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Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1R5
Telephone: 800-353-1107 or 905-568-9977.
Discontinued products manufactured by Betacom (listed alphabetically)
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 04/2007) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- Screen Rover is a voice output motorized mouse designed to provide tactile and verbal access to the personal computer screen for individuals who are blind or have low vision. The user places a hand on the mouse, and Screen Rover moves the mouse, with the user's hand on it, so that the cursor points to the active part of the screen. At the same time, Screen Rover provides a verbal description of the dialog box or menu to which the cursor is pointing, allowing the blind computer user to point and click on the screen as a sighted computer user does with a regular mouse. By generating a variety of push-pull effects to distinguish icons, controls, and text, Screen Rover allows the blind user to learn the layout of the computer screen by feel. Screen Rover distinguishes multiple windows and frames on web sites, and reads any text on the screen, including tool tips and the Windows clock and date. By providing tactile access to the screen, Screen Rover makes it possible for blind computer users to format documents in programs such as Word and to position and size .jpg graphic files and bitmaps. The user can move from the mouse to the keyboard as often as desired, and Screen Rover's tactile feedback can be adjusted to the desired strength. The device operates with only three buttons, uses less hard drive space than conventional screen reader programs, and does not require upgrading every time a new operating system is released. COMPATIBILITY: For use on IBM and compatible computers. SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Windows 95/98, Pentium 133 megahertz (MHz) with one available ISA slot, 16 megabytes (MB) of random access memory (RAM), 16-bit sound card, three-button ergonomic mouse, and 2222 dots per inch (dpi) screen resolution. POWER: 100 to 240 volts alternating current (VAC), 50/60 Hertz. DIMENSIONS (LxW): 2.6 x 3.5 inches; required desktop workspace, 14 x 12 inches. WARRANTY: One year.
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 04/2007) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- The VisAble Image is a desktop video magnifier designed for use by individuals with low vision. This CCTV has a one-piece design with a flat panel display monitor and an X/Y viewing tray. The flat panel TFT (thin film transistor) monitor with SXGA screen resolution can be tilted to adjust to the user's sight lines. The AutoScan Digital Camera electronically scans pages on the viewing tray without any mechanical/moving parts, and provides constant focus for reading material from one sheet to three inches in thickness. Text is magnified from three to 35 or 40 times original size, depending on monitor size. All text, regardless of size, can be stretched to increase the space between the letters, or to help better identify certain letters in some font types. The control switches are color coded and recessed into the front panel, and provide a distinct auditory "click" and positive tactile sensation to confirm activation. OPTIONS: Flat panel TFT display monitor with XGA resolution. DIMENSIONS: Standard SXGA flat screen is 17 inches; optional XGA flat screen is 15 inches.
VISABLE SCIENTIFIC CALCULATOR
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 04/2007) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- The VisAble Scientific Calculator is a large print calculator designed for use by individuals with low vision. It has large keys and a large display to enable users with low vision to do scientific, statistical, and trigonometric calculations. The calculator performs all basic scientific and mathematical functions. Its keys can also be custom labeled for added tactile reference and reinforcement. The display is a high contrast eight digit liquid crystal display (LCD). The keypad is simplified and uncluttered and the keys have high contrast print. Operations keys are color differentiated. Keys require positive activation, eliminating faulty entries by users with diminished manipulation skills. Power turns off automatically when the calculator is left unattended. This large print calculator comes with a spiral-bound, flat opening large print owner's manual printed in a 16 point font. POWER: Uses battery (included) with a battery life of approximately 5,000 hours. OPTIONS: Keyguard to aid keypad targeting and control. DIMENSIONS (HxLxW): Overall dimensions are 1.5 x 6.2 x 9 inches. Display numerals are 0.9 inches high x 0.6 inches wide. Keys are 0.7 inches square. WEIGHT: 14 ounces. COLOR: Keys are black or blue with white or yellow print.
VISABLE VIDEO TELESCOPE (MODEL VVTV300)
--- DISCONTINUED. (Verified 04/2007) RETAINED IN DATABASE FOR REFERENCE. --- The VisAble Video Telescope, model VVTV300, is a video telescope designed for use by individuals with low vision. This lightweight, hand-held delivers near, mid-, and long-range vision enhancement capabilities to individuals affected by macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, retinitis pigmentosa, glaucoma and cataracts. Resembling a video recorder, this device uses digital video image processing, microelectronics and advanced optics. Its ergonomic design, optimized for a wide range of hand sizes and dexterities, contains the high magnification, wide field of view, and contrast enhancement capabilities of video reading stations (CCTVÆs) in a portable device. The device can be used for reading, spotting the correct bus, browsing a library shelf, recognizing a friend, enjoying the outdoors, taking notes from a black or white board, examining a cash register receipt, finding a dropped object on the floor, picking out the right product on a store shelf, reading a menu in a dim restaurant, using an ATM, and more. Features include variable magnification, minification, natural rate auto focus, auto light control, extensive contrast enhancement, extensive field of view and high clarity display, and scene freeze to capture the display. The scene freeze feature enables the user to magnify and capture an image such as a phone number or a recipe and take it to another location to be referred to as needed. The zoom feature offers 10X optical and 4X digital magnification and combine to offer 20X magnification. Focus offers close focus distance to infinity and using included near task lens allows higher magnification at distances between four centimeters and one meter. The field of view is over 30 degrees and the unit offers four electronic enhancement settings. POWER: Lithium Ion rechargeable battery provides three hours of continuous use or six to eight hours of intermittent use. COLOR: Purple.