Standards

Standards List: Adaptive Technology

Braille Device: Personal Notetaker

The Department of Human Services has made a Statement of Assurance to provide comparable access for individuals with disabilities. In compliance with the ADA, which makes it unlawful to discriminate in employment against a qualified individual with a disability, employers must reasonably accommodate the disabilities of qualified applicants or employees, unless undue hardship would result.

  • BIT will set standards for assistive devices.
  • Telecommunications will set standards for the support of devices.
  • Bureau of Personnel will set standards for training employees with disabilities in the use of standard devices.

This technology will be applied to individual computers as new technology. This technology will be available to all employees requiring assistive technology.

Criteria for selection included:

  • Available features.
  • Ease of use.
  • Windows Vista/7/8.x compatible.
  • Training and tutorials available.
  • Technical support available.
  • Cost comparison based on features.

VoiceNote Apex BT

The VoiceNote Apex is a practical, portable and affordable productivity tool designed for users who are blind and are accustomed to using speech output.  The VoiceNote Apex is useful for keeping track of appointments, creating grocery or to-do lists, printing or embossing letters, notes, or recipes, surfing the Web, listening to audio books, and exchanging information and documents with other computer users.

The VoiceNote runs with the user-friendly KeySoft suite of applications, which includes content sensitive help, easy access to the user’s manual via index or table of contents, along with many other tools that make digital communication easy.  Speech users will especially enjoy the high-quality stereo speakers.  Featuring a long battery life and superior connectivity, the VoiceNote Apex can access email and the Internet with built-in Wi-Fi and Ethernet.  It’s easy to use and can store electronic books using one of the multiple storage options, including 8 GB of internal memory and support for high capacity SDHC cards or USB thumb drives.

Technical Facts

Operating System

  • Microsoft Windows CE 6 operating system
  • 8GB of non-volatile user storage
  • 256 MB SDRAM

Connectivity

  • One SD card socket supporting SDHC cards
  • Built-in Ethernet port (10/100Mbps)
  • Built-in Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g protocol
  • Built-In Bluetooth 2.1
  • One high-speed USB 2.0 client port for Active Sync and Braille Terminal Mode
  • 3 high speed USB 2.0 host ports
  • Optional USB voice modem
  • Optional GPS receiver via Bluetooth

Hardware

  • 8-dot Braille keyboard (BT model)
  • Speech output with choice of TTS
  • Stereo speakers
  • Internal Omni Directional Microphone
  • Rechargeable and user-replaceable lithium-ion Battery
  • Real-time Clock with 30-day battery backup
  • External speaker / headphone and microphone jacks
  • Weight: 612 grams (1.35 lbs)
  • Dimensions: 19 mm (0.78 in) H x 244 mm (9.61 in) W x 143 mm (5.63 in) D
  • Processor: Freescale iMX3

 

Last Updated: 08/12/2011
Last Reviewed: 11/29/2017



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