Sight and Sound Technology Ltd

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Sight and Sound Technology is the UK's leading provider of hardware and software to the blind, visually impaired and those with learning and reading difficulties. We work in unison with private individuals, charitable organisations, educational establishments and commercial enterprises to help our users fully realise their potential. Our product solutions have been specifically designed to improve quality of life at work, at study or in the home.

A commitment to continual product refinement and innovation means that our solutions are the best available. What's more, they're simple to set up and easy-to-use.

Sight and Sound Technology is a nationwide company. Our Head Office is located in Northampton, which enables us to provide our customers with responsive training and support at the location of the end-user. We work in conjunction with our customers and suppliers to ensure that their experiences are factored into new products that we develop in combination with our partners, the leading companies in this industry.

JAWS for Windows

The world's most popular screen reader, JAWS for Windows works with your PC to provide access to today's software applications and the Internet for those who are blind or have low vision, its multilingual synthesizer, Eloquence, speaks through the computer's sound card, reading information from the screen aloud and providing access to a wide variety of informative, educational, and job-related applications.

JAWS supports standard Windows applications and other popular applications with little or no customisation. Some of these include Microsoft® Office Suite 2007 and 2003, Internet Explorer, Corel® Word Perfect, Adobe® Acrobat Reader, and many more.

JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays, providing unmatched Braille support among screen readers on the market.

ZoomText Screen Magnification

ZoomText Magnifier enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, making all of your applications easy to see and use. Zoom-in, sit back and enjoy using your computer without straining your eyes. It's simple enough for the casual user powerful enough for the corporate user just right for you.

Combining the revolutionary new features of ZoomText Magnifier with a powerful set of reading tools, ZoomText Magnifier Reader gives you the total computer access solution. ZoomText reads your documents, web pages and email right through your computer's speakers. With ZoomText Magnifier Reader, your computer is easier to see, hear & use.

MAGic Screen Magnification

MAGic combines great magnification features with true low vision screen reading when purchased with the speech option.

MAGic is a software solution ideally suited for computer users with low vision. It combines powerful magnification features and enhancements with synthesized speech for screen reading.

MAGic lets you magnify your computer screen from 1 to 16 times its usual size. Choose from several adjustable views to see both magnified and unmagnified areas of the screen.

Speech features assist you in processing the information on your screen. MAGic can read text that you type or point to with the mouse. MAGic also scrolls the screen and highlights words as it reads them aloud. Mouse and cursor enhancements help you track the location of the mouse pointer and cursor on the screen. You can choose from a wide variety of enhancement styles. MAGic lets you change the colour of these enhancements, apply transparency effects, adjust their size and more. 

Kurzweil 1000 Scan & Read

Kurzweil 1000 combines , communication and productivity tools to ease and enhance the reading, writing and learning experience.

The software speaks text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified to suit individual preferences. In addition, it provides users with document creation and editing as well as study skills capabilities for note taking, summarising and outlining text.

Kurzweil 1000 delivers quick access to a wealth of information including online books, magazines and encyclopaedias so users can pursue any reading interests. They can also take their reading wherever they go by sending files to Braille note takers and embossers as well as portable devices such as DAISY and MP3 audio players. Kurzweil 1000 is easy to use for beginners, yet powerful and flexible for advanced users. With its wide array of useful features, users save time and gain independence - whether at home, at school or at work.

OpenBook Scan & Read

OpenBook™ converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text format on your PC, using quality speech and the latest optical character recognition (OCR) technology.

  • Converts documents and graphic based text into electronic text that is read aloud by your PC
  • Powerful optical character recognition provides the most accurate scans possible
  • An array of customisable features enable you to adjust on-screen presentations to best suit your vision
  • Versatile document navigation and management tools maximize your productivity
  • Supports 64-bit and 32-bit versions of Windows® 7, Windows Vista® and Windows 2008 Server, 32-bit versions of Windows XP and Windows 2003 Server, and Windows 2000 operating systems

kReader Mobile

The kReader Mobile software packages run on a multifunction mobile phone that allow the user to read mail, receipts, handouts and many other documents wherever the user happens to be. This is a truly pocket-sized solution to reading on the go, the kReader Mobile software has a feature set designed for blind or low vision users. The kReader Mobile is designed for people who have difficulty reading due to learning or language problems.

The Mobile Reader can be activated and ready to use with the touch of a single button on the phone. The user takes a photo of the print to be read and the character recognition software in conjunction with high quality text-to-speech will read the contents of the document aloud. At the same time, it can display the print on the phone's screen and highlight each word as it is spoken.

TOPAZ Desktop Video Magnifier

The new TOPAZ with Swivel Monitor raises, lowers, and swivels a full 180º from side to side, making it easy to use your video magnifier in a wide range of situations. Simply move the monitor left or right and tilt it for the best viewing angle. It stays where you set it - perfect for working on your computer while referencing printed material, checking a recipe while preparing a meal, or when collaborating and sharing the magnified view with others.

Plus no other desktop video magnifier offers Freeze Frame like the TOPAZ Swivel Monitor. You’ll find so many uses for this unique feature: for instance, use your finger as a placekeeper on a magnified phone number, and freeze the frame to free up both hands for dialling the phone. Freeze a magnified frame of cooking instructions on a food package, and then take the package away to prepare it. 

SARA Scanning and Reading Appliance

Freedom Scientific's SARA (Scanning and Reading Appliance) is an affordable and easy-to-use solution for reading a wide variety of printed material, including books, mail, papers, magazines and so much more. SARA uses the latest in advanced optical character recognition technology to scan text and then read it aloud in crisp, clear speech. SARA automatically stores and remembers the contents of hundreds of thousands of scanned pages.

Start Reading Right Away

You can start using SARA right out of the box, with no experience or training. Just place your book or document on the scanning area, and press the scan button. SARA automatically scans and recognizes the text and reads it to you. During the reading, you can adjust the voice rate and volume as well as fast forward and rewind.

If you want to take time and examine the document in detail, simply pause the reading and use the intuitive navigational keys to read a word or a line at a time. You can even spell out words to get a better understanding of what is being spoken.

If you need assistance, you can use the Help button to quickly remind yourself of any button's purpose and function. For more assistance, SARA includes helpful manuals and complete documentation.

RUBY Portable Video Magnifier

For the many people who need help reading text and seeing details because of low vision, traditional magnifying glasses work only up to a point. The RUBY video magnifier takes handheld magnification to the next level and beyond. The RUBYs 4-inch full colour, high brightness video screen makes it outstanding for reading bills and writing letters and cheques. It is so small and unobtrusive that it easily slips into a pocket or purse as the perfect traveling companion for visiting the grocery store, the pharmacy, the bank, the library, book shop, restaurant, or anywhere else.

The RUBY is easy to use for those who are unfamiliar with technology products. Just turn it on with one button, place it over an object, and adjust enlargement to your preference with the easy zoom button. The unit stays flat on the table, and the magnified image appears in the display window. With only one button, you can adjust the screen from full colour for viewing pictures to any of four high contrast text modes.

  • 4 Inch High Resolution LCD Display
  • Lightweight Design - Only 218g
  • 5 Viewing Modes
  • Freeze Frame
  • Folding Handle
  • 2 Hours Continuous Use
  • Use Rechargeable or Disposable Batteries
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