I had an enlightening conversation with Dr. Robert Stepp, where I learned that the Braille 2000 translation software for transcribers is accidentally accessible but not marketed for use by blind people. I think we ended on a positive note, and I hope many of you will find this an interesting look at how some small companies in our own field employ many of the same arguments as the mainstream technology industry to explain why they are not fully accessible.
Derek Bove from AI Squared described and demonstrated the company’s new ZoomReader app that can use the camera in the iPhone or iPod Touch 4 to magnify and read text using optical character recognition. While some totally-blind people with excellent camera skills may find this $20 app useful, it is marketed to those who have partial sight.
Index Braille CEO Björn Löfstedt told me all about the refresh of the company’s popular Basic and Everest Braille embossers. The updated features in the new hardware include front-panel status LEDs, multi-lingual speech for the user interface, network printing and USB connectivity.
Just in case you’re thinking there’s nothing new and innovative in the field of hardcopy Braille production, Index Braille is here to turn heads with the new 800-pages-per-hour Braille Box! I spoke with Björn Löfstedt, Index Braille’s CEO, about this fast, quiet $13,000 Braille embosser that should find a home in many Braille production houses around the world.