Maestro 2.0 – a PDA for the blind

Maestro 2.0 – a PDA for the blind

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A company called HumanWare has created the Maestro 2.0, an enhanced PDA for the visually impaired. The Maestro consists of a standard Dell PDA with a special tactile overlay which allows people to enter data via touch, or an optional Bluetooth Braille keyboard can be used. Information flows from the Maestro to the user in audio form thanks to a built-in voice synthesizer.

With the Maestro, users can access the features expected in a regular PDA. It has full e-mail capabilities that can use either ActiveSync of Wi-Fi. It has an enhanced media player which will be especially useful for the target audience to play audio books in either MP3 or WMA formats. It also has all the calendar and task management tools you would expect. There is an optional Trekker talking GPS system available for the Maestro as well.

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