There is an adaptive technology workstation located outside of the Research Center on the 2nd floor of the McQuade Library. This station is loaded with JAWS, ZoomText, Fusion, and Read & Write, and includes a Da Vinci Pro video magnifier/camera with text-to-speech capability.
The Adaptive Technology workstation and software were purchased with grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
DaVinci Pro is a high performance desktop video magnifier (CCTV), featuring a Full HD Sony 1080p 3-in-1 camera and Full Page Text-to-Speech (OCR). View crystal clear images in vibrant color and contrast with the Davinci Pro’s Full HD 1080p Sony® camera. With a high resolution LCD screen you get the maximum picture detail for a clear, bold display. The DaVinci Pro also offers a large field of view allowing you to see more on the screen. DaVinci Pro’s full page OCR allows it to easily read your favorite article or book aloud in a male or female premium voice and in many different languages. When having the DaVinci Pro read to you aloud, you have the option to have it read a full page or select an area of the page to be read. Changing between live image and OCR is simply done with the push of one button. DaVinci Pro’s 3-in-1 Full HD camera allows you to see near, far or a mirror image making the DaVinci Pro the perfect electronic magnifier for any task.
JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a computer screen reader and magnification program for Windows that provides text-to-speech reading capabilities. It is particularly geared toward users with low vision or blindness, and is a popular tool for using programs not designed for accessibility. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. You will be able to navigate the Internet, write a document, read an email and create presentations from your office, remote desktop, or from home.
ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email.rs. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email.
Fusion provides the best of both worlds – ZoomText, with its screen magnification and visual enhancements for screen viewing ease, coupled with the power and speed of JAWS for screen reading functionality. By blending ZoomText and JAWS together, Fusion has flexible, high-quality speech using Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive, powerful keyboard access including navigation on the web, and a wide range of customization options.