Edit Microsystems are pleased to share the latest update from Humanware, providers of assistive technology for the blind and individuals with low vision.

Prodigi Update

We are pleased to announce Prodigi 1.1.0, a free software update to the groundbreaking personal vision assistant, that now makes it even easier to read your favourite magazines and newspapers.

Simple mode is here to make customers’ lives easier.

Prodigi now offers the choice of simple mode, with getting started made an even smoother process. Two clicks and you are away and reading, what could be easier?

Victor Reader Stream Update

Coming soon to the Victor Reader Stream is a brand new, free software update.

In addition to the 36,000 radio stations already available, the latest development will give users access to even more radio stations with Windows Media Audio (WMA) format. Customers will also be able to download podcasts, and what’s better, they can be downloaded in the background whilst doing other tasks on the Stream.

Our customers love their Stream, and are saying:

“I really love the new VR Stream, especially since HumanWare added the facility of Internet radio through the ooTunes database”. Dingli.

“The ability to search with ooTunes is nothing short of brilliant, and the unit is incredibly stable”. Bruce.

“It’s the most accessible internet radio I know of. It’s been so great I cancelled my XM radio service”. Richard.

Giving Cisca the tools to Learn

Smarview 360This is nine year old Cisca who was born with Congenital Nystagmus and Macular Dystrophy, a condition which prevents her retinas from developing fully. Although she is partially sighted, her eyesight is so poor that Cisca has been declared blind.

Following an appeal for assistance on the radio by Cisca’s mother, SANCB (South African Council for the Blind) immediately offered assistance by providing Cisca with a SmartView 360 CCTV.

SmartView 360 has an integrated monitor and camera that magnifies up to 50 times. The camera is easy to rotate and point in the direction where you need to see.

 Strathclyde University in Malawi

Strathclyde University have been working with blind and low vision students in Malawi, and recently visited to deliver a number of Victor Reader Streams to a school there.

Norman Wagstaffe and his colleagues delivered the devices personally to the school, providing full training on them to enable the teachers to deliver the education to students.

The University have changed the lives of many students, and the provision of technology like this means students will have access to it from Primary School, right the way through until Secondary School or University.

Visit to South Africa

Early in July, CEO Pedro Polson, Products, Training and Support Manager Martin Griffiths and Technical Support Manager Keith Gardner visited EduWeek and the offices of Edit Microsystems in South Africa.

African EduWeek, hosted in Johannesburg on July 10th and 11th, is the number one education exhibition in South Africa for visitors to learn more about the latest classroom innovations, technology and products.

Humanware were pleased to be able to accompany Edit Microsystems, who were the Inclusive Education Sponsor, on our stand to showcase Prodigi, BrailleNote Apex and the EyePal Solo.

Prodigi attracted a lot of interest and received a very positive reaction from those who saw it. A full gallery of images of the exhibition can be found here.

Martin and Keith also visited the offices of Edit Microsystems to provide staff with some advanced training on our assistive technology for individuals who are blind or have low vision. You can find a full gallery of images from the training day here.