Monday, 22 July 2013

Talking Tech for July 23 2013

Assistive Technology Distributors in Australia


With the Vision Australia Texpo coming up at the end of August and early/mid September, I thought it was a good time to revisit what assistive technology suppliers are available in Australia.


Following is a list of suppliers, key products, and their associated websites.


As always, for more information on Assistive Technology, please contact the Vision Australia Adaptive Technology Help Desk on 1300 847 466 or email


Equipment Solutions (Vision Australia)


Equipment Solutions, Vision Australia, has a wide range of lo-tech and hi-tech products. Featured products for Texpo

Zoomax video magnifiers: including the Aurora, Snow and Butterfly.
Pocket LED sliding magnifier.
Hannover Instant Kettle ñ no noise or exposure to boiling water until it pours into your cup at the push of a button.
Foldi rechargeable lamp.
Meteor vibrating watch ñ a unique way of telling the time by vibration. Very easy to use.


Australian Independence Products (previously Micro Marvellous)


Australian Independence Products has a range of Australian made products for people who are blind or have low vision.
Video Magnifiers: The Colourama-5; low-cost Optima.
The T1- Talking interface which is a universal electronics interface with speech adaptor attached, for use with equipment such as telephones, exercise bicycles, blood glucose meters, to name but a few.
Computer access: CATS (The complete affordable talking system) which is a talking computer that uses Australian voice and performs various diary and tutor functions.




Humanware has developed assistive technologies for the print disabled and vision impaired.
Feature product at Texpo: Prodigi ñ a tablet and desktop video magnifier in one.
Video magnifiers: Smartview Synergy; the Smartview 360 and the Graduate. Handheld video magnifier: Versa.
Computer access: ZoomText screen magnification. Magnifies all content on the computer screen.
DAISY Digital talking book players: Victor Reader Stream, the Victor Reader Stratus
Talking GPS: Trekker Breeze GPS which is an all in one handling device that verbally announces names of streets, intersections and landmarks as you walk.
Braille notetakers: BrailleNote Apex
Braille Displays: Brailliant - using a computer with braille.


Lions Visual Independence


Lions Visual Independence distributors of the talking bar code scanner: ID Mate Summit.
ID mate Summit is a portable ìall-in-oneî talking bar code scanner that aids visually or print impaired individuals with the identification of items via the productís bar code. Using text-to-speech and digital voice recording technologies, it allows users to access an on-board database of product descriptions, along with a tailored set of recorded voice messages. With ID mate Quest, the user can quickly add additional voice recorded information to existing products or to items not found in the database. Additional bar code labels are available to label any product or item that does not already have a bar code. Adhesive, tag, and clothing labels can be placed on nearly anything. Simply scan the bar code and add a voice recording.




NVAccess home of the free Non Visual Desktop Access (NVDA) screen reader for Windows.
NVDA software enables blind and vision impaired people to use a computer by communicating what is on the screen using a synthetic voice or braille display, and can be installed on a PC or on portable media (such as a USB stick).


Optek Systems


Optek Systems has a range of blindness and low vision products, including:
UltraCane ñ a white cane that incorporates ultrasonic sensors so that it vibrates when obstacles are ahead.
ëThe Flickí is a new concept in accessing print documents, that can be used with laptop, desktop and tablet computers. The movement of the camera is controlled by the mouse, or the touchpad, or by finger gestures on a tablet. Flick can recognise any text that is displayed for viewing and can also speak the text.
Plus Aladdin and Visio range of desktop video magnifiers.


Pacific Vision Australia


Pacific Vision has a range of blindness and low vision products including:
Portable and handheld video magnifiers such as Ruby, Ruby XL, Candy, Sapphire and Senseview Light
Video magnifiers: Topaz; Magnilink Student Addition CCTV and Onyx Deskset.
Computer access: ZoomText and MAGic screen magnification (including for Mac).
Braille notetakers and displays: Braille Sense U2, Voice Sense, Braille Sense OnHand, Braille Edge,
Note - Pacific vision does the low vision products for FreedomScientific.




Pentronics master distributor for index (embossers), repair of assistive technology, Perkins Brailler servicing, and Braille transcription (music scores in to Braille).


Quantum RLV


Quantum RLV offers a full range of products for low vision and blindness. Quantum RLV is renowned for the Mountbatten brailler, the JAWS software screen reader and the MAGIC screen magnification.
Handheld video magnifiers: Max lupe, Compact, and Compact 5HD
Desktop video magnifiers: Clearview range plus Multiview and Twinview.
Computer connectable video magnifiers: Zoom-ex, Zoom-twix and Eye Pal
Stand alone scanner readers such as the Pearl.
Portable Audio Devices such as the Platon speaking scientific calculator, Olympus DM-5 and Plextalk Pocket.
Braille notetakers and displays: Focus Blue and Pac Mate
Note - Quantum does blindness products from Freedomscientific.




Spectronics offers a range of assistive technology software and hardware across a wide range of disability groups, assessment services, and conduct various workshops.


Visitech Magnifiers


Visitech Magnifiers promotes a large range of Magnifiers to aid low vision.

It carries the Merlin Elite range which are performance desktop video magnifiers featuring HD and text to speech.
Acrobat transportable video magnifier used for seeing yourself up close, reading and viewing things at a distance.
Merlin is a desktop unit designed for fixed locations, reading and writing.
Pebble and mini Pebble are hand held video magnifiers for home or office use.


Currently no website.


Phone: (02) 49 71 5581.



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