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Pulse Data launches myReader

Published: Wed 17 Nov 2004 11:37 AM
Pulse Data launches myReader, the world’s first low vision auto-reader
People with severe low vision will soon benefit from the world’s first low vision auto-reader, about to be launched by Pulse Data International.
myReader is the most significant advancement in products designed for people with low vision in the last 20 years. It is not only a new product but represents a new product category that promises to revolutionise the low vision market.
Dr Russell Smith, CEO of Pulse Data International, said the launch of myReader follows years of exhaustive research.
“Developing myReader is the largest development project that Pulse Data has ever undertaken. Over a period of three years, a team of up to twelve engineers from our Research and Development team have worked on its inception.
myReader contains several advanced new features that will be of huge benefit for those suffering from eye conditions such as macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, cataracts and glaucoma.
It is the first product developed for this market with full-page document capture which makes automatic reading possible. A document on the viewing table is captured and rearranged into a choice of three text layouts,” he said.
This feature gives users the flexibility to view text in three modes – by column, row or individual words. The choice of layouts means that there is no unnecessary text movement on the screen, which makes reading much easier. “Another major advance with myReader is the introduction of automatic scrolling. This feature which Pulse Data have coined ‘auto-reading’ allows readers to control how fast or slow the text they have selected is presented to them. MyReader also givers users the flexibility to manually scroll or step through text if they prefer,” he said.
“With myReader, reading speeds are significantly faster while retaining the same level of comprehension. The automatic scrolling and greater magnification with myReader means users are less fatigued both mentally and physically.
With video magnifiers, users often complain of feeling nauseous because of motion sickness from having to continually move the book under the magnifier, either by hand or using an x-y table. MyReader’s automatic functions reduce feelings of motion disturbance,” he said.
In September myReader was announced the winner of the Consumer Product category at the Best Design Awards an annual awards program presented by the Designers Institute of New Zealand to showcase and celebrate the best work the design industry has to offer. This result is a tribute to the creativity and hard work of the large team of electronics, software, optics and mechanical designers at Pulse Data who have worked on this project.
Pulse Data has specialised in the design and manufacture of products for people who are blind and visually impaired since the company was established in 1989. Innovation, such as that shown in myReader, has been an essential ingredient of the company’s international success.
Milestones to date include the launch of the highly successful BrailleNote product, the world’s first portable notetaker to use an industry standard operating system on a computer designed to meet the specific operational and functional requirements of people who are blind.
Today Pulse Data has offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Sweden, The Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand as well as distribution channels throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

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