Text to Voice
The knfbReader Mobile, a Nokia N82 mobile phone combined with K-NFB Reading Technology's software, is designed for users who are blind, visually impaired or have reading difficulties. The phone lets users photograph and read most printed materials with its 5-megapixel, autofocus camera. Blind users then hear document contents read in clear synthetic speech, while users who can see the screen can enlarge, read, track and highlight printed materials on the phone's large display. The phone includes a 2 GB microSD Card that holds 1,000 images.
MSI Computer Corp. unveiled its PR200 Crystal laptop. It's equipped with an Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 12.1-inch TFT WXGA display and 160 GB SATA hard drive. It includes a fingerprint reader, 4-in-1 card reader and built-in 1.3 megapixel Webcam. It sports a 2 GB DDR2/667 MHz system memory and DVD Super Multi. The laptop weighs almost 4 pounds and has a 120 crystal-studded lid and pearl white sheen.
The OtterBox 1936 for BlackBerry Pearl 8120 and Pearl 8130 is a slim, semi-rugged case that allows use of the trackball, camera, flash and mirror. The case contains a thermal-formed protective clear membrane to safeguard the BlackBerry screen and keyboard against scratching, dust and dirt. The OtterBox contains a high-impact polycarbonate shell and a silicone skin to absorb bumps and shock.
Livescribe's Pulse smartpen was created to help those who miss important information at lectures and meetings when they take notes. A computer inside the pen captures handwriting, using an infrared camera, and simultaneously records audio and synchronizes it to the writing. Users can tap their notes to replay what was recorded at the exact moment they were writing. The 1 GB model stores more than 100 hours of recorded audio, more than 16,000 pages of digital notes, or add-on applications. There's also a 2 GB model.
Miriam Jones is chief copy editor of Government Technology, Governing, Public CIO and Emergency Management magazines. She joined e.Republic in 2000 as an editor of Converge magazine.