Thursday, October 18, 2007

Two advances in accessibility: Kurzweil 3000 USB and WOWIO

There are two pieces of accessibility news that I want to share today.

First, Kurzweil 3000 is now available as a USB utility. It is available in two flavors, the Professional and the Learn Station. The Professional includes the scan capabilities, while the Learn Station has all the usual Kurzweil 3000 features, minus the scanning ability. Being able to run this powerful learning software from a USB flash drive lets students have the freedom to run it on any computer and also lets them store their settings and files they create.

For full details of the power provided in the portability of this assistive technology, go to the
Official Kurzweil 3000 web site.

Second, how about a repository of books in pdf format? I like the concept, and on top of that, the books are free to download. Check out,
WOWIO,
where the slogan is “Free books plus free minds.” The site is searchable and has several subheadings, including one for textbooks.

According to the privately owned company’s web site,
WOWIO is today the only source where readers can legally download high-quality copyrighted ebooks from leading publishers for free. Readers have access to a wide range of offerings, including works of classic literature, college textbooks, comic books, and popular fiction and non-fiction titles.

Finally, thanks to Dr. Brian Friedlander of the
Assistive Technology blog,
For informing me about the two bits of accessibility news above. I routinely read his blog as his topics make regular appearances on a news alert I have for assistive technology.

3 comments:

Brian S. Friedlander, Ph.D said...

Hi Ron: Thanks so much for including me in your blog. I had a chance to read some of your post and enjoyed them as well. Keep up the great work. Brian S. Friedlander

Ron Graham said...

Thanks for the feedback, Brian. I like your work and am always looking forward to see what you have to offer.

Ron

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