will be incorporating his BrailleConnect braille display into the presentation, thus giving him braille input/output capabilities to an otherwise inaccessible device. Lewis will be premiering a great deal of new braille functionality in the recently released version of Mobile Speak Pocket which offers support for devices running the newly available Windows Mobile 6 operating system. This free update for current Mobile Speak Pocket users also provides the user with support for Power Point Mobile, as well as four new games designed to promote the usage of braille as a tool for developing functional and academic literacy skills. This presentation is completely accessible to both sighted and vision impaired consumers and service providers who use a screen reader, braille display, or magnification program.

The BrailleConnect series of braille displays are the most portable, versatile and innovative access tools which, when used in conjunction with Mobile Speak Pocket, allow for tactual access to hundreds of off-the-shelf PDAs and mobile phones. To join Larry for this on-line demonstration, visit the link below. First time users will be asked to click on the download button to install the necessary chat client plug-in. Create a username to enter the chat room. A password is not required. Lewis will be fielding questions about the usage of Mobile Speak Pocket in conjunction with BrailleConnect displays at the conclusion of the demonstration.

Visit for more information about these and other HumanWare access solutions.

Ai Squared Expands Its Product Line

Ai Squared is proud to add 2 new devices to our product line – the Nemo and the Max. These new affordable devices are designed to increase your ease of reading printed materials. Just as ZoomText lets you see and hear your computer with perfect clarity, these portable devices allow you to extend magnification beyond your computer screen, whether you’re at home, the supermarket, on vacation, or out to dinner – wherever life takes you!

Nemo Magnifier Max Magnifier

Our partnership with Enhanced Vision has made it possible to get these life-changing devices into your hands. Call us toll-free at 800-859-0270 (Offer valid in the USA and Canada Only) to place your order and begin enjoying the benefits these devices will bring. Let today be the day you start magnifying the rest of your life! The Nemo is an ultra portable pocket sized magnifier that is so lightweight and compact, it can travel with you anywhere. Tasks such as looking up phone numbers, ordering from a menu, and reading your credit card number are easier than ever.

There are 3 different magnification levels to choose from with the press of a button: 4.5X, 6X, and 9X. In addition, there are 6 high contrast viewing modes so you can adjust the colors on screen to reduce eyestrain. One of the best features is the “Freeze Frame” which allows you to take a temporary magnified snapshot which you can carry to another location. Its built-in 3 hour rechargeable battery allows for total wireless portability. The Nemo is ideal for low vision people who want to be mobile and remain active, and is affordably priced at $795.

“I just can’t put into words how exciting it is that I can now sit on my couch and read a book to my 3-year old daughter Arden, not to mention that I can read a menu even if my table is in the darkest corner of a restaurant,” says Maurie Hill, ZoomText user and Ai Squared Product Support Specialist. “I don’t know how I ever managed without the Nemo – it has just opened up my world in so many ways.”

The Max is our other new product and it is a powerful, portable, handheld reading aid resembling the size of a computer mouse. It connects directly to any TV in seconds and enlarges print on any surface – curved or straight. The magnification level will depend on the size of your television screen. For example, on a 13 inch screen, you can adjust the magnification from 13x to 20x and on a 20 inch screen, adjust from 16x to 28x.

There are 2 versions of Max available: Max Color Display ($449) and Max Black & White Display ($349). Max is great for reading recipes in the kitchen, all your mail, newspapers, magazines, and medicine labels. It’s perfect for use in the home as well as on vacation – just hook Max up to the TV in your hotel room and you are good to go!

“My mother has not been able to read anything for a long time,” says Sarah Crutchfield of Georgia. “But she now can read everything from her bank statements, telephone numbers, and she was even able to see a picture of her great grandson!"

To order your Nemo or Max today call us toll free at 1-800-859-0270. For more information on both of these products, please visit

Independence In The Palm Of Your Hand


The Ai Squared Team

Ai Squared – Making Accessibility Simple ®
(800) 859-0270 <>


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