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VisiPrint (2007)

VisiPrint is a software program that works in conjunction with MS Office programs to assist in the preparation of reading materials for users with visual impairments who have varied printing format preferences. The program’s database stores an unlimited number of users’ preferences for font, point size, and contrast enhancement.  The user simply selects the names of each individual who requires a printout, and the program automatically formats each printout according to those individual’s specifications.  Features Include:

  • Automatically and consistently ensures that all reading materials are correctly processed for readers with low vision in an individualized format and with the correct font and point size, and contrast.
  • Options include direct printing or the ability to save the formatted document as a file in a specific location.
  • The software does not alter other aspects of the document format, the text is simply word wrapped to fit the width of the page.
  • An option for printing in bold is also provided as a user preference.

The T2RERC displayed VisiPrint at the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference held June 2007 in Phoenix, AZ and at The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) conference held July 2007 in Washington, D.C.

Triple Impressions System

Triple ImpressionsTM System (2007)

Developed by Tactile Display Corporation, and available exclusively from Enabling Technologies, the Triple Impressions™ System is the quietest tactile graphics embosser on the market.   The system includes Braille Art™ software to help create high definition, smooth line tactile graphics and images.  Unlike a standard printer, which requires expensive ink cartridges, the embosser uses durable Mylar drafting material for producing graphic images and Braille, creating lasting impressions that can stand up to dirt, oils, and repeated use.  The T2RERC displayed Triple Impressions at the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference held June 2007 in Phoenix, AZ.

AST CaptionSync

AST- CaptionSyncTM (2007)

Automatic Sync Technologies CaptionSync™ is an automated web-based service for captioning and audio/video search.  This convenient and fast system allows users to submit content via an easy-to-use web interface, and receive back caption files only minutes later.  This system automatically parses the text into appropriate captions, synchronizes them with the audio, and formats the output for webcasts, DVDs, and/or videotapes.
AST's automated captioning service provides 3 main benefits:

  • Speed: Results are available minutes later (a one hour long program is captioned in less than 5 minutes!) - a fraction of the time needed for traditional captioning.
  • Convenience: No tapes to ship, no paperwork to do, no software to install; just submit your show over the web and get the results. 
  • Cost: AST captioning costs just a fraction of traditional captioning. 

The T2RERC has featured CaptionSync at many conferences including the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference, the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Annual Conference, as well as the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) Annual Conference.  

StrongArm Cane

StrongArm™ Mobility Devices (2007)

The StrongArm™ Cane is a lightweight, height adjustable mobility device that provides greater support, stability, and control as compared to other forearm crutches. The device uniquely combines a handgrip and bracing element in a handle that shifts loads from wrists to forearms, providing better support than a conventional cane.  The handle is formed from a single length of tubing to deliver forearm crutch performance without the rattling multi-piece assemblies, or large plastic sections found on competing designs. The key to this cane is a cushioned cradle that ties lower shaft movements to the stable forearm rather than the flexible wrist.  The bracing action of the cradle fully stabilizes the wrist, making the StrongArm feel like a solid extension of the arm. The StrongArm mobility devices are fully adjustable, and work with either arm.  They are currently available for purchase in two sizes, the StrongArm and the StrongArm Slim. A third size, the StrongArm Super for bariatric patients is coming in January 2008. The T2RERC displayed a StrongArm Cane at the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference held June 2007 in Phoenix, AZ and at The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) conference held July 2007 in Washington, D.C.

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Compass (2007)

Compass is software for access assessment that measures users' skills in various kinds of computer interaction. It is designed to help clinical and educational professionals perform computer access evaluations with their clients and students. Skills assessed include keyboard and mouse use, navigation through menus, and switch use.  Free 30-day trials of Compass are available for download on the Koester Performance Research website.  The T2RERC has featured Compass at a number of conferences including the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) Annual Conference, the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA) Annual Conference, as well as the National Council on Independent Living’s (NCIL) Annual Conference.  

Lids Off Deluxe

Lids Off™ Deluxe Jar Opener (2007)

The Lids Off™ Deluxe Jar Opener is an electronically operated, household kitchen appliance designed to assist all individuals with the task of opening jars. This device is the “fourth generation” addition to the Lids Off Automatic Jar OpenerTM line. This lighter weight version of the Jar Opener allows the user to press anywhere on the top of the Opener in order to activate the jar opening process.  Improved features include:

  • No activation button – press anywhere on the top of the Jar Opener to activate the opening process
  • One touch activation – does not require constant pressure to sustain the opening process as required in previous models
  • Release button used solely to expand the Jar Opener from its closed storage position – no longer have to use the release button to lower the top onto the jar
  • Lightweight – motor is now in the bottom of the Jar Opener making the top lighter and easier to raise and lower
  • Collapses to a compact size for storage

The T2RERC displayed the Lids Off Deluxe Jar Opener at the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference held June 2007 in Phoenix, AZ and at The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) conference held July 2007 in Washington, D.C.

Easyshare G600 Printer Dock

EasyShare G600 Printer Dock by Kodak (2007)

The Kodak EasyShare G600 Printer Dock is a simple way to get high quality Kodak prints in your own home without the use of a computer or complicated editing software.  You perform basic editing functions AND print your photos using the printer dock without having to download anything to your computer.  Simply dock the camera or transfer photos from a compatible USB device.  Basic editing of pictures is no longer complicated as users can automatically eliminate red eye and crop pictures at the touch of a button.  A Kodak EasyShare camera is required to use the G600 Photo Printer.  Improved features include:

  • Larger buttons – 2.5 times larger than previous models
  • Simple, stylish design – straightforward interface
  • Ready to use right out of the box – easy to set-up, easy to use
  • Intuitive controls and status lights
  • Faster prints than Canon, Epson, or HP compact printers
  • Buttons directly on the printer allow for adjusting the number of photos per print and redeye reduction
  • Only one cartridge and one size paper – both easy to install
  • EasyShare software allows printing directly from a computer, if desired
  • Paper tray easily detached for travel
  • Contains a carry handle for portability
  • Automatically charges camera battery in 3.5 hours or less
  • Battery included (for travel use) along with AC adapter
  • Durable carrying case for travel

The T2RERC displayed the Kodak EasyShare G600 Printer Dock at the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference held June 2007 in Phoenix, AZ and at The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) conference held July 2007 in Washington, D.C.

Line Butler

Caller Connect aka Line Butler (2006)

The single phone "Caller Connect" is an electronic telephone accessory, placed near the telephone it is monitoring, that automatically reconnects a telephone that is in an "off the hook" state. This would benefit individuals with spasticity or limited muscle control, who might not always place the receiver squarely in its cradle. The diminutive (2" by 3" size) Caller Connect not only reconnects a telephone for outgoing calling, but also notifies a consumer, using built-in tonal and LED warning signals, that their telephone is off the hook and unable to receive incoming calls. This device is targeted at the elderly and/or individuals with disabilities living alone. These people in particular need uninterrupted access to a phone line in order to ensure their safety. Device was licensed to Madalex, LLC and had a product introduction as the Line Butler. The T2RERC displayed the Line Butler at the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference held June 2007 in Phoenix, AZ and at The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) conference held July 2007 in Washington, D.C.

Automated Pill Crusher

Automated Pill Crusher (2006)

The Automated Pill Crusher is an electrically operated appliance designed to assist individuals with the task of crushing pills. It is designed to make crushing pills easier for both consumers who may have difficulty swallowing pills and their caretakers. The Automated Pill Crusher is clean, quiet, and easy to use. Two versions of the pill crusher have been designed: one for home use, and one for institutional (hospitals, nursing homes, etc.). The device has been licensed to First Wave Technologies and the device is scheduled for product introduction in the Fall of 2008.

Surfboard Remote Control

Surfboard® Voice Activated Remote Control (2006)

The Surfboard is a universal, interactive television remote designed to give the user the power of hands free voice control. Suitable for controlling TVs, cable boxes, satellite receivers, DVRs, DVD players, and VCRs, the Surfboard will respond to built-in voice commands as well as those commands you create. It also has a specialized “Surf” function that allows you to program in your favorite channels in order to view them quickly and easily.

The Surfboard was designed with the goal of creating a more accessible device that could be easily operated by visually impaired individuals and those with fine motor control difficulties. However, the Surfboard also provides convenience to everyday consumers who are looking for hands free voice control of their television and other auxiliary devices. The T2RERC displayed the Surfboard at the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference held June 2006 in Atlanta, GA and at The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) confrence held May 2006 in Washington, D.C.

BLUE Touchscreen Thermostat

90 Series BLUE Touchscreen Thermostat by White Rodgers (2006)

T2RERC received a production prototype from White Rodgers on a thermostat design we worked on in 2002. We held Beta focus groups in January 2006 and provided design feedback to the company for incorporation into the final production model.  The White Rodgers 90 Series Blue thermostat incorporated a significant number of design and functional features identified in our four consumer concept definition focus groups we held in 2002.

Large and easy to see characters for heat and cool options, large intuitive red/blue temperature keys, a large 12 square inch touch screen display, audio prompting to ensure program change confirmation, menu driven program change, a keypad lockout, a limited temperature range, change furnace filter and humidifier pad alert, ability to copy programming, a five-year warranty, a backlit display to improve display contrast in low lighting and multiple other features. The T2RERC displayed the new White Rodgers 90 Series Blue thermostat at the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference held June 2006 in Atlanta, GA. The product is being sold by White Rodgers through its dealer distribution network and on the Internet.

Easyshare Photo Printer 500

EasyShare Photo Printer 500 by Kodak (2006)

Negotiations initiated with the Eastman Kodak Company in year one culminated in Fall 2004 in a collaboration between our two organizations. The initial result of that collaboration was our recruitment of consumers for three concept definition focus groups for the purpose of evaluating Kodak prototypes, evaluating Kodak concepts, and the identification of the ‘ideal’ design and functional features for the next generation of a Kodak product line.

Kodak personnel were in attendance at the focus groups in January and February 2005 and the resultant report generated by the T2 RERC on the product demonstrations, product evaluations, and the focus groups has been extremely well received within Kodak. In addition to electronic and hard copy bound versions of our report, Kodak received edited DVD copies of all the product demonstrations, evaluations and focus groups for their review.

We have been told by Kodak personnel that while a complete redesign of the product line incorporating the usability functions and features our consumers outlined is a year or two away, specific functions and features identified in our focus groups are being incorporated right now into the next generation of Kodak products.  They recently sent us the newly released Kodak EasyShare Photo Printer 500 and relevant features of the new product include:

  • Easy to use for people of all skill levels
  • World’s Largest LCD - 3 ½" (8.9 cm) LCD screen for easier viewing
  • LCD screen closes when not in use for storage and protection when transporting
  • View, edit, and print KODAK pictures from almost any digital camera, with or without a computer
  • Wireless capabilities (WiFi ready, BLUETOOTH® wireless technology enabled), so you can wirelessly connect and print from anywhere in your home
  • Ability to print from digital media cards and USB devices
  • Red eye reduction at the touch of a button
  • Compatible with PictBridge-enabled digital cameras
  • Durable carrying case for travel

The T2RERC displayed the Kodak EasyShare Photo Printer 500 at the Rehabilitation Engineering & Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) conference held June 2006 in Atlanta, GA.

Next Generation Battery

Next Generation Battery String Equalizer (2006)

“The Gimp Gear Mobile Power Kit by Broadened Horizons, LLC is designed to be used on power wheelchairs and scooters with 24V systems composed of two 12V batteries connected in series. It allows you to plug anything into your wheelchair or scooter that you could plug into your automobile's cigarette lighter adapter socket. It will extend the driving range on average over the life of the batteries by 25% while at the same time tripling battery life. The Mobile Power Kit also prepares you for power outage emergencies and natural disasters by allowing the wheelchair or scooter to be recharged from any motor vehicle or other available sources without special equipment.”

Reference: Gimp Gear Mobile Power Kit Installation and Users Manual, Rev 086

PointSmart Mouse Driver

PointSmart – Enhanced Mouse Driver (2005)

"PointSmart" from Infogrip is the first mouse driver enhancement software that makes any mouse, trackball, touchpad, joystick or other pointing device accessible for users with a wide range of physical limitations. Screen wrapping, automatic direction control, and a speed inhibitor are just a few of the unique features offered by this innovative product! Follow this link to find out more about PointSmart. A free demo version is now available!

Kelvin Thermometer

"Kelvin" Interactive-Voice Thermostat (2005)

"Kelvin," an interactive-voice thermostat from Independent Living Aids, Inc. of Jericho, NY, is equipped with touch-free technology and adjustable voice control, allowing the owner to set and control the temperature of the residence with only the sound of his/her voice. See press release for more information. The T2RERC displayed Kelvin at The National Council on Independent Living (NCIL) confrence held May 2006 in Washington, D.C.

PowerCheq Battery String Equilizer

PowerCheq Battery String Equalizer (2005)

The "PowerCheq" from PowerDesigners LLC is a microprocessor-controlled "battery string equalizer" for power wheelchairs that extends battery life up to 300% and significantly extends the average range between battery charges. The PowerCheq has undergone controlled testing (results) and is fuse-protected to ensure complete safety. For more information, please review our technology disclosure or visit the PowerDesigners website.

Lids Off Open-it-All Center

Lids Off Open-it-All Center by Black & DeckerTM (2005)

Black & Decker’s new Lids Off Open-It-All Jar, Can, & Bottle Opener made its tradeshow debut in the T2RERC’s booth at RESNA in June 2005. Introduced in Spring 2005 in limited quantities for Mother’s Day, the Open-It-All functions as a jar opener, can opener, and bottle opener all combined into one compact unit. In 2004, our consumers identified the need for a combination opening device that would perform the function of these three highly used kitchen appliances. Black & Decker used our listing of consumer generated design and functional features and incorporated ten design and functional features provided for improved consumer usability and accessibility into the new product. The Lids Off Open-it-All Features:

  • One easy touch opens jars, cans, and bottles
  • Easy to use and ideal for those needing a stronger grip when opening jars
  • Large activation and release buttons for the jar opener
  • Adjustable jar / can / bottle opener height
  • It is not necessary to hold the lever down or support the can during cutting
  • Dishwasher safe can opener blade assembly
  • Bottle opener successfully removes metal caps
  • Collapsible unit for compact storage
Gizmo Can Opener

Gizmo Can Opener Redesign by Black & DeckerTM (2005)

In an effort to improve the usability and accessibility of Black & Decker’s Gizmo Can Opener, focus groups were conducted to determine the functions and features of the consumers’ ideal can opener.  The result was a redesign of the Gizmo Can Opener to incorporate the following features:

  • Consumers had difficulty mounting the under the cabinet base and charging system for the Gizmo Can opener. They wanted the ability to just store Gizmo in a drawer and not have to worry about drilling holes into their cabinetry for a permanent installation of Gizmo. They now have that ability. The charging system is now portable – can be charged anywhere near a wall outlet and then stored in a drawer. No longer are you forced to just charge the system in its mounted base. They also have the option of still mounting a base home for the Gizmo under a cabinet.
  • Consumers had difficulty replacing the Gizmo into the space saver charger unit. The consumer no longer has to do this because they now have the option to use the space saver unit, or store the product in a drawer.
  • Consumers had difficulty lining up the charging contact points on the Gizmo with its cabinet mounted charging system. They could never tell if the unit was charging (no LED, etc). Now they don’t have to worry about properly lining up the charging points- it’s just a straight plug-in now.
  • Battery life was extremely limited with the prior versions of Gizmos. Consumers complained that the product would only last a year or two. The problem was that Gizmo was always being trickled charged in its base and the battery never depleted before charging (Memory battery). Now the unit will only be charged when the battery is significantly discharged and the consumer physically plugs in the charging unit. Result – increased battery life and consumer satisfaction.
  • Consumers had difficulty mounting the can opener back into its base without activating the can opener and possibly cutting themselves. This is no longer an issue because they no longer have to mount it back into a charging base.
Digitale  Advantage Toaser Oven

Digital Advantage Toaster Oven (2004)

In fall 2004, Black & Decker is introducing the next generation of toaster ovens. The CTO 8500 and CTO 9500 Digital Advantage Toaster Oven/Convection Oven are a combination toaster and convection oven designed to make the task of preparing meals simpler and less time consuming. Black & Decker incorporated 15 design and functional features that we provided to them for improved consumer usability and accessibility. The product was showcased in the T2RERC booth at RESNA 2004.

PDA Line-Text Magnifier

PDA Line-Text Magnifier (2004)

Turning Point Therapy & Technology, Inc. of New Braunfels, Texas announces the introduction of the PDA Magnifier and Line-Text Isolator. The product launch will be at the 22nd annual Closing the Gap Conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota on October 21-23 of 2004.

Virtual Pencil Algebra

Virtual Pencil Algebra (2004)

Henter Math is pleased to announce the release of Virtual Pencil Algebra, computer software for interactive access to algebra for students with disabilities who cannot use pencil and paper. VPAlgebra provides access to algebraic equations by providing an alternative environment for the manipulation of numbers.

Family Toilet Seat

Family Toilet Seat (2003)
Maddak has introduced the Family Toilet Seat to consumers at Medtrade 2003. The Maddak Family Toilet Seat is an attachable toilet seat that features both a toilet seat with a smaller opening in order to accommodate younger children as well as a standard toilet seat.

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