Thursday, March 27, 2014

Android KitKat's built in magnification

We've got a new video for your enjoyment! In this one we are testing the magnification feature built in to Android KitKat using a Motorola 'Moto X' phone. We found the magnification feature to be great and make the phone very accessible to the visually impaired.

See the video below!

Roadshow coming up!

Our latest roadshow is coming up next Wednesday, where we will be bringing a great selection of adaptive technology and tools for living to the Palos Hills Community Center. The address is 8455 W.103rd Street, Palos Hills 60465 and we'll be there from 10am to 3pm.

Come and see what tools we've got that can help you and meet the team!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Tom's Corner

Here's the latest Tom's Corner! As usual click on the link below to open a new window with the audio file in, then press Space to start playing it!

Tom's Corner March 15th!

Friday, March 21, 2014

Low Vision Product Show

Here are a few shots from our first low vision product show of 2014! We had a great day at Friendship Village in Schaumburg, IL.

Don't miss our next show on Wednesday, April 2 at Palos Hills Community Center (8455 W. 103rd Street) in Palos Hills, IL. It's free to attend and bring some friends! See you there.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Low Vision Product Show

Tomorrow, March 20, we have a low vision product show in Park Ridge, IL.  The location is Maine Township Center, 1700 Ballard Rd, Park Ridge, IL.  We will be there from 10:00am to 3:00pm.  You will be able to see the latest in product development and try them out as well.  Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Motorola 'Moto X' phone and Android Kit Kat review

We have been reviewing the Motorola X smart phone recently to see how its accessibility features stack up. As part of the project our very own Peter Tucic has done a video on Android's TalkBack feature, which allows blind users to use the phone.

TalkBack will read information from the phone to the user to allow them to navigate, read emails and texts, make calls and so on. Also included is Google Now which is a speech recognition service that allows a user to speak to their phone to perform functions such as call contacts, set alarm, navigate applications and a lot more.

Watch the video below to see how it works, and what we think of it!

Motorola 'Moto X' and Android Kit Kat Review

Tom's Corner

Here's another 2 exciting episodes of Tom's corner, covering the Motorola Moto X phone and its accessibility features, and the new CDesk EDGE tablets which bring accessible computing to tablet form.

The March 8th show is a special treat, as it has the whole hour of The Beacon available to listen to! Tom's corner is found in the last 10 minutes of the show.

Enjoy by clicking below! A new window will open with the show in, press space bar to play!

Click here for the March 1st show

Click here for the full March 8th Beacon Show!

Monday, March 10, 2014

The Moto X Smart Phone and Big Launcher

Motorola recently very kindly lent us their latest Moto X smart phone so we could review the accessibility features. Stay tuned for reviews on the built in screen reader 'Talk Back' and the built in magnification (sneak preview: they're both excellent). In the meantime we anted to tell you about an app called Big Launcher

The app (pictured above) simplifies the android operating system to 6 large and easy to use buttons. the top left button is used to make calls, next to that is the messaging button, then is the camera button, the picture viewer button, the SOS button (which can be pre-programmed with a personal SOS number) and an applications button to access other apps on the phone. 

In the app settings you can select different text sizes, whether you want button functions to be spoken when 'long pressed' and if you want the button name (e.g phone) to be displayed when 'long pressed'. Additionally it is possible to customize the buttons to show different functions, and have a large battery indicator and signal indicator displayed. 

This app is great for seniors who want an easy to use phone, or the visually impaired or blind user who is just getting started in the smart phone market. Best of all, it costs just $10! Big Launcher worked great on the Moto X thanks to its responsive touchscreen , large screen and powerful processor, and we highly recommend both the phone and the app. 

For more information call Luke at 3129973649, and to see our products go to

New CDesk Edge

Do you want to use a tablet but feel intimidated by the technology? Do you want an easy to use portable computer that you can control by touch, or even with your voice?

Introducing the CDesk EDGE 11! This tablet from AdaptiveVoice runs a full version of the CDesk software suite which makes it easy for people even with no computer experience to email, browse the internet, write documents and a whole lot more.

We have been enjoying this accessible tablet a lot, and even made a video about it. Check out the video on the EDGE 11 by clicking below! For more information visit or call Luke at 3129973649.

Click here to see the CDesk EDGE 11 video!

Monday, March 3, 2014

Listen up! Victor Reader 2 offers great features!

Our very own Peter Tucic has some wise words of wisdom about the Victor Reader 2 and its exciting new features. Follow the link below to read all about it!

Click here for the article!