Assistive Technology for the blind and visually impaired is becoming faster, smaller and more powerful than ever in 2019.
With companies like HumanWare announcing the new Reveal 16 and BrailleNote Touch Plus, assistive technology devices for the blind and visually impaired are competing head-to-head with mainstream electronics on speed, power, features, and portability.
These products and more are showcased at the Florida Vision Technology Center in Fort Lauderdale, a leading provider of assistive technology products.
Lesa Kretschmer, Founder & CEO of the Florida Vision Technology Center, showcases hundreds of assistive technology products at her 2 Florida locations, including the Reveal 16 and BrailleNote Touch Plus.
As an expert in assistive technology devices for the blind and visually impaired, and a Certified BrailleNote Touch expert, Kretschmer was asked about the new product releases in 2019.
Kretschmer says, “The theme for technology is usually faster, smaller, and more powerful, and this new assistive technology is right in line. The new Reveal 16 is a powerful HD digital magnifier with up to 45x digital magnification, and a 10x optical zoom magnification on top of that. It’s perfect for distance viewing, whether you need to see a whiteboard at the front of the room or want to see something in your own backyard. And the best part is that it’s lightweight and portable so you can take it with you anywhere.”
“The new BrailleNote Touch Plus was recently released with a list of improvements and features including being powered by Android 8.1 Oreo. We’re excited about the new faster processor, too. It also uses the Chrome browser now instead of KeyWeb and there’s access to more apps than ever. The battery life has been extended to 10-12 hours, so users can get through a full day at work or school.” Kretschmer added, “Another great new feature is the screen mirror, the user can mirror their screen to tablets or iPhones.”
With all the new advances every year, Kretschmer and her team have to stay current on assistive technology, attending national conferences and trade shows throughout the year. They also get to talk directly to the product manufacturers to tell them what customers are asking for, and what customers need most.
“In return, we share important events and key information on our Facebook page to keep our followers up to date.” Kretschmer said, “We carry many more solutions in our stores, such as simple hand-held magnifiers, computer software to enlarge text or read it aloud, numerous HD digital monitors, and a number of other high-tech devices.”
“We’re a great resource for customers who want to compare several products at once to see what’s best for them,” Kretschmer adds, “many customers come into our store not knowing what they need, but they walk out seeing what’s possible again.”
About Florida Vision Technology
Florida Vision Technology is a minority certified small business headquartered in Fort Lauderdale. Lesa Kretschmer, founder and CEO, has over 24 years of experience working directly with the blind and visually impaired, has appeared in radio and TV interviews, and conducts workshops and seminars all over the state.
To connect with Lesa Kretschmer and the Florida Vision Technology Center, call 1-800-981-5119 or visit their Facebook page.