Dolphin Computer Access Introduces GuideReader Accessible Book Reader
Assistive Technology, Europe, News, June 29 2017
British assistive technology innovators Dolphin Computer Access this week launched GuideReader, offering people who are blind and low vision Americans a new, effortless way to find and read accessible books and newspapers. GuideReader connects to a TV and is specially designed for seniors who are blind or have low vision to read their favorite books and newspapers in the same way they watch their favorite TV programs.
GuideReader includes a remote control which readers can use to navigate GuideReader’s simple menus. Browse for a new title, download a book, start reading, adjust the book’s volume and jump to a specific chapter, all effortlessly achieved with a remote control.
With 100,000s of accessible books instantly available and the readers’ preferred daily newspapers delivered direct to their TV, GuideReader offers a rich but instantly familiar experience. US residents can login to popular accessible book and newspaper libraries, including NLS BARD, Bookshare and NFB NEWSLINE, and GuideReader ‘guides’ you through simple steps to browse, select and download a new bestseller or an old classic.
“There are more than 3 million Americans aged 65 and over living with a vision disability. Preferred mainstream ebook readers like Kindle restrict the size of text and don’t allow you to adjust text colors or contrast. For many seniors with low vision, this makes them unusable.” said Noel Duffy, CEO at Dolphin Computer Access
“Reading apps aren’t ideal for this same group because they need to be accompanied by quite complex screen readers. GuideReader is different. It’s designed to be an extension of people’s existing TV experience, right down to simple menus navigated by a simple remote control.”
GuideReader is exclusively available through assistive technology experts and GuideReader master distributor, Irie-AT, and their 60+ dealers across the United States.