What’s new in magnification and digital-audio technology?

Lucy from Humanware popped into the BRITE Centre recently to demonstrate some new technology. The popular MyReader automatic reader and magnifier has been updated. MyReader2 incorporates additional features which are very useful to students who have a lot of reading to do, including the ability to store pages. If you already have a MyReader, it’s just a case of having the software upgraded, so get in touch with your local Humanware rep for information about that. If you’re new to the unique functionality of MyReader, check out the BRITE comparative evaluation, Magnification on the Move, for an introduction.

‘Take Note’ – our article about a range of note-taking solutions has recently been updated and expanded to include the latest news about digital voice recorders. This technology can be extremely useful to students who have difficulty taking notes. No sooner had that article been updated, when Lucy showed us another exciting new player and recorder designed specifically for people with a visual impairment, the VictorReader Stream!

Compact and light, the VictorReader Stream plays MP3s (voice or music) and DAISY books (fully navigable digital talking books – an excellent format for educational materials – click here for more info). It can also convert text documents to speech and includes a voice recorder. The latest version of the software also supports books from Audible.com. The removable SD card stores books, e-text files, music and recordings, while a Standard USB drive faciliates easy transfers from PC to player. This sophisticated device is surprisingly reasonably-priced too, at around £190.

For more about the VictorReader Stream, click here. Also note that we’ll look at the VictorReader Stream, as well as the latest digital recorders from Olympus, in a new BRITE seminar in 2008 focusing on making the most of digital recordings. Keep an eye on our News page in January for details!

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