Flying Blind, LLC E-News - Volume 4
Current Information on the Adaptive Technology Industry
is always available on the Flying Blind, LLC Website at:
Greetings! And welcome to another issue of the Flying Blind, LLC E-Newsletter. We hope that you’ve had an enjoyable and relaxing summer, and have made the transition to Fall without any hitches. It’s truly amazing that there are only three months left until we move the clock forward another year!
Firstly, as a point of interest, and due to a number of requests by low vision readers, we have provided a new button within each article header (indicated by the large plus sign) which will launch a version of the article which will be more conducive to our readers who have limited functional vision for access.
For those of you wishing to access Flying Blind, LLC E-News articles via these buttons, please don’t be shy about providing me feedback about its readability for you, both from the standpoint of comfort, and efficiency. It’s often challenging for an E-Newsletter and Website to easily accommodate the preferences of non-visual, visually impaired, and sighted readers, but that is our focus at Flying Blind, LLC. Please E-Mail comments to me directly at Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com.
In this issue, our FB-Eye Spotlight focuses on a company whose mission is to provide non-profit agencies and for-profit businesses avenues for growth through the U.S. Federal Government.
Our EyePod TechnoCast provides a demonstration of the wildly popular KNFB Reader, and this issue’s E-Blink ShowCase ties nicely into this podcast demonstration!
In our FB Tech Tips PodCast, we explore some useful tricks for searching using the Start Menu in Windows Vista. And, we also have some exciting news and points of interest which you’ll find in FB Notes.
So make yourself comfortable, try to pull yourself away from that exciting football or baseball playoff game, and enjoy the many exciting and informative articles we have put together for you in this Volume of the Flying Blind, LLC E-News.
I hope you will find this Volume both enjoyable to read, as well as a resource for new information.
— Larry L. Lewis, Jr.
President and Founder
Flying Blind, LLC
G2G Consulting, LLC
This exciting company is captained by Liz Powell, an entrepreneur who has extensive experience in working for and with the U.S. Congress.
G2G Consulting, LLC provides government affairs, fundraising, public relations, event planning, grant writing, and economic development services for non-profits and businesses — all the while implementing each of the necessary actions to go from Government, to Growth.
G2G Consulting, LLC includes a team of professionals with years of experience in government, politics, and grant writing, with a proven track record for delivering quantifiable results that meet clients' specific needs.
G2G Consulting, LLC has secured 8 earmarks (federal funding) for 9 clients in the Fiscal Year 2008 appropriations process which totals over $10 Million (as of 9/24/07).
If you and/or your organization are looking for results delivered in a caring and responsive manner, please contact G2G Consulting, LLC at:
G2G Consulting, LLC
11000 Cedar Avenue, Suite 100
Cleveland, OH 44106
(P): (216) 658-3995
(F): (216) 658-0364
In this installment of Flying Blind, LLC’s EyePod TechnoCast we introduce you to the KNFB Reader, the first palm-size solution for a visually impaired individual to scan and access text portably and audibly.
In this demonstration we give a thorough description of the unit and put this solution through its paces scanning and reading back a couple of hardcopy print documents.
We conclude with some thoughts and ideas for practical use of the KNFB Reader in a variety of settings.
So come and join us as we explore this life-changing, palm-size technology!
You may click on, or forward, this link:
To download Volume 3 of the EyePod TechnoCast in MP3 Format (17.7 MB @ 96Kbps) now, or you can subscribe to the EyePod TechnoCast Feed using the RSS link provided below. Enjoy!
In keeping with the theme of this Volume's EyePod TechnoCast, in which we illustrate the functionality of the KNFB Reader, Flying Blind, LLC is pleased to showcase the KNFB (Kurzweil / National Federation of the Blind) Reader in this installment of E-Blink, your source for quality tested, refurbished equipment at unbeatable prices.
Flying Blind, LLC has quality tested this innovative approach to hand-held scanning, and has ensured that the most recent KNFB software has been preinstalled.
Forged from the creative minds of Dr. Ray Kurzweil and the National Federation of the Blind, this first-of-its-kind portable reading solution enables you to instantly scan (via photograph) and have read back to you a wide variety of hardcopy documents, and then store them on the unit’s on-board memory, as well as share these files with a PC and many of today’s other popular notetakers.
The possibilities and opportunities are endless with this revolutionary alternative to much larger and much more expensive stand-alone scanning alternatives.
Flying Blind, LLC is selling this KNFB Reader for US $1,995.00, which includes shipping and handling within the Continental United States.
Now that’s over US $600.00 off the Reader’s Suggested List Price!
All major credit cards and PayPal transactions are welcome, so please contact us today at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com, or call (216) 381-8107, to take advantage of this fantastic bargain!
If you represent an agency, organization, or manufacturer who wishes to have your previously operated equipment represented in a future E-Blink ShowCase, please contact us at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com to discuss placement within this section for future E-Newsletters.
In this installment of the FB Tech Tips PodCast we unveil some tricks for using the Windows Vista Start Menu to search for a variety of information.
If you have suggestions for future FB Tech Tips PodCast topics, please E-Mail them to: Larry.Lewis@Flying-Blind.com.
You may click on, or forward, this link:
To download Volume 2 of the FB Tech Tips Podcast in MP3 Format (7.44 MB @ 128Kbps) now, or you can subscribe to the FB Tech Tips Podcast Feed using the RSS link provided below. Enjoy!
Breaking News! Code Factory, whose products are endorsed and used by Flying Blind, LLC announces its new “User-Centered Licensing” Scheme, once again setting new standards for access to mainstream applications and hardware.
Read on for more information!
Code Factory Launches User-Centered Licensing For Its Software Running On The Windows Mobile® Platform
New Licensing Method enables Activation Anytime From Anywhere, Free Movement of Licenses Between Devices, and more!
Terrassa Spain - October 1, 2007, Today, Code Factory, the global leader in mobile software development for the blind and visually impaired, announces that it is introducing a new licensing method for its products running on the Windows Mobile operating system, providing its users with unparalleled flexibility in how they activate and use the software they purchase.
Formerly, users of Code Factory products for Windows Mobile licensed their devices using a serial number generated by the device. This serial number was sent to Code Factory and a license code received which allowed the device to run the software. This device-based licensing method made it necessary to activate the device manually, by entering long codes, from the PC or device, to charge a small fee to move from one device to another, and to enter a new serial number whenever a new product or enhancement was purchased.
All these drawbacks have been overcome with the new licensing method. User-centred licensing, where the product is licensed to the user and not to any particular device, allows users to activate their mobile device anytime and anywhere through their PCs, via the internet from the device itself, or by sending an SMS/text message. Users can now move their licensed software from device to device free of charge an unlimited number of times. There is no need to enter any codes into the device itself, the process is entirely automated and all the user need do is initiate the request for an activation.
"Our products support the largest number, and widest range, of mobile devices in the AT industry," says Eduard Sánchez Palazón, C.E.O. of Code Factory. "Our customers demand flexibility in the way they use their software and hardware, and that's what this new licensing system is all about. Users of our products can now activate their software wherever and whenever they like, they can activate quickly and easily and, most importantly of all, they're able to keep up, free of charge, with increasingly innovative mobile devices."
Larry Lewis, President of Flying Blind, agrees: "In an industry where it's fashionable for companies to charge customers thousands of dollars to update proprietary solutions that are out of date within months of being released, it's both mind-blowing and refreshing for those of us who are vision impaired to benefit from such an innovative approach to portable information management. I've been an exceedingly satisfied Mobile Speak customer for over three years, and compared to the costs that I accrued when I used a legacy notetaker, have spent a minimal amount in phone upgrade fees to move between four different mobile phones. But I'm both excited by, and impressed with, this incredible news and what it means for those of us who are blind and use mobile applications!"
Code Factory will be releasing version 2.0 of Mobile Speak for Pocket PCs and Mobile Speak for Windows Mobile Smartphones in the coming weeks. This will be a free upgrade for all current users. Upon the release of version 2.0 of each product, all current users will have the opportunity to migrate to the new licensing system. Users will be able to activate, deactivate, and reactivate their software using a PC with an Internet connection, wireless internet and/or cellular internet access directly from their mobile device, or through SMS text messaging. To read in greater depth about the many advantages of the new licensing method, visit: http://www.codefactory.es/ucl
About Code Factory
Founded in 1998 and headquartered in Terrassa/Barcelona, Spain, Code Factory is the global leader committed to the development of products designed to Eliminate barriers to the accessibility of mobile technology for the blind and visually impaired. Today, Code Factory is the leading provider of screen readers, screen magnifiers, and braille interfaces for the widest range of mainstream mobile devices including Symbian-based and Windows Mobile-powered Smartphones as well as Pocket PC phones and PDAs. Its product line is the only one to support phones working on the GSM, CDMA and WCDMA networks. Code Factory's success lies in giving excellent customer support and in responding immediately to the needs of its end users. Among our customers are well-known companies and organizations like ONCE, and carriers such as TMN, Vodafone, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and AT&T. Our partners enable us to provide excellent text-to-speech, in many languages, for Mobilespeak products and to incorporate support for over twenty wireless braille devices into our software.
For more information, feel free to contact Code Factory at:
Code Factory, S.L., Rambla d'Egara 148 2-2, 08221 Terrassa (Barcelona), Spain
Tel. +34 93 733 70 66,
This Dallas-based small business was founded and is run by Elaine Rooney, a blind business owner who has a passion for developing a variety of products to make the lives of print impaired individuals more comfortable and enjoyable.
Bumpy Pages is your source for Braille and large print greeting cards, announcements, labels, etc.
Check out Bumpy Pages on the web or contact them for more information by calling (972) 414-5678, or by E-Mail at firstname.lastname@example.org the next time you have the opportunity to add a special access touch for that special someone.
Flying Blind, LLC is excited to announce a partnership between Flying Blind, LLC and Incentive Selections, a New Jersey-based provider of customizable, web-based rewards platforms for employers and/or manufacturers wishing to reward specific, defined behaviors of its employees and resellers.
Flying Blind, LLC’s founder, Larry L. Lewis, Jr. is honored to be driving this company’s sales and marketing efforts.
Stay tuned for more information about Incentive Selections in upcoming Flying Blind, LLC E-Newsletters.
You can visit Incentive Selections on the web at: www.incentiveselections.com.
Flying Blind, LLC is both humbled and appreciative to have been given a forum in the September 2007 Issue of AccessWorld, the American Foundation for the Blind’s Online Publication dedicated to the Adaptive Technology Industry, products, and emerging trends and practices.
Visit the link below to read “Connecting the Dots: Life Beyond Notetakers”, authored by Flying Blind, LLC Founder Larry L. Lewis, Jr. who shares his perspectives on wireless refreshable Braille access, notetaking, and mobile screenreading technology:
Due to the success of its E-Blink Initiative, Flying Blind, LLC is considering the adoption of an E-Commerce platform that would be integrated into the Flying Blind, LLC website whereby manufacturers and qualified users of adaptive technologies might participate in having a sort of E-Bay-type Forum where they might buy and sell technologies using the Flying Blind, LLC Website as a purchasing and selling vehicle for these transactions.
Please feel free to send us an E-Mail at E-Blink@Flying-Blind.com with your comments and feedback.
It’s important to determine how many individuals might use such a service before making the financial and “sweat equity” investments involved in such an effort. Your feedback is welcome and greatly appreciated!
We thank you for reading this edition of the Flying Blind, LLC E-Newsletter and welcome any and all comments and/or suggestions that might assist us in the continued optimization of our educational marketing efforts. Until next time!