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Conversation application for people who are deaf-blind.

HumanWare, in partnership with Institut Nazareth et Louis-Braille (a vision rehabilitation agency located in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada) has designed the HumanWare Communicator, the first multilingual face-to-face conversation application (or "app") intended for people who are deaf-blind. This app is designed to help deaf-blind individuals communicate with sighted individuals by connecting a HumanWare braille device (the Braille-Note Apex or Brailliant) with an iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch. The HumanWare Communicator app works by utilizing a Bluetooth connection to conduct a text conversation, through a chat window, between a deaf-blind person and a sighted person. All interaction appears both on the deaf-blind person's refreshable braille display, as well as visually on the screen of the Apple device. The deaf-blind user types their messages on the braille-input keyboard, and the sighted participant uses the touch-screen keyboard for their portion of the conversation. For longer conversations, a traditional Bluetooth keyboard can also be paired with the Apple device to facilitate faster text input from the sighted participant. According to HumanWare, the Communicator app will soon be available in the Apple App Store for a cost of $99. For more information, contact: HumanWare Corporate Headquarters, 1800 Michaud Street, Drummondville, Quebec, J2C 7G7, Canada; phone: 800-722-3393; web site: <>.

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Title Annotation:Products
Publication:Journal of Visual Impairment & Blindness
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Sep 1, 2012
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