Flying Blind, LLC Newsletter - Volume 15
Current Information on the Adaptive Technology Industry
is always available on the Flying Blind, LLC Website at:
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Greetings, and a Happy 2009 from the Flying Blind, LLC Team and its affiliates. We trust that you all had a safe and blessed holiday season, and have recharged the batteries for what promises to be an exciting, prosperous, and rewarding 2009!
Welcome to the first Newsletter from Flying Blind to kick off the New Year. In this issue, the FB-Eye Spotlight introduces you to Povidi, a start-up company with an evolving adaptive solution that Flying Blind is assisting in bringing to market. We have some great refurbished products for sale in our E-Blink Showcase. And in this installment of the Eyepod Technocast we give you a detailed snapshot of the Talking Tactile Tablet, its functionality, and some of its corresponding materials. We also have a few interesting FB-Notes to conclude the newsletter.
So make yourself comfortable, and enjoy. As always, if you have any suggestions, comments, or questions, please e-mail them to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
President and Founder
Flying Blind, LLC
In this edition of the FB-Eye Spotlight, we introduce you to Povidi, Orientation from "Down Under"!
Itís been said: "It doesnít matter where you've been, but where you're going." SoundPost enables those of us who are blind to "get to where we are going" by efficiently and easily orienting us to where we are, and which direction we need to travel.
SoundPost is an orientation device whereby a base station is mounted to a location such as an entry-way, stairway, escalator or bus stop. The user, equipped with a hand control can easily locate the base station either through the emission of audible tones, vibrations, or audible phrases which can be programmed into the base station. It is not a GPS solution, nor does it circumvent the need for a mobility tool such as a white cane or a service animal.
SoundPost runs off of off-the-shelf batteries which only need to be changed once per year in the base station. And, it plans to enter the market at a price point affordable for large institutions, government agencies, and end users.
SoundPost is on the brink of entering the market in 2009, and Flying Blind is honored to be partnering with SoundPost in the hopes that their entrance into the market will truly better our vision-impaired community.
Feel free to visit the SoundPost website link above; this link, and additional information, can also be accessed within various sections of the Flying Blind, LLC Website.
Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to offer the following items in our E-Blink ShowCase, your source for affordable, refurbished equipment manufactured by this industryís leaders.
If you have questions about, or are interested in purchasing any of the products listed below, please contact us at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com or call +1 (216) 381-8107.
Flying Blind, LLC accepts all major credit cards, PayPal transactions, and Bank Certified Checks.
Please note that all products are available only while supplies last, so hurry!
This is an amazing bargain which offers you a hardly used, 32 cell, state-of-the-art notetaker for over 40% off its suggested list price.
Itís the only notetaker on the market with a built-in visual display along with an attachable battery that can be easily replaced. And, the BrailleSenseís countless applications allow you to independently complete everyday tasks while enjoying a variety of audio and Braille media.
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This 24 cell Braille terminal is the perfect display for individuals requiring portability while offering enough Braille cells to access either a laptop PC or an accessible cellular phone. This unit offers both USB and Bluetooth wireless connectivity, and ships with a 90 day extended warranty.
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We are selling this Braille Voyager Terminal for over 50% off its suggested list price!
This economic solution for professionals "on the go" is being sold for almost 50% off its suggested retail price. Itís USB interface enables the user to use the display without a power supply on either a laptop or desktop PC, and its ergonomically positioned Braille keys and thumb-keys enable the user to perform most navigation commands without moving his/her hands from the Braille display, thus maximizing the userís productivity.
*Laptop not included.
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If you represent a manufacturer, agency, organization, or conscientious user of Adaptive Technology wishing to have your previously operated technologies represented in a future E-Blink ShowCase, please contact us at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com to discuss placement within future Flying Blind, LLC Newsletters.
In this installment of the EyePod Technocast, we introduce you to the Talking Tactile Tablet, or TTT.
This hardware does an amazing job of conveying a variety of information to the end user using tactile graphics and audio feedback.
So come join us as we explore the TTT, learn how it works, and play a few games in the process. This podcast will illustrate how the TTT can be used as a fantastic vehicle for learning as well as offer the user and his/her classmates, friends, and/or family a great way to have some serious fun!
The TTT and itís accompanying materials and applications are manufactured and developed by Touch Graphics, Inc. @ http://www.touchgraphics.com. For more information about this equipment, feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
You may click on, or forward, either of the following links to download: EyePod TechnoCast Volume 7: The Talking Tactile Tablet, in either MP3 or ZIP Format (19.4 MB @ 96Kbps) now:
MP3 Format: http://www.flying-blind.com/ept/EyePodTechnoCast7.mp3
ZIP Format: http://www.flying-blind.com/ept/EyePodTechnoCast7.zip
We offer the ZIP format as a courtesy to anyone that might wish to download the podcast without the interference of their installed media player. Once downloaded, simply extract the enclosed MP3 and enjoy.
Or you can subscribe to the EyePod TechnoCast Feed using the RSS link provided below. Enjoy!
Flying Blind, LLC Launches On-Site and Distance Training Services
Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to be offering formal training to agencies, organizations, and end users on all of the industryís adaptive hardware and software, speech and Braille solutions, as well as most low-vision products. In addition, Flying Blind, LLC is offering training on many of todayís mainstream, Microsoft-based applications.
Flying Blind, LLCís founder, Larry Lewis, has an extensive background in education and is a strong proponent of formalizing teaching methodologies that offer an enjoyable and productive training experience for each student. In this vein, Mr. Lewis has assembled a team of trainers that mirror his commitment to offering exemplary training in a most caring and responsive manner.
Flying Blind, LLC offers these fee-for-service trainings either on-site, via telephone, or via oneís preferred audio chat client. For more information on these services, or to purchase training, please send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mr. Lewis Begins Personal Blog
This final FB-Note is of a personal nature. Rarely do we stray from the topic of adaptive technology here, which is Flying Blind, LLCís core competency, but over the last couple of months, on a number of service-related listservs, Mr. Lewis has repeatedly come across the recurring discussion regarding persons who are blind, and physical fitness. Especially among school-aged students, physical education and physical fitness is often an afterthought for the blind participant, and many questions from service providers have been raised regarding incorporating physical activity and wellness into the lives of their vision impaired clientele.
Mr. Lewis has been involved in a wide variety of physical activities over the years, but none have excited and inspired him more than his journey to learn the martial art of Gracie-Style Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, a journey that began for him just a few years ago. This Martial Art is optimal for persons who are vision impaired because by its very nature participants are in such close proximity to one another. You can read more about Gracie Jiu Jitsu by visiting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gracie_Jiu_Jitsu#Origin.
The discussions on these listservs, coupled with some other motivators, have inspired Mr. Lewis to begin blogging about his journey. In this blog, Mr. Lewis will be documenting his perspective as a blind participant in Royler Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu while sharing with you many of his experiences training at different academies around the country. Heíll also offer his perspective, as well as his very own struggles, questions, and achievements, necessary to further improve his skill set.
We invite you to share in Mr. Lewis's journey at http://gracie-blindjits.blogspot.com/ as it is updated with new posts and commentary. Or, feel free to simply share this link with an interested client, friend, or family member.
We thank you for reading this edition of the Flying Blind, LLC Newsletter. For questions, comments, or suggestions, please e-mail us at email@example.com.