May, 2019: Micro Assistive Tech company presentation

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Jason opened the meeting. We have two representatives from Micro Assistive Technologies with us tonight.

The representative took over. We are an offshoot of Micro Computer Science Centre, which was operating for 38 years. Under new management, the company was renamed. We cell a full range of assistive tech products, eg Jaws, ZoomText. We are also adding newer and more advanced technologies that are not expensive. Last July we opened under the new name. We cover all across Canada. We have offices in Newfoundland, western Ontario etc. Our head office is in Mississauga.

We have three technology products to demonstrate. The first one is the Smart Vision2 Premium phone. This phone has actual keys and some great aps. It’s an Android operating system. There are keys, but you can use a touch screen as well. It’s running TalkBack, but the version of Talkback that it’s using has been specifically modified for people who are visually impaired. You can create your own shortcuts. It’s got its own integrated GPS that doesn’t rely on data, instead, you download maps onto your phone. It’s called Captain design maps; they are upgradable. It also has the built in ability to scan. It will take a picture only when the entire document is in view, and will give you direction to orient the camera. The GPS functions are very intuitive.

You are able to put any Android ap you choose onto the phone. It’s connected to the Google Play Store, and you can download any voice you prefer.

As we know, there are a lot of crazies today. Blind people are just victims, especially if you have a cane, especially if you’re a woman. On the back, there is an emergency button. This button will immediately emit a loud noise to frighten away predators. It also brings up a list of programmable emergency contacts you can call quickly. It will automatically start calling down the list until it gets an answer. The phone is $1225. It has the GPS, OCR and e-text reader included. You can pay in an installment plan, so it’s similar to paying out a contract on an iPhone.

A member asked what version of Android it’s using. They first answered 4, then said 10, and the member pointed out that the website says 6. It has 2 gig of RAM, and a 16 Gig hard drive that’s extendible to 64.

Another feature of the phone is something that functions like a PenFriend. It comes with 3 labels, and you can buy more. They were unclear if it would read existing PenFriend labels. The phone is light-weight, and about the size of an iPhone8.

You can use the Google Assistant on it.

Its main functions are phone, messaging, email, calendar, clock, calculator, Contacts, Chrome, Play Store, Notes, customizable homepage, GSM, assistance for safety, remote assistant mode, dedicated SOS button, user guide, magnification, focused text size selection for scrolling speed, contrast, light detector, colour detector, and GPS with offline navigation. Its top battery life is 12 hours. Its standby time is 350 hours. There are two cameras, front and back. Its made in France, specifically for the visually impaired. It has import/export capabilities, play music, multi-format e-book creator and reader, FM and web radio, sound recorder, Bluetooth and y-fi. There’s also an excelleromatre, proximity detector, and a compass. The advantage of this phone over the iPhone is the choice to use buttons or gestures, and it comes with aps already downloaded. And you don’t need data to use the GPS.

A member raised the point about support systems. With an iPhone, you have a community of support. Less popular phones don’t have this.

The representative contributed that there’s an online group of users, mainly Europe based. It uses a micro sim.

The group agreed that the Doro phone is no longer being offered by Bell.

The second product they displayed was the Orbit Reader2, a 20-cell refreshable braille display at $1075. It comes with an SD card, and can perform as a note taker.. It’s made in Germany.

The third device is a tablet. Most tablets are Android Lollipop-based. This tablet is Windows10 based. It’s got a braille display and a braille keyboard. It allows you to do everything that Windows does, but with a braille display. It comes with NVDA installed, but you can run Jaws if you prefer. You can print documents without using a translator. The braille keyboard is 8 dots, with UEB 1 and 2. You can use iPhone gestures on the touchpad. It has cursor rooting. It comes with a very basic Office 365. It’s y-fi enabled. The tablet is $7500. It has two USB ports and one HDMI. You could install an SD card up to 128 gig. It’s made with gorilla glass, which is very strong, and it comes with a case. It comes with a one-year warranty. The display is 32 cells. Any repairs would be done in the U.S.

Our company also supplies training, either remotely if necessary, as all of these devices support remote viewing. Training could happen over Skype or Zoom. The device would come with a basic orientation, and training could be purchased.

Unfortunately these devices aren’t covered by ADP. We’re still working out the details of our payment plans. The email address is carmelinos@microassistivetech.com