February Newsletter

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Where has the year gone?

Happy New Year to you all.
Its that time of the year again  and CSUN is now less than a month away.  I am looking forward to seeing what's new this year.   We now have the Orcam and the Smart View2 is coming very soon. 
This year Ranjit and myself will be going to CSUN to see whats new from VFO Freedom Scientific and HIMS.  So far we have the new Topaz HD.  

But as I am writing this the USA and CSUN is so far away. As I am on the border of India and Pakistan enjoying the snow while you are having a heat wave.   Thank you for all your support through out last year and we look forward to working with you in 2017.

 Barry Burgess


NEW:  OrCam MyEye

New to Pacific Vision is the the innovative and revolutionary OrCam MyEye.

Using the latest in technology the OrCam MyEye will help you to regain your independence.   Its as simple as attaching a minature smart camera to your eyeglasses frame - the camera converts visual information into the spoken word.

The OrCam reads any printed text, on any surface, including newspapers, books, computer screens, restaurant menus, labels on supermarket products and Street signs.  It instantly relays the information to the user through a built-in mini speaker.

Click here for further information or contact us to demonstrate this new and innovative product - call 1800 756 849 or email us at office@pacificvision.com.au to arrange a time!   


The Topaz Desktop Magnifier is now available with a HD screen.   The Topaz combines ease-of-use with powerful features to help people retain their independent lifestyle   It will aid them to be able to read, write, view photographs and engage in their favourite hobby.   

Click here to learn more abou the Topaz HD range of Desktop Magnifiers.

Back to School with
Braille Sense!

As your students settle into the classroom for 2017, it is essential that their technology tool box is also prepared to work for them. For blind students in classrooms around the world, the Braille Sense replaces the pen and paper, and has a plethora of extra functions to help get things done quickly and efficiently, making work in the classroom a breeze for both student and teacher.
1. Your student can now use their Braille Sense in Maths lessons!
Students have never had more independence in Maths class than they do today!
With a Braille Sense U2, students can now type maths equations unimpeded and print them out or transfer them to a USB for the classroom teacher; no more transcription required.
2. The Braille Sense keeps Braille as the priority, without changing the document type.
If your student receives a file from their classmate or teacher, you can be sure that they are seeing the file as the author intended. Unlike some other braille notetakers, if there are questions to answer or gaps to fill, the Braille Sense allows you to modify the document accordingly.
3. Use UEB! Now!
Unified English Braille has been adopted as Australia's recognised braille code and is supported accurately on your students' Braille Sense, whether word-processing or performing calculations.
4. Access PowerPoint presentations!
At school and university, Microsoft PowerPoint has become an almost paramount tool for conveying information visually. The Braille Sense U2 effortlessly opens PowerPoint files for your students to read, and if presenting information to the class, he or she can conduct their very own Power Point presentation from the Braille Sense U2, displaying pictures from his or her presentation on an external screen.
5. See what your student is doing.
As well as sporting an LCD screen, the Braille Sense U2 can be connected to a portable VGA monitor. Simply plug in the monitor to the back of the Braille Sense and switch the visual display on from the Options menu to offer students a helping hand, or keep them on track if need be.
6. Use the Braille Sense in the cloud.
Want to share a document with your student so they have it in braille? Simply upload a file to their DropBox account and have them use the Dropbox app on their Braille Sense to retrieve the file; it couldn't be easier!
7. Connect with everything!
the Braille Sense is a stand-alone computer, but can also connect to iPhones, iPads, android tablets and Windows or Mac computers.
Need to have braille while taking a test on the PC via the Internet? Connect your Braille Sense to the computer and load up your screen reader of choice.
8. Connect a Tiny Scanner via Bluetooth
The idea of a paperless society is appealing to many, but alas, we’re not completely there yet. There are still many instances where your student is presented with a hard-copy of Period 3’s English hand-out or History reading. Introducing the Blaze ET!
As well as serving as a stand-alone file-reader with text to speech, the Blaze can scan paperwork, read it out aloud, and, when connected to a Braille Sense via Bluetooth, turn your scanned paperwork into high-quality, contracted braille. No more exclusions from classroom reading or discussions due to the material not arriving in time; The Blaze ET provides instant access to scanned paperwork, thanks to its accurate 5MP camera and 12GB storage.
9. Technical Support and Training.
Here at Pacific Vision, we care about your students' journey from starting school through to university, and finally, gaining employment. That's why we offer you and your students customised, self-paced face-to-face hands-on training courses to ensure you achieve maximum results from your technology. We also offer free telephone or email access to our technical support helpdesk (during business hours) where your queries can be resolved at home or at school.
Remember that all Braille Sense updates are free, and that the most recent software version at the time of writing is V8.6.

Check that you have the latest version with space and V, and if you have a previous version, check for updates by pressing U twice from the Program menu (f1).
If we can assist in scheduling a Braille Sense training workshop in your area, please call Sam on 0420 355 996.

Now Available:  

ZoomText Magnifier 11 and ZoomText Magnifier / Reader 11.  

You can purchase online at www.lowvision.com.au.  
Click here for ZoomText Magnifier
Click Here for ZoomText Magnifier / Reader.  

If you would like to discuss this product further, call us on 1800 756 849.

Calendar of Events

30 March - MacGregor Lions Health and Wellbeing Expo - 1386 Beaudesert Road, Acacia Ridge

South Australia
TBC - The Royal Society for the Blind Tech Fest - RSB Noarlunga Downs, 58 Dyson Road, Noarlunga Downs

Western Australia
6 - 9 May - Round Talbe on Information Access, Mercure Perth

Contact Us

Low Vision Equipment
VIC/TAS – Ranjit Jacob - 0450 675 996, ranjit@pacificvision.com.au
VIC/TAS - Trish Lear - 0405 022 776 - trish@pacificvision.com.au
NSW/ACT/WA – Anthony Kirkpatrick - 0411 514 587, anthony@pacificvision.com.au
SA – Peter Hollow, 0420 434 581, peter@pacificvision.com.au 
Qld/NT – Aaron Richardson, 0404 484 016, aaron@pacificvision.com.au
Blindness Equipment
Australia Wide – Sam Taylor, 0420 355 996, sam@pacificvision.com.au

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