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kenneth.chrane at verizon.net
Tue Oct 20 17:02:41 UTC 2009
a-d at accessible-devices.com
Sent: Tuesday, October 20, 2009 9:08 AM
Subject: Accessible Devices Press Release: Announcing The IBill
Priced at $99, the iBill is a breakthrough in independent living for the
blind and visually impaired WILMINGTON, Del., Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Orbit
Research today announced the introduction of the iBill, the world's first
affordable Talking Banknote Identifier for the blind and the visually
impaired. Priced at $99, the 1.5 ounce, pager-sized iBill represents a
breakthrough in enabling the blind and the visually impaired community
achieve independence in the everyday necessity of using paper currency,
which sighted people take for granted. At about a third of the cost of
existing devices, the iBill offers unrivaled features, ease of use and
accuracy of identification.
The iBill is an exceptionally convenient and affordable solution that can be
used by each and every blind or visually impaired individual. Measuring just
3 inches by 1.6 inches by 0.7 inches, the ultra-slim and compact "key-fob"
design provides the ultimate in convenience, allowing it to be carried
unobtrusively in a pocket, purse, clipped to the belt or attached to a
keychain or lanyard. Among the features that set it apart from other such
devices are the extremely high accuracy (better than 99.9%) and the
near-instantaneous speed (less than one second in most cases) with which it
The iBill is designed with the sole purpose of providing the simplest,
fastest and most accurate means to identify U.S. banknotes. Its unique
ergonomic design permits easy and intuitive use without the need for any
training or practice. Upon insertion of a banknote into the device, its
denomination is identified at the press of a button. Based on the user's
preference, the denomination is announced by a clear and natural voice, or
by tone or vibration for privacy. The unit identifies all U.S. banknotes in
circulation and recognizes them in any orientation. Banknotes in poor
physical condition are indicated as unidentifiable and are not misread. The
unit is also upgradeable to recognize new banknote designs.
The iBill achieves all of this while operating on a single, commonly
available AAA battery which lasts for over a year with typical use. Its
durable construction and sealed design ensure trouble-free use. The unit is
backed by a one-year warranty from Orbit Research, and toll-free customer
"Orbit Research has once again demonstrated its commitment to the
development of breakthrough technology and products that make a direct and
measurably positive impact to the daily lives of the community we serve,"
said Michael Nolan, President of Orbit Research.
Orbit Research has filed patents on the technologies employed in the iBill,
which enable its groundbreaking compactness, performance and features.
Samples of the iBill are available for evaluation now and Orbit Research is
Specializing in the development and manufacture of products for people with
disabilities, Orbit Research's mission is to employ cutting-edge technology
to develop innovative and affordable products that are essential for an
independent and productive lifestyle.
Carla Morris, (888) 606-7248 Email: morris.carla at orbitresearch.com
3422 Old Capitol Trail, Suite 585 Wilmington, DE 19808, U.S.A. Tel: (888)
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