Synapse Adaptive14 Lynn Court
San Rafael, California 94901
Telephone: 800-317-9611 or 415-455-9700.
Products manufactured by Synapse Adaptive (listed alphabetically)
SYNAPSE ADA WORKSTATION
The Synapse ADA Workstation is an accessible computer terminal designed for use by individuals with visual, mobility, physical, cognitive, or learning disabilities. This unit provides a hardware interface to a computer network or mainframe. Features are integrated for use in environments where more than one accommodation technology may be required, such as schools, libraries, the workplace, or assessment and evaluation centers. Available features include speech recognition, screen reader software, screen and print magnification, word prediction, compensatory tools for learning differences, head tracking or other alternative pointing technologies. The unit can read BookManager's and RFB (Recordings for the Blind) electronic text documents, periodicals and books. The user can scan and magnify printed materials through a high-resolution scanner, and images can be printed at increased magnification. Other available features include Braille keyboard tops, Braille translation software, refreshable Braille display, and Braille embosser; wheelchair-accessible motorized and adjustable work surfaces; ergonomic keyboards, mouse pads, adjustable monitor and keyboard arms, and ergonomic chairs and workstation furniture; and support for multiple languages.
Products distributed by Synapse Adaptive (listed alphabetically)
DECtalk Express is a speech synthesizer designed to provide computer speech output for people who are blind or who have low vision. This portable, external synthesizer provides human-like tones and several voice styles. This synthesizer plugs into the serial port of a computer and works in conjunction with screen access software to provide speech output of keyed input and other information displayed on the screen. The Express includes a carrying case, a detachable accessory pouch, headphones, a 9-pin RS 232 connector, and a two-foot long cable. COMPATIBILITY: The unit's serial port enables it to be used with IBM and compatible PCs, laptops and notebooks, palmtops, workstations, and Macintosh computers. POWER: Uses an internal, non-removable rechargeable NiCad battery (included). A battery charger is also included. WEIGHT: Less than one pound. WARRANTY: One year.
DIGICOM 2000 (MODELS 34, 70, 106 & 142)
DigicCom 2000, models 34, 70, 106 and 142, is a direct selection communicator designed for use by individuals with communication disabilities. This communication aid allows the user to create up to 142 minutes of digital voice recordings and play back the messages. Messages can range from single words to sentences and paragraphs. The device has a touch panel with adjustable sensitivity to accommodate different motor needs. It is also possible to transfer and copy messages and functions from one key to another, without re-recording or re-programming them. Voice messages can be saved by copying them to a floppy disk using an optional disk drive. Thus, a library of messages can be built for the user to accommodate different situations. The device's built-in electronic display provides step-by-step instructions and guidance during the programming process. It also allows the user to review and edit previously programmed sequences. Messages can also be lengthened on any key without having to re-program the entire level. The device comes with a set of 18 overlays, some pre-printed and some blank. Layouts vary from 1 x 2 (2 keys) to 4 x 12 (48 keys). The blank overlays can be copied and customized with any combination of symbols, letters, or handwritten messages. Programmable enter, exit, and hold-down times aid in direct selection, while enhanced visual and verbal cues aid in scannning with a visual or auditory scanner. Sequence prediction aids users in remembering symbol sequences. The device has an LCD (liquid crystal display) screen. There is a sound input port for use with an external microphone; sound output ports for an external speaker and earphones; two switch input ports for standard external switches (a joystick port and a 9-pin din D connector for 4 direction and push-button switches); a serial -port for future applications; and a disk drive port for use with an external disk drive. The device comes with a charger, 18 blank overlays in all key layouts, a shoulder strap, and an instruction manual. POWER: Uses a rechargeable nickle metal hydride battery. OPTIONS: Versions with 34, 70, 106, or 142 minutes of recording time; disk drive; keyguard; carrying case. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 1.875 x 7.5 x 10.75 inches; touch panel measures 9.12 x 4.1 inches. WEIGHT: 2.7 pounds.
EASYTALK (MODELS 8, 16, 24 & 32)
EasyTalk, models 8, 16, 24 and 32, is a direct selection communicator designed for use by individuals with communication disabilities. This communication aid can record up to 56 minutes of digitized voice messages on eight recording levels. Users can access messages stored at any level using one or two switches. There are four scanning options: Row/Column, Linear, Vertical and Horizontal. Each key can record a message of any length, limited only by available memory. The touch panel can accommodate 4 by 10, 4 by 5, 2 by 5, 2 by 2, 1 by 2, and 1 by 1 overlays (key layouts). The touch panel's sensitivity can be adjusted to accommodate different motor needs. The device has an alarm that can call for help when any key is held five seconds longer than the hold time. Interfaces include a sound input port for external microphone; and a sound output port for external speaker; two switch input ports for standard external switches and joystick. The device comes with six color overlays, six blank overlays, and an instruction manual. OPTIONS: Versions with 8, 16, 24, or 32 minutes of standard play and up to 14, 28, 42, or 56 minutes of extended play; carrying case; keyguards. POWER: Uses rechargeable nickel cadmium battery. A battery charger is included. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): 1.25 x 4 x 12 inches. WEIGHT: 2.2 pounds.
READ & WRITE GOLD, READ & WRITE GOLD FOR MAC, & READ & WRITE GOLD MOBILE
Read & Write Gold, Read & Write Gold for Mac, and Read & Write Gold Mobile are voice output word processor programs designed for use by individuals with learning disabilities. All three versions include text to speech, dual color highlighting, TextHelp voices, audible phonetic spell checker, audible homophone support, context-based speech-enabled word prediction, audible dictionary, Word Wizard, and scanning from paper or a saved image. Other features include pronounciation control, speech maker for portable text (for example, MP3), Fact Finder for quick specific web searches, online fact mapper to organize facts visually, DAISY book reader, one-word display with speech feedback, speech enabled calculator, Internet compatibility, PDFaloud, screenreading, study skills, and online translator. The Windows and Mobile versions also include several features not in the Mac version: speech input, screenmasking, pronounciation tutor, the ability to read Dragon-recognized text, screenshot reader, a summarize tool, and Fact Folder to store collected data. The standard, non-mobile Windows version also offers logging of student progress and a teacher's toolkit. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers (Read & Write Gold), USB devices (Read & Write Mobile), or Macintosh computers (Read & Write Mac). SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Read & Write Gold and Read & Write Gold Mobile require Windows 2000, XP, or Vista. Read & Write Mac requires MAC OS 10.4 or above (Intel-based Macs only).
TranSend LT is a dual braille / print printing system designed for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The system can produce braille together with ink text on alternating lines on the same page. Ink text can be either large or small print. The system consists of a control unit, a dot matrix printer, and a braille printer. TranSend uses text files that can be created by most popular word processing programs. The system has a built-in speech synthesizer which speaks all prompts as they appear on the control unit's screen. POWER: Uses either direct current (DC) or alternating current (AC). OPTIONS: The TranSend LT control unit can be purchased separately or together with an Epsom dot matrix printer and one of the manufacturer's Braille printer models (Romeo 25, Romeo Pro 50, Thomas, ET, Juliet Classic, Juliet Pro, Juliet Pro 60, BookMaker, or Braille Express; see separate entries). DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): Control unit is 3 x 12 x 9.5 inches. WEIGHT: Control unit is 9.5 pounds. WARRANTY: One year for the control unit and braille printer, two years for the Epsom printer.
Voice Sense is a braille notetaker and personal digital assistant designed for use by individuals who are blind or have low vision. This unit has a Perkins-style keyboard for inputting information and synthesized speech for outputting information. It has a high speed processor with 1 gigabyte of memory, a USB OTG port, and SD and CF slots. Functions include notetaking, address and schedule manager, e-mail, voice recording, a Daisy talking book player, an MP3 player, an FM radio receiver, and wireless networking (LAN and Bluetooth). POWER: Uses rechargeable lithium polymer battery. DIMENSIONS (HxDxW): 0.98 x 3.6 x 7.4 inches. WEIGHT: 0.58 pounds.