New HumanWare iPhone app will get deaf-blind and sighted people talking

Jul 12, 2012, 14:00 ET from HumanWare

MONTREAL, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - HumanWare, in partnership with Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (INLB), has unveiled the HumanWare Communicator, the first multilingual face-to-face conversation app for deaf-blind people. This unique app will help deaf-blind individuals communicate on an everyday basis by connecting a HumanWare Braille device (BrailleNote Apex or Brailliant) with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Now a deaf-blind person can use Bluetooth connectivity to pair their HumanWare Braille device to an iPhone, iPod, or iPad. In the absence of an interpreter, the HumanWare Communicator app then facilitates a conversation. The deaf-blind person converses through the Braille device and hands his or her tethered Apple device to the sighted person who uses the touch screen keyboard to respond. The face-to-face conversation appears in real time on both the refreshable Braille display and the iOS devices' screen.

HumanWare is the leader in digital communication for deaf-blind people, introducing DBC, the first portable face-to-face chat solution in 2008.  The system combined the simplicity and portability of the popular BrailleNote with a companion visual interface running on a cell phone. For the first time, a deaf-blind person had portability and independence when having a face-to-face conversation, and since a familiar cell phone keyboard was used, the sighted individual had a very small learning curve to engage in a conversation

"With the popularity and inclusion of assistive technology features in Apple's iOS devices, HumanWare has received a high demand to bring the face-to-face concept of the popular Deaf-Blind Communicator to the popular Apple devices. "The HumanWare Communicator app breaks everyday face to face communication down to its simplest form and will get everyone talking," says Greg Stilson, HumanWare product manager.

The HumanWare Communicator app will be available for standard download from Apple's app store at the end of July 2012. This app marks a major step forward in using mainstream technology to bring everyday communication to the deaf-blind population.

Find out more about HumanWare Deaf-Blind communication solutions at: www.humanware.com/deafblind
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About HumanWare
HumanWare (www.humanware.com) is the global leader in assistive technologies for the print disabled. HumanWare provides products to people who are blind or have low vision, and students with learning disabilities. HumanWare offers a collection of innovative products, including BrailleNote Apex, the leading productivity device for the blind in education, business and for personal use; the Victor Reader product line, the world's leading digital talking book players; the SmartView family of handheld and desktop electronic magnifiers; and Trekker Breeze, the all-in-one handheld talking GPS.

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