[blindkid] {Disarmed} Fwd: HumanWare introduces the BrailleNote Touch, the first Android All in One braille tablet providing Play Store access

DrV icdx1111 at gmail.com
Sat Mar 26 15:26:08 UTC 2016

Hi all,
Anyone have a chance to play with this? Curious as to what your impressions

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From: HumanWare <marcom at humanware.com>
Date: Thu, Mar 24, 2016 at 11:20 AM
Subject: HumanWare introduces the BrailleNote Touch, the first Android All
in One braille tablet providing Play Store access
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[image: Image showing a school boy typing on the touch screen of the
BrailleNote Touch and his teacher following on the screen – BrailleNote
Touch: The future is so close you can touch it.]

HumanWare introduces the BrailleNote Touch, the first Android All in One
braille tablet providing Play Store access

Montreal, March 24 2016 — HumanWare is pleased to introduce the
revolutionary BrailleNote Touch at the 2016 CSUN conference in San Diego.
The Touch which has the power and openness of a modern tablet, reinvents
the concept of assistive technology. It is the first Android Braille Tablet
providing Play Store access combined with the efficiency, literacy, and
benefits of the most recognized braille note taker in the industry.

Learning to use this ground breaking device will be intuitive for a blind
user, regardless of their past experience with technology. At the heart of
the BrailleNote Touch is the familiar KeySoft experience, known for its
short learning curve, context sensitive help and efficient braille literacy
[image: Image showing hands typing on the touch screen of the BrailleNote
Touch with a cloud made of app icons.]

The BrailleNote Touch includes a patent-pending TouchBraille input
technology allowing users to efficiently type braille on a touchscreen.
This input method brings the control of a traditional note taker to a
modern user-friendly experience. Since the user is typing on a touch
screen, TouchBraille allows for completely silent typing with no mechanical
The Touch is designed for productivity!

The Touch includes HumanWare’s well known KeySoft apps, including KeyWord,
KeyMail, KeyPlan, and more. This unique device ensures users get things
done and stay productive. These familiar productivity apps have been
completely rewritten to offer today’s mobile users the functionality they
need and expect. Users will be able to create professionally formatted
documents in KeyWord, send and receive emails using the most popular email
providers with KeyMail, and download and read books using the popular
VictorReader application.

Since the BrailleNote Touch offers access to the Play Store, it is not
limited to KeySoft’s productivity apps. Users can access documents stored
on Google Drive, collaborate with classmates or colleagues with Google
Docs, or communicate with friends and colleagues around the world with
Google Hangouts. All this can be done in perfect contracted and
uncontracted braille, making it so much more enjoyable to chat in your
favorite social media applications like Twitter or Facebook. You can even
share YouTube videos with your sighted friends and classmates, thanks to
the visual touchscreen! With KeySoft and its intelligent first letter
navigation, no need to ever swipe through screens since any accessible
application can now be used efficiently. With the Touch, it’s really about
productivity, connectivity and a modern experience.
[image: logo of Google Play and Android green robot]

During the CSUN launch presentation, Eve Anderson, Lead of Google
accessibility said: “Google’s mission is to Organize all of the world's
information and make it accessible and useful. We take accessibility at
Google very seriously. We have these open ecosystems which allow amazing
innovators like HumanWare to take things way beyond anything that we would
have imagined. This is the very first technology I have seen which brings
together the best of both worlds, both accessible and mainstream
technology, there are no compromises here. And it does look really cool…”.

“Today, blind students and professionals have access to more information
than ever before. Quite often however, accessing that information is done
in extremely inefficient ways, and in the majority of cases, without any
usage of braille. Traditionally, assistive technology and mainstream
technology have been separate entities. Today, with the help of Google, we
are changing this with the BrailleNote Touch. The Touch unifies the
efficiency, braille productivity and simplicity of a traditional braille
note taker, with the power and open access to apps found on today’s modern
tablets,” said Greg Stilson, blind user of technology and HumanWare’s
Product Manager of Blindness products.

The Touch includes a smart carrying case that not only protects the Touch
during every day use, but also features a smart and fully removable
keyboard that fits directly over the touchscreen. This allows for an
intuitive and familiar user experience with a smooth learning curve,
perfect for young children who are learning to type braille. The keyboard
also makes taking notes on the go and writing or editing long documents and
emails easier and more efficient than ever.

HumanWare is very proud that together with Google we are offering the
latest mainstream technology with the best accessible solutions to our

Click here to pre-order the BrailleNote Touch and to receive more

Click here to learn more about the BrailleNote Touch

*About HumanWare*

For over 25 years, HumanWare’s inspirational vision has resulted in a range
of highly intuitive and intelligent solutions that empower people who are
blind or with low vision by giving them the independence to participate
effectively within a sighted world. From advanced Braille products and
electronic magnifiers to digital talking book players and beyond, our tools
help end-users to live independently and compete effectively in today’s
world. HumanWare offers a wide range of innovative products, including the
BrailleNote® Apex, the leading productivity device for the blind in
education, business and for personal use; Victor Reader®, the world’s
leading family of digital audiobook players; the unique Prodigi® family of
desktop and portable vision and reading systems, and Trekker® Breeze, the
all-in-one handheld talking GPS.

*Please contact HumanWare for more information:*

Toll free: 1-800-722-3393
us.info at humanware.com

Toll free: 1-888-723-7273
ca.info at humanware.com

Tel: 1300 551 864 OR 02 9686 2600
au.sales at humanware.com

Tel: +44 1933 415 800
eu.info at humanware.com

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