[NFBC-Info] Best in Tech

Robert Stigile rstigile at gmail.com
Mon Nov 11 22:40:41 UTC 2019

The San Fernando Valley Chapter
of the National Federation of the Blind of California
Sponsored by Braille Institute of America
When:  Saturday, November 16, 2019 - 8:30AM to 3:30PM
Where: Braille Institute Los Angeles - 741 N. Vermont Ave, Los Angeles CA 90029
Pre-registration is required for accurate food count.
To register and get information go to: www.bestintech.info or email nfbevents at gmail.com. If
you don’t have internet access call (818) 457-9449 for help with the registration process.
Best in Tech offers a great opportunity to those who are interested in learning about the latest
innovations in assistive technology for the blind and partially sighted. Attend this free  annual
event that offers a rare opportunity to:
• Learn from actual users of the latest assistive technology about their favorite solutions;
mobile devices and helpful apps, OCR products, CCTVs, digital book readers, note takers,
and IOS-& Android related products.
• Attend workshops to learn about what’s new with Sweetman Systems including JAWS
2019, BraillNote touch, BrailleSense Polaris, the new Q Braille from HIMS, and explore
other products.
• HIMS’ workshop will demonstrate the QBraille XL and discuss what’s new with the
BrailleSense Polaris.
• IRIE-AT’s workshop will teach individuals how an affordable desktop embosser can be used
to teach complex subjects and do much more than simply emboss braille.
• Braille Institute is sponsoring a workshop to discuss the many ways you can manage your
life, control your surroundings and stay connected to friends and family using hands- free,
voice activated technologies. We will discuss the different devices that are available, what
they can do and how much they cost. We will demonstrate how this new type of device can
be used to handle simple tasks like making a phone call or sending a text hands free using
just your voice. We will also demonstrate how you can use “routines” to do more complex
tasks, with multiple steps (like turning on the lights, feeding the cat, hearing top headlines
and a review of your calendar of events), using just your voice and a single command.
Join us as we explore these very reasonably priced devices and how they can help stay

• A. T. KRATTER / OrCam MyEye’s wearable AI Technology instantly reads text, recognizes
faces, identifies products and more. Come to our workshop and learn more about future
enhancements and how tens of thousands of visually impaired & blind people across the
world have had their lives changed by OrCam
• HumanWare continues the fast paced, innovative, development of the legendary
BrailleNote note taker. First rolled out in the year 2000, the BrailleNote is better than ever.
Please join us as we take you on a tour of the BrailleNote Touch Plus. You will see and
hear the following: the new “Dolphin Easy Reader” books application, the snappy Chrome
web navigation, Selecting and copying text from non-editable fields, Customization of the
Main Menu for efficiently getting to the apps you use most, Improved navigation of Google
apps, a brief look at the Braille Trail Reader. Come see it all and more at Best in Tech!
• Visit booths of the most popular vendors of blindness products, low vision magnifiers and
related technology to get hands on experience and learn about the latest gadgets and
• Shop for holiday gifts and take advantage of special discounts.
• Meet and “talk tech” with others who are blind or low-vision.
• Many high-tech items will be raffled throughout the day (11am – 3:30;
please keep in mind, that Prevery-registration ends at noon on Wednesday, November 13th.
We also will have a presentation from Dean Hudson from Apple.
I look forward to seeing you there!

Robert Stigile, Second Vice-president
national Federation of the Blind of California
President San Fernando Valley Chapter
C: 818-381-9568
email: rstigile at gmail.com
The National Federation of the Blind is a Community of Members and Friends who believe in the hopes and dreams of the Nations Blind.
Every day we work together to help Blind people live the lives we want.

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