Assistive technology overview
Cline Library has purchased new assistive technology that
gives blind or visually impaired students better access to library materials.
The new technology includes:
- SmartView Versa+
- Tiger Embosser
The Top-Braille, located for checkout in the Media Services
desk, is a revolutionary reading personal assistant. Top-Braille is ideally
designed to allow people who are blind instantaneous access to read all printed
As the user moves Top-Braille along printed text, the
printed material is translated into Braille. The translation of each printed
character is controlled by the speed with which the user moves Top-Braille.
Navigation software indicates the direction to the user and allows the user to
follow the text line by line. Top-Braille is ergonomically designed to provide
comfort and ease of use.
Key functions include:
- recognition of all printed text with Braille and
- recognition of all printed text with Braille
- color recognition
The SmartView Versa+, located for checkout in the Media
Services desk, is a handheld electronic magnifier that is fully and easily
adaptable to meet the specific requirements of the user.
SmartView Versa+ magnifiers combine portability, ease of
use, and powerful magnification to make it possible to read text and view
objects at a size that works for you.
The contrast mode and magnification can be configured to
best match the vision of the user.
Key features include:
- autofocus: have a clear view up to four inches away from
- magnification: see up to 15 times larger than regular
- picture freeze: freeze pictures on the screen and save for
- large screen: view more with a 4.3-inch widescreen LCD
- high-contrast viewing modes: see text in the following
- white on black
- black on white
- yellow on black
- yellow on blue
- full color
The Tiger Embosser is a Braille tactile graphics embosser
that can emboss text and graphics directly from Windows applications using its
own driver software. It will print Braille at a resolution of 20 dots per inch,
single-sided or inter-point.
The Tiger interprets color and shades of gray in visual
images with embossed dots of varying heights. Braille graphics can be produced
in 3-D with great variation in textures, shapes, and thickness of line for
maps, scientific graphing, and illustrations.
The Tiger Embosser specializes in making raised dot patterns
to represent visual images, allowing you to "feel" what a picture
Key features include:
- printing Braille and ink on the same page
- automatically formatting Word and Excel
documents to Braille
- creating raised visual images on paper from
anything on the computer screen
- Tiger Designer, a tactile graphics design
software for Windows
- Tiger Technology, the new standard in embossed
For more information, visit Media Services at Cline Library or call 928-523-6820.